Vanha Paukku Artist Residency


Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku is an art and culture centre located in Lapua, Finland. We welcome artists from all disciplines to join our residency.

Our artist residency program offers two apartments about 400 meters from the Cultural Center Vanha Paukku. We have one smaller apartment and a bigger duplex apartment. The smaller apartment has one room with a double bed, toilet, kitchen and a sauna with shower. The bigger apartment has one bedroom with a double bed and a living room also equipped with a double bed, kitchen, toilet and shower. We prefer to house families and groups in the bigger apartment.

Both apartments have a sofa, sofa chairs, a table, chairs, a cupboard or drawer, washing machine and all needed kitchen utensils. We also provide our artist with bed linen, sheets, towels and cleaning equipment. Pets are welcome at our residency.

The workspace is located at the Cultural Center in the Creative Community’s Studio. Our artists have 24h access to the studio. We can also arrange dance studio or theatre space if needed.



We have an internet connection (WiFi) at both; the apartments and the studio space.



Their own toiletries, specific cooking stuff they can’t live without. All necessary studio tools and supplies. If special tools are needed or difficult to bring, there are art stores cities nearby.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku is a centre for culture and entrepreneurship unique both by its surroundings as well by its history. The centre, located next to the Lapuanjoki river, is made up of old factory buildings, has several galleries and museums, the town library, shops and offices as well as a cafeteria, a movie theatre, the Music Institute and the Adult Education Centre. All functioning within the premises. During the summer there is also a river boat that takes its passengers on a cruise through the history and the surroundings of the area.

Organisation founded in: 1997
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared 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?:
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
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?: Yes
    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
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport:
    Nearest Train Station:
    How to reach by plane: The nearest airport is Vaasa airport airport is the national airport
    How to reach by train: There is a train station in Lapua and a more active one in Seinäjoki (25 km from Lapua). You can take a train to Lapua from all the major cities in Finland and also Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Train tickets can be purchased online: A bus connections to Lapua or Seinäjoki can be checked online: or
    How to reach by car: From Helsinki: Finnish national road 3 from Helsinki via Tampere to Vaasa takes you to Lapua. Use the postal code 62100 on your sat nav.
    Street & Number: Vanhan Paukun tie 1
    Postal Code: 62100
    City: Lapua
    Country long: Finland