Saari Residence

General information

Brief description of organisation

The goal of Kone Foundation, founded in 1956, is to advance bold initiatives in research and the arts. It is an independent and unaffiliated organisation, which awards grants to promote academic research, culture, art and the popularisation of research, maintains the Saari Residence for artists and researchers and organises various events. Kone Foundation pursues active arts and research policies, and it is constantly seeking and providing alternatives to the mainstream.

The Saari Residence is located in the Mietoinen district of Mynämäki, an attractive thriving Western Finnish agricultural region. Close by the Manor is Mietoinen Bay, which is home to a wide variety of birdlife.

The main building of the residence is located in the middle of the park. The building was constructed in the late Gustavian style in 1779, although its cellars date back much further, to the 1560s. The main building is flanked by two courtyard buildings, a kitchen wing and staff quarters. In the park there is also a sauna, granary and other outbuildings, along with a small outhouse (toilet) dating from the early 19th century. In the stone barn nearby the Manor there is workspace for artists.

Resident accommodation is distributed among the kitchen and staff buildings in the yard wings, and the farmhand’s cottage in the park area. The apartments are of various sizes, with the largest being reserved for artists and researchers doing written work. There is a shared kitchen in the farmhand’s cottage, all other apartments have their own fully fitted kitchen, whether full-size, mini or kitchenette. All apartments have their own shower WC.

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Brief description of residency program

The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is a residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, for artists of all disciplines and nationalities.

The Saari Residence offers artists and reseachers an excellent opportunity to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well as excellent opportunities for interaction with other residents. The Saari Residence’s historical surroundings, versatile workspaces and peaceful location near a nature reserve and bird wetlands help to fade away all distractions.

Residencies are available to individual artists working in various artistic fields; translators, curators and critics; and artistic groups (working groups and organisations with a business ID) of all disciplines as well as researchers working under a Kone Foundation grant. The Saari Residence is open to all nationalities.

Residency places are intended for artistic work. Priority is given to fresh, multidisciplinary, marginal, or non-mainstream themes and fields of art. Applicants must present in their application a project proposal or a work plan for their residency.

Artists and researchers also encounter each other at the Saari Residence. From September to April, 8 artists and researchers of all different disciplines work at the residence for two-month periods at a time. The Saari Invited Artist will also be living and working at the Saari Residence during the individual residencies. The Saari Residence has its own community artist, who nurtures the relationship between the residence and local community through artistic means. Read more about our residency guests:

Consequently, opportunities for interaction between these often very different residents abound as does the possibility for breaking the boundaries between their disciplines. The Saari Well is an opportunity for artists and researchers working at the residence to meet, share, and leave their mark on each other’s thoughts, work and the Saari Residence. Read more about the Saari Well:

A two-month individual residency includes accommodation, workspace, and a monthly grant. The grant is awarded to cover living and travel expenses.

Groups may apply for support for travel and living costs if their residency is of a shorter duration (2–4 weeks).

The application period for the residency places in the following year begins on 1 August and ends on 15 August at 4 p.m. Finnish time. Only the applications submitted online during the application period will be taken into consideration. Read more about how to apply:


Two-month individual residencies are intended for individual artists, translators, curators and critics of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance.

For each two-month residency period, diversity is emphasized: both Finnish and foreign and young and more experienced artists are chosen as well as artists representing different art forms. Another central criterion is that the artist’s work is innovative and current. The objective is that at least some residents represent new or marginal art forms.

The two-month working periods for individual residencies take place as follows:

Period 1: January to February
Period 2: March to April
Period 3: September to October
Period 4: November to December

Residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant. The grant is awarded to cover living and travel expenses. Working and living at the Saari Residence is a prerequisite for receiving the grant.


Various groups of artists, such as community and environmental artists or theatre groups may apply for the use of workspaces for 2 to 4 weeks in May, June, July and August for the purpose of realizing a project proposal presented in advance.

As well as in the individual residencies, the aim is to choose artists whose work is innovative and current and that at least some groups represent new or marginal art forms. Especially we welcome applications for projects involving co-operation between Finnish and foreign artist groups. These groups must also select a Finnish team leader to fill in the application form and act as a contact person. Groups can apply for support to cover living and travel expenses during their residency.

Read more about applying at

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • 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

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other

If you plan to come to the residence with children or partner, you should always negotiate it with the residency personnel in advance. Arranging daycare for children is the responsibility of the parents.

Grants available

MONTHLY GRANT FOR INDIVIDUAL RESIDENCY Individual residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant. The size of the individual monthly grant varies depending on experience. The grant is intended for living and travel expenses as well as other costs. Working and living at the Residence is a prerequisite for receiving the grant. Individual residency grant classification: Grant 1: beginning of career €2,400 /month Grant 2: mid-career €2,800 /month Grant 3: experienced artist €3,500 /month. If the applicant applies for grant 2 or 3, the applicant must provide justification for the experience on the application form. SUPPORT FOR GROUP RESIDENCY The support for group residency is awarded to the number of people and plan stated in the application. Groups can apply for assistance to cover living and travel expenses during their residency. Support can also be provided for any supplies required during the residency. Residency period includes also accommodation and a workspace. The group residencies will not be awarded monthly grants or wages.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Sharing at the Saari Well (see

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


RuralThe Saari Residence is located in Southwest Finland, ca. 30 km to North from Turku.

  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Finnish
Other activities happening at the space
  • The Saari Well (

How to reach

By plane

The Saari Residence is situated around 30 km from the city of Turku and Turku airport. There is a regular flight service between Turku and Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

By car

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.

The Saari Residence is located in the district of Mynämäki, about 10 km from Mynämäki town centre. Mynämäki has all the usual shops and services of any small town, with supermarkets, bank, chemists, an off-licence and a few restaurants and cafés. The closest district library, village shop and restaurant are within about 2 km from the Saari Residence.

Nearest airport


Contact information

Saari Residence
Saaren rantatie 21
23140 Hietamäki

Phone: +358 2 431 4200

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