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Saari Residency, Finland - Deadline 27 March 2024

The residency at Lauttasaari Manor in Mynämäki, Finland, welcomes individuals or groups of up to 18 people in any discipline and at any stage of their professional career. In four periods of two months each, seven artists per period are accepted and get to work on their project in a peaceful, inspiring environment. They receive a private workspace, accommodation, a monthly grant and the opportunity to exchange their thoughts with the other residents. Ecological, social and psychological sustainability shapes the programme, but the applying projects do not have to relate to this aspect. 

The Kone foundation has maintained the Saari Residency since 2008 and welcomed more than 750 artists out of 50 countries so far, for it requires half the spots to be allocated to artists from abroad and the other half to come from Finland. Most project concepts proposed in successful applications outline multidisciplinary and non-mainstream project ideas to plan, refine or execute at Saari Manor. In 2025, individual residencies are hosted from January to February, March to April, September to October or November to December, whilst in the summer months, groups can stay there for two to four weeks. 

In addition to the seven selected applicants per period, an artistic researcher and a Saari Invited Artist will also join the residencies at the same time, the latter providing workshops and insights into their work for all participants. Excursions, two individual remote mentoring meetings and joint activities add to the rich programme offered at Mynämäki. The continuously improving accessibility and large apartments, suited for artists with families or a dog, ensure equality and diversity. Travel support is granted to applicants from the Global South or for the use of ecological means of transportation. The monthly fee, depending on level of experience, varies between 2.700 EUR, 3.200 EUR and 3.800 EUR. 

A focused working environment in Finnish nature is just what you need to elevate your project idea to the next level? Check out the call in detail here and apply at the online grant service.

Deadline: 27 March 2024

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