Artist in Residence Frosterus


Air Frosterus is a unique rural place in Northern Finland. We provide artists the time and peace to focus on their work. The beautiful location allows the guests to get inspired by Finnish nature and the four seasons. The local community is active and open and encourages artists to communal projects.

Silence, sauna and the naturally flowing Pyhäjoki -river are all part of the local culture at Kärsämäki. Though relaxed, the residents of Kärsämäki are very active in organizing events and they have a small town do-it-yourself-attitude. With the hosting organization being a highly active force in the cultural scene of Kärsämäki, residency artists have a front-row seat to the local cultural life.

The length of a residency period can vary between one and six months. A possibility to arrange an exhibition is provided. Depending on the time of the residency a beautiful gallery space at the centre of Kärsämäki is provided for the artists to exhibit in. Community projects and workshops are welcomed. The opportunities to cooperate with the local artists and the community are good.

Air Frosterus can host up to four residencies for individuals or couples at once. Our spacious residence allows artists to choose if they want to concentrate on their own work or to collaborate with each other. All visiting artists have a private bedroom/study and the possibility to have their own studio for the period of their stay. Artists with all mediums can find a suitable working space from the selection of our private studios. The in-house shared studio and common areas allow artists to meet each other, collaborate and get inspired by the work of others.


Kattilakoski cooperative is a non-profit organization. Residency fees are used towards maintaining the residency house, a historically valuable vicarage.

Double room/ one person – 315 € /month
Double room/ couple – 415 €/month

10 percent discount for students.

Included: Bed linen, towels, Wifi

A booking fee of 100€ will be charged after the confirmation of the residency period. The booking fee will be compensated in the rent but not refunded if the residency period is cancelled.


We welcome artists from all fields of art and design to apply to our residency at the beautiful natural landscape of Kärsämäki, Finland. The deadline for year 2020 is 30.09.2019. Apply by filling in the application form that you can find on this page. Remember to fill in your project plan and state if you are interested in arranging an exhibition, teaching courses or arranging workshops. We encourage all the artists to choose two possible periods of stay.

Artist selections are made by the board of Kattilakoski cooperative by 15.10.2019. Selected artists are informed personally.

For detailed information, please visit our webpage:

Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

Kattilakoski culture cooperative is located in Kärsämäki and it is the thriving force behind the local cultural scene. The non-profit organization was established in 2012. We promote local and national culture and create new international connections with the help of artist residence programs and European voluntary service projects. The cooperative collaborates with the local community, schools and artists.

Members of the cooperation are cultural associations with their own main focuses: Finland Life Story association arranges an annual Life Story Festival, a national storytelling competition and provides critiques service for writers. Art association Elsuupa is responsible for the annual Ars Kärsämäki, a recognized contemporary art summer exhibition. Shingle Church support association maintains the world known modern wooden church that was built at the beginning of this decade using methods from the 18th century.  Music in the Shingle Church -association arranges a yearly three day classical music festival and invites musicians around the country to perform at the shingle church.

Organisation founded in: 2012
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
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
  • Months: 5
  • Months: 6
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Train Station: Ylivieska
    How to reach by plane: Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the most common place to fly to when arriving to Finland. From the city centre of Helsinki you can get a bus to Kärsämäki or a train to Ylivieska.Oulu Airport is located 120km from Kärsämäki. There is a bus connection from the Oulu Bus Station to Kärsämäki.
    How to reach by train: The nearest train station is in Ylivieska, 70kms from Kärsämäki. A bus connection from Ylivieska to Kärsämäki is available.More information about train connections can be found from: Bus connections:
    How to reach by car: Kärsämäki is situated in the middle of Finland, in the junction of E75 and road 28. Distance from Helsinki is ~500km and from Oulu ~120km. The nearest car rental shop is in Ylivieska, 70 km from Kärsämäki.
    Street & Number: Pappilankuja 24
    Postal Code: 86710
    City: Karsamaki
    Country long: Finland
    Pappilankuja 24
    Karsamaki 86710 FIN
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