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New Member Spotlight // Arteles (Finland)


Arteles, one of the largest residency programs in Scandinavia, does not shy away from drawing attention to the challenging seasons of their southern Finland post. Last year they devoted a full residency session to the Scandinavian winter, asking artists to develop work engaging themes of widespread darkness and chilly silence. A description of the main studio warns artists that using the space during the winter months may modify one's "general opinion of toughness."  However, a cursory walk through the Center's website - overflowing with artists projects, pictures of the site, and delightful infographics - gives a sense that Arteles is a place very much filled with movement and light, even in the middle of December.

Launched in 2010 in an abandoned Finnish school, Arteles was conceived as a space for artistic freedom that would engage Finnish and international artists and serve as a launchpad for collaborative work. Five years later the Center has quickly grown into an active hub for emerging artists, hosting over a hundred visual artists, musicians, writers, performance artists, photographers, designers and architects each year for periods of one to three months. The program operates largely thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers and manages to offer financial assistance to all selected artists (covering at least 50% of the cost of the residency).

The center is located in the middle of extraordinary nature of Hämeenkyrö, Finland (European Union Landscape Award in 2009) where residents can enjoy wandering walks in the forests, swims in one of many lakes nearby or skiing, skating and winter trekking in the colder months. Artists are encouraged to get to know the old culture of Finland viewed through Kalevala Epic, full of trolls and witches.

Residents have 24 hour access to all studios and common spaces - including the traditional Finnish Sauna.

Check the website for upcoming deadlines + thematic residency applications.

Read more about Arteles.