The Saari Invited Artist

At the beginning of 2023, the Saari Invited Artist programme was renewed. For each two-month-long individual residencies, one artist or artist-researcher focusing on various ecological issues is invited to stay at the residence.

The primary task of a Saari Invited Artist is to carry on their artistic and research practice. Invited artists can share their artistic expertise in different ecological issues by evoking insights within the residents staying at Saari through discussions or their own artistic work. They can also bring out their perspectives and expertise through their art or research topic. The position of the invited artist is not open to applications.

“The updated Saari Invited Artist programme will produce perspectives on ecological thinking and enable insights through artistic work and discussion. Sometimes new insights come about in an instant, while at other times, they require a longer time to take shape. The Saari Invited Artist programme is about meeting at the well to explore ecological issues. It provides groups of residents with ways to deepen their ecological thinking and examine their connection to nature, while at the same time, it allows the Saari Invited Artist to carry out their own artistic work with the support of the group,” explains Leena Kela, Residency Director of the Saari Residence.

Saari Invited Artists 2023

In 2023, the Saari Invited Artists included Tamara Colchester, Mari Keski-Korsu, colectivo amasijo and Edd Carr.

Saari Invited Artists 2024

In 2024, the Saari Invited Artists include Ilja Lehtinen, Lada Suomenrinne, FRAUD and Veli Lehtovaara.

Read more about invited artists

Interpreter of plants and animal tracks – Interview with Tamara Colchester

Understanding the language of alpacas and micro-organisms – Interview with Mari Keski-Korsu

Amasijo, Acorns, Aurajoki: A Recipe That Calls for a River

Towards more ecologically sustainable photography – an interview with artist Edd Carr

Ilja Lehtinen and the experience of oil:

Lived utopia and love for the earth – an interview with Lada Suomenrinne

Previous Saari Invited Artists

From 2013 to 2020, the Saari Invited Artist programme was intended for artists who had previously worked at the Saari Residence and were invited to a longer individual residency for eight months. Previous Saari Invited Artists include Jaakko Niemelä 2013–2014, Jonimatti Joutsijärvi 2014–2015,  Hanneriina Moisseinen 2015–2016, Matthew Cowan 2016–2017, Kristiina Drews 2017–2018, Kevin Doyle 2018–2019 and Essi Kausalainen 2019–2020.

Essi Kausalainen will throw herself into the unknown during her residency

Kevin Doyle is a playwright who composes with a space

Kristiina Drews wants to highlight the importance of translated literature

Matthew Cowan examines the carnivalesque in folkore

Hanneriina Moisseinen illustrates history through a multi-voiced narrative

Jonimatti Joutsijärvi and fascinating processes