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.
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.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Weeks: 1
- Weeks: 2
- Weeks: 3
- Months: 1
- Months: 2
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Private accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Space for partners, families, pets
- Woodworking tools
- Small hand and power tools available
- Production costs
- No requirements