For Saari residents

Congratulations on your residency place! As the residency period nears, you will receive more information about working and living at the Saari Residence, as well as about the residence itself. The Saari Residence’s historical surroundings, versatile workspaces and peaceful location near a nature reserve and wetlands offer you an excellent opportunity to focus undisturbed on your creative work during your residency period. During each individual residency period, professional artists from different fields of art and possibly one researcher working under a Kone Foundation grant will be working and living at the Saari Residence, and during the summer all premises are reserved for groups. The Saari Invited Artist is also in residence from September until the end of April (during the individual residencies). The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works at the residence year-round.
Metsäläiset. Photo: Marko Rantanen

As the residency period nears, you will receive more information on working and living at the Saari Residence, as well as about the residence itself. Saari Residence staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have

Accepting the residency

Residency recipients must contact the Saari Residence by 31 July at the latest to notify staff of the acceptance of the offered residency.

Use of the residency grant and rescheduling

Individual residencies include a monthly grant of 2,400 EUR, 2,800 EUR or 3,500 EUR. The monthly grant or the group residency grant should cover living and travel expenses, as well as most other expenses (including materials) incurred during the residency period.

In individual residencies, you are required to live and work at the residence for a minimum of 42 days per the two-month residency period in order to receive the grant.

As a residency recipient, you must also inform the Saari Residence office of any other working grants received simultaneously. In such cases, a reduced monthly grant is paid, which is normally half of the original monthly grant.

If the grant is not used according to the instructions, any grants not yet received may be cancelled and grants already received may be claimed for recovery.

The group residency grant has been awarded for the project proposal and the number of people presented in the application. The group members participating during the residency period are required to commit, and they are expected to reside and work at the residency during the granted residency period.

The Saari Residence office should be informed of any changes. The grant amount may possibly be reduced if, for example, fewer people participate than presented in the original application. Please note that the sum awarded may be smaller than the applied sum if the granted working period is shorter than the period applied for. We do not grant more money than has been applied for. You will find the awarded sum and working period specified in the letter of approval.


You must notify Saari Residence staff of a coinciding parental, childcare, or sick leave that may occur during the individual residency period. In such cases, the residency period is typically rescheduled. If you plan to come to the residence with children, you should always discuss and negotiate such with residency personnel in advance. Arranging day-care for children is the responsibility of the parents.

Group residencies cannot be rescheduled for the following year.

A group residence is intended for people who have applied for such and whom have been granted a residency place for a work group. It is not possible to house guests from outside the work group during a group residency. If the members of a work group have small children of less than school age whose care cannot be organised in other ways during the residency, the work group may decide among themselves on living arrangements in the accommodation allocated to them. In such cases, the group must organise bedlinen, towels and travel cots for the children. If this is the case, please contact the Saari Residence as soon as possible. If another work group is working in the residence at the same time, we will also ask for their opinion on having children at the residence. The Saari Residence’s staff will make the final decision on whether children will be allowed at the residence.

Please note that it is not possible to accommodate short-term group members who are not working at the residence. The other members are welcome to visit, but they cannot stay overnight.


Payment of residency grants and group residency grants

Kone Foundation grants are paid once a month on the third working day of each month.

Residency grant

Individual residency grants are paid as follows: The first month of individual residency grants are paid in full. However, for the second month of the residency period, only half of the grant will be paid at the beginning; the rest will be paid at the beginning of the following month if the recipient has resided at the Saari Residence for a minimum of 42 days.

Group residency grant

Group residency grants are paid at the beginning of the month when the residency period starts.

Submit the payment request

Kone Foundation grants are paid out monthly by the third working day of the month.

If you have questions regarding your payment request or problems filling it in, please contact us using the ‘Messages’ function located at the top-right of the page on the online grant service. We will reply to your message as soon as possible.

Details on awarded grants and instructions and how to submit a payment request are available from the online service for grants recipients. To proceed to the payment request service, enter the identification code for payment request included in your letter of approval.

Submit a payment request via the online grant service. You can log in to the online service with the same credentials you used when drawing up the application.

The required information in the payment request includes the grant recipient’s name, bank account number, personal ID or date of birth, and address.

