Centre for Artistic Research
CfAR – the Centre for Artistic Research – is a profiled research centre at the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki). Its principal aim is to develop and support activities in Artistic Research (AR) at the postdoctoral level, both in the Academies (Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy) and in the Uniarts Helsinki as a whole.
CfAR was created in order to form a community where artistic practice and practitioners, research and researchers can interact in varied and fruitful ways. It gathers all postdoctoral artist-researchers, whether they work in professional fields outside universities or within them, by contract or as visiting researchers, with or without external funding, in Finland or abroad. The staff members at Uniarts Helsinki who have a degree in the arts or conduct artistic research are automatically part of the CfAR community regardless of their unit or cycle. In addition, CfAR is open to other researchers interested in the study of artistic practices and processes who may benefit from artistic interaction and collaboration with artists and artist-researchers.
Introduction to Uniarts’ research as a whole, including AR, other types of research, and doctoral research: Uniarts Helsinki research
CfAR maintains the Portal for artistic research activities in Finland, which gathers information about artistic research in this part of the world.
AR is one of the three profiled/featured research areas at Uniarts. Each area has a centre within the Uniarts Helsinki Research Hub. The other two centres are Taideyliopiston historiafoorumi (HiFo) - Uniarts Helsinki's History Forum - and Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA). There are strong links between the three, and we complement each other. We collectively form the Research Hub to showcase all the research activities at Uniarts.
CfAR grants for postdoctoral researchers’ productions & research dissemination
The Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR) at Uniarts Helsinki has awarded its fall 2019 grants to postdoctoral researchers for artistic productions that are a part of their research or for dissemination of their work in the field of Artistic Research.
Satu Olkkonen: The mounting of a music theatre production in Helsinki
Tuula Närhinen: Transport costs for artwork for the EARN network conference in Leeds, UK
Lynda Gadreau: for an AR project in theatre
Kirsi Heimonen: for video documentation
Luis Guerra: for a publication
Tero Heikkinen: for a workshop presentation at the EARN network conference in Leeds, UK
Marika Orenius: for video installation production at Mediaboxi at Forum Box gallery, Helsinki
Alejandro Olarte: for a collaborative concert/recording project with doctoral students at the Lithuanian Academy
Esa Kirkkopelto: for language revision for a book translation proposal
Pekka Kantonen: for a long-term internet project
Otso Lähdeoja: for a collaborative musical performance project
Jyrki Siukonen: for speaking in David Smith: Dialogues in Wakefield, UK
Cecilia Oinas: for a collaborative AR project in Kaija Saariaho songs