Residency programmes

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During individual residencies, the Saari Residence offers residents a possibility to participate in the ecologically sustainable residency program and mentoring programme.



We are running an ecologically sustainable residency program at the Saari Residence. The focus in the program lies in developing environmentally sustainable activities on a long-term basis by testing and learning.

Residency activities will be developed via insight, participation, and positivity that lead to learning together. Acting ecologically will not be used as a criterion when selecting artists; instead, the ecological focus will be created within the residence, through its activities.

The residence’s activities will offer the Saari Fellows the opportunity to internalise ecological ways of thinking and working and make them part of their practice, and also to reflect on ecological activities both during their residency and afterward.



We have launched a mentoring programme and we are offering every Saari Residence artist – both those working at home and at the Saari Residence – an opportunity to take part in two meetings with a mentor through a remote connection during their two-month residency. The mentoring programme does not include researchers working under Kone Foundation grant; they have longer funding and also, they can use Kone Foundation’s Grants+ programme that consists of services designed to support the grantees in their work such as peer mentoring groups. The range of training courses is announced in Grants+ newsletters.

The mentoring is a one-on-one conversation in which the mentor supports and offers an exchange of ideas to the person being mentored to help them with their artistic work, the development of their artistic thinking and other work-related issues. The mentors are key professionals in their fields of art who live in Finland. They have a career spanning at least a couple of decades and are skilled listeners and conversationalists. They all also have a personal relationship with the Saari Residence. You will receive more information about the mentoring programme before your residency period begins.


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