Lauttasaari Manor Residence

The Red Villa located in the courtyard of the Lauttasaari Manor includes a refurbished residency apartment for artists and researchers. Finnish organisations, work groups and communities in the fields of art and research, who want to invite a foreign art or research expert to Finland for a cooperation project, are welcome to apply for the residency. Residency guests are selected through an open application process, which is organised in connection with the Foundation’s general application procedure every year.

The Lauttasaari Manor Residency programme is an initiative that aims to support international and collaborative projects, research, and networking amongst Finnish and international art and research professionals. Residency guests are selected through an application process held during the Foundation’s annual grant call. The residency is also targeted toward organisations who wish to invite a foreign expert to work with their team in Finland for 1–4 months.

The application call is open to Finnish arts and research organisations and those working in the fields supported by the Foundation, including all fields of art and research in humanities as well as social and environmental studies. Organisations with a Finnish business ID may apply for the residency on behalf of their international guests. The applying organisation may be a working group (such as a research unit or think-tank), a group of artists or curators, an art gallery, a musical ensemble or an association organising an arts-based festival or event.

The residency period can last 1–4 months and can take place  between December 2021 and June 2022. In the application process, small organisations offering fresh initiatives are generally favoured over established institutions. We also prefer initiatives aiming for a longer residency period of 3–4 months.

In addition to applying for the residency, the applicant, along with its guest, is responsible for setting the goals of residency, as well as organising a guest programme and other practical arrangements. The overall objective is to support the international networking of Finns operating in the academic and artistic spheres. The visiting expert’s activities should include work performed in a public space and/or with communities. Residencies should primarily focus on interaction and knowledge sharing. Please review Kone Foundation’s Key Issues and Themes for more information on this topic.

In addition to the accommodation at the residence apartment, the residency includes a personal monthly working grant and, if necessary, a grant to cover other expenses, as well as a possibility of a separate working space for the guest. You may apply for a personal monthly grant only for the residency guest. (If you are inviting a couple, e.g. an artist duo, you may apply for a monthly grant for both of them.) For more information on grant sums, please see Instructions for the Online Grant Service ‘Funding in detail’ for more information on the grant sums.

The Foundation provides support in the practical arrangements of the visit at Lauttasaari Manor and the possibility to host discussions or other events during the residency. Guests have the opportunity to engage in discussion with other professionals and to organise events for establishing contacts and exchanging ideas. The staff at Lauttasaari Manor supports residency guests by inviting them to joint meetings with those working at the manor and through other open activities or events organised by the Foundation.


Residency facilities

The residency apartment (38m2) is located on the island of Lauttasaari in Helsinki, on the second floor of the Red Villa in the courtyard of Lauttasaari Manor. The apartment comprises a bedroom, a combined living room and workspace, a kitchenette and a bathroom with a washing machine. The residency guest may also use the workshop space in the manor’s yard or a shared office in the manor’s main building.

The Red Villa. Photo: Neea Eloranta

Photo: Neea Eloranta


Photo: Neea Eloranta

How to apply to the residence

Apply for the residency by submitting your application, along with the required attachments, using The Online Application ServiceThe application period for the Lauttasaari Manor Residency is open during the annual grant call in September.

The guest’s CV, total budget and work plan, which shall include the goals and intended forms of cooperation related to the residence period, should be attached to the application. See our guidelines more detailed information on Attachments. The application must specify the duration of the work and the preferred dates during the period from December 2021 until June 2022. The length of the residency period is from 1 to 4 months.


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