General information

Brief description of organisation

Haihatus is a lively, relaxed and interactive meeting place for various forms of arts. It is located in Joutsa, a small rural community in central Finland.

You can also arrange your own happenings to perform your own art. Or you can just rest and get inspired by the forests and lakes in Finland and find new international artist friends. Haihatus is an easygoing place to be. 

The aim of the organization is to promote art without borders, both in making the art as well as presenting it. Haihatus is best known for its annual contemporary art summer exhibition.

In the Haihatus yard there are three houses: exhibition house Haihatus, residence house Utopia and art event house Fantasia. The purpose is to provide space for creation, encourage exchange between artists and different artistic disciplines as well as to active the art life in and around the Haihatus Art Center.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Haihatus Art Center offers accomodation and shared studios for artists, writers and researchers of varying fields. There are good possibilities for interactivity and collaboration in the art center and it is also the aim of the Haihatus residency.

It is possible for artists to organize happenings to perform and presentate their own art. Twice a year joint exhibitions are open for all visual art residents to participate.

Six accomodation rooms are sized 17 - 23 m2 (four single and two double rooms), artist studios and practice spaces are 10 - 60 m2. Residency periods range from one month up to six full calendar months.

Each room has a tiny kitchen of its own. The fee (650/month/single room/person or 975/month/double room/couple) includes the right to use the shared studios, a joint kitchen-living room, electric sauna, etc. The allergic ones might be good to be aware that there are three cats living in the residence house.

Applications can be made by a form on Haihatus website www.en.haihatus.fi

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Environmental art and communal art
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum

Residency conditions

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

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
  • Pets
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralMunicipal center

  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

to Jyväskylä and from Jyväskylä by bus to Joutsa 70 km. 1,3 km walk or taxi ride from Joutsa bus station. Train is not the best option to arrive, because there is no train station in Joutsa.

By plane

to Helsinki-Vantaa and by bus to Joutsa 200 kilometres. 1,3 km walk or taxi ride from Joutsa bus station.

By car

200 kilometres road E75 from Helsinki to Jyväskylä direction.

Nearest airport

Helsinki-Vantaa 200 km

Link to Google Maps

Find us on Google Maps

Contact information

Jousitie 68
19650 Joutsa


Phone: 358405161703

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