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  • 23.06. – 09.08.2023

Open call | Fall 2023

“In the deep / on the surface”

Call open until Wed 9.8.2022!
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Friends, we are living in shaky and uncertain times. Crises such as war in Europe, the escalation of the climate crisis, inflation, and the rise of right-wing, conservative and nationalist politics across Europe, among many other major disasters, make us ask:

What possibilities or potentials could art have in this time? What would we like to do or could we do with art? How can we make space for emerging or nascent issues? But also for joy, community and hope?

UrbanApa’s aim from the beginning has been to question and challenge existing oppressive structures by creating space for diversity and multiplicity. And by arguing that topicality and joy, surface and depth, pleasure and subversion can and do coexist.

In November 2023, UrbanApa will return to the Ateneum Art Museum.


The thematic landscape of UrbanApa fall festival is “In the deep / on the surface”.

UrbanApa’s hope is to be an enabler and a platform for a variety of ways of making and being around artistic making, thinking and being together. This autumn we ask:

What kinds of things are present and in motion? Already identifiable? What kinds of things are just taking shape?

What is surfacing in your context? Or what kinds of things are under the surface or in the depths? How can working and doing be many things at once – deep, pleasurable, light, subversive? Playful, feminist and communal? Or utopian?


We are looking for a diverse group of artists and makers from different backgrounds.

We ask what kind of opportunities, needs, ideas, strategies, ways of working, methods, aesthetics, the theme of the fall and the museum context proposes right now?

And what do you need? What would you like to do? What are you interested in?

You can propose:

  1. demo, lecture, performance, speech, concept, work-in-progress, etc. / max. 30min.
  2. Choreographic relation, working method, installation, score, etc.
  3. Something else! What?

The proposal does not need to be directly related to the theme of the year, but the theme can be used as a starting point, landscape or inspiration.

Deadline for open call Wed 9.8.2023 22:00 UTC+3


Send us a CV or bio + free-form application (max. A4 or link to max. 3min. video) stating at least:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you do / project plan (what, how, why)?
  • Possible relationship with the fall theme?
  • Spatial and technical needs?
  • Is it possible to implement the proposal remotely, pre-recorded, stream or online? If so, how?
  • Are you / how are you free between 13.-18.11.2023 (time of the festival)?
  • Other wishes?
  • Please equip all attachments with your name and contact information.
  • NB! that all participants are required to commit to the platform’s ethical guidelines, which can be found here.

Name the email “OPEN CALL 2023” and send your proposal via email to AND by Wed 9.8.2023 22:00. No late admissions. 

We will send a reply message to all proposals once the application period has ended. There is a fee for all selected proposals.