Nelimarkka Residence / Museum

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Please ask the application form and information about the fees from the museum.

Residency Programme since: 1985
Description of Organisation: The Nelimarkka Residence and Museum, the Regional Art Museum of Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland, complex are built by the artist Eero Nelimarkka in 1964, creating the opportunity for artists to work in a quiet environment where nature speaks.

Its main focus is on art education, but the museum is also responsible for research of Ostrobothnian art and has hosted an artist-in-residency program since mid 1980’s.

The Residency carries out Eero Nelimarkka’s long-term dream of having fine art in the countryside. Circa 10 artists live and work at the residency annually.

Nelimarkka Residency is looking for artists on all fields of visual arts.

A residency includes the use of a studio, shared common areas, and a private bedroom. The museum provides for internet access, kitchen utensils, towels, bedding and linens with an access to a laundry room and a bicycle to go around area. There are two housing facilities at the Nelimarkka residency: Villa Nelimarkka (2 bedrooms, 2 studios) situated 400m from the museum, 5 kilometres from Alajärvi city centre and Villa Väinölä (2 bedrooms, one studio), situated at the Alajärvi city centre.

The artist pays for their own material, living and travel expenses. A residency period is usually 1-3 months.

Organisation founded in: 1964
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Architecture
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : The artists can give a workshop for the museum visitors or a local school during their stay. The museum staff will assist with the workshop.
    Application process: Postal application
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): The rent for a private bedroom with a shared kitchen and bathroom is 400 euros/month (incl. taxes) or 200 euros plus giving a workshop.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    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: Vaasa
    Nearest Train Station: Lapua
    How to reach by plane: Helsinki airport (~400 km)Vaasa airport (~125 km)Tampere airport (~200km)
    How to reach by train: Helsinki – Sein_Ñ_joki by train takes approx. 3 hours and there are several departures every day. From Sein_Ñ_joki there is a bus connection to Alaj_Ñ_rvi 3-4 times per day, the bus trip takes approx. 1 hour. The museum staff will pick you up from the Alaj_Ñ_rvi ABC bus stop if needed.
    How to reach by car: Helsinki – Tampere – Virrat – Alaj_Ñ_rvi takes about 5 hours.
    Street & Number: Pekkolantie 115
    Postal Code: 62900
    City: Alajärvi
    Country long: Finland