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Silence Awareness Existence

Special theme residency program by Arteles

For creative minds from all the fields of

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

Periods: 1 or 2 months
When: November 2016 - February 2017
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Application round is closed
(Deadline was 29th April 2016)

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Retreat for Creatives

Silence Awareness Existence is a special retreat residency program for artists and creative minds. It provides a journey into existence through art, silence and solitude, right in the heart of Finnish winter. The program brings together artists & creative professionals working around the theme on various fields. Artistic, scientific and meditative approaches are all equally embraced.

The predefined structure of the program is kept empty. More extreme elements can be added to it, if the residents wish so (e.g. silent [= no speaking] days, limited access to internet to deepen the experience and prevent the escapism through www). The conditions are excellent for both concentrating on your own work, thinking and being, and for sharing experiences and ideas with others. There is no pressure to necessarily produce anything, in case you are more into inner development, self-reflection and research.

Northern Experience

In the Northern winter, the days are short and the sun stays low on the horizon. White, black and grey rule the monotone landscapes, long blue moments preceding the night and sunrise. November and December are the darkest time of the year, while January and February are usually somewhat snowier and colder. Weathers can vary a lot - from snow storms to silent stillness.

On clear nights, the milky way, shooting stars and satellites are clearly visible on the sky – if you get lucky, you may even catch the Northern lights. Located in the beautiful countryside of Hämeenkyrö, the residency is surrounded by peaceful forests and rural landscapes – ideal for long walks and inner journeys.
Forests, lakes and starry skies. Read more
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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The residency program includes:

For working :

For everyday life:

  • Private/double bedroom (incl. towels and bedlinen)
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • 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
(periods: 1 or 2 months)

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

Contributor's fees (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. If you are applying as a duo/couple, filling one application is enough - in this case, include information on both applicants in the same form.

In general we are open to raw ideas and long term 'work in progress' approaches - we understand that creative practice and processes are often to do with self-reflection and self development, and therefore live along the way.

To apply to the 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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Application round is closed
(Deadline was 29th April 2016)

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

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