Nina Lübbren

Nina Lübbren has been teaching and researching art history since 1990. She has worked at the University of Leeds, the Open University and at Birkbeck College, London. She is now Principal Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Nina is the author of Rural Artists’ Colonies in Europe, 1870-1910 (Manchester University Press), and the co-editor of Visual Culture and Tourism (Berg) and Painting and Narrative in France, from Poussin to Gauguin (Ashgate and Routledge). She is also a founder-member and treasurer of the Historical Fictions Research Network. She has recently embarked on a new feminist research project on German Expressionist sculptors.

Hanna Johansson

Hanna Johansson is an art historian. She works as an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki and as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. She studies modern and contemporary art, with a special interest in its relations to the environment, landscape and ecologies from the 1820’s onward. She has written widely on Finnish contemporary art and recently also about European modern and contemporary art. Johansson is a member of the board and working committee of Pro Arte Foundation Finland that produces IHME-festival.

Pascal Gielen

Pascal Gielen is full professor cultural sociology at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA). His research is focused on cultural politics and the institutional context of the arts. In 2016 he received the prestegious Odysseus Grant of the Flemish Scientific Fund. With this grant he will do research about the conditions of sustainable creative labour in different European cities. The research is executed by an interdisciplinary team at the Culture Commons Quest Office. Gielen is also editor in chief of the international book series Arts in Society.

Adam Sutherland

Adam Sutherland is director of Grizedale arts in the Lake District of England – a residency programme that has been running since the 1970’s and during which time has gone through many iterations. It is currently run on the basis of artists being useful and valued within the immediate community – contributing towards a function and reconstructed society, an ambition that is at odds with the recent history of the artist and art as a deconstruction process. Uniquely the programme is able to undertake residencies itself, taking mixed teams of practitioners to deliver versions of the core programme into usually an arts context from Frieze Projects to the Sao Paolo Bienale but also into very small projects with rural villages – a kind of polarised cross pollination ethos – from big to small from institution to community, art to function, temporary to permanent. Grizedale seeks to reform the function of art replacing the idea of product with the energy of process, art as a verb, a vital language for the articulation of ideas and development – not the constant repetition of making things that look like art as defined by the collector or museum.

Donna Lynas

Wysing Arts Centre operates a range of programmes, from the practical to the discursive, that offer opportunities for personal development and artistic enquiry. Integral to Wysing’s ethos has been the provision of space, support and finance to enable artists to experiment, undertake research, and make new work. Alongside artist residencies, Wysing organises study days, study week retreats, and manages a partnership of arts organisations across the UK that offer an alternative learning programme to artists. Donna Lynas has been Director of Wysing Arts Centre since 2005 and has developed Wysing’s identity as a research centre for the visual arts; introducing experimental programming strategies and commissioning and curating ambitious projects including Wysing’s annual festival of experimental music.

Prior to joining Wysing, Lynas was Curator at South London Gallery for six years, where alongside curating exhibitions she established the gallery’s influential performance and off-site programmes. At SLG she worked with artists including Christian Boltanski, On Kawara, Joelle Tuerlinckx and Keith Tyson on their solo exhibitions and projects, alongside curating a number of group exhibitions. Before that, Lynas was Curator at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford for four years. Lynas studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and worked from studios for five years after graduating.

Laurel Ptak

Laurel Ptak is Director + Curator of Triangle, a 34-year old artist-founded residency program in New York City within an international network of arts organizations around the world. She is also co-founder of Rethinking Residencies, a working group of several New York-based artist residency programs whose members share knowledge and resources, while cultivating critical thinking and discourse about residencies.
Ptak is co-editor of the book Undoing Property? (Sternberg Press, 2013) which explores artistic practices in relationship to immaterial production, political economy and the commons. Her recent curatorial projects and writing focus on questions of feminism, labor, alternative economies and pedagogy in relationship to contemporary art.
Ptak has previously held diverse roles at non-profit art institutions including the Guggenheim Museum (New York), MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm), among others. She currently teaches MFA students in the department of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons, The New School and serves as professor of Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts, both in New York City.

