Open Call: Aurora Residency 2024

Aurora Residency is a new residency in Paris for Nordic artists, created and run by Art Hub Copenhagen (AHC), Le Bicolore – Maison du Danemark, and Fondation Fiminco. You can apply for a place in the program right now. The deadline is Monday, April 15 at 12:00 noon (CET).

Fondation Fiminco. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.

The residency offers two Nordic artists a three-month residency in Paris, accommodation, studio, and access to workshop facilities at Fondation Fiminco in Romainville on the outskirts of Paris. The works produced during the residency will be the object of a public showcase organized by Le Bicolore, and the artists will get to participate in public events in France and Denmark.

The name Aurora is the English word for “northern lights” and refers to the fact that the residency program is for artists living in the Nordic countries, i.e. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Åland, and Lapland.

The purpose of the Aurora Residency is to promote Nordic artists’ careers and opportunities to gain visibility and expand international networks. Aurora Residency is also a sustainable project that aims to continuously experiment with environmental awareness in residency and exhibition practices.

Read more about the program and how to apply below.



Aurora Residency 2024 runs from 16th of September until the 13th of December and includes:

– Accommodation at Fondation Fiminco: Each resident artist will have a furnished studio of around 20 square meters with a private bathroom and a shared kitchen as well as access to common living areas.

– A work studio at Fondation Fiminco: Each resident artist has their own workspace of around 30 square meters in a bright, spacious collective studio shared between 2 and 3 artists, equipped with furniture and storage.

– Access to workshop facilities at Fondation Fiminco: Engraving workshop, construction workshop (wood and metal), screen printing workshop, ceramic workshop, 3D printing/cutting workshop, photo and video workshop.

– A round-trip slow-travel ticket to and from Paris.

– A fee of 50 000 DKK that includes the fee for 3 months of residency and the presentation fees of the artist at the public event at Le Bicolore and at AHC.

– A production budget of 10 000 DKK.

– Advice on local integration and network development activities.

– Artistic and curatorial mentoring.


What we require from the selected artists during the program:

– The production of an artwork.

– A collaboration with a selected curator.

– Participation in a public showcase and talk at Le Bicolore – Maison du Danemark (beginning of December).

– Participation in a public talk at AHC, when the artists are on their way back to their home countries.



  • Applicants must be individual professional visual artists with a material-based practice. This entails that:
    • The applicant must be graduated from an art academy or have a similar professional visual arts education or background.
    • Applicants should be able to document their professional art career via their CV.
    • Applicants should have a practice that involves working with either physical or digital material. Unfortunately, the residency cannot accommodate artists working in the field of performing arts due to the workshops not being equipped for it.
    • It is not possible to apply as a duo.Applicants must be Nordic citizens or be in possession of a permanent residence permit in Nordic countries or France.
  • We value diversity highly. We therefore encourage everyone regardless of ethnicity, gender, identity, and sexuality to apply. We also want to highlight that the foundation’s spaces are accessible to artists with reduced mobility.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • The quality of the proposed candidates’ artistic work and proposal.
  • The potential benefit to the candidates’ career by participating in the specific residency.
  • The demonstration of an awareness and concern for environmental sustainability in the topic addressed in the candidate’s proposal, and/or in the planification, production and afterlife of the candidate’s project. Projects must have a focus on local production and a focus on forms with a limited CO2 footprint in terms of transportation such as video, film, or screen works.
  • A relevant connection between the French context and the candidate’s practice or current area of interest.



To apply, fill out this application form (right click on link and select “open link in new tab”, select download. The form is a word file). The form is to be filled out in English.

The completed forms should be sent as a single PDF file of max. 5 MB.

Send the application to Write “Aurora Residency 2024” in the subject field.

Deadline for application: April 15, 2024, at 12.00 noon (CET).



The jury is composed of a representant of each institution involved – AHC, Fondation Fiminco and Le Bicolore – Maison du Danemark, as well as of a French curator selected by the institutions.

The jury will select the artists based on the criteria mentioned. The results of the selection process will be announced on 8 May 2024.

If you have any questions about the residency or the open call, please contact AHC’s project coordinator, Rose Tytgat, via

As a resident in the Aurora Residency program, your contact person throughout the residency will be Renata Bellanova, residencies coordinator at Fondation Fiminco. You can contact her via



Aurora Residency 2024 is the first residency in the collaboration between AHC, Le Bicolore, and Fondation Fiminco. Once this first program is completed, feedback will be gathered from the participating artists, curator, and project partners to further the discussion on how the program can develop and continue, and how the social and environmental sustainability strategy can be taken forward.

It is hoped that this first residency will initiate a long-term collaboration between the project partners and allow for more artists and curators to participate in the program through open calls, and for French artists to also get the chance to have a residency in Denmark and work with Danish curators.

Finally, the Aurora residency is conceived as an experiment in environmentally sustainable residency-making. Environmental awareness is thus a central aspect of the project, permeating all the key steps of the program. This commitment translates not only in the implementation of environmentally friendly constraints, but also in measuring the footprint of the residency in a perspective of future improvements and incorporating sustainability at the heart of the dissemination program.

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