Finnish artist Jere Vainio has been awarded the 2024 Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures Residency.

This four-month residency is the third in a four year programme developed by the Academy of Fine Arts Uniarts Helsinki, Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW). Each resident has the opportunity to work at Cove Park for 8 weeks before travelling to Aberdeenshire for a further 8-week residency at SSW.

These 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 working with sculptural methods or material processes. The programme supports research and the development of new work, and we are grateful to our partners and to the Saastamoinen Foundation for their support. More information on this year’s jury and the 2024 award is available here.

Images: above, Jere Vainio, photography by Juliana Irene Smith; below, Jere Vainio, ‘Utility Blanket’, 2021, recycled cotton, polyester and aluminium.