Saari Residence – Who can apply

Kuva: Jussi Virkkumaa

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 (workgroup 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. Individual residency can be applied with a work partner in a joint application. The details of both applicants will be filled in the same application. 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, autumn and winter, and group residencies for 2 to 4 weeks take place during the months of mid-May, June, July and mid-August. We grant a one-week residency period 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.

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 mainstream.


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 mainstream. 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.


Residencies for researchers and non-fiction writers working under a Kone Foundation grant

Researchers and non-fiction writers working under Kone Foundation grant can work in the Residence during the two-month individual residencies. In such cases, they do not need to apply in the application process but should instead contact Executive Director Leena Kela directly. Unfortunately, we cannot offer accommodation for research projects supported by the foundation for short, intensive periods due to long-term renovations underway on the premises.

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 March.

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.


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