Silence. Awareness. Existence

Arteles special theme residency program

For creative open minds from all the fields of

Visual Arts | Media Art | Sound | Design & Architecture | Literature
Philosophy | Psychology | Mathematics | Metaphysics | Meditation

Periods: 1 or 2 months
When: December 2014 -January 2015

Application round is closed
The deadline was 27th of June 2014

Retreat into existence

December and January being the darkest months of the Finnish winter, S.A.E offers an extreme retreat into existence through art, silence and nature. The program brings together creative minds who are interested and working around the theme on various fields.
The predefined structure of the program is kept empty and more extreme elements can be added to it if the residents decide to want so (e.g limited internet access to limit the escapism through web, silent(no speaking) days). Conditions are excellent for both collaborating and for concentrating on your own work, thinking and being. There is also no pressure to necessarily produce anything, in case you are more into inner development.

Northern experience

The northern winter is an experience like no other. The sun stays lower on the horizon, leaving the days short with long blue moments and dark nights. Snow is likely to cover the grounds, and the landscape is very monotone. If you get lucky, you can even catch a glimpse of the Northern lights. The raw & rural surroundings create an ideal setting for personal inner journeys and research.

The residency program includes:

For working :

For everyday life:

  • Private/double bedroom (incl. towels and bedlinen)
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • 24 h access to traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • 24 h access to residency car getting around the region
  • pick-up service for arrivals and departures read more
  • Wi-Fi connection in all spaces (NOTE: The access to internet might be limited to e.g. one day a week only in order to deepen the awareness experience and to prevent the escapism into the wonders of www - The decision will be made collectively with all the residents, in the beginning of the residency.)
  • laundry facilities
  • Pure nature and silence

Program fees

All the selected residents are offered financial support by Arteles.
The current support is 50 % of the residency fee.

Residency fees including support:

970 €/ month for 1 person: single room + studio space
1480 €/ month for 2 persons: double room + studio spaces (larger groups: 25 €/ day / person)
(periods: 1 or 2 months)

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

Fees without support:
1940 €/ month for 1 person: single room + studio space
2960 €/ month for 2 persons in a double room + studio spaces

More about financial support

How to apply

In the selection process an emphasis is put on the applicant´s ideas & approach. You need to be interested and/or working around the theme one way or the other. We are looking for creative minds widely from different fields and backgrounds. Duos and collectives are also welcomed.

In general we are open to raw ideas and long term 'work in progress' approaches as we understand that certain projects, like the ones to do with self-reflection or self development are in constant flux and live 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:

Application round is closed

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

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