Hakoniemi – Luova tila

Name of Residency: Hakoniemi Residence

For 16 years, the farm of Hakoniemi in Oravisalo was inhabited by painter Jorma Pajarinen. His studio and a barn gallery were located in the yard of the Hakoniemi farm. Hakoniemi with its surroundings is an ideal destination for artistic work. In addition to the lake-side nature, the proximity of the Russian border and the history of the region are strongly present. The nearby Salpapolku offers a chance to get to know Finnish military history and the diverse nature of the Northern Saimaa archipelago. With the recovery of the endangered Saimaa ringed seal (Pusa hispida saimensis), there is a real possibility to spot one these chubby swimmers sun bathing on the cliffs.
For the founders of Hakoniemi Residence Support Association, it is important to revive the culture, music, design and diverse art of Rääkkylä. Through the residence, the support association and artists are able to work in co-operation with the local community and companies.
We want residency artists to experience the same inspiring environment of the Saimaa archipelago that has been provided to us for decades. The lakes, nature, animals, people and everyday life on the inland islands of the Northern Saimaa are the source of inspiration for artistic and creative work.

Please note that there is no permanent staff living in the Hakoniemi house, so the residency is best suited for guests who are used to work and reside in self-directed environments. The location is remote, situated 15km away from the village center with no public transportation.

Residency Programme since: 2019
Description of Organisation:

Founded in 2019 in Oravisalo, Rääkkylä, North Karelia, Finland. Hakoniemi residence is a peaceful and inspiring working environment, located and inspired by the beautiful lake-side nature of Northern Saimaa archipelago. We would like to offer a residency place for sustainable work plans of different kinds, and an interest to the natural environment. The residence is suitable for artists, musicians, writers, artisans, designers, researchers and architects among others.


Organisation founded in: 2019
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Architecture
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Musical-instruments
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : local artisans, community house, etc.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Starting from 200 € / week to 500 € / month
    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
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Housing
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Joensuu
    Nearest Train Station: Joensuu and Kitee
    How to reach by plane: Twice a day flight from Helsinki to Joensuu. We will pick you up from the airport.
    How to reach by train: Multiple times per day from Helsinki to Kitee or Joensuu. Last train leaves 6 pm from Helsinki. Travel time approx. 4 hours. We will pick you up from the train station.
    How to reach by car: Head to Oravisalo, Rääkkylä, North Karelia. Travel time from Helsinki is 4.5 hours.
    How to reach by boat: 45 minute boat trip from Joensuu. Private charter required.
    Street & Number: Hakoniementie 93 A
    Postal Code: 82310
    City: Rääkkylä
    Country long: Finland
    Hakoniementie 93 A
    Rääkkylä 82310 FIN FIN
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