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Enter Text

Special residency program by Arteles

For poets, writers & text-based artists
(For other disciplines, please see our other programs)

Periods: 1 month
When: November 2017 (2.-30.11.2017)

Application round is closed
(Deadline was 30th April 2017)

Poetry, novels, short stories, spoken word, scriptwriting, non-fiction, graphic novels, code art, asemic writing, text art, nonsense, sound poems…

Enter Text is an international residency program for poets, writers and text-based artists, taking place at Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. The program brings together emerging and established writers & artists with various backgrounds, from all fields of literature and text-based art. (For other disciplines, please see our other programs.)

Connect, experiment and play

The program is ideal for connecting with other active and ambitious writers & artists. Try out new interdisciplinary or cross-genre works and collaborations, gain new perspectives to your usual practice and get inspired by the unique surroundings of the Hämeenkyrö countryside (European Union Landscape Award 2009).

The structure of the program is flexible, allowing you also to barricade in your writer’s chamber anytime you feel like it. All participation in the group activities is voluntary. The residents are allocated a private bedroom with a large working desk by a window, while there are also shared studio slots available for more social ways of working. During the month, there is a possibility to participate/perform in a reading night at a local venue.

Rawness and darkness – and sauna

Surrounded by forests, fields and lakes, the location of the residency is perfect for working and reflecting in peace and silence, close to the nature. With its raw, late-autumny landscapes, November is one of the darkest months in the North – also meaning that on a clear night, the sky is filled with stars and satellites (or even auroras, if you get lucky).

Thanks to Finland’s everyman’s rights, the many forests nearby can be entered and explored freely. And, what better way to end a long walk or an intensive writing day, than to relax in the creative center’s traditional wood-burning sauna.

Forests, lakes and blue skies.
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Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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Traditional Finnish wood burning sauna built in 1961, for when you feel like it is time to chill and relax.

The residency program includes:

For working:

  • Studio spaces and facilities 24 h access See facilities here
  • Creative tools & equipment See list here
  • Weekly meetings, feedback and support
  • Participation (voluntary) in a reading at a local venue
  • Assistant to help you with projects and practicalities
  • Artist promotion through our online network
  • Artist & project pages in Arteles Catalogue publication
  • Info & guidance on Finnish art scene, exhibitions and culture
  • Wi-Fi in all spaces

For living:

  • Private single/double bedrooms
  • Bedlinen and towels provided
  • Fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • Yoga and meditation mats, cushions & benches
  • Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • Residency car for getting around the region
  • Laundry facilities
  • Pure Northern nature and silence

For starters:

  • Pick-up service for arrivals and departures read more
  • Orientation & introduction to get you settled in
  • Assistance in finding the materials you need

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 space

Contributor's fees (fees without support)
1940 € / month for 1 person: single room + studio space
2960 € / month for 2 persons: double room + studio space

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

Read more about financial support

Who can apply?

The program welcomes applications from writers and text-based artists of all levels of experience: professional and established as well as emerging and freshly graduated writers & artists are encouraged to apply. With applicants without a remarkable CV or a long career, work samples and the suggested idea/approach play a more significant role.

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.

The primary working language of the applicant does not have to be English, but work samples written in or translated into English (or Finnish) are required (max 5 pages). Duos are also welcome to apply. Please note that children are not permitted in the residency.

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:
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Deadline for applications was: 30th April 2017

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

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