For residency applicants

The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is a residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, for artists of all disciplines and nationalities. It offers an excellent opportunity to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well as opportunities for interaction with other residents.
Helsingin Feministinen Salaseura (HFS; the Feminist Secret Society of Helsinki) worked in the Saari Residence during summer 2018. Photo: Otto-Ville Väätäinen / Koneen Säätiö

Please note: we are updating the instructions how to apply.

Application period for residencies begins on 1 August and ends on 15 August 16.00 Finnish time (Eastern European Summer Time, GMT + 3). 

Please submit your proposal through the online application service. Applications cannot be sent via email or outside the online service. Please read our guidelines carefully before applying.

The residency places are intended for individual professional artists, writers, 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.

The two-month individual residencies take place from January to April and from September to December. Individual residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant that varies depending on experience. Artist collectives of various fields can apply for group residency place and support for their residency period for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August.

Working in the Saari Residence

The Saari Residence is located in a peaceful rural manor milieu, close to nature yet just 30 kilometres from Turku.

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. During the individual residencies, the Saari Invited Artist is also in residence from September until the end of April. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works in the residence all year round.

The Saari Residence offers a monthly grant/group support and also three studios, dance studio, and workspaces for writers. Each individual residency guest has their own apartment with basic amenities and their own, private workspace that they do not have to share. During the summer group residencies, the groups stay in more shared accommodations, but each are provided with their private workspace. More about the facilities at Saari Residence

Researchers working under a Kone Foundation grant have the possibility of staying at the residence: in the winter, one apartment and workspace is reserved for a researcher, and research projects supported by the foundation may come and work in the main building of the Saari Residence for short, intensive periods.

For whom, for what, for which period

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. Please see the more specific artistics fields from section Instructions for creating an application >  Selecting the Evaluator.

The two-month working periods for individual residencies take place during spring, autums and winter, and group residencies for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August.

What can residency places be applied for?

Residency places can be applied for artistic work. We favour fields of art and subjects which are multidisciplinary, new and emerging from outside the main stream.

Focal points

Individual residency

For each two-month residency period, diversity is emphasized: both Finnish and foreign and young and more experienced artists are chosen as well as artists representing different art forms. Another central criterion is that the artist’s work is innovative and current. The objective is that at least some residents represent new or marginal art forms.

Group residency

In group residencies is emphasized that the work is innovative and current and represent new or marginal art forms. We favour subjects and themes which are cross-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary, or outside the main stream. Especially we welcome applications for projects involving co-operation between Finnish and international artist groups. These groups must also select a Finnish team leader – if possible – to fill in the application form and act as a contact person.

Time period

Applications are always for residencies during the following year.

Individual residency

The two-month working periods for individual residencies take place as follows:

Period 1: January to February
Period 2: March to April
Period 3: September to October
Period 4: November to December

Group residency

Group residencies for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August. The one week periods are indented for workgroups needing meeting space eg. for seminar or translators’ workshop.

Monthly grant for individual residency and support for group residency

Monthly grant for individual residency

Individual residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant. The size of the individual monthly grant varies depending on experience. The grant is intended for living and travel expenses as well as other costs. Working and living at the Residence for 42 days/residency period is a prerequisite for receiving the grant.

Individual residency grant classification:

  • Grant 1: beginning of career €2,400 /month
  • Grant 2: mid-career €2,800 /month
  • Grant 3: experienced artist €3,500 /month.

If the applicant applies for grant 2 or 3, the applicant must provide justification for the experience on the application form.

Support for group residency

The support for group residency is awarded to the number of people and plan stated in the application. Groups can apply for assistance to cover living and travel expenses during their residency. We allocate each member of the workgroup a daily support for living based on the monthly grant. Support can also be provided for any supplies required during the residency. Residency period includes also accommodation and a workspace. 1–3 people stay in one apartment, depending on the size of the group (the maximum is 18 persons in total). The group residencies will not be awarded monthly grants, daily allowances or wages.

