Saari Residence

+358 2 431 4200
saari@koneensaatio.fi

The Saari Residence places are intended for individual professional artists, writers, translators, curators and critics and artistic collectives (work group or an established organization with a Business ID) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance.

An individual residency spanning two months includes accommodation, a workroom and a monthly grant, the sum of which is determined by the applicant’s experience (€2,400 / €2,800 / €3,500 per month). The purpose of the grant is to cover the cost of living, travel costs and other expenses. Groups can apply for support to cover their living and travel expenses for a work period of one to four weeks.

The two-month individual residencies take place from January to April and from September to December. Individual residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant which varies depending on experience. Artist collectives of various fields can apply for group residency place and support for their residency period for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August. During the individual residencies, the Saari Invited Artist is also in residence from September until the end of April. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works in the residence all year round, and nurtures the relationship between the residence and local community through artistic means.

The barn at the Saari Residence has been renovated as a diverse workspace for various artistic practices. The building contains a dance studio, three studios for visual artists, a sewing machine and a woodworking shop. The rooms for literary work are located in the apartments. The residence does not have a darkroom, media room or equipment for printing, pottery, graphics or textile work. One may apply for a residency for the planning stage of their work. Groups working at the residence during summer months may also work in the unheated outbuildings. Residents will not have to share workspace with others.  More about the facilities at the Saari Residence.

Residency places are intended for artistic work. Priority is given to fresh, multidisciplinary or non-mainstream themes and fields of art. Applicants must present in their application a project proposal or a work plan for their residency. For each residency period, our aim is to select both Finnish and international artists, with representation from several different disciplines of art and stages of career.

The application period for the residency places in the following year begins on 1 March and ends on  31 March at 4 p.m. Finnish time. Only the applications submitted online during the application period will be taken into consideration. Read more about how to apply.

Residency Programme since: 2008
Description of Organisation:

The Saari Residence, maintained by Helsinki-based Kone Foundation, is an international residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland. It offers an excellent opportunity for artists of all disciplines and nationalities to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well the chance to interact with other residents.

The goal of Kone Foundation, founded in 1956, is to advance bold initiatives in research and the arts. It is an independent and unaffiliated organisation, which awards grants to promote academic research, culture, art and the popularisation of research, maintains the Saari Residence for artists and researchers and organises various events. Kone Foundation pursues active arts and research policies, and it is constantly seeking and providing alternatives to the mainstream.

Organisation founded in: 1956
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Cleaning
  • Bicycle
  • Woodworking tools
  • Small hand and power tools available
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?: 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): An individual residency spanning two months includes accommodation, a workroom and a monthly grant, the sum of which is determined by the applicant’s experience (€2,400 / €2,800 / €3,500 per month). The purpose of the grant is to cover the cost of living, travel costs and other expenses. Groups can apply for support to cover their living and travel expenses for a work period of one to four weeks.
    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:
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Turku
    Nearest Train Station: Turku
    How to reach by plane: The Saari Residence is situated around 30 km from the city of Turku. We encourage our guests to take their time travelling to Saari (slow travel), if possible, using train, bus or boat instead of an airplane. We recommend flying to Helsinki and using a bus from the airport.
    How to reach by train: You can use trains from Helsinki to Turku, but from Turku to the Residence, you need to use a bus.
    How to reach by car: Turku is well served by bus and train connections to Helsinki the journey typically takes around 2 hours. Several buses also run daily between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Turku. Local buses from Turku bus station will take you to within 2 km of the Residence. The Saari Residence is located in the district of Myn??m??ki, about 10 km from Myn??m??ki town centre. Myn??m??ki has all the usual shops and services of any small town, with supermarkets, bank, chemists, an off-licence and a few restaurants and caf??s. The closest district library, village shop and restaurant are within about 2 km from the Saari Residence.
    How to reach by boat: Turku ferry port in Finland is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Stockholm, Langnas & Mariehamn available. You can get a bus from the port to Turku centre.
    Street & Number: Saaren rantatie 21
    Postal Code: 23140
    City: Hietamäki
    Saaren rantatie 21
    Hietamäki 23140 FIN
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