The Saari Residence run by Kone Foundation at Mynämäki is now in its tenth-anniversary year. The new Lauttasaari Manor mini-residence in Helsinki for guests invited by collaborating organizations will commence operations next year. What can a residency do for your research or artistic practice? What can it bring to your work that you can’t achieve in your own studio or your office in academia? In other words: Why go on a residency?
We invite you to join us at our Breakfast Well to consider the importance of work done on residencies for artistic and research projects, and more generally the role played by residencies and operating models for them in international ecosystems for art and research.
The discussion will be started off by two Saari Residence alumni: composer, music writer and doctoral researcher Jarkko Hartikainen; and literature researcher and postdoctoral researcher Maria Laakso. In what ways was their time at the Saari residency important for them? The discussion will be moderated by contemporary-art curator and researcher Taru Elfving.
The Saari Residence’s tenth-anniversary volume Saari Ahoy! Saari Residence 10 Years will be available at the Breakfast Well. It comprises essays, interviews and other texts that offer glimpses into the residence’s activities and the work of residency guests – in a multiplicity of voices, words and pictures. Contributing writers include: Chair of the Advisory Board of the Saari Residence Sirpa Pietikäinen; Saari alumnus, artist and Chair of the Artists’ Association of Finland Teemu Mäki; and invited residency artist, poet and performance artist Jonimatti Joutsijärvi.
Besides Saari Ahoy! you can also read about the residence’s first decade and anniversary-year events on the Saari Residence 10 years website.
The Breakfast Well is the Foundation’s series of breakfast discussions. Everyone is welcome to take part in the conversation, with each occasion ending in an opportunity for some networking. Vegan breakfasts are ordered for the first 40 participants. Book your place using the form below. Please note that the language of the event will be Finnish.