Lex ter Braak

The Van Eyck is a post-academic institute for artistic talent development with an international outlook, located in Maastricht. The core values that the Van Eyck aspires to are meeting, connection, cooperation, engagement and process. These core concepts intersect with and reinforce one another, and together form the Van Eyck’s identity.

The Van Eyck welcomes promising and established artists, designers, photographers, architects, writers, curators, and thinkers. Every applicant shares our belief that insight comes through exchange with other: insight in the meaning of things, in your own practice, in the (art) world. Besides working in your own studio, you are expected to take an active part in the Van Eyck programme, to participate in one or more In-Labs and engage in projects initiated by Van Eyck Mirror – products and concepts, the project bureau of the Van Eyck.

Nikos Doulos

Nikos Doulos is an Amsterdam based artist, born and raised in Athens, Greece. Doulos’ interest lies on inclusive modes of knowledge production achieved through discursive practices and temporal interventions. In his work he creates malleable situations/conditions as participatory infrastructures and ‘soft’ knowledge generators. Walking holds a predominant part in his practice. His is the founder of NIGHTWALKERS – a collectively practiced nocturnal walking project investigating the contemporary identity of the flanêur. NIGHTWALKERS has been performed in the Netherlands, Serbia, Sweden, Italy, Hungary and South Korea to name a few. Doulos predominately engages on research trajectories under the umbrella of Expodium – an urban do tank investigating the role of the arts in urban transition areas.

Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka

Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka, culture manager, curator, head of A-I-R Laboratory programme at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. She founded the A-I-R Laboratory in 2003 as the first ongoing residency program in Poland. Between 2003 and 2015 curated and co-produced projects, exhibitions, presentations by number of international visiting artists. She also acted as project manager and co-curator of international projects examining different aspects of the artistic residencies: Rooted Design for Routed Living; RE-tooling RESIDENCIES and the Re-directing EAST – ongoing programme of curatorial residencies organized by the A-I-R Laboratory since 2013 in order to facilitate collaborations in-between art initiatives, which due to geopolitical conditions hasn’t had many opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience in a horizontal way. Since 2010 acts as board member of the Res Artis foundation in Amsterdam.

Barbara Hernandez

Soma is a non-profit organization conceived to nurture discussion and exchange in the field of contemporary art and education in Mexico City. SOMA’s mission is to provide a forum for dialogue between Mexican and international artists, cultural producers, and the public at large. Through various programs we build platforms to collectively investigate what art can become and how it can function in different contexts. SOMA is a space for reconsideration and reflection, where students and participants have the opportunity to critically analyze their proposals, and where revisiting creative processes is encouraged. SOMA maintains an independent status from other cultural institutions, allowing for flexibility with regard to subject matter and event format.

Christine Tohmé

The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan is a non-profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon. Since 1993, the association has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors across a range of disciplines and media. Ashkal Alwan’s programs include the Home Works Forum on Cultural Practices, curated projects in Lebanon and abroad, the publication of literary works and artists’ books, artists-in-residency programs and the video production and screening program Video Works. Through these initiatives and others, the association has established itself as a reference within the cultural landscape of the region and beyond. In 2011, Ashkal Alwan launched Home Workspace, a 2000m² facility in Beirut dedicated to arts education and production.

Marita Muukkonen

Marita Muukkonen is an internationally active curator based in Helsinki and Berlin, and a co-founding co-director of Perpetuum Mobile. She has been Chairperson of HIAP – The Helsinki International Artists-in-Residence Programme; Curator at HIAP; Curator at FRAME – The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange; Editor at FRAMEWORK – The Finnish Art Review (the international art magazine); and held key functions at NIFCA – The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art over several years.

Currently, among several ongoing Perpetuum Mobile projects, Marita is co-curating the large-scale 5-year international thematic Re-Aligned Project. This project has travelled across continents, with exhibitions, conferences, research and events in Helsinki, Berlin, Moscow, Tromso, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Yekaterinburg, Edinburgh, Cairo and London. She continues to co-curate PM’s residency-based projects such as Safe Haven Helsinki, Artists at Risk platform for visual art practitioners at risk as well as Collective Residencies and other projects, such as a 2-year project with Athens Biennial and projects in China. Marita is a contributor to art journals, catalogues and publications.


