"The Åland Archipelago Guest Artist Residence in Kökar was created in 1977, first for an international artist exchange project with Ireland and Catalonia in 1997. The center offers artists who want to find inspiration from nature a great opportunity to develop their work. The basic idea behind the creation of this center is to experience a new surrounding for creative work. The center also wishes to improve artist's ability to pay attention to constructed natural environment and, eventually, to find new ways for interaction between artists, society and environment."
More information can be found at http://www.kokarkultur.net/welcome.html
Kökar is a small island in the Åland Archipelago in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland, it has only around 240 people that live on it. I shall be using the time to immerse myself in this stark and remote landscape with the intention of designing new works which shall be made on returning to Australia. After my residency, I shall explore mainland Finland to see the contrast in landscapes between the bare Åland Archipelago and the deeply forested mainland. If I am able, I shall then travel up to Lapland to view another kind of landscape, one of high mountains and cold arctic circle conditions.
Updates of the nature I encounter whilst in Finland will be posted here in the weeks to come.