Residencies for researchers and non-fiction writers working under a Kone Foundation grant

Researchers and non-fiction writers who already are working under Kone Foundation grant have the possibility of staying at the residence: in the winter, one apartment and workspace is reserved for a researcher, and research projects supported by the foundation may come and work in the main building of the Saari Residence for short, intensive periods. Such applicants do not need to send in an application but should instead contact Executive Director Leena Kela directly at least a month before the beginning of a residency period, to discuss a stay at the Residence.

Please note that only those researchers who already are receiving grant from Kone Foundation are eligible for the residency place for researchers.

The working period for researchers and non-fiction writers working under Kone Foundation grant requires academic research, including artistic research (e.g. University of the Arts Helsinki or Aalto University). Artists using exploratory methods that does not fulfil the academic context are unfortunately not eligible for the residency place for researchers. Those artists can apply for the residency place in our open call during the application period.

The working periods for researchers and non-fiction writers working under a Kone Foundation grant are as follows:

Period 1: January to February
Period 2: March to April
Period 3: September to October
Period 4: November to December

Accessibility

The Saari Residence strives to take accessibility into consideration in its operations.

Read more about accessibility in the Saari Residence


Application period and the processing of applications

Application period

The application period for residencies begins on 1 August and ends on 15 August at 16.00 Finnish time (Eastern European Summer Time, GMT + 3) each year.

Only the applications submitted online during the application period will be taken into consideration. Applications cannot be submitted before or after the application period. The online application service is open only during the application period.

How are the applications processed?

The processing of applications is based on peer review. The reviewers are specialists in the relevant in the field or sub-discipline under which the application has been collocated, and they have the necessary experience to assess applications.

There is usually just one reviewer per application. We estimate that in this way we can choose more interesting projects than when the reviewers are many and they must resort to compromise. Peer reviewers of the Saari Residence applications generally vary from year to year. By changing reviewers, we want to maintain a plurality of views in the decisions.

We do not publish the reviewers’ names, because we believe that anonymous reviewers make bolder funding suggestions.

Decisions

Decisions regarding awarded residencies are made by the Board of Kone Foundation in a meeting held in October.

A list of residency recipients is published on our website a day after the meeting at the latest. Residency recipients also receive a letter of notification in the mail and by e-mail. The names of residency recipients are published in the foundation’s annual report.

Criteria

The Board of Kone Foundation does not state the reasons for individual funding decisions. Among the criteria used in the reviewing process, one can list the following:

  • The applicant’s artistic merit is evaluated by peer review on the basis of the applicant’s work plan, curriculum vitae and portfolio, along with the reference letters accompanying the application.
  • One central criterion is that the artist’s work must be innovative and current. The objective is that at least some of the residents must represent new or marginal art forms. For each two-month residency period, diversity is emphasized: both Finnish and foreign and young and more experienced artists are chosen as well as artists representing different art forms.
  • In addition to the artistic merits of the applicants, their eventual contribution to the interaction between residents is evaluated (i.e. the Saari Well).
  • Many practical issues also have an effect on the decisions: For each two-month residency period only one recipient whose work requires the use of the artist’s studio facilities or the dance studio can be selected. Of the remaining residency holders, some can use the woodworking shop, some the metalworking shop, and others can work in their apartments. In general, seven artists are selected for each of the four residence periods. The decisions also depend on which residency period is suitable for each particular applicant.
  • The decisions are influenced by the strategy of Kone Foundation.
  • The final decisions also take into consideration the overall quality of each application in relation to all the others. Societal aspects and aspects of arts policy and research policy are taken into account, too. In general, in its allocation of funding Kone Foundation is conscious of the importance of supporting academic and cultural diversity in Finland.

Privacy protection

All applications are handled confidentially. Persons involved in processing and evaluating the applications do not publicly discuss any applicant’s characteristics, personal circumstances or any information relating to any applicant’s economic situation.

The data that applicants convey about themselves by applying for Kone Foundation and the Saari Residence funding are entered into a personal data register held by the foundation. The registrar’s rights to collect, store, use and otherwise handle personal data are regulated by law. These general legal provisions are contained in the Act on the Protection of Privacy in Electronic Communications (516/2004).

