Justheat research project is looking for artists to work with on commission

Thermal camera image of a house.

The project is looking for three artists: one in Finland, one in Sweden and one in Romania. Apply before 19.12.2022!

The commission invites the development of a new body of work that explores individual experiences of keeping warm, home heating, place, and the local, in a context of past and current energy transitions.

Taking place across a year, the commissions involve short time periods spent exploring two selected locations in each country, working alongside researchers interviewing communities, plus time to develop new work, in dialogue with an international community of artists and researchers. There will also be scope to present work in progress, and further exhibition possibilities as the project develops.

Justheat is looking for three artists, one based in each of the three nations (Finland, Romania and Sweden) that meet the following criteria:

  • An active contemporary artist working in any medium/or multiple media.
  • A proven interest in exploring communities or other people’s experiences, or of responding to place.
  • Some interest and previous engagement with one (or more) of the core issues of Justheat – this might include the home, warmth, heating, energy, infrastructure, climate change, history, justice, or inequality.
  • English language proficiency as all artistic discussion/work with teams is likely to be in English.
  • It will also be useful to have basic capacity in the national language- but we do anticipate some scope for support by national teams.
  • To have an interest in interdisciplinary discussion.
  • Having the flexibility to spend short time periods in field work locations.
  • Own work space. We do not provide a studio so the development of works would take place in your existing work place/studio.
  • To be based in the country where you are applying for the commission, to avoid unnecessary travel internationally as all aspects of the project are being undertaken as sustainably as possible.

See the call text with further information and instructions for applying (pdf)

About Justheat

Justheat is an international research project bringing together social sciences, oral history and art research to explore experiences of past home heating and energy change, to encourage fair and just transition beyond fossil fuels. The project is a partnership between researchers in Romania, Finland, Sweden and the UK.

The project website

More information: Becky Shaw b.shaw@shu.ac.uk