The Stina Krook Foundation supports and promotes the visual and performing arts with annual grants, with special regard for the Swedish-language community in Finland. The grants are presented without an application process. Instead, the board chooses the recipients based on suggestions by eminent experts in the field of visual arts and performing arts.
With the grants the foundation wants to support artists in the early stages of their career as well as contribute to the long-term work of established artists. The foundation was established by Stina Nicolaisen, née Krook, in December 1976. The first distribution of grants took place on Stina’s birthday on March 15th, 1978. Since its establishment, the foundation has supported more than 500 artists in the fields of visual and performing arts with an amount that totals two and a half million euros.
The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark and The Stina Krook Foundation launch a new, 1-week, residency programme with focus on the visual artists’ portfolios.
The purpose of PortRe is to give the emerging Finnish, or Finland-based, visual artists an opportunity to go to Copenhagen and present their portfolios to a number of established actors on the Danish cultural field. The portfolio can be presented to, for example, gallerists, art critics, curators, collectors or other art professionals to commence a constructive conversation around the artist’s portfolio. The portfolio is an important and necessary tool for visual artists, yet the artists rarely have a possibility to discuss the portfolio with the people evaluating them. The aim of the programme is to provide this possibility for emerging artists in an early stage of their career, as a unique opportunity for development and rewarding dialogue between artists and art professionals. PortRe is a residency programme by invitation only.