The online grant service can be found at:

Submit the payment request no later than the 16th of the month preceding the one in which you wish the payments to commence. Please note: we will not accept payment requests in July, so the deadline for August payments is in June.

Requests for payment by communities and working groups must be submitted by the project leader.

If your grant was awarded in 2019, please log in HERE.

If your grant was awarded in 2014-2018, please log in HERE.

Arriving at the Saari Residence

Residency recipients must notify the Saari Residence of their arrival time in good time.

The beginning of the residency period is notified in the letter of approval. You will also receive more detailed information about your forthcoming residency period in advance via email. Make sure to check your inbox carefully, as our emails are sometimes filtered as spam or promotional material, such in Gmail.

Please note that the Saari Residence’s staff does not live in the manor and the office is open during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

We encourage our guests to take their time travelling to Saari (slow travel), if possible, using train, bus or boat instead of an airplane.

The Saari Residence is accessible by bus, and the nearest stop is situated two kilometres from the residence. Practical information on travelling will be available in email that will be sent to residents before the beginning of their residency periods.

Living at the Saari Residence

Individual residents are provided with a workspace and an apartment including a communal or regular kitchen or a kitchenette, shower and toilet. The apartment is equipped with kitchenware, bedding and towels. Each apartment has a wired internet connection. NOTE! There is no wireless network (WiFi or Wlan) at the Saari Residence. Each apartment has an ethernet cable.

In the case of group residencies, one to three people stay in one apartment, depending on the size of the group.

Bicycles are available for use at the Saari Residence. During individual residency periods, transportation will be provided once a week to Mynämäki, where it is possible to go to the store or library, for example.


Artists work at the residence with their own equipment and materials. Some equipment is available for residents to use or borrow during their residency. In the Barn is a shared computer (PC) and printer/scanner. There are two projectors and screen that you can borrow for your work. Also, we have one tripod: a SLIK Pro 400DX with a Pan-and-Tilt Head and video head.

If you have special needs or wishes regarding your working at Saari (e.g., workspaces or contacts for nearby communities), please contact us before your residency period. As far as possible, we may be able to prepare for them before your arrival. Also, if your work requires special materials, art products or other accessories, and you need help finding and buying them in Finland, please contact us before your residency period begins.


We have a communal space in the center of Mynämäki called Saareke. Saareke will host the Mynämäki Night School, as well as various public events, such as demos or exhibitions of works by residents at the Saari Residence. If you wish to use the facility, please contact us in advance.


Grants are tax exempt in Finland up to the amount equivalent to the Finnish state grants for artists (in 2019, 20,728,49€ per year).

Further information of taxation matters regarding grants:




After their residency has ended, residency recipients must provide a report of their work within three months.

It is the responsibility of the project leader to report on projects.

Failing to submit a final report risks future grant awards. Kone Foundation may also reclaim the grant.

Reporting lets the Foundation know that grants have been used for the purposes indicated in applications. This is important in ensuring the fair treatment of grant applicants and recipients, among other things. Reports also offer important information on the impact of grants.

The report should be written and submitted using the online application service for the Saari Residence. Do not send the report by mail.

Online grants service:


Before your arrival, please also provide us with a short introduction for our webpage about what you intend to do during your residency. You can also send us a picture of yourself, although it can also be taken at the Saari Residence. We will use the material in our communications and on social media.

Previous Saari Fellows in our website:

If you mention your project at Saari on social media, please use following hashtags: #SaariResidence #SaariFellow #LifeInSaari #ArtistInResidence

We are happy to share information about alumni openings, book releases, radio or TV performances or anything else you’d like to inform us about.

As well, after your residency period, remember to join the Saari Residence’s alumni group on Facebook and use the hashtag #SaariAlumni.

We also warmly welcome any news about your work via email:

We also have At the Saari Well newsletter where we share information about events and other current issues. If you have not received At the Saari Well yet, you can subscribe it from here.

We have a Boldness blog which deals, as the name suggests, with being bold: we discuss the meaning of boldness, grant recipients and Saari Fellows and alumni talk about their projects and we also invite others, both friends and strangers, to contribute. Please contact our residency coordinator Pirre Naukkarinen if you would like to write.

Additional information

As the residency period nears, you will receive more information on working and living at the Saari Residence as well as on the residence itself. The Saari Residence staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.