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.
Workgroups can apply for grant and support for travel expenses for a work period of two to four weeks.
You can 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 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 classificationfrom the year 2021 onwards:
- Grant 1: beginning of 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 the applicant applies for grant 2 or 3, please describe your career phase on the application form. The grant classification cannot be justified e.g. with the need for supplies or travels.
Grants for group residency
The residency grant for groups is awarded for the number of persons, and the plan stated in the application. There must be at least three persons in the group. Each member of a group working in the Residence is granted a residence grant. The funding is to cover the 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 their members’ travels if they are coming to Saari Residence from outside of Finland and travelling out of Finland when leaving. For ecological reasons, we recommend for workgroups travelling from outside Finland to apply for support for slow travelling and apply for a more extended 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 €750 € / person
- 2 weeks €1,500 / person
- 3 weeks €2,250 / person
- 4 weeks €3,000 / person.
For their application, the group must itemise their residence grant in the slot marked for it in the application.
Support for slow travel
Slow travel refers to avoiding flying and other ecologically unsustainable means of transport. 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 applied grant classification as follows: 1 week is 25% of the full grant, 2 weeks 50% of full grant or 3 weeks 75% etc. Workgroups can apply according to the 2. grant classification: 1 week is €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 travelling:
- Slow Travel – A Privilege not a Sacrifice
- The Man in Seat 61
- Ecological travel tips from HIAP