The Åland Archipelago Guestartist Residence – Kökarkultur r.f

General information

Brief description of organisation

Kökarkultur r.f is "the mother "organisation and residence is one of its under organisations. The residence group are members of government for Kökarkultur.

The residence offers accommodation in a house located on a rise looking out over the Hellsö bay and is just a few meters from the sea.

There are two apartments + two studios
1) 2 rooms, kitchen and WC
2) 1 room, kitchen and WC

Several showers and also sauna available.
Bed linen and towels are supplied.
There´s wifi in the residency.

There is fee 10 €/day/person.
The residence arranges excursions and boat trips for the artists to local historical, cultural and natural sites in the area.
Bicycles are also available and when necessary transportation by taxi. The distance from the residence to Karlby village is 7 km (shop, bank and post office). There is no bank automat on the island.
The ferry port is 12 km from the residence, the transport will be fixed by the residence.

Please send freely formulated application, work plan + CV by the end of January for open call you can apply for the time period April - March.
The residence is open all year round.

Please state the preferred duration of your stay.

You can also of course inquire about possible free periods.

Address for applications is: The Åland Archipelago Guest Artist Residence, Kökarkultur r.f,
AX- 22730 Kökar, ÅLAND,

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Åland Archipelago Guest Artist Residence
in Kökar was created in 1977, first for an international artist exchange project with Ireland and Catalonia in 1997.

The residence offers artists who want to find inspiration from nature a great opportunity to develop their work. The basic idea behind the creation of this residence is to experience a new surrounding for creative work. The residence also wishes to improve artist´s ability to pay attention to constructed natural environment and, eventually, to find new ways for interaction between artists, society and environment.

The center is welcoming artists in
Visual arts, literature, perform arts, design, research, crafts, art journalism, architecture, pottery, media art, photography, sound art.

There´s a possibility to use a ceramic studio connected to the nearby local museum, where it is possible to make ceramics from the local clay. There is also a smith´s cottage. Local sheep wool is also available if you are interested in for example wool felting.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Other

You can apply to the residency alone or together with a colleague / working group

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Other

To residence organisation for services 10 €/day/person, excursions paid by residence

Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Presentation and studio exhibition are possible if wanted

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Swedish, finnish

How to reach

By plane

Stocholm- Mariehamn or same by boat

By car

1.By buss or own car from Helsinki-Kaarina-Korppoo(3,5h) then by ferry Korppoo (Galtby)-Kökar(2,5h)
2. By buss or own car from Mariehamn to Långnäs, then by ferry Långnäs to Kökar all together 3,5h

Transportation to Kökar:
Ferries Ålandstrafiken Tel +358 18 25600

Nearest airport


Contact information

The Åland Archipelago Guestartist Residence – Kökarkultur r.f
22730 Kökar, Åland Finland

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