Located in Hyrynsalmi (Kainuu province, Finland), Mustarinda-residency offers rooms for artists, writers and researchers of varying fields. Mustarinda is situated on the second highest summit in Kainuu, adjacent to the northeast edge of the Paljakka nature reserve. The surrounding old-growth forests offer a rare opportunity to observe nature’s own form of language, structure, and operation. Paljakka and Mustarinda are also some of Finland's snowiest areas. The applicant may apply for a specific space depending on their needs and working methods. Depending on the timing, families can be accommodated by the larger bedrooms or two separate rooms.
The Mustarinda Association is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was established in 2009 by a group of Helsinki artists. The association aims at preserving the diversity of nature and culture by bringing together artists, scientists, and people from various public and private organizations for discussions, seminars, exhibitions, residencies, and happenings. Their goal is to create an environment for new ways of thinking and cooperating.
For rent are seven individual bedrooms and four separate studios of various sizes. There is a large shared kitchen, dining room, living room, three bathrooms, and two saunas.
The workspaces have large windows, proper lighting and mechanical ventilation. Available for loan are basic tools for working with wood, a digital SLR camera, skis, snowshoes and other equipment. The building has wireless internet access. There is a cross country ski trail by the house. Residency entrants are responsible for making travel arrangements.
Paljakka, Hyrynsalmi, Finland. The Mustarinda house is surrounded by Paljakka nature reserve where are the oldest forests of Finland. Nearest village is in 23 km.