The Saari Residence is maintained by the Kone Foundation and hosts both artists and researchers. Artists of all artistic forms as well as researchers working under a Kone Foundation grant are eligible for residency. During the summer, the Manor is reserved for the use of artist groups.
The Saari Residence offers artists and researchers the opportunity for peace and tranquillity, and the possibility to focus on their creative work undisturbed. The Saari Residence’s historical surroundings and peaceful location near a nature reserve and bird wetlands help to fade away all distractions.
Artists and researchers also encounter each other at the Saari Residence. From September to April, eight artists and researchers of all different disciplines work at the residence for two-month periods at a time. Consequently, opportunities for interaction between these often very different residents abound as does the possibility for breaking the boundaries between their disciplines.
Applications are for residencies for the following year. Residency periods for individual artists, translators, critics and researchers take place either from January to April or from September to December. Group residencies take place during the months of May, June, July and August.
The application period for residencies begins August 1st and ends August 31st each year.
Residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant of 1900 EUR. The grant is tax-free in Finland up to an equivalent amount in Euros to that of the annual state artist grant (19,444.80 EUR per year in 2012). The grant is intended for living and travel expenses as well as for other costs. Working and living at the Residence is a prerequisite for receiving the grant.
Working periods at the Residence are as follows:
Period 1: January to February Period 2: March to April Period 3: September to October Period 4: November to December