Residency programmes

During individual residencies, the Saari Residence offers residents the possibility to participate in the mentoring programme.


We have launched a mentoring programme and are offering every Saari Residence artist – both those working at home and at the Residence – the opportunity to take part in two remote meetings with a mentor during their two-month residency. The mentoring programme does not include researchers working under Kone Foundation grants; they have longer funding periods and therefore can use Kone Foundation’s Grants+ programme, which consists of services designed to support the grantees in their work, such as peer-mentoring groups. The range of training courses will be announced in Grants+ newsletters.

Mentoring is a one-on-one conversation in which the mentor supports the resident and offers an exchange of ideas to help them with their artistic work, development of their artistic thinking and other work-related issues. The mentors are key professionals in their fields of art who live in Finland. They have careers spanning at least a couple of decades and are skilled listeners and conversationalists. They all also have a personal relationship with the Saari Residence.

In 2024, our mentors are curator Taru Elfving, choreographer Maija Hirvanen, curator Eva Neklyaeva and poet Jyrki Kiiskinen.

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