Saari Residency – Who can apply

Apply for residency by submitting your application and attachments using the Online Grant Service. The service is open during the annual application period in March. Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline.

Who can apply

The residency places are intended for individual professional artists, fiction writers, poets and novelists, translators, curators and critics and artistic collectives (work group or an established organization with a Business ID) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance. Non-fiction writers and researcher are not eligible to apply for the Residency.

The two-month working periods for individual residencies take place during spring, autums and winter, and group residencies for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August.

What can residency places be applied for?

Residency places can be applied for artistic work. We favour fields of art and subjects which are multidisciplinary, new and emerging from outside the main stream.


Focal points

Individual residency

For each two-month residency period, diversity is emphasized: both Finnish and foreign and young and more experienced artists are chosen as well as artists representing different art forms. Another central criterion is that the artist’s work is innovative and current. The objective is that at least some residents represent new or marginal art forms.

Group residency

In group residencies is emphasized that the work is innovative and current and represent new or marginal art forms. We favour subjects and themes which are cross-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary, or outside the main stream. Especially we welcome applications for projects involving co-operation between Finnish and international artist groups. These groups must also select a Finnish team leader – if possible – to fill in the application form and act as a contact person.


Time period

Applications are always for residencies during the following year.

Individual residency

The two-month working periods for individual residencies take place as follows:

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

Group residency

You can apply for group residency for a period of 1–4 weeks between May and August. Please note, a one-week residency period is intended and granted only in special cases, for example, for a translators’ review workshop or for other groups whose members need to assemble for a small-scale seminar or workshop (work will take place in the meeting space). For ecological reasons, we recommend longer group residency period for working groups travelling from afar.



Researchers and non-fiction writers who already are working under Kone Foundation grant have the possibility of staying at the residence: in the winter, one apartment and workspace is reserved for a researcher, and research projects supported by the foundation may come and work in the main building of the Saari Residence for short, intensive periods. Such applicants do not need to send in an application but should instead contact Executive Director LEENA KELA directly.

Please note! The requirement for a residency period offered to a researcher funded by Kone Foundation is that the research is performed in an academic context. This includes artistic research (at Uniarts Helsinki, Aalto University, etc.). Unfortunately, artists whose work contains some research elements but is not performed in an academic context do not fall within the scope of residencies intended for researchers. They may apply for residency during our annual application period in August.

The 2-month working periods for researchers and non-fiction writers working under a Kone Foundation grant are the same as in the individual residencies.



The Saari Residence strives to take ecology and accessibility into consideration in its operations.

Read more about ecology and accessibility: Saari Residence > Accommodation and workspaces > Environmental impact and accessibility