Arteles Creative Center

Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland hosts more than 140 selected international artists and creative professionals per year. It is the peaceful & lively headquarters for our residency programs, welcoming artists and creative minds from all around the world, from all the defined and undefined forms of creativity.

The center is located in the middle of the extraordinary nature of Hämeenkyrö (European Union Landscape Award in 2009), far from city life distractions. Here, you can soak in the fresh air, enjoy the silence, practice meditation, go for wandering walks in the forests and swimming in the many lakes nearby, do hiking and trekking trips in the nature and have daily relaxing in a traditional sauna.

The main value of Arteles is to give freedom for creativity. We provide our artists an inspiring and supportive environment, with no stress or pressure coming from the outside. We embrace long-term progress, personal growth and mindfulness, and therefore our focus is in the artist and their individual aims and being, not only in production and career.

The studio spaces and communal areas of the residency center are made to support creative activities and social exchange. In the two residency buildings – Timber and Nexus 9000 – there are working and living facilities for hosting simultaneously 12-14 artists, with private bedrooms. On the large residency yards, there is a barn for woodwork, wood burning sauna, and plenty of open space for environmental art and outdoor experiments. Forest can be entered with just a few steps from the studios.

Residency Programme since: 2010
Description of Organisation:

Arteles Creative Center in Finland is one of the largest and most international residency centers in Finland, organizing thematic residency program for international artists and creative professionals.

Organisation founded in: 2009
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
Number of studios: between 11 and 16
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Car
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Musical Instruments
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Office
  • Welding tools
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: Artist duos
    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): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): For possible financial support, please see details of the residency program in question.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: please see program details on our www-page.
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Tampere-Pirkkala
    Nearest Train Station: Tampere train station
    Street & Number: Hahmajärventie 26
    Postal Code: 38490
    City: Hämeenkyrö
    Country long: Finland