OPEN CALL, FAIR, residency, Copenhagen 2015-16

FAIR | Fabrikken’s Artist in Residence | Copenhagen | Open Call

DEADLINE: July 22nd 2015. Applications for the residency period September 1st – April 30th 2016 will be accepted until July 22nd 2015 (closing time for applications: 4pm). 


FAIR is a residency programme at The Factory of Art & Design (The Factory) for artists and curators in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The FAIR programme wishes to provide a space that can act as a catalyst for artistic and curatorial production and practice. Whether it is an ongoing project, research, the very early stages of production or something in between, FAIR will try to support and develop this process through providing a framework within which the guest can put her/himself in play. It is possible to apply either with a project or on the basis of one’s practice. The FAIR programme tries to adapt to the individual curator’s or artist’s requirements and interviews will be made prior to each residents stay in order to ensure this. 


As The Factory has the opportunity to provide production facilities, FAIR welcomes production related applications as well as research or network based. FAIR connects the guest with local artists and other art professionals through meetings, openings, our intranet, our weekly communal lunch, and targets specific contexts in which to introduce our guest. During the residency an event (talk or similar) is organized in collaboration with the coordinator of the programme. 


Applicants are asked to motivate their decision to apply by explicating why they would like a residency at the Factory of Art and Design in CopenhagenAn affiliation with Copenhagen is not a requirement; we’d simply like to know why you’d like to be here. 


The FAIresidency programme welcomes 3-4 artists or curators a year for a duration of 2-3 months each. The FAIR guest receives a monthly grant of minimum 5000 DKK (approx. 675 EUR) plus travel expenses to and from the home country, shared accommodation in Copenhagen, a large studio at The Factory, and the loan of a bike. 


The Factory of Art and Design 

The Factory of Art and Design is a non-profit artist run institution established in 1994. This former central laundry was built in the late 1930ies and now provides studios and work spaces for professional artists and designers. 


The Factory is guided by the spirit of community and resource-sharing, which is nurtured through a generous event programme and of course the all-important communal Wednesday lunches. With more than 70 professional artists and designers sharing the raw industrial building the premise for exchange is firmly founded for the benefit of local as well as international artists. 


In addition to the many studios, The Factory contains a 1000m2 production hall, which is used for exhibitions, events, and artistic productionPlease visit our website for more information 


Application procedure: Criteria for applicant 

To be eligible for a residency, the applicant must be a professional artist or curator. Also, the applicant must be a resident of one of the Nordic or Baltic countries (SwedenNorwayFinlandIceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, ÅlandEstoniaLithuania and Latvia). 


Our selection criteria are professionalism and that the residency seems relevant to the artistic or curatorial practice and/or project. A jury consisting of artists and curators will assess the applications. 



There is no application form; however, only applications that meet the required criteria above and respect the guidelines below will be taken into consideration. Applicants can expect a reply by the beginning of August. 


The application is sent by e-mail to the FAIR residency coordinator: 


Application content 

Apply by sending one multi page .pdf (max 6 MB or less) that includes: 


A) Presentation of the curator’s or artist’s practice and/or project. 

B) Motivation for applying for a residency at the Factory of Art & Design in Copenhagen. 

C) A current CV with a link to the applicant’s website.  

D) Image documentation of previous projects (max 5) in order of priority with the relevant links (one per project). 

E) Preference for time period (2-3 consecutive months), including one alternative. 

F) The applicant’s contact details. 


Please note the following guidelines regarding your application 

It is advised that all the supporting material is stored online and can be accessed via the use of links mentioned in the application. Please ensure that the links do not expire before you have received the decision of the jury. It is advised to use tools such as YouTube, Vimeo etc, so that downloading isn’t required to access the material. 


FAIR is generously supported by the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme and BKFO. 

The Factory of Art and Design, Sundholmsvej 42, DK-2300 Copenhagen S