Studio spaces and fully equipped private rooms, also suitable for duos. 24/7 access to all facilities. Read more
One of the largest and most international creative residencies in Finland. Read more

Wide selection of creative tools & equipment for you to use.
See full list here

Arteles Creative Residency Program 2016

Summer / Fall 2016 in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

For creative minds & professionals from all the fields of

Visual Arts | New Media | Sound & Music | Performing Arts |
Design | Architecture | Literature | Research | Philosophy

1-2 month residencies
Months: June - October 2016

Application round is closed
(Deadline was 30th October 2015)

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Welcome to one of the largest, liveliest and
most international residency centers in Finland and Scandinavia

Freedom for Creativity

Arteles Creative Residency Program, running since 2010, brings together international creative minds to explore, experiment & expand their practice and thinking. Get inspired with other energetic, ambitious artists & creative professionals from various mediums and backgrounds.

The program allows you the time, space, facilities and, most of all, the freedom and stress-free environment you need in order to develop yourself and your work. You can go experimental, test new ideas, produce works, collaborate with others, or take it as an opportunity to rethink and redefine what you and your creative practice are all about – the choise is yours.

Explorations in Nature

The location is ideal for working and processing in interaction with the nature. Located in the rural Hämeenkyrö, the residency is surrounded by rich, green landscapes. There are several lakes within walking and biking distance, and forest can be entered right from the backyard of the residency.

The Nordic Summer is famous for a reason. Once experienced, the magical light of the ‘nightless nights’ is hard to forget. It never gets completely dark, as the Sun sets only for a couple of hours, leaving behind skies with remarkable colours & clouds. In September and October, the greens turn into yellow and red. Autumn comes with misty mornings and bright starry skies – and, of course, with loads of different berries & mushrooms, to be freely collected in the woods.

Forests, lakes and starry skies. Read more
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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See who's been here and what they have done. Artist & Projects

The residency program includes:

For working and career:

  • participation in group show/event
  • assistant to help you with your projects
  • studio spaces and facilities 24 h access See facilities here
  • creative tools & equipment 24 h access See list here
  • weekly meetings, feedback and support
  • info & guidance on Finnish art scene, exhibitions and culture
  • artist promotion through our network
  • artist & project pages in Arteles Catalogue publication

For everyday life:

  • private/double bedroom, incl. towels and bedlinen
    (Note: There are large working desks also in the bedrooms.)
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • 24 h access to residency car for getting around the region
  • bicycles
  • pick-up service for arrivals and departures read more
  • Wi-Fi connection in all spaces
  • residency cell phone for local phone calls
  • laundry facilities
  • pure Northern nature and silence

Extra notes:
- All program participation is voluntary.
- All the rooms can be equipped with extra beds.
- The local environment has lots of natural materials and outdoor possibilities to offer.
- The region has its own environmental art history through the works of Nancy Holt
(Up and Under) and Agnes Denes (Tree Mountain).

Program fees

Financial assistance is available for residents selected to join the program.
The financial support provided by Arteles is 50 % of the residency fee.

Residency fees including 50 % support:

970 €/ month for 1 person: single room + studio space
1480 €/ month for 2 persons: double room + studio spaces

The fees include the registration fee (120 €/person - non-refundable)

Contributor's fees (fees without support)
1940 €/ month for 1 person: single room + studio space

Resident's short term guests/visitors:
30 €/ night/ person

More about financial support

How to apply

Application round is closed
(Deadline was 30th October 2015)

In the selection process an emphasis is put on the applicant´s works/projects, creative ideas & approach. We are looking for emerging and professional artists/creatives widely from different fields and backgrounds. We also keep some positions open for creatives without a remarkable creative background or a long CV. In this case, the proposed idea/approach of the applicant has a more significant importance. Duos and 2-3 person collaborations are also welcome. Please note also that children are not allowed in the residency.

In general we are open to raw ideas and long term 'work in progress' approaches as we understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way.

To apply to residency you need to

1. Read the terms and conditions of Arteles Creative Center
2. Fill out and submit the following application form:
(if your browser does not support the application form below, please contact and we send the application form to you.)

Application round is closed
(Deadline was 30th October 2015)

If you need any help or more information, please contact: info[at]

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