Every ‘data subject’ (i.e., the person to whom the personal data pertains) has the right to access and inspect the personal data relating to themselves. According to Finnish privacy protection laws, secrecy regulations must not infringe the right of persons to obtain knowledge as to whether personal data pertaining to him or her is stored in a personal data register, and if so in what manner. The registrar must also respond to any requests for access to one’s own personal data by informing the person concerned of the sources of information in question. The registrar must also inform the person concerned as to how their personal data are used, and of any third parties to which it is regularly released.

The right of access can be withheld in certain situations regulated by the privacy protection laws, and the right of access does not apply, i.e., to information collected for purely scientific and statistical purposes.

Requests for access to the personal registry data are to be sent to Kone Foundation in writing, or made in person at the Kone Foundation office. For more information see Sections 26-28 of the Personal Data Act (523/1999). The required information must be given without undue delay, in an intelligible form, and in writing if requested. If carried out only once per year, the right of access is free of charge.

Information on Kone Foundation’s the Saari Residence residency grant applicant and recipient register and on implementing one’s right of access can be found in the description of Kone Foundation’s privacy policy statement.


The Online Application Service

Apply for Saari residency place by submitting your application with its attachments using the online service.

  • The online service is open during the annual application period until 15 August 16.00 Finnish time (Eastern European Summer Time, GMT + 3.
  • Applications can’t be submitted before or after the application period.
  • Only the applications submitted during the application period are considered.
  • Do not mail or e-mail the application to the Saari Residence or Kone Foundation.
  • Prepare the application in time, because the online service will become congested and slow down as the deadline approaches.
  • Make sure you have submitted the application form online along with all the required supporting attachments. When you have sent the completed form, Sent will be displayed on the main page of the online applications service.

The online application service

Creating, editing and sending the application

  • Log in using your account information, or if you are a new applicant, create a new account.
  • Create a new application.
  • Fill in the required information. Fill in all the parts from 1 to 10.
  • Detailed information on the different sections of the application form can be found behind the ? -symbol.
  • Submitt the application to Kone Foundation before deadline.

Once the application has been submitted, the application is listed in the online service as Submitted. If you wish to make modifications to the application after it has been submitted, choose Cancel the application. Canceling the application does not delete the information included in it. Please note: application cannot be edited after the deadline.

If the application is listed as Received and the applicant wishes to modify it, they should contact the Saari Residence’s office.

Language of the application

We hope that Finnish-writing applicants or a group consisting entirely of Finnish speakers write their applications and the attachments in Finnish. If a Finnish-writing applicant or a group consisting entirely of Finnish speakers is submitting an application in English, they must write the summary in Finnish.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING AN APPLICATION

This section includes guidelines for the online service. Please read the instructions carefully before writing your application. After logging in, detailed information on the different sections of the application form can be found behind the ? -symbol.

Select the residency type

It is essential to select the correct residency type (individual or group residency).

1. Applied residency

Preferred period of stay and duration at the Saari Residence

The individual applicants must choose in the application the working period most suitable to their needs. The applicants may opt for more than one of the choices; the applicants must choose all periods that are suitable for them. The groups must choose all suitable dates for residency as well as the length. Specific requests regarding the residency period may be expressed in the Additional information and wishes field.

If the applicant wishes to work at the Saari Residence during the individual residency periods with a spouse, work partner or a larger group, they must each apply for the residency separately. The application should include a mention that the residency is being applied for collectively. The application should also state whether the applicant wishes to be accepted even if the partner or work group is not. During residency, it is possible to receive short-term guests, such as members of a work group.

The Residece has only a few apartments suitable for families. If you wish to come to the residency with your family, please mention this in additional information and also state whether you wish to be accepted even if it is not possible to come with your family. Arranging day-care for children is the responsibility of the parents.

Working periods for the individual residencies are as follows:

Period 1: January to February
Period 2: March to April
Period 3: September to October
Period 4: November to December

Groups may apply for the use of workspaces for 1 to 4 weeks in May, June, July and August. One week periods are indented for workgroups needing meeting space eg. for seminar or translators’ workshop The application should include information on all group members or, at the very least, an assessment of how many people will simultaneously be staying at the Saari Residence. 1–3 people stay in one apartment, depending on the size of the group (the maximum is 18 persons in total). The information about the size of the group is essential in the process of scheduling the residency periods. For more information about the accommodation, please see Accommodation and workspaces.

