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 residency positions are intended for individual professional artists, fiction writers, poets, novelists, translators, curators and critics, and artistic collectives (work groups or established organizations with a business ID, the minimum group size is 3 people) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance. Individual residency should be applied with a work partner in a joint application. Residency places are intended for artistic work. The selections for Saari residents emphasise artists whose work is rejuvenating and topical, as well as new forms of art. 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.
The Saari Residence is also a meeting place for artists and researchers. The two-month individual residency periods, with typically seven artists from different fields and a researcher working on Kone Foundation grant staying at the residence at a time, provide plenty of opportunities for interaction that crosses the boundaries between both different art forms and art and science. At the same time, the Saari Residence offers peaceful and unique place where residents can focus on their work. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works at the residence throughout the year.
The organisers encourage applicants to apply for support for slow travel. Slow travel refers to avoiding flying and other ecologically unsustainable means of transport. The support for slow travel can be applied if the applicant is coming to Saari Residence from outside of Finland and travelling out of Finland when leaving. If the journey takes more than a week in total, it is possible to also apply for a work grant for the journey.
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.