Support for artists’ mobility

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The mobility of artists is supported in many ways by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike). Working grants and project grants awarded by the State promote a wide range of international mobility. In addition to these there are specific grants for mobility for artists travelling abroad from Finland.
The artist-in-residence subsidies are intended for operating costs and development projects of international artist-in-residencies in Finland.

Taike also has a development programme which aims to promote the understanding of diversity in the arts, intercultural dialogue and collaboration between majority and minority cultures as well as to promote the mobility of artists. A specific aim is to develop international networks with a focus on the Northern Dimension and Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation regions.

In co-operation with different ministries and representatives of art and cultural policy there have been many events promoting mobility either directly or indirectly. The main event was the Arctic Arts Summit Rovaniemi 2019 - The Arctic as a Laboratory for sustainable art and cultural policy. Taike also has in cooperation with ministries the Baltic Sea, Barents and Arctic and Russia cooperation projects in the Northern Dimension Area (IBA-fund): Creating new practices of sustainability and Refinery of sustainable cultural tourism products in the area.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

In 2019 more than 220 artists or groups of artists got a mobility grant for their project. The latest Arts and Culture Barometer from 2019 highlights the importance of these grants to the artists who received them.
Sixteen residencies got artist-in-residence subsidies in 2019. Many of these residencies are located on isolated areas of Finland and they help to bring cultural activities to the area. The projects involved numerous artists and representatives of cultural policy, for instance at the Arctic Arts Summit there were 450 participants from over 20 countries.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

For subsidies and grants for artistic mobility 738 000 euro (about 800 000 dollars) in 2019, about the same amount annually. The amount of money for projects is impossible to detach as it is largely labour input of Taike's personnel and co-operation with other actors in the field of art and culture.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
numerous artists’ associations
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Public Sector
Ministry of Education and Culture
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Yes. The latest Arts and Culture Barometer from 2019 surveyed the support for mobility of art and artists by Taike.
The Arts and Culture Barometer summarised what artists' thoughts are on mobility, but it did not give recommendations.