Working at the Saari Residence

The working language of the residency is English.

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 (€2,500 / €3,000 / €3,600 per month). The purpose of the grant is to cover the cost of living, travel and other expenses. Groups can apply for a grant for a work period of two to four weeks. It is possible to 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. Read more at What we offer?

The two-month work 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

You can apply for group residency for 2–4 weeks between June and mid-August. The minimum group size is three people, and the maximum is 18 people.

Please note: a one-week residency period is granted only in special cases; for example, it would be suitable for a translator workshop or for other groups that need to assemble for a small-scale seminar or workshop (work will take place in the meeting space). To reduce environmental impact, we recommend a more extended group residency period (i.e., 4 weeks) for groups travelling from afar. As part of the Saari Residence’s social sustainability, accessibility and diversity, workgroups arriving from Global South can apply for support for their flights. The Global South usually refers to people living in poverty in countries whose history is shaded by colonialism.

The Saari Residence is not intended, for example, for networking within the field of art or for hosting exhibitions or performances. No exhibition or performance is required at the end of a residency period.

Accommodations and workspaces

The main building of Saari Manor, with its hipped mansard roof, dates back to 1779. The Saari Residence’s office is located in the main building. Resident accommodations are distributed among the Kitchen Wing and staff buildings in the side yards and the farmhand’s cottage in the park area.

The apartments vary in size and have basic equipment. Larger apartments are intended for writers, researchers and artists with families. The farmhand’s cottage has a shared kitchen, and other apartments have a kitchen or kitchenette with basic amenities. Each apartment has an en suite shower and toilet. The stay includes a private apartment and workspace for individual residency periods, while groups may use shared accommodations.

The Residence’s workspaces are situated in the old stone barn, built in 1858, which also houses a dance studio, three different-sized studios intended mainly for visual artists, a sewing machine and a woodworking shop. The spaces for literary work are located with the accommodations. Each artist or collective is allotted a private workspace for the duration of their residency.

Each apartment and workspace has a wired internet connection (ethernet). The Saari Residence does not have a Wi-Fi network.

Residencies bring together artists and researchers from different fields 

The Saari Residence is also a meeting place for artists and researchers. Spring, autumn and winter are reserved for individual artists working in four two-month periods, while the summer (June to mid-August) is reserved for intensive group work. During the spring and autumn, there are usually seven residency artists and one researcher working under a Kone Foundation grant at four different periods. From June to mid-August, all premises are reserved for groups. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works in residence all year round.

For each two-month residency period, diversity is emphasised: both Finnish and foreign, and young and more experienced artists, are chosen, as well as artists representing different art forms.

During the individual residency period, every Saari Fellow has the opportunity to discuss their work during weekly presentations. Another weekly routine is lunch with the Saari staff.

Family and partners

It is possible to work at the Saari Residence during the individual residency periods with a work partner or life partner. You may also come to the Residence with your family; the issue should be considered and expressed at the application stage. The Residence includes a limited number of apartments suitable for families, and the residency is primarily for the awarded artists working in residence. Additionally, workgroup members with small children (under school age) whose care cannot be arranged in other ways during the residency period may work at the residency. It is the parents’ responsibility to arrange childcare while they work.

It is also possible to come to the residency with a dog.

Residency programmes

One of the essential forms of activities at the Saari Residence is the ecologically sustainable residency programme. During the individual residency period, we offer field trips, discussions and workshops with ecologically sustainable themes for residents. Work on ecological topics is not a selection criterion in artist choices. 

Read more about the ecologically sustainable residency programme.

The Saari Residence’s mentoring programme offers each artist selected for an individual residency the opportunity for discussions with mentors. The Saari Residence mentors are vital professionals in their fields of art living in Finland, and each has a personal relationship with the Saari Residence. Read more about the mentoring programme