Residency program

We would like to invite guests from different fields of art, and team them up with the people involved in Platform and Vaasa. We expect our guests on the one hand to produce utopian ideas that will inspire for more research and, on the other hand, very practical projects which will be directly noticeable in the daily life of Vaasa.

We offer the artist a stay in Vaasa for up to 6 months. A studio space, accommodation, travel expenses (one return trip, cheapest possible covered), and a working grant of 300 euros per week are provided. We also offer a small production budget of 1000 &euro.

We currently do not have a studio but a project space in the centre of town, which can also be used as a workspace.

The artist has a contact person who is in charge of necessary arrangements, but note that this is voluntary work so if any additional assistance is needed it has to be agreed upon well in advance.

We ask the artist to realize a project, which can be presented either during the residency or at a later stage. After the project is finished the artist should submit documentation of it, as well as press release text etc. The artist is also expected to give a public talk about his/her work, which is normally done in the beginning of the stay, in order to get to know local people and other artists.

We expect the artist to be able to communicate in English, Swedish or Finnish. We require the artist to spend at least 80% of the residency duration in Vaasa.

Residency Programme since: 2001
Description of Organisation:


Information and history

Platform is an artist-run initiative founded in the year of 2000. Platform holds a project room and a residency programme in Vasa, Finland. The aim of Platform is to promote, show and be part of producing international contemporary art.

The events have periodically been based on different themes that serves as a base for discussions as well as the content for the activities.

The majority of Platforms exhibitions and projects are results of the residency programme, where artists are invited to produce a project or an exhibition in Vaasa.

An important part of the activities are creating local interaction. The curated or produced projects and exhibitions often have an involving or site-specific aspect.


Seminars are arranged to initiate discussion between local activists and invited artists and theoreticians on artistic and environmental issues.

Artist2Artist is a series of artist talks of the visiting artists at Platform and other finnish residencies, mainly in the region.

Organisation founded in: please-choose
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
  • Swedish
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 3 – 6
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We can negotiate workshop usage with local organizations if needed.
Application process: Open call
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): Yes
If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 300 euros per week
Expenses paid by the organisation:
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
  • Public talk
  • Workshop
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Both
Nearest Airport: Vaasa, Finland
Nearest Train Station: Vaasa, Finland
How to reach by boat: Wasaline ferry
Street & Number: Urmakaregatan 19
Postal Code: 65100
City: Vasa
Country long: Finland
Urmakaregatan 19
Vasa 65100 FIN
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