Kristinestad Artists’ Residency


This is an artist and community run residency programme open to artists and creatives from all disciplines.

The selection is made on the basis of project proposals. Both individual and community projects are possible, and there are opportunities of working with local schools and associations. Inspiration can be sought in in the picturesque environment of the old wooden town of Kristinestad, local traditions in textiles, woodwork and carpentry, architecture and music; in the Nordic natural and cultural environment, slowness and retreat. Single-room accommodation, workspace, orientation and project assistance is provided.

Residency Programme since: 2018
Description of Organisation:

This programme is offered by the association Yelema in cooperation with the municipal cultural affairs office, the art association Spectra and craft association Hemslöjdsföreningen.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Swedish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
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
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Sound recording studio
  • Musical-instruments
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Networking
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Textile craft association, woodworkers, primary and secondary schools, music school
    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): 600 Euro per 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
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Project assistance before, during and after the residency. Exhibition spaces.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: One artist talk in-house. Exhibitions, workshops, events are welcome but not obligatory.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    How to reach by plane: Helsinki and Turku airports. There are 4 comfortable long-distance buses arriving daily from Helsinki (6 hrs) and Turku (4 hrs).
    Street & Number: Spectra, Skolgatan 10
    Postal Code: 64100
    City: Kristinestad
    Country long: Finland
    Spectra, Skolgatan 10
    Kristinestad 64100 FIN
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