Answers to frequently asked questions

APPLICATION

Who can apply to feature as the Lönnström Project artist?
The applicant must be an artist or must work in the field of art in the capacity of an artist. The applicant can suggest a project they intend to create and for which they have the copyright. The applicant can also be a group, which in addition to visual artists may include people from other fields.

How should I present my idea in the application?
Convince the reader that the suggested project is artistically significant and can be implemented. Present your plan clearly and fully. Describe both the content and the practical production. You do not need to have all details in place at the application stage, but you do need to describe everything that is relevant to the success of the project.

IMPLEMENTATION

What type of projects is the Lönnström Art Museum NOT looking for?
Finished concepts, art exhibitions or book projects, or replications of previously completed projects.

Can I submit a previously produced or exhibited work?
We do not accept previously completed projects. However, the submission can be a continuation of or a sequel to a previous work, performance or project.

Where can the project be sited?

Lönnström Art Museum does not decide on the site beforehand. The site must be legal, feasible and accessible in some way. The application must describe what kind of environment is most suitable for the artwork, whether it is realistic, and what hopes the applicant has for the site. The application does not yet have to suggest a specific site for the work.

COSTS

Can I get retroactive funding for the selected project?
You may have begun developing the work before submitting the application, but the museum will not cover any costs incurred prior to selection of the project.

Can the project have had prior funding, and can I apply for other funding after being selected?

The work can already be in development, as long as it has not been presented anywhere. If you have already secured funding for the work, it must be clearly separated in the budget from the museum’s funding. You can also apply for external funding for the work during production. In that case, you must clarify to both the museum and the external funding body what the additional funds will cover and how they will stand in relation to the funding provided by the museum.

Will you pay the artist’s fee for all members of a group?
If the recipient is a group, the artist’s fee is split among the members as the group wishes. All other compensation (wages/salaries, complete with statutory employee payments) must be included in the production costs and itemised in the budget.

Can the applicant be a cooperative?
Yes. In that case, value-added tax (VAT) must be included in the artist’s fee in the budget.

Will the museum pay for project expenses other than the artist’s fee and production costs?
The museum will cover administrative costs, as well as the costs of audience engagement activities, communications, and documentation of the project. These expenses do not need to be included in the project budget.

PARTNERS

What kinds of partners are allowed in the Lönnström Project?
The need for and role of collaborators depends entirely on the project. It can involve the artwork site, materials, audience engagement or marketing, among others. Partners can be (but are not limited to) societies, educational institutions and businesses.

When should I approach potential partners?
You can contact potential partners as early as the application stage (to help you estimate costs, for example). You may also make contact later in the process, or after the selection, in which case the museum can play an active role in negotiations.

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT AND DOCUMENTATION

What is audience engagement in connection with the Lönnström Project?
We hope that the public will be able to follow the project throughout the entire process. Audience engagement can comprise lectures, guided tours, artist meetings, workshops, community events, blogging or theme days. The museum and the artist will together decide what type of encounters with the public are best suited to the work.

How is the project documented?
The documentation is produced collaboratively by the museum and the artist. The museum will record and document progress of the work and will keep the materials produced during the project. The artist shall submit to the museum copies of their own documentation produced during the project.