Saari Residence

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is a residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, for artists of all disciplines and nationalities. It offers an excellent opportunity to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well as opportunities for interaction with other residents.

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.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Saari Residence places are intended for individual professional artists, writers, translators, curators and critics and artistic collectives (work group or an established organization with a Business ID) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance.

The two-month individual residencies take place from January to April and from September to December. Individual residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant which varies depending on experience. Artist collectives of various fields can apply for group residency place and support for their residency period for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August. During the individual residencies, the Saari Invited Artist is also in residence from September until the end of April. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works in the residence all year round, and nurtures the relationship between the residence and local community through artistic means.

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 individual residency guest has their own apartment with basic amenities and their own, private workspace that they do not have to share. During the summer group residencies, the groups stay in more shared accommodations, but each are provided with their private workspace. Read more about our facilities:

Residency places are intended for artistic work. Priority is given to fresh, multidisciplinary or non-mainstream themes and fields of art. Applicants must present in their application a project proposal or a work plan for their residency. For each residency period, our aim is to select both Finnish and international artists, with representation from several different disciplines of art and stages of career.

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:

Residency program since


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

Residency conditions

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

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets

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 The two-month 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 for 42 days/residency period 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. 1–3 people stay in one apartment, depending on the size of the group (the maximum is 18 persons in total). The group residencies will not be awarded monthly grants, daily allowances 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
  • Housing
  • 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 the Mietoinen district of Mynämäki, an attractive thriving Western Finnish agricultural region, 30 km from Turku.

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


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Apartment

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
  • Finnish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation
  • 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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