English, Finnish, Swedish
1-3 months
Paid by artist 

The programme fee is €800 per month for a single person, €1200 for a couple or family. Malakta will provide residents with a detailed letter of confirmation to assist with funding opportunities in the artist’s home country.

Application guidelines 

Artists/professionals are selected once a year on the basis of applications. The selection is  made by an appointed panel consisting of 3-6 professionals within the creative industries. At selection, special attention is given to the applicant’s professional experience and the proposed work plan at Malakta. 

The seasons in west Finland are very clearly defined, Summer is warm and bright with it staying light almost 24 hours, Winter is dark but dry and it is easy and comfortable to work indoors or outdoors all year.

To apply, please submit the following by email. Please send all files in one single email:

CV/Resumé (doc, pdf)
Project plan / artist statement of approximately 500 words (doc, pdf) outlying how you wish to spend your time at Malakta, including how you intend to address the 2015 theme of Landscape. Please also specify preferred residency duration and dates.
6-10 images of work (max 10mb files in total) or links to online videos


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Malakta Art Factory

Malakta Art Factory


Since 2005, Jukka and Maja Rajala-Granstubb have developed the historical buildings of Malakta Art Factory into a space for artist studios, cultural and philosophical exchange, annual DanceLab and PhotoLab intensives, national and international collaboration, a nationally broadcast children’s television series, community events and an Artist Residency programme.

Description of the residency programme:

The Malakta Art Factory Artist in Residency (AiR) Programme is now accepting proposals for 1-3 month residencies from Visual Artists, Dancers, Writers, Filmmakers and Photographers.

Malakta’s creative program, the AiR and annual DanceLab and PhotoLab intensive courses work around an annual theme. The 2015 theme will be “Landscape” and residents are expected to explore this in some capacity during their stay.

The Malakta AiR offers a two bedroom fully furnished apartment with private kitchen, bathroom and access to extensive facilities in a converted historic building. A former dairy, the grounds and traditional wooden buildings hold an art centre, gallery, permanent Studio holders and a mini-cinema.


By negotiation. Opportunity for artist talk and/or exhibition in on-site gallery.

Accommodation Information 

Private apartment with sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom. Access to separate “hospitality” style kitchen facilities if required.

24h access to traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna and additional bath and shower rooms. Shared residents car and bikes, one with child seat and helmet (petrol costs the responsibility of the artist)

Airport or train pick-up upon arrival and departure + Welcome dinner

Wi-Fi connection in all spaces. Residency cell phone with Finnish SIM, with number provided to residents before their residency (phone credit the responsibility of the artist).

Washing machine and dryer for laundry

Regular excursions, with the possibility of additional tailored excursions for residents.

Family friendly environment. There is a large garden suitable for children with sandbox etc.

Studio Information 

24 Hour access to workspace and tools and equipment suitable for painters, illustrators and sculptors.

Photographic Darkroom comprising of two colour head enlargers (35mm to 4x5 format) and a Jobo ATL-3 .

Film Processor (can process Colour Negative and Slide from 35mm to 4x5 format). Residents are expected to provide their own chemistry and paper

Foundry with foundry oven, sand and manual tools.

Collaboration and Networking opportunities through the extensive Malakta network

Access to natural materials and van (upon negotiation) for transport

Use of Canon 5d mk3 with lenses and equipment upon negotiation

Performance/Dance rehearsal space with wooden dance flooring


Malakta is based in Malax, twenty minutes drive from Vaasa, Western Finland. Located in serene countryside, Malakta is unique in that it is a thriving centre of creativity in a rural environment.

Töckmovägen 48 B
66100 Malax
+358 (0)40-581 86 42

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