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Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 14 June 2015

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 14 June 2015 Peer to Peer Event in Helsinki - Tobias Revell

Peer to Peer Event in Helsinki - Tobias Revell

8 May 2015
by Gian Luca Amadei

The British Council, in partnership with the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) and the Helsinki Design Week (HDW) is seeking applications from practitioners to participate in a two months residency in Helsinki which will coincide with the HDW (3 - 13 September). This is the fourth residency that the British Council and HIAP and the HDW have collaborated on, following on from the first residency during the World Design Capital programme in 2012 and consequently in 2013 and 2014. This residency is for UK-based practitioners, who work at the intersections of art, design and architecture, and who have an interest in critical investigations and interventions into what constitutes design innovation.

The 2015 Residency 

This year’s residency will take place between 3 August to 30 September (minumum stay 4 weeks) and will focuses on the evocative idea of the Time Machine, as a platform to explore how design can predict and shape the urban context of future cities. This is a fresh opportunity to research, understand and challenge the relationships between design practices, urban space, through re-imagining materials, production processes, services and crafts.

Helsinki, in particular, is going through an interesting phase. At present the city is taking important decisions that will affect its outlook, population and context in the next 10, 20 or 50 years. In line with this ambitious and visionary plan to imagine the future of Helsinki, this residency aims to contribute to the discussion by posing questions such as: what will be the role of design in the future city? How will design re-imagine the relation between past and future? How will design address questions of division, socio-cultural diversity and the dichotomy between urban centre and periphery in the Helsinki of the future?  

Criteria for eligibility to apply:

  • Applicants must be UK-based practitioners.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years/maximum of 10 years’ experience.
  • Applicants should demonstrate design excellence, skill and experience of small-scale creative
  • Projects created in collaboration with others.
  • Applicants must be able to travel to Helsinki from the 3rd August to 30th September 2015.
  • The length of the residency should be clearly stated in the application (minimum of one month) and coincide with the HDW (3 – 13 September).

Further details on the Residency and on how to apply can be found on the Open Call document. 

The closing date for submissions has been extended to Sunday 14 June 2015.

Previous Designers in Residence

Julia Tcharfas (2012) responded to the residency theme Embedding Design in Life with a sound composition titled 'Eco-System'. 

Tzortzis Rallis (2013) explored Helsinki graphic design scene on the theme of Public Acts / Quiet Riot.  

Tobias Revell (2014) offered a critical view into the design community in Helsinki based on the theme Take the Leap.