RaumArs - Rauma Artist in Residence Programme

General information

Brief description of organisation

In 1997 a working group representing different areas of culture, initiated a wide programme for visiting artists in Rauma town and Satakunta region. In 1999 Raumars became a registered and an independet association. Residence is collaborating with local shools, art institutions, art museums, music and dance schools, widely different associations and festivals. Organisation has a board of directors and a part time executive director.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Artists applying to a residency are expected to present a project plan for a community/collaborative/participatory art practise, public or social art project or an environmental project, which will be realized during the residency. The main selection criteria will be the artists’ motivation to work in collaboration with local people, the proposal and the quality of previous art. Many of the projects are carried out with children or youth, but artists actualize the project according to their wishes and collaborate with any group. The applicant doesn´t have to have previous teaching experience, but need to prove to be able to carry out the project.

RaumArs offeres accommodation in the heart of Old Rauma, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a year the board of directors chooses two to four scholarship artists to whom RaumArs gives a room free of charge, some materials and administrative help in producing the accepted proposal for community/participatory art projects. Other chosen artists pay a small monthly fee. All artists pay travelling, art transporting and living costs themselves.

English will be the working language.

Application time once a year in spring. RaumArs can take one artist (including curators), artist couple, a group or a family.

RaumArs offers accommodation in a wooden Old Rauma house. The apartment of 82 sqm has 3 rooms and a kitchen. Downstairs kitchen, bedroom and wc. Upstairs lobby, bedroom, shower-wc. You can be living alone, with your mate/partner or with other artists 1-4 at a same time.

No studio or working space, because most of the workshops happen at schools or similar spaces. Due to this e.g. for the dancers alternative dance projects are recommended. In some cases artist can negotiate a workshop space with a trird party.

Please read DETAILDED INFORMATION ON RAUMARS WEB SITE. Calls for specific projects/months change each year.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Other

artists and working groups 2-4 members living in a same apartment.

Grants available

For scholarship artists working with a community project accommodation free of charge and a small budget for materials and rentals against receipts. Administrative help. Also sholarship artists pay a registration fee, that qurantees the place.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other


Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Other

Community/participatory engaged project. Exhibitions can not be arranged to every artist.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


UrbanArtists are working around the city, in most cases with local people. Rauma town with appr. 40.000 inhabitants is situated by the sea and it has 2 world heritage places: wooden Old Rauma and iron age burial site in a forest.

  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Swedish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops, performances, events and presentations happen in e.g. schools, parks. Exhibition spaces are most often in a city scape / outside the museums. Unfortunately not every artist can get an exhibition.

How to reach

By train


By plane

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (260km). Direct busses available from the airport to Rauma. From some European cities there are straight flights to Turku Airport (distance 90km). Busses from Turku bus station to Rauma.

By car

Location in the Rauma town centre, in Old Rauma.

Contact information

RaumArs - Rauma Artist in Residence Programme
c/o Rauma Art Museum, Kuninkaankatu 37
26100 Rauma


Phone: + 358 (0)44 921 9923

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