The Saari Residence, maintained by Helsinki-based Kone Foundation, is an international residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland. It offers an excellent opportunity for artists of all disciplines and nationalities to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well the chance to interact with other residents.
The residence’s long-term activities and thinking are underpinned by an ecological approach, which also covers social and psychological sustainability. Its keywords are slowness, insight and change. An ecological approach is not a criterion in the artists’ selection process: the ecological focus is on residence activities.
Open call for residencies is always for the residency place for the following year.
An individual residency spanning two months includes accommodation, a workroom and a monthly grant, the sum of which is determined by the applicant’s experience (€2,500/€3,000/€3,600 per month). The purpose of the grant is to cover the costs of living, travel and other expenses.
In summer all premises are reserved for workgroups and the residence functions as a production residence. Groups can apply for grant for a work period of two to four weeks. As part of the Saari Residence’s social sustainability, accessibility and diversity, workgroups arriving from Global South can apply for support for their flights.
The Saari Residence’s purpose is to offer artists and researchers from different disciplines a peaceful working environment and excellent opportunities for interaction. Artists and researchers also encounter each other at the residency. Consequently, opportunities for interaction between these often very different residents abound as does the possibility for breaking the boundaries between their disciplines.
The Saari Residence hosts approximately 35–50 residents or workgroups each year. The award rate for residencies is around 5–7 %.
The 2-month individual residency periods are January to February, March to April, September to October and November to December. Group residencies are for 2 to 4 weeks take place during the months of June, July and August.
Grant recipients must provide a report of their work in Saari residence after the residency period ends. The Saari Residence is not intended, for example, for networking within the field of art or for hosting exhibitions or performances. No exhibition or performance is required at the end of the residency period.
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.
The Saari Residence apartments have a kitchen or kitchenette with basic amenities, and one of the buildings has a shared kitchen. The apartments are of various sizes, with the largest being reserved for artists and researchers doing written work. Groups stay in more compact accommodations and often share apartments. All apartments have their own shower WC.
Saari Residence is located in the district of Mynämäki, in Southwest Finland, about 10 km from Mynämäki village centre. Saari Residence is situated 30 km from the city of Turku. 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. We encourage our guests to take their time travelling to Saari (slow travel), if possible, using train, bus or boat instead of an airplane. They recommend flying to Helsinki and using a bus from the airport.