The members of the group must select one of the members as the project leader to complete the application in his/her own name. It is the responsibility of the project leader to submit payment requests and to inform the Saari Residence on the payment schedule arrangements. If there are changes in the contents of the project or the members of the work group, the project leader must discuss these with the Saari Residence.

The group residencies are meant for the workgroup who has applied and awarded the residency grant. During the intensive group residencies it is not possible to accommodate extra guests or family members. If the group has small, under 7 years old children, and whose care cannot be otherwise arranged, the workgroup can arrange the living arrangements among themselves in the accommodation appointed by the Saari Residence. The workgroup is thus responsible of the children’s beddings and linen and possible travel beds etc. The children must be agreed by the Saari Residence and it must be announced in the earliest point possible. The final decision is made by the Saari Residence. If there is another workgroup in the residence at the same time, we will also respect their opinion about the presence of the children in the residency.

Monthly grant for individual residency and assistance for group residency

Individual residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant.

Individual residency grant classification:

  • €2,400 /month (beginning of career)
  • €2,800 /month (mid-career)
  • €3,500 /month (experienced).

The size of the monthly grant varies depending on experience. If the applicant applies for grant 2 or 3, the applicant must provide justification for the experience on the application form. The grant is intended for living and travel expenses as well as other costs. Working and living at the Residence for 42 day/residency period is a prerequisite for receiving the grant.

If you are granted a residency place, you must also inform the Saari Residence office of any other working grant received simultaneously. In such cases, a reduced monthly grant is paid which are €1,400, €1,800 and €2,300.

Grants awarded by private foundations, such as Kone Foundation, are exempt from taxes below the limit of the Finnish state grant for artists.

Groups can apply for assistance to cover living and travel expenses during their residency. Assistance can also be provided for any supplies required during the residency. The group residency grant is awarded to the number of people and plan stated in the application. The granted group residency support amount can differ from the sum applied for, because the residency may not have been granted for the applied duration. The information about the granted support and residency period are stated in the letter of acceptance sent to the applicants. In THE BREAKDOWN OF COSTS, expenses should be evaluated realistically and precisely. Residency period includes also accommodation and a workspace. The group residencies will not be awarded monthly grants, daily allowances or wages.

We allocate each member of the workgroup a daily support for living based on the monthly grant. The sum will be counted by dividing the individual residency’s monthly grant by 30 (please see individual residency grant classification above).
Example: If the group residency is applied for 2 weeks and the member of the workgroup is in the beginning of career, the sum will be calculated accordingly:  €2,400 / 30*14 = €1,120. If the applicant applies for support based on grant 2 or 3, you must provide justification for the experience on the breakdown of costs.

Groups can apply for grant to cover also expenses for shopping trips (mileage if the group has a car or taxi) during their residency. The travels and trips must be specified in the breakdown of costs.

It is the responsibility of the project leader to submit payment requests.

Example of breakdown of costs

Critic / Curator

If the applicant applies for the individual residency as a critic or curator, that should be marked on the form.

Work space

The applicant must choose the kind of workspace is required. For more information about the workspaces, please see Accommodation and workspaces.

During the group residencies 1–3 people stay in one apartment, depending on the size of the group (the maximum is 18 persons in total).

In the section Working in the residence, please describe your working methods in detail so we can appoint the workspaces according the needs. The artist (or workgroup) will acquire the materials needed. Please let us know if you are interested of sharing your workspace. NOTE! The Saari Residence decides about the workspaces and accommodation. There are a limited amount of workspaces and they will be appointed according to primary needs.

The applicant should mark in the form and write more information to the additional information in case they need an handicap accessible apartment and workspace. One of our apartments has been renovated to be handicap accessible. It includes a kitchen, handicap accessible toilet and three rooms. The spacious apartment is on the first floor and can be accessed with an easy access elevator. Further improvements will be made to the workspaces in the barn in the following years. Please contact us so we can discuss any special needs you may have. We will do our best to accommodate them in any way possible.

Please read more about Accessibility.

