Laura Põld announced as the recipient of ISCP studio grant in New York

The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 open call for the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) two-month artist’s residency in New York. An international jury consisting of curators Kari Conte (ISCP), Natalie Bell (New Museum), John Riepenhoff (Green Gallery) and Karin Laansoo (ECADC) has awarded the grant to Laura Põld.


The jury valued Põld’s recent collaborative practice and her interest in new artistic exchange that would allow her to thrive in the residency setting. ISCP residency will allow the artist to visit both collections and institutions focused on sculpture, along with curatorial studio visits and field trips, in support of her multi-year project about man’s impact on environment.


The versatile artistic practice of Laura Põld, who has a background in ceramics and painting, connects subjective spatial experience and sensitive use of materials. In her work, she uses different media, such as clay, ceramics, painting and textile. Her latest personal exhibitions include ‘Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land’ at the Tartu Art Museum (2016), ‘Serving Makes Place’ at Gallery Maebashi Works in Japan (with Johna Hansen, 2016) and ‘Artists in Collections: Laura Põld x Kunda Cement Museum’ (2018). At the moment, she is working on a project asking questions about a possibility of a more equal interspecies coexistence, the first part of which can be seen in Finland at the exhibition ‘Beings With’ during Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale.


The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. ISCP is housed in a former factory building in Brooklyn; it has 35 studios, 2 galleries, and a project space. Since 2015, Estonians Marge Monko, Rael Artel, Paul Kuimet and Anu Vahtra have taken part in the ISCP residency.


The ISCP-ECADC residency takes place between October 1st and November 30th, 2019. The stipend is supported by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center and the Estonian Ministry of Culture.



Laura Põld. Photo: Lukas Eggerth