Serlachius Museums

Name of Residency: Serlachius Residency

Serlachius residency is a residency studio maintained by the Serlachius Museums and Mänttä Art Festival.
Residencies are intended for creative professionals working in the field of art, such as artists, art historians, researchers or curators.

The aim of the residency is to make new connections between artists, researchers and curators. In addition to a studio and housing, the residency can offer contacts with local art field and possibilities for community-based projects of with local people.

One can apply for a residency period ranging from 1-6 months. Next application period begins 1 February and ends 28 February 2020. The first available residency begins in January 2021.
No rent will be collected of the residency. Instead, the guest is required to make a report of his or her stay during the residency. Selected persons pay costs for their travelling and working as well as living during residency.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

The history of the Serlachius Museums starts with Paper mill owner Gösta Serlachius, who had plans to build a museum in Mänttä to house his growing collection already in 1920. Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation was established in 1933 with the purpose to build and maintain a museum in Mänttä.

At present Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation maintains two museums. Art museum Gösta exhibits the pearls of the art collection that is one of the largest private art collections in Scandinavia. In summer 2014 alongside the art museum will rise a pavilion with area of over 5000 sq.m. that multiplies the exhibition spaces of Gösta and enables construction of new exhibitions, more versatile than before.

Gustaf Museum tells stories. In the former head office of the historical forest combine G.A. Serlachius Ltd. curious and surprising exhibitions associate with the colorful history and magnificent architecture of the building.

Mänttä Art Festival is summer exhibition of contemporary art organized by Mäntän kuvataiteen ystävät ry, a registered association of the friends of art in Mänttä. The Festival was first arranged in 1993. A biennial event during the early years, the festival has been arranged annually since 1999.

The registered association each year chooses a new curator of the next years festival. The curator alone makes decisions in relation to selection of artists and exhibition architecture. The main exhibition space and exhibition centre is Pekilo, a renovated industrial building.

Mänttä art festival has grown to be Finlands most important annual show of contemporary art. The curator compiles each year a new selection of art and artists that best reflect a theme or title chosen by the curator. During recent years also artists from e.g. Estonia have participated.

Many side programs offer single artists, members of the cultural audience or the curator possibility to reflect on exhibition, particular artworks or other cultural matters. Concerts and lectures as well as other events have been organized to discuss cultural issues in connection of the Art Festival.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Ceramics facilities
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
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
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Tampere
    Nearest Train Station: Vilppula
    How to reach by plane: Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Tampere Airport
    How to reach by train: If you come by train, get off at Vilppula. From there it is about 7 km to the centre of Mänttä. The train from Tampere to Vilppula takes an hour. There is usually a taxi waiting at the station when the train arrives. Timetables www.vr.fi/fi/. Buses operating on several long-distance and local routes stop at the bus station in the centre of Mänttä. The bus station is located in the distance of 500 metres from the Gustaf Museum and 2,5 kilometres from the Gösta Museum. The express services from Jyväskylä and Tampere to Mänttä take 1,5 hours. Timetables www.matkahuolto.fi.
    How to reach by car: The distance between Tampere and Mänttä is about 90 kilometres and Jyväskylä and Mänttä rough 80 kilometres. The distance from Helsinki good 260 kilometres, from Turku, Vaasa and Kuopio about 250 kilometres.
    Street & Number: Joenniementie 47
    Postal Code: 35800
    City: Mänttä
    Joenniementie 47
    Mänttä 35800 FIN
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