Saari Residence


The new application period for the Saari Residence is in March

The application period for the Saari Residence, an international artist residence located in Southwest Finland, has been rescheduled. Instead of autumn, it now takes place in the spring, and applications for residencies for 2020 are accepted from 1 March to 29 March 2019.

The Saari Residence

The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is an international residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland. It offers an excellent opportunity for artists of all disciplines and nationalities to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well as opportunities for interaction with other residents.

Application period

The annual application period for residencies begins on 1 March and ends on 29 March at 16.00 Finnish time (Eastern European summer time, GMT +3).


Applications for residencies are always submitted a year before the residency takes place. Residency applications are submitted via the online grant service. Please note that we do not accept applications by email or other means outside the online service. Please read our application instructions carefully before compiling yours.

The Saari Residence offers

  • A grant. An individual residency spanning two months includes accommodation, a workroom and a monthly grant, which is determined according to the applicant’s experience (€2,400 / €2,800 / €3,500 per month). The grant is intended to cover the cost of living, travel costs and other expenses. Groups can apply for support to cover their living and travel expenses for a work period of one to four weeks.
  • Accommodation. The Saari Residence apartments have a kitchen or kitchenette with basic amenities, and one of the buildings has a shared kitchen. Each resident has a whole apartment to themselves, and each apartment has an en suite shower and toilet. Groups live in more compact accommodation and often share apartments.
  • Working space. The barn at the Saari Residence has been renovated as a diverse workspace for various art forms. The building contains a dance studio, three studios for visual artists, sewing machine and a woodworking shop. The rooms for literary work are located in the apartments. The residence does not have a darkroom, media room or equipment for printing, pottery, graphics or textile work (apart from a sewing machine). The residency can be applied for the planning stage of the work. Groups working at the residence during summer months may also work in the unheated outbuildings. You will not have to share your workspace with others.
  • Peaceful working environment. The Saari Residence is located in a tranquil rural setting surrounded by nature, on the shore of Mietoistenlahti, 30 km north of Turku. The diverse workspaces and peaceful countryside surroundings of the residence provide a productive setting for focusing on your work. The Saari Residence is not aimed, for example, at networking within the field of art or putting on exhibitions or performances, and no exhibition or performance is required at the end of the residency period.
  • Opportunity to meet other artists. Spring, autumn and winter are reserved for individual artists working in four two-month periods while the summer, from May to August, is reserved for intensive group work. During the spring and autumn, there are usually 8 residency guests at a time at four different periods, and during the summer all premises are reserved for groups, the Saari invited artist is also working in the residence from September to the end of April. The Saari Residence’s community artist works at the residence throughout the year.

Who can apply?

The residency places are intended for individual professional artists, fiction writers, poets and novelists, translators, curators and critics and artistic collectives (work group or an established organization with a Business ID) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance.

Residencies are available on application for artistic work. Priority is given to multidisciplinary, new, or non-mainstream themes and fields of art.

Application guidelines

We will provide more detailed, updated instructions on our website before the application period begins.

Applicants are required to fill in an electronic application form in our online grant service.

The applicant’s ability to successfully implement the project they have presented will be assessed on the basis of the work plan, CV or CVs, portfolio and certificates attached to the application.

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