International Comics Residence 2021

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Application Deadline: July 31st 2021 (Decisions will be made until Aug 6th 2021)

A Great opportunity for comic artists worldwide!

The Oulu Comics Center announces an Open Call for Comic Artists to apply. The Comics residency takes place in Liminka, Northern Finland, a serene and inspiring village near the Baltic sea shore. The residency programme is organized in collaboration with Oulu Comics Center and Liminka School of Arts.

The Oulu Comics Center was founded in 2014. It arranges comic-orientated cultural events, supports, shares comics and creates a platform for comic artists in Oulu region and in the Arctic area. In the Comics Library, Sarjasto, you can experience panel filled moments and marvel on the spot or borrow and take home. The Oulu tenth Comics Festival fills the city with panels once again in 19.-21.11.2021. The festival is the largest annual comics event in the Arctic region, that is widely noticed in local and national media. Oulu is capital city in the Northern Ostrobothnia with a population of 200,000.

The residency is located in Liminka. 30 kilometers South from the City of Oulu. Liminka School of Arts is the oldest community college in Finland, founded in 1892. Adult students study year or more in boarding school environment in one of the four departments,  Fine Arts (painting, printmaking, sculpting), Comics and Animation, Theatre and Performing Arts and Free-form Studies. Liminka School of Arts is highly appreciated school that has produced many acknowledged professionals of contemporary art and comic. The school has 70-100 full-time students each year.

We expect the residencial artist to keep a five day workshop and open lecture at Liminka School of Arts during the residency period. Also at the Oulu Comics Festival we expect the artist to provide a 45 minute lecture. We also offer a fine exhibition space for your artworks. Exhibition takes place Oulu Comics Festival and located in Liminka Library

We are looking for a Comics artist who is committed to teach and has background with teaching. Recidencial artist is of course supported by standing teachers of the school.

The Comics Residency is now held for fourth time. Previous artists are:
– 2017 Amr Talaat, Egypt,
– 2018 Cara Bean, USA and
– 2019 Nancy “NAAN” Costa, Puerto Rico

Duration of the Residency
October 1 – November 30 2021 (1.10.-30.11.2021)

What we offer
– Travels to Oulu and back (max 600 euros)
– Fee of 800 euros
– Accommodation
– Breakfast , lunch and afternoon coffee in school restaurant during the School days in Liminka Shool of Arts
– Free Studio for different medias, printmaking, sculpting, animation, performing arts…
– Access for our utensils and implements
– Local bus card to travel between Oulu and Liminka
– Exhibition space at Liminka libary
– exposure in local and national media

How To apply How To apply
The application MUST include
– Letter of intent
– CV
– Documentation of up to five previous works (Please note, that application materials will not be returned to the sender.)

Use e-mail: sarjakuvaoulu(at)

Or send your physical application by mail to:
Oulu Comics Center
P.O. Box 42
90015 City of Oulu

We will notify you by email once your residency proposal has been reviewed.

In case of questions or furher information about Liminka School of Arts or logistics, feel free to contact standing teachers with email: sarjakuvalinja(at)
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