2. Description of the project

In the summary, the applicant should provide a short description of main content of the project, methods of implementing work and timetable. there is also a chance for the applicant to present her/his/their artistic thinking shortly. The summary is very important for the evaluation of the application. Kone Foundation may use the summary for communicative purposes, such as its own website, if the residency place is awarded. In addition to the summary, the applicant must attach a separate work proposal to the application.

If you combine art and academic research in your artistic practice, please state that in your workplan.

3. Applicant’s personal details

If the applicant is a working group, the members of the group must select one of the members as the project leader to complete the application in his/her own name. The working group can also be given a name. The name will be used for communicative purposes, such as Kone Foundation’s website, if the residency place is awarded.

The application should include information on all group members or, at the very least, an assessment of how many people will simultaneously be staying at the Saari Residence. The information about the size of the group is essential in the process of scheduling the residency periods.

If the applicant is an organisation with a Business ID, a project leader must be selected for the project. It is the responsibility of the project leader to submit payment requests and to inform the Saari Residence on the payment schedule arrangements. If there are changes in the contents of the project or the members of the work group, the project leader must discuss these with the Saari Residence.

Individual residency applicants must fill in the application under their own name.

4. Other funding

Applicants must list on the application form all grants received during the preceding three years, and any applications that are pending at the time of applying for Kone Foundation funding. Groups must list received grants and funding for the work group and the pending applications for the same project, not the grants received or pending for the individual members of the group.

Applicants must inform the Saari Residence immediately if he/she/they receive funding from any other source during Kone Foundation’s application and processing period. If an individual residency recipient simultaneously receives some other grant to support their work, a reduced monthly grant is paid. The sums are €1,400, €1,800 and €2,300.

If an applicant is granted Kone Foundation residency funding without informing us of successful grant decisions from other sources, the Kone Foundation decision may be repealed.

Remember to state in the application if you are applying for more than one grant from Kone Foundation and Saari Residence at the same time. In such cases, please name the application/project.

5. Selecting the evaluator

You must select which artistic field you want the evaluator assessing your application to represent.

A maximum of three selections can be made, but it is worth noting that the applications will generally be assessed by the expert selected as the first choice. Your application will be evaluated by a wide-ranging expert on artistic field that you choose as option 1. In multidisciplinary applications, it is possible that more than one evaluator of different field of art will assess the application.

The processing of applications is based on peer review. The reviewers are specialists in the relevant in the field or sub-discipline under which the application has been collocated, and they have the necessary experience to assess applications. There is usually just one reviewer per application. We estimate that in this way we can choose more interesting projects than when the reviewers are many and they must resort to compromise. Peer reviewers usually change each year in order to guarantee the diversity of views.

We do not publish the names of the evaluators, since we wish to allow and encourage the anonymous evaluators and peer reviewers to make bold funding suggestions.

Artistic field

  • Art curating and arts criticism
  • Circus
  • Community art
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Literature and verbal art
  • Music
  • Painting, drawing, graphics
  • Performance, live art
  • Photography, video and media art
  • Sculpture, installation art
  • Site-specific and time-based art
  • Sound art
  • Theatre
  • Visual arts

6. Attachments

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 as well as the reference letters attached to the application.

Applications or supporting materials received after the deadline cannot be taken into account. Exceptions to this include certificates and permissions to defend a thesis that are granted after the application period has ended. These can be sent to the Saari Residence office, preferably by email, until 31 August at the latest.

All the necessary attachments should be uploaded to the online application system and attached to the application. The file format should be PDF. The maximum size of one file is 3 Mb. Remember to select the file type from the drop-down list on the online application form.

The attachment can also be a link to a specific web page or online video service etc. Remember to select the link type from the drop-down list.

Please note. We do not accept attachments sent by mail or email.

Required attachments:

Individual residency

  • Work plan (maximum 3 pages)
  • CV or equivalent
  • Portfolio

Group residency

  • Work plan (maximum 3 pages)
  • Breakdown of costs for group residency grant
  • CV(s) or equivalent
  • Portfolio including examples of work

See description of attachments

7. References

Please check more information in the section References.

8. Motivation

The application form includes the following questions regarding the applicant’s motivation and interests:

  • What are your reasons for wanting to work and stay at the Saari Residence?
  • What are your interests outside your work?
  • How do you wish to evolve in your career and in your life in general?
  • What sorts of ideas and expertise do you wish to share with the other residents, and what would you wish to receive from them?
  • What sorts of themes would you like to see in the group workshops and the Saari Well?
  • Why is this a bold initiative?

