Residency artists can conclude her/his stay at the artist residency with a presentation,
such as a site-specific exhibition or a performance, of the project realized during her/his stay.

Summer 2024 – Secret Rooms

The »Secret Rooms« program will step into a frozen moment in time, exploring forgotten and closed spaces in the neighborhood of Jakobstad and Nykarleby, Finland. Both towns are old, with many unique buildings, that reflect the present, but also the needs of previous generations, through different building materials, styles and locations. Many rooms and houses have been renovated and given new uses, while there are mysterious facilities, empty and abandoned.<



SALLY KIDALL (Australia)


JUNE 2024

The press is talking about us:
Österbottens Tidning, June 26th, 2024
Pietarsaaren Sanomat, June 19th, 2024

JEFF BIZIEAU, dancer, performer and choreographer living in Nice, France. Jeff Bizieau is the co-founder of the multi-arts dance company «Le Sixièmétage», together with Pascal Renault. With «Le Sixièmétage»  he creates physical theatre shows that summon alternately in between contemporary dance and visual arts, where the human is at the center of any proposal. Jeff Bizieau creates dance performances where the body is strongly committed and where poetry and sensitivity are the pillars of his choreographic writing. His gestures are animated and precise. His work comes and goes between abstraction and figuration. Artist interview and more images.


ANNI LAAKSO is a sculptor living and working in Helsinki. In her artistic work she has occupied spaces by a transitory space which she has built using found materials. Her works are often large installations that shape space, or small dwellings that visitors can step into. In addition to the characteristics of the place, the works often have a unifying element of community members. The works create a space and a situation that is different from its surroundings and in which one can act differently. Anni Laakso’s works present, among other things, alternative experiences and tools for operating in a public space, and thus shaping it as a space shared by us all. Artist interview and more images.


PASCAL RENAULT, director, author and actor, living in Nice, France. As a co-artistic director of the dance theatre “Le Sixièmétage” (sixth floor) Pascal Renault offers hybrid creations, a theater of performed and danced images that draws its inspiration from the study of the different faces of  humanity. Since 2001, Le Sixièmétage has been creating pieces for the stage, but also other forms (installations, strolls, etc.) intended for distribution outside the walls or public space. Artist interview and more images.


JUVANA SOLIVEN is a visual artist and educator from Honolulu, Hawaii. Soliven’s work subverts and utilizes object languages to speak to issues regarding intimacy, labor, bodily autonomy, human rights, and women’s positionality within the patriarchal system — resulting in amalgamate forms of the censored body, medical implement, weapon, adornment, and trap. The pixelated censor is used broadly in her work and is interrogated through the tedium of craft practices — beading, weaving, paper crafts, metalsmithing, enameling, sewing — as a meditation on labor and the endless work needed to fight for what is ours. Artist interview and more images.


Summer 2023 – The Old Harbour Art Trail

For the first time an Environmental Art Trail is realised in Jakobstad, which brings together a number of prominent, International artists. The artworks are created outdoors in the Old Harbour area, with material found in the forest, by the seashore, or other (purchased) environmentally friendly materials. Some artworks will stay in the forest for many years, and the nature will slowly change their appearance, while other works have a short lifespan.



The press is talking about us:
Österbottens Tidning August 17th 2023
Torggata blad nr3, Autumn 2023

VEIKKO BJÖRK is a visual artist working with environmental art, sculptures and installations. He is based in Helsinki, Finland. In his environmental artworks he tries to blur the confrontation between man and nature. Through art, he seeks opportunities to be part of the everythingness, respecting other species and without destroying the environment. In previous art works, he criticised the frenzy of human destruction of the environment. In contemporary environmental artworks, the joy of participation and sharing has become central. Artist interview and more images.

SALLY KIDALL travels internationally creating her vast site-responsive conceptual interventions within challenging outdoor locations and buildings of interest, showing beyond the restraints of the gallery. She explores metaphorical spaces and environments that engage with the anxieties and insecurities of our contemporary society. She endeavour to inspire and challenge a wider audience, evoking thoughts/questions and stimulating discussion. The majority of her works are temporary and often incorporate virtual and narrative elements. Artist interview and more images.

, is the founder and director of the Grassblade Institute, with which he researches the relationship between humans and grass. Since 2000 he has been asking people around the world to carve a blade of grass out of a wooden stick for his Grassblade project in order to create a cross-cultural image of this simple but fascinating plant. With his interventions in nature, Thomas May maintains a comfortable distance from nature, even if he mostly realizes projects in it. He exposes his objects to the influence of constant changes by elements such as light, wind, and so on. In their transience, they show the power and beauty of our world in a fascinating way, but also ask fundamental questions about life and death. Artist interview and more images.

