Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation


MJF is open for applications to it's Fellows-programme, for the period 15.09-15.11.2020

  • Open period: September 15th - November 15th, 2020
  • Duration: 1-2 months
  • Application deadline: February 15th, 2020
  • The residency includes a stipend for living costs

MJFs mission statement: Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation is situated on an island in Lofoten, on the edge of the continental shelf. Like other, far away peripheries, the place is sensitive to changes. It is a region of extreme fragility, where we are implicated with changes in nature and the urgent challenges these create. The Foundation is in process of establishing an infrastructure that can support thinking and promote meetings between formal and informal competence. The Fellows are free to define the way they spend their time, but are encouraged to leave an imprint that will generate tools for further thinking which can inspire guidlines for the Foundation's activities as well as ripple out, over time, through both private and public channels.

As part of our mandate, MJF invites 4-5 Fellows each year. These are practising artists, writers, scientists or researchers from any field that encourages new paths of thinking. The Fellows are selected by MJFs board to spend up to 2 months in our building called The Place. MJF has been running its Fellows program since May 2018, and has hosted seven Fellows up until the end of 2019.

In the words of Maaretta Jaukkuri:

The Place is situated on the shore of the Norwegian Sea. Its closest neighbours, somewhere beyond the horizon, are Greenland and Spitsbergen islands.

The Place is in an inhabited rural area, yet one that offers ample peace and tranquillity in its majestic, natural environment renowned for its solemn beauty and ever-changing moods. Here one becomes sensitized to nature but also aware of the grave threats it is facing. We are confronted with nature in daily life, in a real and ethically compelling but gentle manner.

The Place is open to all who are in different ways connected to contemporary arts and more generally to the time we are living in. The Fellows can be artists, curators, authors, natural or social scientists, philosophers, astronomers, spiritual thinkers, economists, visionaries or whatever groups or individuals the future will bring to us. Knowledge is here understood in a comprehensive way and includes both its formal and informal areas of competence as it is stated in the Foundation’s mission.

Anyone working in any field of mediation has to be able to situate their own inner voice, their own particular and idiosyncratic knowledge as well as their own often intuitive insights into the wider framework of what is happening in the arts and in the wider context of the contemporary world. For this one requires both reflection, concentration and time to think over what one has seen and experienced, learnt or left behind, to reflect both in specific as well as in more general terms. This kind of process is usually not possible in the midst of one’s daily routines. This is true of people working in institutional settings, but, in particular, of the growing group of independent practitioners in different fields. The Place provides a setting where the processes of thinking and reflecting are supported, encouraged and given time.

The building provides all the necessities for simple living, granting free time for undisturbed thinking. There is no traditional studio space; instead, the whole set-up is for studying, reflecting, writing, meditating and dreaming. The surrounding environment is an ever-present source of inspiration for wandering, wondering and experiencing. Cultural inspiration and impulses for work are provided by books and digital connections as well as a telescope to look at the stars.

Application procedure

Tell us who you are and why you want to stay at Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation. Let us know if you prefer a residency of one or two months. Please keep the application to one PDF including a CV (maximum one A4), the file should not exceed 5 MB. You may add relevant information and other media as links.

Application deadline: February 15th, 2020

Send your application to:

Due to the current crisis regarding coronavirus we have had to delay the final selection: One applicant will be selected by our advisory board and will be announced on no later than May 15th, 2020.

NB! A driver’s licence is required for staying at MJF.

MJF offers the selected Fellow:
A stipend of NOK 10 000,- per month.
A rental car for up to two months.

Travel: We recommend our Fellows to apply for travel support from their local sources. MJF may in some instances be able to support part of the travel expenses.

MJF is accessible by plane to Leknes or Svolvær airports, or by ferry to Svolvær, Moskenes or Stamsund harbours. Once you arrive in Lofoten Islands we will arrange to pick you up by car. We will assist you with providing links to the relevant companies.

The MJF Fellows program is generously supported by:
Kone Foundation and Saastamoinen Foundation