Mustarinda is an artist and researcher collective, with a residency and art centre next to an old-growth forest in mid-Finland. Lately, we have been inspired by naftology, or the philosophy of oil, and explored post-fossil fuel cultures through practical energy, transportation and gardening solutions and experiments. How to work and live well with renewable energy only? Our exhibitionEarthlings in the gallery Sinne in Helsinki was powered by the extra energy produced by the solar panels on our residency’s roof.

Antti Majava is an artist working in multiple media. His art often focuses on the relationship between man and nature, the importance of art in society, and the relationship between art and the economy. He received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki in 2008, and is working on his doctoral thesis within the Doctoral programme in interdisciplinary environmental sciences (DENVI) at Helsinki University. Majava works in Hyrynsalmi and Helsinki, Finland, and he is a co-founder of the Mustarinda Association and the BIOS research unit.

Alma Heikkilä lives and works in Helsinki and Hyrynsalmi, Finland. Heikkilä’s works consist of paintings, installations, videos and photographs. Recent themes have included human/non-human relations, affected by the various dimensions of the global ecological crisis. She completed an MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki in 2009. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums in Finland and other countries. Heikkilä is the co-founder of Mustarinda.


Bartaku is an artist and researcher with a background in Social Sciences (Lic.).  Practicing the art of enquiry medium-independently, the main driving interests lie in cognitive ecology, consciousness studies, neurobiology, energy and the philosophy of knowing and becoming. Most renowned is Bartaku’s questioning of mankind’s relation with energy in the “temporary Photoelectric Digestopians” Lab series, featuring edible solar cells. His work is often process-based, collaborative and situated in the folds and cracks of formal classifications. Since March 1st, 2016 he develops a deepening entanglement with the Aronia m. (chokeberry) as a Doctoral student (grant) at the Department of Arts, Design and Architecture of Aalto University (Fin).

Since 2004 Bartaku has been collaborating with various artists, scientists and art collectives. He has worked with researchers and students in institutes such as the Future Textiles/Materials Department of Central St. Martins College (Arts Univ. London); artscience interfaculty of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Hol); Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (apass; BE) and Helsinki International Artists Programme (HIAP, Fin). The latter is co-ordinating “Frontiers in Retreat”, an EU-funded program on Arts and Ecology with 8 arts organizations and 30 artists, including Bartaku. He has extensive experience in sharing his work through workshops and talks. He is a member of the Finnish Bioart Society since June 2016.

Irmeli Kokko

Irmeli Kokko is curator and educator based in Helsinki and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts of UniArts Helsinki. There she initiated and conceived the Artist in Society study module that discusses artistic activities in the context of art-world practices and societal changes. From mid 90’s onwards she’s been active within artists’ residencies, both as initiator, actor and expert. She has published articles on residencies nationally and internationally and has had positions of trust and mandates of expertise nationally and internationally, for example, Res Artis board-member 1999-2001; Nordic Council of Ministers expert-group member Module to support Residencies 2007-2011. She’s the founder of the Helsinki International Artist Program – HIAP. She has accomplished M.A. in Cultural Politics and Art Education. She is actively interested in developing cross-disciplinary situations for dialogue and learning in artists’ education.

Taru Elfving

Taru Elfving is a curator and writer based in London and Helsinki. Her practice focuses on nurturing cross-disciplinary encounters and context-specific artistic investigations and interventions with a long-term commitment to the critical discourses on ecology and feminism. Her curatorial work includes Hours, Years, Aeons by IC-98 (Finnish Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015), Beyond Telepathy performances and research (Paris, London 2016-), Frontiers in Retreat residency platform (HIAP, 2013-2018), Contemporary Art Archipelago exhibition and symposium (Turku 2011, European Capital of Culture), Centrifugal research network (Belfast, Helsinki, Zagreb, London 2005-), and Towards a Future Present biennial (LIAF, Norway 2008). Elfving has published an extensive body of research internationally as well as co-edited publications such as Altern Ecologies. Emergent Perspectives on the Ecological Threshold at the 55th Venice Biennale (Frame, 2016). She is currently on research leave from her position as Head of Programme at Frame Contemporary Art Finland (2013-), on a fellowship at Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London, where she completed her PhD in 2009.