Who can apply?

Apply for a residency by submitting your application and attachments using the Online Grant ServiceThe service is open during the annual application period in March. Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline.


The residency places are intended for individual professional artists, fiction writers, poets and novelists, translators, composers, sound artists, curators and critics and artistic collectives (i.e., a workgroup or established organisation with a Business ID) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposed in advance.

Individual residency can be applied for with a work partner in a joint application; the details of both applicants must be included in the same application.

Non-fiction writers and researchers are not eligible for a residency.

The two-month work periods for individual residencies take place during spring, autumn and winter, and group residencies for 2–4 weeks take place in June, July and mid-August.

The minimum group size is three people. We grant a one-week residency period only in special cases; for example, for a translator workshop or for groups that need to assemble for a small-scale seminar.


Residency places are for artistic work. We favour fields of art and subjects that are multidisciplinary, new and emerge from outside the mainstream.

Individual residencies

For each two-month residency, diversity is emphasised: we choose Finnish and foreign and young and more experienced artists and artists representing different artforms. 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 residencies

In group residencies, we emphasise work that is innovative, current and represents new or marginal artforms. We favour subjects and themes that are cross-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary or outside the mainstream. We especially welcome applications for projects involving cooperation between Finnish and international artist groups. These groups should select a Finnish team leader – if possible – to complete the application form and act as a contact person.


Researchers and non-fiction writers working under a Kone Foundation grant can work in the Residence during the two-month individual residencies. In such cases, they do not need to apply during the application process but should instead contact Executive Director Leena Kela directly.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer accommodation for research projects supported by the Foundation for short, intensive periods due to long-term renovations underway on the premises.

The requirement for a residency period offered to a researcher funded by Kone Foundation is that the research is performed in an academic context. This includes artistic research (at Uniarts Helsinki, Aalto University, etc.). Unfortunately, artists whose work contains some research elements but is not performed in an academic context do not fall within the scope of residencies intended for researchers. They may, however, apply for a residency during our annual application period in March.

The two-month work periods for researchers and non-fiction writers working under a Kone Foundation grant are the same as in the individual residencies.

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