Örö Residency Association (Örön Residenssikeskus ry)

Name of Residency: ÖRES – Örö Island Residency Programme

A residency programme on the island of Örö in the Archipelago National Park, Finland. Our main focus is visual artists working in experimental fields of art, art-science collaborations and interdisciplinary art projects. We also encourage researchers in humanistic and social sciences with an interdisciplinary approach to cultural and political themes to apply.

Örö is an island in the southern outskirt of the Finnish archipelago. Used as a military fortress from the early 1900s until the end of 2014, the island is now open for civilians and has become a part of the Archipelago National Park. The island&rsquos nature is unusually pristine and home to many rare species. With one shore facing the open Baltic Sea and the other being sheltered by the archipelago, Örö is a concentration of diverse habitats and geotypes. The military history and the ongoing conversion towards nature tourism add more layers to the scenery.

The residency programme is located in an old officers’ house in the southern tip of the island. The house has two apartments, both having two rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. An apartment can be utilized by a single visitor for separate living and studio spaces, or shared by two artists, a workgroup or a family. The apartments are equipped with basic furniture, tools and necessities for living and working.

The residency periods are free of charge. We provide accommodation; you will have exclusive use of the apartment, tools and accessories. However, we do not cover your travel costs, food or daily expenses.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

The programme is administered by Örön Residenssikeskus ry, an artists-run organization functioning as a co-operative platform. We seek to collaborate with diverse interest groups and organizations in the fields of art and research to ensure a versatile use of our residency and to realize various interdisciplinary projects.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
  • Swedish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Woodworking tools
  • Small hand and power tools available
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    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
    • Other
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Helsinki Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Salo
    How to reach by plane: From Helsinki Airport take a bus connection to Salo (all buses going toward Turku). From the Salo bus station take a bus to Dalsbruk (Taalintehdas). From Dalsbruk, take a cab to Kasn_Ñ_s and then the ferry to _†¢r_ѝ.Detailed travel instructions and links to timetables: http://www.ores.fi/visitors-guide/
    How to reach by train: From Helsinki, take the train to Salo (basically any train going to Turku). From the Salo train station, walk accross the street to the bus station and take a bus to Dalsbruk (Taalintehdas). From Dalsbruk, take a cab to Kasn_Ñ_s and then the ferry to _†¢r_ѝ.Detailed travel instructions and links to timetables: http://www.ores.fi/visitors-guide/
    How to reach by car: From Helsinki, take the E18 motorway towards Turku. Exit at Salo and follow the traffix signs toward Perni_ѝ. When approaching Perni_ѝ center, take the first exit at the roundabout toward Kemi_ѝ. Follow the road all the way to Dragsfj_Ñ_rd and then follow the signs to Kasn_Ñ_s. From Kasn_Ñ_s harbour, take the ferry to _†¢r_ѝ (cars have to stay at Kasn_Ñ_s).Detailed travel instructions and links to timetables: http://www.ores.fi/visitors-guide/
    How to reach by boat: Follow the marine routes on the Finnish coast. A separate route goes from Kasnäs to Örö; this can be reached via the main routes from the west, north and east.
    Street & Number: Örön Linnake, Pitkä Ikävä
    Postal Code: 25930
    City: Kasnäs
    Örön Linnake, Pitkä Ikävä
    Kasnäs 25930 FIN
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