Local social responsibility
The goals of the Saari Residence include active interaction with the local community. It organises an annual Open House Day event in cooperation with the Mynämäki-Mietoinen nature conservation society. In the lead-up to Christmas, the Saari Residence organises a puppet theatre performance for children in grades 3 to 4 from nearby schools.
On the initiative of the Saari Residence, the Mietoistenlahti cooperation group was established to discuss opportunities for cooperation and anticipate any problems or conflicts of interest. The group includes representatives of the municipality of Mynämäki, the Mynämäki-Mietoinen nature conservation society, the Turku Ornithological Society, Metsähallitus, the Finnish Environment Institute, the Pyhe village committee, the National Board of Antiquities and the Saari Residence.
However, the most important aspect of local social responsibility is the work of the Saari Residence’s community artist. Community artist Pia Bartsch carries out various projects in cooperation with local residents and communities on a regular basis.
The Saari Residence and Photographic Gallery Hippolyte have cooperated on a regular basis since 2013. Hippolyte annually reserves a month for displaying works by an artist who has been in residence at Saari, with Kone Foundation covering the cost of the exhibition.
All parties benefit from this cooperation. Hippolyte has an opportunity to exhibit works by interesting, usually international, artists. The Saari Residence is able to provide its residency guests with even better and more attractive services. Artists have an opportunity to have their works on display in Helsinki. The party that benefits the most, however, is the public, who have a unique opportunity to see contemporary art in their home town.
The cooperation started with Party for Freedom, a work by the London-based interdisciplinary artist Oreet Ashery, in 2013. The following year, the gallery exhibited works by the Canadian artist Bill Burns. The programme for 2015 featured an exhibition by Nutty Tarts. The Quotas of Pride, an exhibition by Croatian media artists Nadija Mustapić and Toni Meštrović was exhibited in 2016. In November 2017, the works by Greek visual artis Ilan Manoauch were presented in the gallery. The exhibition was called SHAPEREADER. In spring 2018, the exhibition turn was for Saari Invited Artist 2016–2017, artist Matthew Cowan’s PARA FIELD NOTES.
Perpetuum Mobile’s Artists-at-Risk Platform
In 2017, the Saari Residence joined the 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.
Key partners include Finnish residencies, the Regional Office of Southwest Finland of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the municipality of Mynämäki.
The Saari Residence belongs to the Res Artis network and the network of Finnish residencies, which is maintained by the Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation.