Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.
Currently we are not actively offering residencies in Helsinki as our focus is increasingly about developing projects that are initiated by the members of Ptarmigan association.
However residencies have been one interesting part of our relatively short existence. Between 2009-2011 we were host to a variety of residencies for artists and other creative producers. These were sometimes been Helsinki-based people working in our old Nilsiänkatu space, or international visitors with longer-term projects. Since 2011 Ptarmigan Helsinki has not been bound to a physical space and our funded Nordic-Baltic residency programme has finished, so our residency programme is on a bit of a hiatus.
We are always open to interesting ideas and projects. Whilst we cannot offer funds, studio space, or accomodation, we are still eager to work with visiting projects in whatever capacity we can. This may merely be through networking or organising talks and presentations, but it's something we can do at this moment.
Instead of thinking that we are a residency centre without a centre, we see our community as the centre. As always, we're most interested in proposals that don't fit inside the typical confines of art production. With our focus on participatory projects, we are most excited by work that engages with the public and creates events and unusual interactions. We love formats such as workshops, discussions, and bizarre approaches to educational formats -- and we always like to see residents who become involved with our ongoing projects. And now, with our second location in Tallinn, we're excited to see projects that would have some presence in both countries.
If you are visiting Helsinki and are interested to present an artist talk or performance please or if you are planning a project anyway that you'd like to collaborate with us on - please tell use about your ideas through our project proposal form. Give us a sense of what you're looking for from us, and why you think Ptarmigan is a good platform for your work. Whilst we can't promise anything, but we would still love to hear from you.