General information

Brief description of organisation

The Mustarinda Association is a group of artists and researchers, whose goal is to promote the ecological rebuilding of society, the diversity of culture and nature, and the connection between art and science.

At the centre of our activity lie contemporary art, boundary-crossing research, practical experimentation, communication, teaching and events. The Mustarinda Association reaches towards a post-fossil culture by combining scientific knowledge and experiential artistic activity.

The Mustarinda Association is active both internationally and locally. Our activities are rooted at the Mustarinda house at the edge of the Paljakka nature reserve in Kainuu; the house has versatile spaces for artist and researcher residencies, and is also the location for exhibitions and various events. Some of our activity also takes place in Helsinki.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Located in Hyrynsalmi (Kainuu province, Finland), Mustarinda-residency offers rooms for artists, writers and researchers of varying fields. Available for rent are four artist studios and additionally three rooms suitable for researchers/writers.
Mustarinda is situated on the second highest summit in Kainuu, adjacent to the north-east edge of the Paljakka nature reserve. The surrounding view is of valuable, and in some places, completely untouched old-growth forests. Paljakka and Mustarinda are also some of Finland’s snowiest areas. Mustarinda is the only inhabited house on the summit, 23 kilometers from the nearest village.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Poetry, Scientific Research, Economic Research, Experimental
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • 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

Separate room for pets, but the pets are not allowed in public spaces.

Grants available


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

Voluntary open studios and workshops. Taking part in seasonal house work (weekly cleaning, snow work). Possibility to work in the garden etc.

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
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Small cafe during the summer exhibition

How to reach

By train

By public transportation

Possible routes:

Helsinki–Kajaani (train or bus) Kajaani–Hyrynsalmi (bus) Hyrynsalmi–Mustarinda (pick up by Mustarinda staff or taxi)

Helsinki–Oulu (train or bus), Oulu–Kytömäki (bus) OR Oulu–Paltamo (train), Kytömäki/Paltamo–Mustarinda (pick up by Mustarinda staff or taxi)


Residency entrants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Hyrynsalmi. They should also let know mustarinda staff about arrival in advance. Picking-up/dropping off at Hyrynsalmi village preferred on the 1st weekday of the month (before 8 PM) and departing on the last weekday of the month.

By plane

Mustarinda encourages people to travel by ecological means. We seek to combine transfers and to avoid flying and private car usage whenever possible.

By car

Route 1:

When arriving from Kajaani, drive towards Kuusamo until you reach Hyrynsalmi. From Hyrynsalmi follow the signs leading toward Ukkohalla. At Ukkohalla do not turn towards the ski resort, but continue driving ahead on the asphalt route toward Paljakka. 5 km after Ukkohalla there is sign to the left JYRKKÄ. Turn there. Drive up the steep hill and continue for 5 km until you reach Mustarinda on the right.

Route 2:

When arriving from Oulu, drive towards Kajaani. Around Utajärvi turn towards Puolanka. Drive through Puolanka towards Paltamo until there there is a HOIKANVAARA sign on the left. Follow this route until you reach an UKKOHALLA sign on the left. Turn here and follow this route for 9 km and turn right when there is a JYRKKÄ sign. Drive up the steep hill and continue for 5 km until you reach Mustarinda on the right.

Nearest airport

Helsinki (Kajaani)

Contact information

Paljakantie 61
89400 Hyrynsalmi

Phone: +358505451963

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