Serlachius residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

The history of the Serlachius Museums starts with Paper mill owner Gösta Serlachius, who had plans to build a museum in Mänttä to house his growing collection already in 1920’s. Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation was established in 1933 with the purpose to build and maintain a museum in Mänttä.

At present Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation maintains two museums. Art museum Gösta exhibits the pearls of the art collection that is one of the largest private art collections in Scandinavia. In summer 2014 alongside the art museum will rise a pavilion with area of over 5000 sq.m. that multiplies the exhibition spaces of Gösta and enables construction of new exhibitions, more versatile than before.

Gustaf Museum tells stories. In the former head office of the historical forest combine G.A. Serlachius Ltd. curious and surprising exhibitions associate with the colorful history and magnificent architecture of the building.

Mänttä Art Festival is summer exhibition of contemporary art organized by Mäntän kuvataiteen ystävät ry, a registered association of the friends of art in Mänttä. The Festival was first arranged in 1993. A biennial event during the early years, the festival has been arranged annually since 1999.

The registered association each year chooses a new curator of the next year’s festival. The curator alone makes decisions in relation to selection of artists and exhibition architecture. The main exhibition space and exhibition centre is Pekilo, a renovated industrial building.

Mänttä art festival has grown to be Finland’s most important annual show of contemporary art. The curator compiles each year a new selection of art and artists that best reflect a theme or title chosen by the curator. During recent years also artists from e.g. Estonia have participated.

Many side programs offer single artists, members of the cultural audience or the curator possibility to reflect on exhibition, particular artworks or other cultural matters. Concerts and lectures as well as other events have been organized to discuss cultural issues in connection of the Art Festival.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Serlachius residency is a residency studio maintained by the Serlachius Museums and Mänttä Art Festival.
Residencies are intended for creative professionals working in the field of art, such as artists, art historians, researchers or curators.

The aim of the residency is to make new connections between artists, researchers and curators. In addition to a studio and housing, the residency can offer contacts with local art field and possibilities for community-based projects of with local people.

One can apply for a residency period ranging from 1-6 months. Next application period begins 1 February and ends 28 February 2019. The first available residency begins in January 2020.
No rent will be collected of the residency. Instead, the guest is required to make a report of his or her stay during the residency. Selected persons pay costs for their travelling and working as well as living during residency.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning

Written report

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
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
  • Plaster Room
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

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

How to reach

By train

If you come by train, get off at Vilppula. From there it is about 7 km to the centre of Mänttä. The train from Tampere to Vilppula takes an hour. There is usually a taxi waiting at the station when the train arrives. Timetables

Buses operating on several long-distance and local routes stop at the bus station in the centre of Mänttä. The bus station is located in the distance of 500 metres from the Gustaf Museum ans 2,5 kilometres from the Gösta Museum. The express services from Jyväskylä and Tampere to Mänttä take 1½ hours. Timetables

By car

The distance between Tampere and Mänttä is about 90 kilometres and Jyväskylä and Mänttä rough 80 kilometres.
The distance from Helsinki good 260 kilometres, from Turku, Vaasa and Kuopio about 250 kilometres.

Nearest airport


Contact information

Serlachius residency
Joenniementie 47
35800 Mänttä

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