Saari Residence

The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is a residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, for artists of all disciplines and nationalities.
The Saari Residence. Photo: Otto-Ville Väätäinen / Kone Foundation

The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation,  is an international residence in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, where professional artists and researchers working on Kone Foundation grant can focus on their work for a period of two months in a peaceful rural environment and share their thoughts and experiences with colleagues. During summers, the residence is used by artist collectives of various fields. Individuals staying at the residence receive a monthly grant, and groups may apply for a group residence support. Read more on how to apply

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. Learn more about our residents

The residence’s three studios, dance studio, workspaces and comfortable accommodations in the beautiful milieu of a historic manor offer residents the opportunity to work in an inspiring environment. 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. More about the facilities at Saari Residence

The Saari Residence is also a meeting place for artists and researchers. The two-month residency periods run from September to April, with nine artists and researchers from different fields staying at the residence at a time, providing plenty of opportunities for interaction that crosses the boundaries between both different art forms and art and science. At the same time, the Saari Residence offers peaceful and unique place where residents can focus on their work. During the individual residency periods, Saari Invited Artist also stays at the Saari Residence from September to the end of April. In addition, the Saari Residence community artist works at the residence throughout the year.

In 2017, Saari Residence joined Artists-at-Risk (AR) Platform for visual art practitioners coordinated and curated by Perpetuum Mobile. AR-Residencies are primarily intended for persecuted professionals in the visual arts. These are practitioners whose freedom of expression is infringed upon, and in serious cases their life and liberty is at stake.

The Saari Well is a place for artists and researchers working at the residence to meet, share and leave their mark on each others’ thoughts and work and the Saari Residence. Read more about the Well