Kolin Ryynänen Residence for Artists

General information

Brief description of organisation

Kolin Ryynänen is ideal for those seeking nature and peace. It is situated in Koli village next to a national park in North Karelia in Eastern Finland, close to Russian border. The nearest bigger town is Joensuu. Though nowadays we also have some busy months in Koli.
There is a Gastro-pub downstairs ( food, drink and sometimes Live music...) in the same building. So if you look for silence and peace it is better to apply peaceful months. In Koli quite busy times are around Christmas and the New Year, the skiing season from the end of February until Easter time and of course the summer months.

The nature in Koli is outstandingly beautiful with lake Pielinen and forest covered hills. Koli\'s hills are remnants of the ancient mountain range Karelidit. The highest point of the range of hills is Ukko-Koli, rising about 347 meters above sea level.
Koli is famous for the great inspiration it provided for the many famous Finnish writers, painters and composers during the National Romantic Period of the 19th century. Hence it is called the Finnish national landscape.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Kolin Ryynänen residence for artists is situated in an old house in the middle of small Koli village. Downstairs there is a bar / cafe and the residence is upstairs; a quite big studio and an accommodation for one artist, a couple or a family ( two rooms and the kitchen ).In the yard district there is sauna and the museum and you can walk straight to beautiful forests of Koli National Park. The rent is 200 €/one person a month (for extra person it is 100 €/a month).
An application for the year 2019 can send to the address : koliresidence@gmail.com until August 2018.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
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
  • Pets
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Other

some of those if the artist wants

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Finnish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

By train

There is a regular train service from Helsinki to Joensuu . The journey takes about 4-5 hours. Timetables can be found at www.vr.fi.

By plane

You can also fly to Joensuu from Helsinki. For more information please check www.finnair.com

By car

Coaches run to Joensuu from Helsinki, for more information check www.matkahuolto.fi

From Joensuu to Koli village you have to take a shuttle taxi that has to be reserved 24 hours before. The number is +358 2007414392

Nearest airport


Contact information

Kolin Ryynänen Residence for Artists
Art Residence Kolin Ryynänen, Ylä-Kolintie 1
83960 Koli


Phone: +358503043259

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