English, Finnish
1-3 monthsLength of the stay can be 1, 2 or 3 months dependi
Paid by host 
  • Travel cost
  • Accommodation
  • 500 euros grant/month
  • Working studio, technical assistance, technical facilities, some materials and computer facilities.
Paid by artist 

Materials for working are provided to a certain extent (price of material, working plan etc.).

Application guidelines 

Application period is from 5th February to 31st March 2014. Accepted applicants will be informed at the latest 30th April 2014 and place in residence must be confirmed at the latest 31st May 2014.

Criteria for choosing applicants are:

  • artistic level 
  • professional level
  • previous work
  • education in arts
  • ​working plan and schedule





In this two-year TEKES funded Lares-project (Laser-Art RESidence), a consortium of university and business partners will set up a laser-art-residence, which brings together artists, laser technology and business.

Lares residence brings artists and laser technology experts together, and offers artists possibilities to use laser processing machinery in their art and challenges traditional ways of viewing laser technology.

Please read here the full description of the LARES residency.

Accommodation Information 

Accomodation is provided for artists that do not live in Lappeenranta at the moment.

Studio apartment is situated within easy reach to the laser technology laboratory, only 10 minutes walk away. It is situated in Skinnarila campus area where many students live, 6km away from the city centre. Busses run frequently to and from the centre. Apartment is furnished and all basic necessities, including an internet connection, for living are provided.

Studio Information 

Artistic work in Lares residence happens in the Laboratory of Laser Processing in Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). Individual working space of about 10 square meters is offered along with possibility to use laser processing machinery with an assisting engineer in the common working area. Technical modeling skills are not required, but might help to get started.

There will be one or two artists working in the residence at the same time. At the same building, there will be more than 10 people working on different and non-artistic projects and furthermore in the research project there are 6-10 people working in total.

Technical Information 

LUT Laser was founded in 1985 and the first high power laser was acquired the following year. At first the focus of research was on laser welding, surface treatment, and laser cutting, and the core competencies of LUT Laser still revolve around laser material processing. However, since then the research has evolved to include wider aspects of laser material processing, such as occupational safety, and economical studies of laser processing. Laser fine machining and laser additive manufacturing (3D printing) are relatively new processes that have been studied more intensively since 2009. LUT Laser has 5 different work stations, and also other equipment (see table) available for material processing.


Lappeenranta, Finland

Skinnarilankatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta

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