AARK Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo

+358 44 3631 503

We are looking for Art Professionals from all disciplines for whom the archipelago nature and the surrounding seaside could be an interesting area to contemplate or a theme to work on. We can offer time for thinking without a pressure to produce a new work.

We encourage a dialog between the visiting artists, both national and international quests and a dialog with local people and the environment.

Applications any time! Also separate Open Calls a few times a year

Our special area is the unique archipelago nature, with the nearby Archipelago National Park and biosphere area. We have light summer nights May-July. Autumn deep darkness, star nights and possibly ice at winter time Jan-March and frozen sea when a heavy winter – AARK has something specific with nature around the year. Our location is by the seaside and nearby forest.

Our residency can offer a quiet retreat as well a more social setting – depending on the artists needs and other art professionals visiting.


AARK residency has 3-4 apartment studios:

– 2  Seaside 72m2 apartments w 2 bedrooms each, downstairs apartment has a terrace. Suitable for 2 artists to share or a family.

– 1 airy Single Studio, private 56m2. Kitchen, open bedroom, toilet / shower.  For 1-2 or a family.

-1 Retro Studio, private 56m2 with kitchen, toilet/shower and separate bedroom.

We co operate with Barefoot Path, an exhibition focusing on site-specific and environmental art within walking distance 2km from the residency, www.barfotastigen.com

We have a small forest area just outside the house for some site-specific work.

Ruff basement space 30m2 for what ever use.

Sauna is one basic part of Finnish culture, we have sauna in the house. Swimming in the sea.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

AARK is a non profit Artist-Run, independent local association run by a small family team, directed by visual artist Renja Leino since 2015.


Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
  • Swedish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Car
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Other
If other, please specify:

A small forest area for site specific work
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Turku
    Nearest Train Station: Turku
    How to reach by plane: Turku Airport. Take Bus no 1 to Bus Station, 10 min. Take a bus to Korpo, RETAIS 1h45min, (over 2 ferries) Straight after the 2nd ferry you will see AARK on the right side. Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Bus to Turku Bus Station, change to Korpo, 1h45min, (over 2 ferries). Straight after the 2nd ferry you will see AARK on the right side.
    How to reach by train: Turku Railway Station. 1km walk/taxi to Bus Station. Take a bus to Korpo RETAIS, 1h45min, (over 2 ferries). Straight after the 2nd ferry you will see AARK on the right side.
    How to reach by car: Turku Bus Station: take the bus to Korpo Retais ferry shore 1h45min. Bus takes you all the way over 2 car ferries. After 2nd ferry AARK is there on the right side! www.matkahuolto.fi = timetable. No bus in night time. Tickets CASH!Residency is located in S/W Finland. Drive road 180 to Korpo, over 2 ferries (free of charge). Straight after the 2nd ferry you will see AARK on the right side.
    Street & Number: Saaristotie 5891 Retais
    Postal Code: 21710
    City: Korpo
    Country long: Finland