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Residency applicants should complete the online application between August 1st and August 15th 16.00 Finnish time (Eastern European Summer Time, GMT + 3).
The Saari Residence is maintained by Kone Foundation and hosts both artists and researchers. Artists of all artistic forms as well as researchers working under a Kone Foundation grant are eligible for residency. During the summer, the residence is reserved for the use of artist groups. The Saari Residence offers artists and researchers the opportunity for peace and tranquillity, and the possibility to focus on their creative work undisturbed. The historical surroundings and peaceful location near a nature reserve and bird wetlands help to fade away all distractions.
Artists and researchers also encounter each other at the Saari Residence. From September to April, eight artists and researchers of all different disciplines work at the residence for two-month periods at a time. Consequently, opportunities for interaction between these often very different residents abound as does the possibility for breaking the boundaries between their disciplines. The Saari Well is also an opportunity for artists and researchers working at the residence to meet, share, and leave their mark on each other’s thoughts, work and the Saari Residence.
Grant recipients must provide a report of their work in Saari residence after the residency period ends.
Resident accommodation is distributed among the kitchen and staff buildings in the yard wings, and the farmhand’s cottage in the park area. The apartments are of various sizes, with the largest being reserved for artists and researchers doing written work. There is a shared kitchen in the farmhand’s cottage, all other apartments have their own fully fitted kitchen, whether full-size, mini or kitchenette. All apartments have their own shower WC.
The manor barn, built in 1858 by Aleksander Aminoff to house 100 cattle, has been restored as a multi-faceted workspace for artists of various disciplines. The barn contains six kinds of workspace: the artists’ studio, the smaller artists' studio, a dance studio, a woodworking shop and a metalworking shop. During the summer time also the machinery hall is in use for the groups.
Residents staying in the one-room apartment may also use the workspaces in the main building.
Saari Residence is located in the district of Mynämäki, about 10 km from Mynämäki town centre. Mynämäki has all the usual shops and services of any small town, with supermarkets, banks, chemists, an off-licence and a few restaurants and cafés. The closest district library, village shop and restaurant are within about 2km from Saari Residence.
Saari Residence is situated around 30 km from the city of Turku and Turku airport. There is a regular flight service between Turku and Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen. 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.
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