Artist in Residence Frosterus

General information

Brief description of organisation

Kattilakoski culture cooperative is located in Kärsämäki and it’s the thriving force behind the local cultural scene. The non-profit organization was established in 2012. It aims to promote local and national culture. The cooperative creates new international connections with the help of artist residence programs and European voluntary service projects. The cooperative collaborates with the local community, schools and artists.

Members of the cooperation are cultural associations with their own main focuses; Finland´s Life Story association arranges an annual Life Story Festival, a national story telling competition and provides critiques service for writers. Art association Elsuupa is responsible for the annual Ars Kärsämäki, a recognized contemporary art summer exhibition. Shingle Church support association maintains the world known modern wooden church that was built at the beginning of this decade using methods from the 18th century. “Music in the Shingle Church” -association arranges a yearly three day classical music festival and invites musicians around the country to perform at the shingle church.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Air Frosterus provides artists the time and peace to focus on their work. The beautiful location allows the guests to get inspired by Finnish nature and the four seasons. The length of a residency period can vary between one and six months.

Sauna, silence and a peaceful pace of life are all part of the local culture at Kärsämäki. Though relaxed, the residents of Kärsämäki are very active in organizing events and they have a small town do-it-yourself-attitude. With the hosting organization being a highly active force in the cultural scene of Kärsämäki, residency artists have a front-row seat to the local cultural life.

A possibility to arrange an exhibition is provided. Depending on the time of the residency a beautiful gallery space at the centre of Kärsämäki is provided for the artists to exhibit in. Community projects and workshops are welcomed. The opportunities to cooperate with the local artists and the community are good.

Air Frosterus can host up to four residencies for individuals or couples at once. Our spacious residence allows artists to choose if they want to concentrate on their own work or to collaborate with each other. All visiting artists have a private bedroom/study and the possibility to have their own studio for the period of their stay. Artists with all mediums can find a suitable working space from the selection of our private studios. The in-house shared studio and common areas allow artists to meet each other, collaborate and get inspired by the work of others.


Kattilakoski cooperative is a non-profit organization. Residency fees are used towards maintaining the residency house, a historically valuable vicarage.

Douple room/ one person - 315€/month
Douple room/ couple - 415€/month

10 percent discount for students.

Included: Bed linen, towels, Wifi

A booking fee of 100€ will be charged after the confirmation of the residency period. The booking fee will be compensated in the rent but not refunded if the residency period is cancelled.


We welcome artists from all fields of art and design to apply to our residency at the beautiful natural landscape of Kärsämäki, Finland. The deadline for year 2019 is 30.09.2018. Apply by filling in the application form that you can find on this page. Remember to fill in your project plan and state if you are interested in arranging an exhibition, teaching courses or arranging workshops. We encourage all the artists to choose two possible periods of stay.

Artist selections are made by the board of Kattilakoski cooperative by 15.10.2018. Selected artists are informed personally.

For detailed information, please visit our webpage:

Residency program since


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

Kattilakosken kulttuuriosuuskunta

Residency conditions

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

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork
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
  • Kitchen
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Finnish, Swedish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops

How to reach

By train

The nearest train station is in Ylivieska, 70kms from Kärsämäki. A bus connection from Ylivieska to Kärsämäki is available.
More information about train connections can be found from:

Bus connections:

By plane

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the most common place to fly to when arriving to Finland. From the city centre of Helsinki you can get a bus to Kärsämäki or a train to Ylivieska.

Oulu Airport is located 120km from Kärsämäki. There is a bus connection from the Oulu Bus Station to Kärsämäki.

By car

Kärsämäki is situated in the middle of Finland, in the junction of E75 and road 28. Distance from Helsinki is ~500km and from Oulu ~120km. The nearest car rental shop is in Ylivieska, 70 km from Kärsämäki.

Contact information

Artist in Residence Frosterus
Pappilankuja 24
86710 Karsamaki

Phone: +358401476107

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