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Special residency program by Arteles

For creators of new comic & illustration art
(For other disciplines, please see our other programs)

Periods: 1 month
When: April & May 2018
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications was: 13th of October 2017

Comic Blast is a special residency program by Arteles for artists interested in new comic & illustration art. The program brings together creative professionals from around the world for a 1-month residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, at the quality facilities of Arteles Creative Center. (For other disciplines, please see our other programs.)


Comic Blast is dedicated for the many worlds and dimensions of comic art. It’s designed for international artists and illustrators to meet, share skills and get inspired in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere, far away from the everyday life distractions. In this program, different creative backgrounds, techniques and visual traditions come together to create a unique working & living environment.

The structure of the residency program is flexible, allowing the artists to focus on their practice following their own rhythm and individual aims. All participation in group activities is voluntary. The residency can be used for working on a predefined project, testing experimental approaches, starting new collaborations and/or focusing on building new concepts, ideas and research.

As a special outcome of the residency, the participants have the opportunity to have pages in a comic publication by Arteles. The comic will be published in print format (see details below - cover image not final).

All residents are accommodated in private bedrooms with working desks by a window, while shared studio spaces are also accessible 24/7. A full list of what is included in the program can be seen below.

Drawing from Nature

Arteles Creative Center is located in Haukijärvi, a part of the rural county of Hämeenkyrö in Finland (European Union Landscape Award 2009). The residency is surrounded with beautiful and peaceful forests, lakes, fields and small countryside roads, all to be explored freely.

April and May being the spring months in Finland, the timing of the residency is ideal for drawing inspiration from the awakening Nordic nature. The amount of daylight increases rapidly, and both people and animals are finally coming back to life after the long and dark winter.

Forests, lakes and blue skies of the north.
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Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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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
  • Pages in the special comic publication by Arteles
    - Published in color print after the residency program
    - 1–4 pages/artist for new or previously unpublished works
  • Artist & project pages in Arteles Catalogue publication
  • Participation (voluntary) in the monthly conclusion / open studios event
  • Assistant to help out with projects and practicalities
  • Artist promotion through our online network
  • 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
  • Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • Residency car for getting around the region
  • Laundry facilities
  • Yoga and meditation mats, cushions & benches
  • 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 artists with different levels of experience: professional and established, as well as emerging and freshly graduated 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.

Duos are also welcome to apply. 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: 13th of October 2017

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

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