It is important to answer these questions carefully. The answers are central in deciding which artists will work at the Saari Residence at the same time.

Kone Foundation’s goal is to advance bold initiatives in research and the arts. In the application form, applicants should bring forth, what is bold in their project. In the application form applicants should bring forth, what is bold in their project (max 500 characters).In the Saari Residence, bold initiative can be also slowing down and immersing oneself into one’s artistic practises, instead of radical and new ways of creating. Kone Foundation may use the text for communicative purposes, such as its own website, if the residency place is awarded.

9. Proximity to the foundation

According to the Foundations Act, all foundations are required to provide information on their related party transactions. The act has a broad definition of a related party of a foundation. Please note that related parties may apply for funding from Kone Foundation. Foundations are required to disclose if they award funding to persons within the ‘narrow’ definition of a related party. The executives of the foundation cannot participate in the processing of applications from related parties in the broad sense. For these reasons all grant applicants will be asked about their relationship to the key persons of the foundation.

The question is based on the new Foundations Act, from 1 December 2015 onwards.

10. Send

Agreement

Applicants have to agree to the conditions of the application.


References

Either the supervisor or another person familiar with your work can submit a reference. The reference is not a required attachment but it may have a significant meaning if there are two applicants in the same ranking.

Enter the name, degree or profession, and contact information of the recommender(s) on the online application form in the section headed References. There is a reference code / identification number above the recommender’s details. There is no automatic request for the reference for the recommender, it is important that you provide the code to the recommender.

Ask the recommender(s) to submit their reference using THE ONLINE REFERENCE SERVICE.  The references must be submitted no later than 15 August at 16.00 Finnish time (Eastern European Summer Time, GMT + 3). Only the references submitted during the application period are considered.

You may include several references with your application if you wish. Reference can be sent using the online reference service before the application has been sent. If you wish to submit a reference by using other means (eg. if you already have the recommendation letter), you can attach it to the application in the Attachments and links section.

Note: We do not accept references via email or post.

For the recommender

Go to out online reference system to make the recommendation. If you have not used the service before, you must first register and create a username and password. The references must be submitted no later than 15 August at 16.00 Finnish time (Eastern European Summer Time, GMT + 3). Only the references submitted during the application period are considered.

Please fill out the form in the service. There is no uploading possibility, only the form. You can write the text in advance and then copy the text from that file.

The person you are recommending should give a reference code from her/his application. The reference code is not compulsory but in case of artistic collectives / groups, it is particularly important for the recommender to indicate the name of the person or the group responsible for the application.

The online reference service


Description of attachments

Work plan

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 3 pages in length.

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
  • Schedule

In the work plan, it is also important to highlight the way in which your work is a bold initiative.

If the applicant is a work group, the role of each member of the group in the project should be indicated in the project proposal.

Curriculum vitae (cv)

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, work assignments, received grants and awards as well as publications. The appropriate length for a CV is 2 to 4 pages.

Portfolio

A portfolio should display the applicant’s merits in the field of art and give an impression of the person as an artist. The portfolio provides a sample and evidence of the applicant’s form of expression, the quality of his artistic thought processes, know-how and special skills. In addition to samples of the applicant’s art, a portfolio can include, for example, articles and reviews regarding the applicant’s art.

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

Breakdown of costs for group residency

Groups can apply for support to cover living and travel expenses during their residency. In the breakdown of costs, expenses should be evaluated realistically and precisely. For this purpose, the daily allowance given by the tax authorities, for example, can be used as a guideline (please see WWW.VERO.FI). Assistance can also be provided for any supplies required during the residency. The group residencies will not be awarded monthly grants or wages.

Certificate copies

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. Exceptions are certificates awarded after the deadline for the Saari Residency applications. These should be sent to the Saari Residence office as soon as possible, no later than 31 August and preferably by e-mail.


Frequently asked questions

I am a researcher/non fction writer and I do not have funding from Kone Foundation. Can I apply for the residency grant?
No, because there is no separate residency grant for researchers or non fiction writers. However, researchers and non-fiction writers who have already been awarded funding from Kone Foundation can also ask for a residency at the Saari Residence. You can read more about Kone Foundation grants from HERE.

