National Comics Residency 2020

In the spring 2020, Oulu Comics Center and The Liminka School of Arts decided to postpone the international comic residencies from this year until the year 2021 due to the Corona pandemic. To substitute those, two national comic residencies are arranged instead.

Many applied to the open call. The comic artists Emmi Valve (link:, Emmi Valve talks about her Girl Gang Bang Bang comics)  and Tuomas Myllylä (link: Myllylä’s Instagram) got selected as the residence artists. The residence periods last three weeks.

The comic residencies are located in The Liminka School of Arts, the municipality of Liminka, Northern Finland. The residence artists will organize an exhibition at the Liminka library in November. The exhibition will be part of the Oulu Comics Festival on 20th and 21st of November 2020. Additionally, the will hold an open lecture in Liminka and on the Pakkalla stage of Oulu main library on the festival Saturday 20th of November.

More information will be added to the bulletin of Oulu Comics Festival…

OPEN CALL: Oulu Comics Center and The Liminka School of Arts will invite two Finninsh or Finland-residing comic artists to a residence from 3rd to 23rd of November.

The deadline for applications is 14.8.2020 (11:59 pm).

Oulu Comics Center and The Liminka School of Arts organize an open call for an international comic artist residency. Due to the Corona pandemic, we decided to postpone our international residences  from this year until 2021. Instead we will organize a national comic artist residency for two comic artists.

The residency is located in the municipality of Liminka, Northern Finland. The residence program is organized by Oulu Comics Center and The Liminka School of Arts.

Oulu Comics Center is an organization established in 2014, and it operates for the comics hobbyists and professionals around the year. The comics library Sarjasto, which is located at the Oulu main library, adds to the sortiment of comics services in the area. The ninth Oulu Comics Festival will be organized from 20th to 22nd of November 2020. At that time, the city gets packed again with comics and other programs. The Festival is the largest yearly comics event in the Barents and arctic region. The Oulu region, which has a population of 250 000, offers good conditions to enjoy both the busy city and the peace of nature.

The residence is located in the municipality of Liminka, approximately 30 kilometers south from the Oulu city. The Liminka School of Arts started in 1966 and it is the oldest adult education college in Finland. The adult students can choose to study in the field of  visual arts, comic arts, freeform arts, or theatre.

We expect that the residence artist holds an optional comic arts teaching for 10 hours on the comic arts line of The Liminka School of Arts, and that they hold a lecture at the venue of Liminki municipality. In addition, they will take part in the Oulu Comics Festival as an artist by giving an interview and organizing an exhibition.

The time period of the residency:

from 3rd of November to 23rd of November (3 weeks)

We will offer:

  • 400 € prize
  • mileage (by the cheapest option)
  • accommodation
  • breakfast, lunch and coffee at The Liminka school of Arts on school days
  • work facilities
  • networking, professional consultation and peer support from the colleagues

The application must contain

  • a free form plan for the time period of the residency and for the contents of the teaching
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Documentation of the earlier body of work

Send your application via email (titled Kansallinen sarjakuvaresidenssi 2020) to

We will make the selections for the residencies right at the beginning of August and we will inform all the applicants about the selections.