Apply for the AIB20

The participants of the AIB20 are selected through an open call and invitations by the curatorial team.

We invite artists to study, interact, and collaborate in the international socially-engaged Art Ii Biennial 2020. We encourage artists to formulate ideas and experiments for carbon-neutral artistic productions and creating carbon sinks in Ii, a municipality well-known for its ambitious climate aims.

We welcome proposals from environmental artists, media artists, community artists and art-science collectives: the media of the art is not limited. Social engagement refers to many kinds of participatory approaches. Artists can collaborate with local communities, facilitate dialogical processes, create interactive pieces and engage with global audiences through media. The public space in Ii is the art venue: we will work in a variety of parks and some artworks can be presented indoors.

This call for artists is open for artists living and working in Finland or abroad; artists are welcome to arrive by bus, train or boat. We cover production and travel costs up to 2000 euros in total per selected artists and artists collective. Accommodation is offered in Ii during the Biennial. There is also a possibility of a residency period at KulttuuriKauppila artist residency for extended stays related to community projects. The results of the projects will be presented at the Art Ii Biennial between 10-14 June 2020.

The Biennial is co-curated by Maria Huhmarniemi and Ekaterina Sharova, both enthusiastic about zero-waste communities, sustainability and art as intervention.

The application period is open until 29.2.2020. Selected artists will be contacted in March.


Please submit the application and relevant attachments in English only. Contact: kulttuurikauppila(a)