I want to work in the residency with my work partner. Is it possible and is it individual or group residency? How do I continue with my application?
Yes, it is possible to work in the Saari Residece with a work partner. If you want to work at the Saari Residence during the individual residency periods with a spouse, work partner or a larger group (2–6), you must each apply for the residency separately. The application should include a mention that the residency is being applied for collectively. The application should also state whether the applicant wishes to be accepted even if the partner or work group is not. During residency, it is possible to receive short-term guests, such as members of a work group. You can also apply for group residency, which is a working period for 2 to 4 weeks during the months of May, June, July and August.

What are the monthly grants amounts of the Saari Residence’s individual residency?
Individual residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant.

Individual residency grant classification:

  • €2,400 /month (beginning of career)
  • €2,800 /month (mid-career)
  • €3,500 /month (experienced).

The size of the monthly grant varies depending on experience. If the applicant applies for grant 2 or 3, the applicant must provide justification for the experience on the application form. The grant is intended for living and travel expenses as well as other costs. Working and living at the Residence is a prerequisite for receiving the grant.

If you are granted a residency place, you must also inform the Saari Residence office of any other working grant received simultaneously. In such cases, a reduced monthly grant is paid which are €1,400, €1,800 and €2,300.

How can I count the support for each member of our workgroup?
We allocate each member of the workgroup a daily support for living based on the monthly grant. The sum will be counted by dividing the individual residency’s monthly grant by 30 (please see individual residency grant classification above).

Example: If the group residency is applied for 2 weeks and the member of the workgroup is in the beginning of career, the sum will be calculated accordingly:  €2,400 / 30*14 = €1,120. If the applicant applies for support based on grant 2 or 3, you must provide justification for the experience on the breakdown of costs (see example).

Can I apply for a residency place for anonymous group members?
We understand that it is not always possible to know all the names of those who will work in the group. In that case you omit the names, for example dance artist xx, light designer xx.

I tried to fill out the application in advance but I did not find the application form from the online application service. How can I make the application?
The online application service is open only during the application period. Applications cannot be submitted before or after the application period. Please wait until 1 August when the online application service opens.

Can I send my portfolio via email?
No, we do not accept attachments sent by mail or email. All the necessary attachments are uploaded to the online application system and attached to the application. The file format should be PDF. The maximum size of one file is 3 Mb. Remember to select the file type from the drop-down list on the online application form.

The attachment can also be a link to a specific web page or online video service etc. Remember to select the link type from the drop-down list.

Is the reference a required document?
The reference is not a required attachment but it may have a significant meaning if there are two applicants in the same ranking.

Can I send a reference after the deadline?
References must be sent using the online service for references on 15 August by 4 pm Finnish time at the latest. After this the reference service will close and will not accept any more references. Only references sent during the application period will be considered.

My recommender sent only a paper version of the reference. What should I do?
The best way to provide a reference is through the online service for references. It can also be attached to the application. We do not accept references sent by mail or email.

Can I apply more than one residency places?
Yes, you can apply for more than one residency place (individual or group residency) or later on September the Kone Foundation grant. This must be noted is each application in section Other funding.

Do I also need to mail my application?
No. Applications are sent via the online service. Only applications sent via the online service are considered.

Language of the application?
We hope that Finnish-writing applicants or a group consisting entirely of Finnish speakers write their applications and the attachments in Finnish. If a Finnish-writing applicant or a group consisting entirely of Finnish speakers is submitting an application in English, they must write the summary in Finnish. All the elements of an application can be in Swedish.

When does the application period for the Saari Residence end?
The application period ends on 15 August at 4 pm Finnish time.

When are the decisions on the awarded grants made?
The decisions are announced in October. We will announce the actual date nearer the time. We will send an email to all the grant applicants. In addition, the grant recipients will get a letter of notification by mail. We will also publish the names of grant recipients on the website.

Why was I not awarded a grant?
Kone Foundation does not provide explanations for individual grant decisions. The foundation receives a large number of good applications each year and it is unable to provide funding for every good application.