What we offer?

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 and other expenses.

Workgroups can apply for a grant for a work period of two to four weeks. Workgroups from Global South are eligible to apply for support for travel expenses.

You may apply for support for slow travel if you are coming to the 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 apply for a work grant for the journey. Slow travel refers to ecologically sustainable means of transport and avoidance of air travel. For more info, please read Support for slow travel

In addition to the grant, the Saari Residence provides three studios, a 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 summer group residencies, groups stay in more shared accommodations, but each is provided with a private workspace.

Read more about Accommodation and workspaces

MONTHLY GRANTS FOR INDIVIDUAL RESIDENCIES

Individual residency spots include a monthly grant, the size of which varies according to experience. The grant is intended for living and travel expenses as well as other costs. Working and living at the Residence for the duration of the residency period (42 days) is a prerequisite for receiving the grant.

Individual residency grant classification:

  • Grant 1: early career – €2,500 / month
  • Grant 2: mid-career – €3,000 / month (min. 10 years of artistic work)
  • Grant 3: experienced artist – €3,600 / month (min. 20 years of artistic work).

If you apply for grant 2 or 3, please describe your career phase on the application form. The grant classification cannot be justified to cover the cost of supplies or travels, for example.

SAARI HOME RESIDENCY

If the applicant cannot travel on-site to the Saari Residence due to accessibility reasons, they can apply for the Saari Home Residency. The Saari Home Residency is granted only with reasonable grounds for it. The justification for the Saari Home Residency is related to accessibility and equality, such as physical disability, family reasons (e.g., single parent), or the volatile political situation in the country of origin. A person working in a home residency participates in the individual residency remotely. You can apply for the Saari Home Residency with the individual residency application form.

It is not possible to apply for both residencies, but the applicant can either apply for the on-site residence or the Saari Home Residency.

GRANTS FOR GROUP RESIDENCIES

The group residency grants is awarded based on the number of persons and the plan presented in the application. The group must comprise at least three persons and less than 18 persons. Each member of a group working at the Residence receives a grant. The funding is to cover the cost of living and travels, and it is calculated according to the number of weeks they spend at the Residence.

The workgroups arriving from Global South may apply for travel support, and they need to attach a separate breakdown of costs in the application.

To reduce environmental impact, we recommend that workgroups travelling from outside Finland apply slow travel support and apply for a more extended group residency period. If the journey takes more than a week in total, it is possible to apply for a work grant for the journey.

Working and living at the Residence for the awarded residency period is a prerequisite for receiving the support. No daily allowance, salary or support for supplies is offered. We do not offer daily allowance, salary or support for travels (unless the workgroup arrives from Global South) or supplies.

Working grants for workgroups:

  • 1 week          €750 / person
  • 2 weeks        €1,500 / person
  • 3 weeks        €2,250 / person
  • 4 weeks        €3,000 / person.

On the application, groups must itemise their residence grant in appropriate section.

SUPPORT FOR SLOW TRAVEL

Slow travel refers to ecologically sustainable means of transport and avoidance of air travel. 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.

If the journey takes more than a week in total, the working grant for the individual residency place recipients is calculated according to the following grant classification: 1 week is 25% of the full grant; 2 weeks is 50%; 3 weeks is 75%, etc.

Workgroups may apply according to the second grant classification: 1 week, €750 € / person; 2 weeks €1,500 / person, etc.

Applicants must inform the Saari Residence immediately if they receive funding from any other source for their travels.

Read more about slow travel:

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