Located in Hyrynsalmi (Kainuu province, Finland), Mustarinda-residency offers rooms for artists, writers and researchers of varying fields. Available for rent are four artist studios and additionally three rooms suitable for researchers/writers.
Mustarinda is situated on the second highest summit in Kainuu, adjacent to the north-east edge of the Paljakka nature reserve. The surrounding view is of valuable, and in some places, completely untouched old-growth forests. Paljakka and Mustarinda are also some of Finland??s snowiest areas. Mustarinda is the only inhabited house on the summit, 23 kilometers from the nearest village.

Residency Programme since: 2010
Description of Organisation:

The Mustarinda Association is a group of artists and researchers, whose goal is to promote the ecological rebuilding of society, the diversity of culture and nature, and the connection between art and science.

At the centre of our activity lie contemporary art, boundary-crossing research, practical experimentation, communication, teaching and events. The Mustarinda Association reaches towards a post-fossil culture by combining scientific knowledge and experiential artistic activity.

The Mustarinda Association is active both internationally and locally. Our activities are rooted at the Mustarinda house at the edge of the Paljakka nature reserve in Kainuu the house has versatile spaces for artist and researcher residencies, and is also the location for exhibitions and various events. Some of our activity also takes place in Helsinki.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Film-making
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Digital application
    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): Studio 1: 27 m2 workspace + bedroom 350 € / month. Studio 2: 44 m2 workspace + bedroom 400 € / month. Studio 3: 14 m2 workspace + bedroom 330 € / month. Studio 4: 10 m2 workspace + bedroom 300 € / month. Studio 5: 70 m2 workspace + bedroom 450 € / month
    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): Slow Travel Support up to 200 €, depending on the annual funding.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Gardening
    • Forest Conservation
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Train Station: Kajaani
    How to reach by plane: Mustarinda encourages people to travel by ecological means. We seek to combine transfers and to avoid flying and private car usage whenever possible.
    How to reach by train: By public transportation: Possible routes: 1. Helsinki-Kajaani (train or bus) Kajaani-Hyrynsalmi (bus) Hyrynsalmi-Mustarinda (pick up by Mustarinda staff or taxi) 2. Helsinki-Oulu (train or bus), Oulu-Kytömäki (bus) OR Oulu-Paltamo (train), Kytömäki/Paltamo-Mustarinda (pick up by Mustarinda staff or taxi). Trains: Busses:,, Residency entrants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Hyrynsalmi. They should also let know Mustarinda staff about arrival in advance. Picking-up/dropping off at Hyrynsalmi village preferred on the 1st weekday of the month (before 8 PM) and departing on the last weekday of the month. Small fee charged.
    How to reach by car: Route 1: When arriving from Kajaani, drive towards Kuusamo until you reach Hyrynsalmi. From Hyrynsalmi follow the signs leading toward Ukkohalla. At Ukkohalla do not turn towards the ski resort, but continue driving ahead on the asphalt route toward Paljakka. 5 km after Ukkohalla there is sign to the left JYRKKÄ & Mustarinda. Turn there. Drive up the steep hill and continue for 3 km until you reach Mustarinda on the right. Route 2: When arriving from Oulu, drive towards Kajaani. Around Utajärvi turn towards Puolanka. Drive through Puolanka towards Paltamo until there there is a HOIKANVAARA sign on the left. Follow this route until you reach an UKKOHALLA sign on the left. Turn here and follow this route for 9 km and turn right when there is a JYRKKÄ & Mustarinda sign. Drive up the steep hill and continue for 3 km until you reach Mustarinda on the right. NOTE: During snowy season use Lietekylä route instead of Jyrkkä.
    Street & Number: Paljakantie 61
    Postal Code: 89400
    City: Hyrynsalmi
    Country long: Finland
    Paljakantie 61
    Hyrynsalmi 89400 FIN
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