Arteles Creative Center

General information

Brief description of organisation

Arteles is an organization developing creativity and culture.
The operational focus centralizes to international creative center & it´s residency programs and to supporting artists and creatives in finding their personal creative paths.

In Arteles the main principle is to provide freedom to create and reinvent. Courage to dream and to see things from new perspectives. These elements build a base for creative processes and more colorful future scene. Art and creativity do not know any boundaries. They have the strenght to reveal the truth and set the course of the future.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Arteles Creative Center in Finland is one of the largest and most international residency centers in Scandinavia.

Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland hosts 4 thematic residency programs and more than 140 selected international artists and creative professionals per year.

The center is located in the middle of the extraordinary nature of Hämeenkyrö (European Union Landscape Award in 2009), far from city life distractions. Here, you can soak in the fresh air, enjoy the silence, go for wandering walks in the forests and swimming in the many lakes nearby, do hiking and trekking trips in the nature and have daily relaxing in a traditional sauna.

Arteles gives you the freedom to create and go ´out of the box´ without any outside / art world pressure. It is an inspiring place to explore, experiment and join forces with other energetic and ambitious creatives. We embrace questioning and courage, and therefore give voice to works that otherwise would have nowhere else to be produced or displayed.

The studio spaces and communal areas of the residency center are especially made to support creative activities and social exchange. In the two residency buildings – Timber and Nexus 9000 – there are working and living facilities for hosting simultaneously 12–14 artists, with private bedrooms. On the large residency yards, there is a barn for woodwork, wood burning sauna, and plenty of open space for environmental art and outdoor experiments. Forest can be entered with just a few steps from the studios.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Multidisciplinary arts, sound art, innovative technologies
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time

between 11 and 16

Companions allowed
  • Partners
  • Other

Artist duos are are also welcome

Grants available

For possible financial support, please see details of the residency program in question. All the applicants are encouraged to apply financial aid from their local art councils, cultural foundations and institutions, embassies and trans cultural exchange programs to cover travel costs and other expenses. Arteles will send an official letter of acceptance to the selected applicants, which also states the possible financial support given by us. This document serves also as a proof for the other funders.

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

Some basic materials are offered by the residency.

Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Varying, please see program descriptions (participation to all program activities is voluntary)

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralSurrounded by beatiful Finnish landscapes, forests and lakes

  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
  • Sound & audio gear, photo studio gear, outdoor spaces etc. see
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Finnish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Films
  • Outdoor & nature activities

How to reach

Nearest airport


Link to Google Maps

Find us on Google Maps

Contact information

Arteles Creative Center
Hahmajärventie 26
38490 Hämeenkyrö

Phone: 00358 50 300 6304

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