For residency applicants

The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is a residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, for professional 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.
Photo: Jussi Virkkumaa

Application period for residencies begins on 1 March and ends on 31 March 16.00 Finnish time (Eastern European Summer Time, GMT + 3). Open call for residencies is always for the residency place for the following year.

An individual residency spanning two months includes accommodation, a workroom and a monthly grant, the sum of which is determined by the applicant’s experience. The purpose of the grant is to cover the cost of living, travel costs and other expenses. Groups can apply for travel expenses for a work period of one to four weeks.

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

WORKING AT THE SAARI RESIDENCE

The Saari Residence is located in a peaceful rural manor milieu, close to nature yet just 30 kilometres from Turku. The versatile workspaces of the Residence include three studios, a dance studio and other workspaces. The workspaces, cosy apartments and the historical and scenic surroundings of an old manor house offer an excellent opportunity to focus undisturbed on creative work as well as opportunities for interaction with other residents. Read more about the surroundings at the Saari Residence

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 7 residency artists and one researcher working on Kone Foundation grant at a time at four different periods, and during the summer all premises are reserved for groups. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works in the residence all year round.

The common working language at the international artist in residence is English.

 

RESIDENCY GRANTS

 We award working grants for the residency recipients. Also, 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. If the journey takes more than a week in total, it is possible to also apply for a work grant for the journey. Slow travel refers to avoiding flying and other ecologically unsustainable means of transport. Please read more about the support for slow travel in section Support for slow travelling.

The Saari Residence offers a grant 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.

Read more about Accommodation and workspaces

Monthly grant for individual residency

The awarded individual residency place includes 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. The grant classification cannot be justified e.g. with the need for supplies or travels.

GRANTS FOR GROUP RESIDENCY

The residence support for groups is granted for the number of persons and the plan stated in the application. Each member of a group working in the residence is granted a residence grant to cover their cost of living, and it is calculated according to the number of weeks they spend at the Residence. Also, groups can apply for support for travels for their membersif they are coming to Saari Residence from outside of Finland and travelling out of Finland when leaving. For ecological reasons, we recommend for work groups travelling from outside Finland to apply for support for slow travelling and also to apply for longer group residency period. If the journey takes more than a week in total, it is possible to also apply for a work grant for the journey.

Working and living at the Residence for awarded residency period is a prerequisite for receiving the support. No support for supplies, daily allowance or salary is paid for group residencies.

Living costs for the workgroups:

  • 1 week          €700 € / person
  • 2 weeks        €1,400 / person
  • 3 weeks        €2,100 / person
  • 4 weeks        €2,800 / person.

For their application, the group must itemise their residence grant in the slot marked for it in the application.

Researchers, non-fiction writers and research projects working under a Kone Foundation grant

Researchers working and research projects under a Kone Foundation grant have the possibility of staying at the residence, but they do not need to submit an application.

Read more about the Saari Residence