Saari Residence in Finland, Europe

The Saari Residence in Finland, Northern Europe, is an international artist in residence for professional artists and artist collectives of various fields. Residency is maintained by Kone Foundation and it’s located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland. The residency places for the following year can be applied in March.
The Saari Residence. Photo: Otto-Ville Väätäinen / Kone Foundation

Two-month residencies for artists in Finland

At the Saari Residence (Finland), professional artists of all disciplines and nationalities can focus on their work in a peaceful rural environment and share their thoughts and experiences with colleagues.

The two-month artist residency periods run from September to April, with eight Saari Fellows staying at the residency at a time. From May to August, the Saari Residence is reserved for intensive group work.

Individuals staying at the artist residency receive a monthly grant, and groups may apply for a group residency grant and support for the travels. In addition, we encourage applicants to apply support slow travel (avoiding flying).

Open call for artist residencies is always for the residency place for the following year. Working periods for the 2-month individual residencies are as follows:

  • Period 1: January to February
  • Period 2: March to April
  • Period 3: September to October
  • Period 4: November to December.

Groups may apply to use our facilities for 2–4 weeks between mid-May and mid-August.

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Artist in residency – who can apply?

The artist residency positions are intended for individual professional artists, fiction writers, poets, novelists, translators, curators and critics, and artistic collectives (workgroups or established organizations with a business ID, the minimum group size is 3 people) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance. If you are applying for an individual residency with a work partner, it should be applied in a joint application.

Residency places can be applied for artistic work. The selections for Saari residents emphasise artists whose work is rejuvenating and topical, as well as new forms of art.

For each residency period, our aim is to select both Finnish and international artists, with representation from several different disciplines of art and stages of career.

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Photo: Jussi Virkkumaa

Workspaces and accommodation in artist residency

The Saari Residence launched its operations in 2008. Residency is located in a peaceful rural manor milieu, Saari Manor, close to nature yet just 30 kilometres from Turku. The versatile workspaces of the Residence and the historical and scenic surroundings of an old manor house offer an excellent opportunity to focus undisturbed on creative work as well as opportunities for interaction with other residents.

The workspaces for artists at the residency are situated in the old stone barn, 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. Some of the manor’s outbuildings can also be used as workspaces during summer. The Saari Residence apartments have a kitchen or kitchenette with basic amenities, and one of the buildings has a shared kitchen. Each resident has an apartment to themselves, including an en suite shower and toilet. Groups stay in more compact accommodations and often share apartments.

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Photo: Otto-Ville Väätäinen

Ecologically sustainable residency programme

Saari Residence strives for sustainability, eco-friendliness and accessibility in its activities.
By social sustainability, we refer to actively dismantling Eurocentricity, inequality and unsustainability in the field of artists’ residences and, more broadly, the art sector, as well as increasing inclusivity.

We are also seeking new, sustainable ways of working to support the psychological well-being and sustainability of our residents.

We offer the people working at the residence the opportunity to internalise the contemplation of ecological issues and make it part of their work and way of thinking through various study groups, discussions and workshops.

In all our operations, we focus on insights and learning together through inclusion and positivity.

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Photo: Pirre Naukkarinen

Encounters and building own identity as an artist

The Saari Residence is also a meeting place for artists and researchers. The two-month individual residency periods, with typically seven artists from different fields and a researcher working on Kone Foundation grant staying at the residence at a time, provide plenty of opportunities for interaction that crosses the boundaries between both different art forms and art and research. At the same time, the Saari Residence offers a peaceful and unique place where residents can focus on their work. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works at the residency throughout the year.

The Saari Residence offers every artist at the Residence the opportunity to participate in two mentoring meetings carried out through a remote connection during their two-month residency. Our mentors are key professionals in their fields of art who live in Finland. They all also have a personal relationship with the Saari Residence. There is no mentoring during summertime.

In 2017, the Saari Residence joined Artists-At-Risk (Ar) Platform for visual art practitioners coordinated and curated by Perpetuum Mobile. One individual residency place per year is reserved for AR Residency.

The Saari Well is a place for artists and researchers working at the residency to meet, share ideas and leave their mark on each others’ thoughts and work and the Saari Residence. The Saari Well is based on an idea of a real well: Throughout the ages, people the world over have gathered around wells to collect water, and in many places they still do. There they exchange thoughts, ideas, problems and solutions. Everyone present gives and everyone receives, each in his or her turn. Encounters at the Saari Well can lead to long friendships or mentoring discussions, or someone may discover new ways of working or find a stronger voice as an artist. Learning about other fields of art offers boarder perspectives for the work of an artist. Each year the Saari Residence organises Summer Wells, where researchers and artists come together to discuss current topics.

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