Artists for residencies in UK in 2016 have been selected

Jenna Sutela, Orgs, 2015. Physarum polycephalum, agar and oats inside a holacratic organizational chart engraved on plexiglass. Photo: Mikko Gaestel.


Artists Henna-Riikka Halonen and Jenna Sutela have been selected for artist residencies in Britain in 2016. The residency programmes are co-organised by Frame and the Finnish Institute in London. This summer, video and performance artist Henna-Riikka Halonen will work in the Wysing Poly residency at the Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge. Jenna Sutela, who works mainly with performance, video and text, will take residence at The White Building, London’s centre for art, technology and sustainability, which is part of the leading UK visual arts organisation SPACE.

The Wysing Poly residency offers a two-month residency starting in July, and The White Building residency programme a three-month residency starting in October. Both residencies offer the selected artists travel and accommodation fees, a shared studio space as well as a working grant and production budget. The open call for the residency programmes was arranged in April, and it attracted altogether 44 applications; 19 for the Wysing Poly and 25 for the White Building residency.

Henna-Riikka Halonen’s recent projects and research are concerned on how the social relations and  spaces are conditioned by technological developments, adressing the  gap between the experience and the explanation. Using the critical possibilities of sci-fi, she makes films, performances, texts and installations that aim to open up a space to re-imagine the world we inhabit. Wysing Arts Centre, the 17th century farmhouse in Cambridge, provides alternative environments and structures for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production, out of which emerges an ongoing programme of exhibitions and public events.


Jenna Sutela’s written, directed, installed and performed projects seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments – most recently, the relationship between the body and its technologically-mediated environment. Her work has been presented, among other places, at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and South London Gallery and writing published by, for example, Fiktion, Harvard Design Magazine and Sternberg Press. Her residency is part of SPACE’s Art + Technology programme 2016/17.

Artists were also selected for the residency programmes co-organised by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and the Finnish Institute in London. Sara Bjarland will stay in residence at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin and Anna Mikkola will participate a residency programme at Lighthouse in Brighton. Read more on HIAP’s website.