Reside / Sustain

Reside/Sustain was a research project that examined the role of artistic and residency activity in various aspects of sustainability. At the core of the project was a firm belief that residency organisations, apart from offering artists and art field practitioners a place to work, could also connect local aspects of sustainability to wider perspectives, including the ways we travel, live, and interact.

The project was done in 2021-2024 and was supported by the Kone Foundation. Initially, the project was focusing on Finnish and Russian experiences, although later it expanded its geographical scope.

The project aimed to examine how art residencies, as well as artists and art field practitioners understand sustainability; increase awareness and spark the discussion; inspire institutions and individuals to make their actions and operations more sustainable by providing them with insights and possible solutions, as well as support exchange of practices and development of connectivity between the actors.