The Helsinki-based artist Santtu Laine was awarded the 2023 Ecologies in the Making residency. This residency is the second in a four year programme developed by the Academy of Fine Arts Uniarts Helsinki, Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW).

The residencies are designed to focus upon making practices at a time of climate breakdown and are aimed at MFA alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts, particularly those with sculptural methods or material processes. The programme supports research and the development of new work, and Santtu will be based at Cove Park for eight weeks, with the opportunity to develop new projects and connect with students and tutors at Glasgow School of Art, before moving to SSW for a further eight weeks and the opportunity to produce new work in the residency’s workshop.

Santtu Laine is a Finnish multidisciplinary artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. He is working with the mediums of installation, sculpture, images and sound. In his works he is often dealing with the subject of memory and the ambiguity and vagueness related to memories. In his art practice he’s exploring alternative and sustainable ways of creating art. In his art Santtu combines creatively different techniques and materials and is constantly searching new forms of expression. He has completed Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Time and Space Arts, at The Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. He has previously completed Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the BTK University of Art & Design, Berlin.

We  would like to thank our colleagues at SSW and in Helsinki for this collaboration. The project is made possible by a donation to Uniarts Helsinki from the Saastamoinen Foundation. Further information is available here.

Image: courtesy of the artist.