We are looking for art professionals from all disciplines for whom the surrounding Archipelago Nature, island life, the seaside and the forest could be an interesting area to contemplate, to research or a theme to work on. We encourage a dialog inside the residency and a dialog with local people and the environment.
We offer you time to think and time to focus on your own artistic practice, to develop a new idea – or to continue on a work in progress. There is a small forest area by the residency even for site specific experimental works.
AARK is located right by the ferry shore, you can follow the Sea Way from windows and from the yard. Our special area is the unique archipelago with thousands of islands, forest and Archipelago National Park, fresh air and clear sky. Darkness and silence in the winter… light summer nights, rich bird life.
However, this idyllic setting also has some heavy issues: we are concerned of the state of our Archipelago Sea. There is less fish than ever before, population is decreasing and services are being cut. Against all odds we want to keep our island and archipelago alive all year round. Welcome.
In Korpo and Nauvo islands there are good grocery stores, cafes and bakery and several summer restaurants. We have a great group of people and professional artists living in nearby who we cooperate with and with whom we have informal meetings, some dinners etc. Actually, every artist who comes to the island forms how the residency is developing. If you want more social
Duration of residency
You can apply a space for 1-3 months. We might even accept shorter visits for 2 weeks depending on timing.
AARK is an apartment house, a former ferry staff family house with 6 apartments.
AARK has 4 Studio Apartments in the building and a ruff 30m2 space in the basement for what ever use.
All apartments function as Live-Work space.
Private Bedrooms & share the apartment w another artist.
Single and Retro Studio can be for 1 artist/ artist duo/ family.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Art is thinking. All disciplines are welcome – even when we do not have assistance to make ready work. We focus on dialog inside the residency and with the surrounding nature and local people. Its enriching to share ideas and process from artists from different backgrounds, educations and cultures. To see how the other artists work and think.
From time to time we can have about 5 artist at the same time – sometimes just 1-2.
No specific assistance but we help the best we can. Independence is needed.
There are bikes and a car for groceries and smaller trips. Tripods, projector.
We are in the middle of s/w archipelago and cooperate with many. In the library a printer available.
Studio / Workspace
AARK is located by the sea, there is a yard and small forest area by the house.
AARK has 4 Studio Apartments all with wireless internet and kitchen/ wc//shower. Easily suitable for individual working or a duo or a group. All equipped for normal living. You just take with you your tools. We have some tripods, projector, bicycles, a small car. Sauna in the house.
Sea Studio: apartment 2nd floor is 72m2 with 2 separate bedrooms, shared kitchen and living room/studio, wooden floor. Suitable for 2 artists to share or a family. Sea view.
Single Studio: aery space, kitchen shower/wc. Its airy 54m2 with wooden floor that is perfect for a more private studio bedroom and living space 3rd floor. Windows to North sea view and West.
Retro Studio: 54m2 with separate bedroom, studio-living room, kitchen, wc/shower. View south, west on the yard.
Garden Studio & terrace: is mostly used for our artist meetings, Open Studios. Can be shared with 1-2 artist / in 1 bedroom. ( can be part of a group space )
30m2 ruff Studio: space for whatever use in the basement, warm but no window. Nice to work in summertime with open doors, even used for artist meetings, open studios gallery.
Fees and support
FEE paid by the artist:
490€ /month / person paid by the artist in the shared apartment.
590€ Single Studio for 1 + 200€/person
540€ Retro Studio for 1 + 200€/person
Artist families are welcome, fee to be discussed separately.
Children are welcome.
Visitors only by agreement and only short visits. Fee.
Expectations towards the artist
Residency is a living organism, its the artists together who forms it from month to month. For contemplation and forest walks and eventually more social depending on all artists visiting.
Voluntary Open Studio / artist talk can be arranged.
Voluntary – highly recommended – Informal meetings with other artists at the residency
Voluntary to meet local people, depending on artists own activity too.
Voluntary trips around the islands.
Short text and image for our www and social media. We can you help with this.
Artists own activity makes the residency more interesting.
Help in the garden is voluntary, plants may need watering etc.
Cleaning and taking care of yourself and the apartment is normal living, obligatory.