Saari residence, Hietamäki


Saari Residence is a manor owned and maintained by Kone Foundation as a research and production facility for researchers and artists. Saari Residence is located in the Mietoinen district of Mynämäki, an attractive thriving Western Finnish agricultural region. Close by the Manor is Mietoinen Bay, which is home to a wide variety of birdlife. The Manor is also close to preserved oak forest.

Two month residencies are intended for individual artists, translators and critics of all different disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance. For each two-month residency period, diversity is emphasized: both Finnish and foreign and young and more experienced artists are chosen as well as artists representing different art forms. Another central criterion is that the artist’s work is innovative and current. The objective is that at least some residents represent new or marginal art forms. Researchers and nonfiction writers working under a Kone Foundation grant are also eligible for residency.

The Saari Residence offers artists the opportunity for peace and tranquillity, and the possibility to focus on their creative work undisturbed. The Saari Well is also an opportunity for artists and researchers working at the Manor to meet, share, and leave their mark on each other’s thoughts, work and the Saari Residence. Residents can also participate on the projects of Saari Residence’s Comminity Artist. The Comminity Artist works in the residence all year round.

Residency includes an apartment, a workspace and a monthly grant. 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.