Description of the attachments

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All the necessary attachments should be uploaded to the Online Application Service and attached to the application as a PDF. The maximum size for one file is 6 mb. Please select the file type from the drop-down list on the online application form.

  • Before submitting your application, check which attachments will be required for your application.
  • The evaluation of the artistic merits of the applicants and the applicant’s likelihood of being able to successfully complete the project is based on their work plan, curriculum vitae and portfolio attached to the application.
  • Applications or supporting materials received after the deadline cannot be taken into account.
  • Degree diplomas and permissions for the public defence of academic dissertations awarded after the deadline can be sent to the Saari Residence using preferably email by 15 April.
  • Applicants can also inform about funding received from other sources using the ONLINE GRANT SERVICE.
  • If a file exceeds the limit (6 Mt), you can divide the file into more than one file.
  • The attachment can also be a link to a specific web page or online video service etc. Remember to select the file type from the drop-down list on the online application form.
  • Please note. We do not accept attachments sent by mail or email.



Individual residency

  • Work plan (maximum 4 pages)
  • CV or equivalent
  • Portfolio

Group residency

  • Work plan (maximum 6 pages)
  • CV(s) or equivalent
  • Portfolio including examples of work
  • budget




The purpose of the project proposal or the work plan is to describe the applicants’ primary goals as well as how the applicant intends to accomplish those goals during their stay at the Saari Residence.

The goal can be artwork or more generally artistic work and the artistic process and development. The project proposal can also include, for example, a description of working methods and scheduling plans.

A good project proposal should answer the questions Why, How, When, Who and With whom. The work plan should be 1 to 4 pages in length.

If the applicant is a workgroup, the role of each member of the group in the project should be indicated in the project proposal. The length should be more than 1 but less than 6 pages.

The proposal should include:

  • The aims and objectives of the project
  • A description of the working methods
  • The names of the participants and possible partners.



The purpose of a CV is to provide a concise overview of the applicant’s training, experience and artistic merits. The CV should include, for example, significant exhibitions, performances, residencies, work assignments, received grants and awards as well as publications. The appropriate length for a CV is 2 to 4 pages.



A portfolio should display the applicant’s merits in the field of art and give an impression of the person/workgroup as an artist. The portfolio provides a sample and evidence of the applicant’s form of expression, the quality of their artistic thought processes, know-how and special skills. In addition to samples of the applicant’s art, a portfolio can include, for example, articles, reviews and links regarding the applicant’s art. For writers, the sample can also be text, 3-5 pages, and it should be in English (translated if needed).

You can also compile your portfolio on your own website and attach the link to this in your application.



Please provide a breakdown of your grants and travel costs. It is important to try to estimate costs plausibly and precisely in the budget. Other possible sources of funding must also be mentioned. Even if only a portion of the funding of a project is being applied for, the cost estimate for the entire project must be presented.

If the workgroup is applying for support for slow travel, it can be integrated in the same document. Please explain who, how and on what schedule (itinerary) and possible accommodation costs and work grants during the travel (if the travelling takes more than a week).

In addition to a separate, detailed project budget, the budget must be outlined in the online application form.



You can apply for support for slow travel if you are coming to Saari Residence from outside of Finland and travelling out of Finland when leaving. Please explain how and on what schedule you would be prepared to arrive at the Saari Residence (itinerary) and also possible work grants and accommodation costs. If you are applying for support for slow travel with your work partner, you can do that at the same time.  If you are applying for a work grant for your journey, explain how you will be working while travelling.



Applicants may include a copy of their most recent degree certificate or diploma, or of any certificate relevant to the grant they are applying for.

There is no need to have the copy stamped by a notary public.

All supporting attachments should be sent with the application before the deadline.


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