English, Finnish
2 months-individual artists; 1-4 weeks-artistic collectives
Paid by host 

The new grant categories for individual residencies are:

  • At the beginning of one’s career: EUR 2,400 per month
  • In the middle of one’s career: EUR 2,800 per month
  • Experienced artists: EUR 3,500 per month
Paid by artist 

Travels, supplies, food.

Application guidelines 

The application period for the residency places in the following year begins on 1 August and ends on 15 August at 4 p.m. Finnish time. Only the applications submitted online during the application period will be taken into consideration. 


Saari Residence

Saari Residence


The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is a residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, for artists of all disciplines and nationalities. It offers an excellent opportunity to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well as opportunities for interaction with other residents. The residency places are intended for individual professional artists, writers, translators, curators and critics and artistic collectives (work group or an established organization with a Business ID) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance.
The two-month individual residencies take place from January to April and from September to December. Individual residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant which varies depending on experience. Artist collectives of various fields can apply for group residency place and support for their residency period for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August. During the individual residencies, the Saari Invited Artist is also in residence from September until the end of April. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works in the residence all year round, and nurtures the relationship between the residence and local community through artistic means.
Residency places are intended for artistic work. Priority is given to fresh, multidisciplinary or non-mainstream themes and fields of art. Applicants must present in their application a project proposal or a work plan for their residency. For each residency period, the aim is to select both Finnish and international artists, with representation from several different disciplines of art and stages of career. 


Grant recipients must provide a report of their work in Saari residence after the residency period ends.

Accommodation Information 

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. Each individual residency guest has their own apartment with basic amenities and their own, private workspace that they do not have to share. During the summer group residencies, the groups stay in more shared accommodations, but each are provided with their private workspace. All apartments have their own shower WC.

Studio Information 

The Saari Residence’s three studios, dance studio, workspaces and comfortable accommodations in the beautiful milieu of a historic manor offer residents the opportunity to work in an inspiring environment. Each artist or collective is allotted a private workspace for the duration of their residence. Some of the manor’s outbuildings can also be used as workspaces during summer. Read more about the facilities on their website.  


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.

Saaren rantatie 21
23140 Hietamäki
+358 (0)2 431 4204

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