OPEN CALL FOR 2015

Until 30 September 2014

The Finnish Institute in London is looking for visual arts, museums and archives professionals to participate in MOBIUS, fellowship programme that enables mobility and collaborative practices and supports long-lasting professional relationships between the UK, Republic of Ireland and Finland. We will choose maximum of eight fellows who are expected to work as part of hosting organisation’s staff for 2-3 months during 2015.

The call opens on 11 August and runs until 30 September 2014.

WHAT?

MOBIUS is a three-year programme organised by the Finnish Institute in London and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. It started at the end of 2013 and the first fellows were chosen in the Spring 2014.

MOBIUS supports opening up cultural data, meaningful networking and sharing knowledge and best practices. One of the main agendas is to develop current modes of operation in the fields of visual arts, museums and archives: ranging from up-and-coming to prominent, from independent to institutional. The programme offers culture sector professionals a unique opportunity to gain valuable international experience through a multi-institutional model of peer-to-peer learning.

Dr Susanna Pettersson, the director of the Finnish Institute in London says: “It is essential to test different ideas and practices in an international context. MOBIUS will create networks and knowledge that will benefit the whole culture sector in Finland, the UK, Ireland and the US.”

MOBIUS is generously supported by the Kone Foundation, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

HOW?

The participants are chosen in London by a steering group including members from The Finnish Institute in London, The National Archives of Finland, Finnish Museums Association, Archives and Records Association UK, Museums Association UK , British Council and Chester Beatty Library, Ireland.

The steering group will propose each fellow a hosting organisation, which responds to the fellow’s interests in the best possible way. The Finnish Institute in London manages and coordinates fellowship periods between participating professionals and organizations in UK, Ireland and Finland.

The Finnish Institute in London will cover and coordinate for each fellow the travel costs to the working destination and accommodation costs during the fellowship. The sending organisation will pay for the salary for its staff member who will be sent to work overseas whereas the hosting organisation is committed to provide professional guidance and support for the duration of the fellowship period.

If a fellow is a freelancer she/he is responsible for his/her own living costs during the fellowship period.

WHERE?

The fellows coming from Finland will be placed in art organisations, museums and archives in different regions of Great Britain and Ireland and those coming from Great Britain and Ireland will be placed in Finland.

Our partner organizations in 2014 are the following:

In Great Britain: The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums; CIRCA projects, Newcastle upon Tyne; Cornwall Records Office, Cornwall Council, Truro; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries; National Media Museum, Bradford; National Museums Liverpool; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Newcastle upon Tyne; Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester.

In Republic of Ireland: Science Gallery, Dublin.

In Finland: The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; The Finnish National Archives; Rautavaara Museum, Espoo; Helsinki Art Museum; Heureka - The Finnish Science Centre, Vantaa; HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme; Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art, The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki; Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLICANT

  1. More than five years work experience in the field of archives, museums or visual arts (curating, producing, researching, marketing etc.)
  2. Fluent spoken and written English.
  3. Possibility to work abroad for a period of 2-3 months.
  4. Desire to share own professional experiences and knowledge and learn new ideas and practices.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The collaboration between fellows and hosting organisation will be content-driven and thematic. It is highly important to communicate clearly about your own professional interests, areas of expertise, and to specify in which ways the fellowship would benefit both you and the sending organisation. Please list your preferred hosting organisations.

Please fill in the application form here.

Futhermore, please send a single PDF in English to johanna.vakkari@finnish-institute.org.uk including:

  • a cover sheet with name, email and occupation
  • a 500-word letter of intent
  • curriculum vitae (max. three pages)

Write MOBIUS London in the subject line of your email. Label the application file with your name (surname_forename_MOBIUS). The deadline for applications is 30 September 2014.

Enquiries: The Finnish Institute in London, Johanna Vakkari, johanna.vakkari@finnish-institute.org.uk

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