Ukraine Solidarity Residencies




Ukraine Solidarity Residencies offer residencies and accommodation for Ukrainian and Ukraine-based artists and art professionals that have been effected by the war in Ukraine. The aspirations of the collaboration are to promote solidarity by establishing sustainable support networks and finding the means for Ukrainian artists to continue their practices.

The program was started in March 2022 by a group of independent art organisations who joined together to pool resources and share information. The current partners of the programme are AARK, Connecting Points programme, Fairres, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Goethe-Institut Finnland, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Loviisa Art Support Association, Nelimarkka Museum, Pro Artibus, The Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, The Finnish Illustration Association Kuvittajat, Tohmajärvi Residency and Saari Residence maintained by Kone Foundation.

The residencies are located in various places, mostly around southern Finland. Accommodation, travel and living costs of the residents are covered as part of the program. The residency period generally lasts from 3 months with the possibility of continuation. The residencies can host a single artist or artist with family members (up to 4 people).

Living conditions / Basic Information

HIAP can offer emergency residencies primarily at Villa Eläintarha. Villa Eläintarha is a wooden villa in Helsinki city centre and offers private rooms with a shared kitchen and common area.

Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is an international residence for professional artists and researchers in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland. Saari Residence is located in a tranquil rural setting surrounded by nature, on the shore of Mietoistenlahti, 30 km north of Turku.The Saari Residence apartments have a kitchen or kitchenette with basic amenities, and one of the buildings has a shared kitchen.

AARK (Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo) is located in a small apartment building from the sixties, on the island of Korpo in the Turku Archipelago. It consists of four airy apartment studios which each include living and working spaces as well as a kitchen with basic amenities. The residency has a large yard and is situated right beside the sea. Close to the ferry that operates between the islands Korpo and Nauvo, it is easily accessible by public transport.

Fairres is an Eco Art Residency located in the Finnish town of Porvoo. The residence consists of a 45m² semi-detached house with its own garden and a separate 15m² workspace with 24/7 access. Fairres AiR can offer the resident a silent retreat or collaboration with the Porvoo cultural scene.

Nelimarkka Artist Residency is maintained by Nelimarkka Museum and is located in a nice quiet place close to the center of Alajärvi. The two-storey residency building was designed by famous architect Alvar Aalto in 1926. On the main floor there is a gallery space, the second floor is solely for the artist’s use and consists of two private rooms and a large shared studio along with a shared kitchen and laundry facilities, The residency also provides bicycles.

Art in Lov Residence (Loviisa art support association) is an artist residency in Loviisa, Finland that started in 2021. The residency welcomes professional practitioners of all art forms from visual arts to music and dance, including curators. The distinctive thing about the residency is our focus on collaboration with local partners, opportunity for participation, local activities and art in public spaces. The residency offers housing and working space to several artists at the same time, and it is also possible for artists to come with family. The residency is located in an old stone house in the city center with a view of the town square. The residency has a large shared workspace, and accommodation is organised communally with a shared kitchen and bathroom.

At the moment the Solidarity Residencies are fully booked. There will be spaces available in Summer and Autumn 2022. Please fill in the form below and we will contact you in the case we need more information or can offer you a residency spot.

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Information about the residencies and collaborators

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme is an international artist residency organisation which was established in 1998. The HIAP residency programme offers time and space for artists and curators to develope new work in dialogue with the local art scene. The goal is to support experimental, cross-disciplinary art practices and to actively contribute to topical debates within and around the context of art. Since 2019 HIAP is also responsible for managing the Villa Eläintarha artist residency which focuses on short term production residencies.

Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is an international residence for professional artists and researchers in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland. The residency places are intended for individual professional artists, fiction writers, poets and novelists, translators, composers, sound artists, curators and critics and artistic collectives of all disciplines and all nationalities. Saari Residence is located in a tranquil rural setting surrounded by nature, on the shore of Mietoistenlahti, 30 km north of Turku. During spring and autumn, the Saari Residence hosts six to eight residents in 2-month working periods, and during summertime, the residency hosts workgroups for shorter periods. Kone Foundation is a Helsinki-based independent foundation fostering freedom in research and the arts.

The Saari Residence apartments have a kitchen or kitchenette with basic amenities, and one of the buildings has a shared kitchen.

Frame Contemporary Art Finland is an advocate for Finnish contemporary art. Frame supports international initiatives, facilitates professional partnerships, and encourages critical development of the field through grants, visitor programme and curator residencies, seminars and talks, exhibition collaborations and network platforms. Frame coordinates Finland’s participation in the Venice Biennale.

Connecting Points is a program that aims at strengthening the collegial and curatorial activity in artistic and cultural realm in/within Finland and in Russia. The program is currently coordinated and curated by artist-curator Miina Hujala (from 2016 until 2020 together with Arttu Merimaa who also run a display window space called Alkovi in Helsinki). In 2022 Connecting Points programme directs its resources in aiding the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Pro Artibus Foundation is an expert organisation for contemporary art. The foundation seeks to promote the development of Finnish-Swedish culture and art in Finland. The foundation engages in wide-ranging informational and educational work on visual art through exhibitions, publications, public occasions, collaborative projects and other art events. The foundation operates throughout Swedish-speaking Finland, with three centres: Vaasa, Ekenäs (Tammisaari) and Helsinki. The old power plant in Ekenäs houses an office and exhibition spaces, along with a conservator’s studio. In Ekenäs Pro Artibus also runs an artist’s residence, Snäcksund, with two separate residency venues: The Villa and The Croft.

AARK (Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo) is artist-run residency maintained by a small family team since 2015. The residency is open for art professionals from all disciplines for whom the archipelago nature and the surrounding seaside could be an interesting area to contemplate or a theme to work on. The unique archipelago nature, with the nearby Archipelago National Park and biosphere area is a special aspect of the residency. AARK encourages dialogue between the national and international visiting artists, local people and the environment.

Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of Germany with a global reach. One of its main missions is to support and encourage international cultural exchange, as encounter and dialogue are fundamental for free and discursive societies. Our projects bring artistic, scientific, social and daily practices and thoughts together, that reflect the diversity of cultures in our societies. We search to give visibility to silenced knowledge, challenge hegemonic narratives and consider other possible perspectives when shaping and communicating our programme. We most value collaborative and joint work in our team and with committed partners.

Fairres is an Eco Art Residency for musicians and creative professionals. Fairres was established in 2021 by Finnish musician Pi Viana, who also helps to connect musicians with the local music scene. Fairres aims to support art in a sustainable way and uses only nontoxic materials as well as offering artists an ecological, inspiring environment and a space to develop new ideas or continue work in process.

Nelimarkka Museum in Alajärvi, built by Eero Nelimarkka and designed by his friend, architect Hilding Ekelund, was opened in 1964. The Nelimarkka Museum operates as the museum of regional responsibility in art in the province of Southern Ostrobothnia. The Museum hosts a variety of exhibitions, events and residencies.

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