Deadline: Open call

Open call in Lapua Residency for year 2020 and 2021

Come and join our Creative Community in a beautiful and peaceful surrounding!

Our residency programme offers its artist an opportunity to have a break from their daily lives and focus only on making new artwork. We pride ourselves with space, easy living, peace and quiet, clean nature and safety. Our residency programme offers its artist a perfect place to make art with time and devotion and enjoy the creative and inspiring environment and its wonderful people.

We are located in Lapua, Western Finland, a small rural town where you can enjoy the clean air and surrounding nature, solitude in a quiet and beautiful soundscape.

Our residency is located in the very charming and inspiring Art and Culture Centre Vanha Paukku, an old ammunition factory unique both by its surroundings as well by its history. The Cultural Centre houses museums, art galleries, an art school, a community school, a music institute, the town library and several businesses.

Our artist residency program offers two private apartments about 400 metres from the Cultural Centre and a workspace in the shared studio of the Creative Community in the heart of the Culture Centre. The city has perfect train connections to the bigger northern (Oulu and Rovaniemi) and southern (Tampere and Helsinki) cities of Finland. Welcome!


Our residency includes two apartments located about 400 metres from the Cultural Centre.

Our bigger apartment has a private bedroom and a living room, both with double beds
(perfect for families or two individual artist sharing one apartment), a washing machine and a small balcony. The smaller apartment has a big sauna and a big bedroom / living room with a double bed. Both apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, a shower and a toilet.

The work space is located at Vanha Paukku Creative Community at the Cultural Centre
Vanha Paukku. The Creative Community has two floors and over 200 square metres work
space for artists and creative people. Artists have 24 hour access to the work space.
We also provide access to a dark room, a film scanner and a computer for the artists to
use. It is also possible for our artists to use some spaces, studios and equipment in the
local schools if asked for in advance.

The fee for one month is 400,00€ / artist. If two artists are willing to share an apartment the cost is in total 600,00€. The fees and spaces for bigger groups than two that are willing to share the bigger apartment will be discussed on a case-to-case basis by contacting the residency. Artists also must self-fund travel, equipment and food. We do not offer grants, stipends or other economical support.

Expectations towards the artist
We have no actual expectations towards the artist. We appreciate all artists being
different so usually we ask our artists to present themselves and their work to the local
community (e.g. art school students, local school group). As our artist in residence it is
also possible to teach a public workshop or perform in one of the Cultural Centre's events. None of the above is mandatory and we will discuss this matter with every artist

Duration of residency
We offer different lengths of residencies from one week up to six months. Artists willing to stay for one month or longer are our priority.

Application information
Applicants must apply by email with an open application.

The applicants must submit:
• an artist bio and resume
• a proposal letter
• the preferred time for the residency
• samples of their work.

Residents are selected by our committee. All the applicants will be informed personally.
The applications can be sent to: 

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Open call in Lapua Residency for year 2020 and 2021

Open call in Lapua Residency for year 2020 and 2021


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