‘s photographic works, she documents and transfers places and objects. Space, time, transience are themes that she works on, starting from the everyday and leaving them to the individual perception of the viewer. It’s all about traces. About reading the signs that people and animals have left behind. What can this tell us about a place? Structures and phenomena created by humans are the field of Pirko Julia Schröder’s artistic research using the media of photography, video and space. She does not stay in the frame on the wall in her photography, but usually installs photograps site specifically. Artist interview and more images.


JULY 2023

The press is talking about us:
Österbottens Tidning July 19th 2023
Österbottens Tidning July 4th 2023

AMARSAIKHAN NAMSRAIJAV‘s Nomadic project started in 2009. Through nomadic culture and life style he is trying to spread ideas on how to live in harmony with mother nature, and how to live nature friendly in the future. Mongolian historic nomadic traditions, heritage and culture was in a good harmony and relation with earth and sky, mountains and rivers, and all surroundings through the cycling of the four seasons. Embracing and keeping this nomadic tradition alive, and introducing, spreading it to the world, is the main aim Amarsaikhan Namsraijav’s Nomadic project. Artist interview and more images.

is a contemporary artist from Taiwan who has been dedicated to painting and site-specific installations for many years. Her works over the years present emotional fragments that are often overlooked in life through the vocabulary of the materials themselves, with spatial installations using mixed media as the main medium. In her past creations, she often integrates woven strings related to her own memories of growing up into specific sites, and combines local objects to create various mixed art scenes. Artist interview and more images.

July 18-30, 2023

Pedersörenejdens hembygdsmuseum / Pedersören kotiseutumuseo


JUNE 2023
The press is talking about us: 
Österbottens Tidning June 9th 2023
Pietarsaaren Sanomat June 14th 2023

In 1990 HELINÄ HUKKATAIVAL began to focus on performance art and later expanded her repertoire to cover photography, video art, and installations as well. In her works, she usually deal with life seen through a woman’s eyes. Despite their usual, everyday starting points, the inner logic of the works is surprising, perhaps even dreamlike, and they are open to the viewer’s interpretations. She is trying to find the general level, in personal experiences by highlighting small events, tones and relationships that shape us without noticing. Helinä Hukkataival received the Finnish State Award for Visual Arts in 2004. Artist interview and more images.

is a German Curator, Cultural Anthropologist and Eat Art Performer and Artist. Since 1995 curator of the biannual exhibition „Vogelfrei – Art in Privat Gardens“ in Darmstadt. Since 2002 curator of the International Forest Art Association in Darmstadt and organiser of 16 “Forest Art Path” symposiums in Germany, USA, China and Austria. Founder of the „Centre for Performance Studies“ (ZPS) and the „Centre of Art and Nature“(ZKN). Her curatorial work includes Art in Nature, Sustainable Art, Performance Art and Eat-Art-projects. Since 1999 producing “ArtTables”, a series of performative dinners, creating Food Performances and lectures, since 2014 creating Food Photography always using the idea of artistic fieldwork and mapping the terrain. Artist interview and more images.


APRIL 2023

Saturday, April 15, 4:00 p.m
Luckan, Georgsgatan 27, Helsinki




Pietarsaaren Sanomat July 20th 2022
Österbottens Tidning August 6th 2022

Visual artist, MARI MATHLIN from Finland, living in Iceland, is working with found materials in nature, and experimenting for example how different plants have different colours when used as a brush on paper. Mari Mathlin ended her residency with an exhibition at Gallery Rådhuset in Nykarleby, called JÄR – HÄR – TÄÄLLÄ – HERE, from August 15th until September the 10th, 2022.


INGRID SOLESVIK is a visual artist from Stavanger, Norway. She wishes to see a country new to her, with it’s landscape and cities, and to learn about it’s history and people. Ingrid Solesvik wishes to gather new impressions with an open mind, with the view to process these further when back home. The journey is regarded as a basis for new ideas and the sketchbook is her diary to be filled with notes, drawings and paintings.


Visual artist, ELISABET ALSOS STRAND from Norway, explores the universe of paper and printmaking in the form of paper making, woodblock prints and artists’ books. During her stay at OUR AIR she wants to investigate the possibilities working with wood pulp, thanks to a generous contribution from cellulose factory UPM Jakobstad / Pietarsaari.

In Jakobstad she found an old barn. The timber logs were imprinted by time, weather and insects’ life. By covering the timber logs with sheets of paper, she could transfer the shape and texture of the old barn onto the paper. The wood became paper, and paper became wood. The circle was unbroken.


MAY 2022

La Strada, Body Art June 2022
Österbottens Tidning May 13th 2022
Radio Vega, Österbotten May 20th 2022
Institut Français Finlande May 5th 2022

Cie Le Sixièmétage’s Eclats Terrestres, a powerful choreographic performance that combines
dance, theatre, music, poetry, mime and visual arts.
Schaumanhall / Jakobstad, May 22nd, 2022.

Multiarts Dance Company CIE LE SIXIÈMÉTAGE from France


Due to coronavirus pandemic we have not invited new artists