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Silence Awareness Existence

Thematic residency program by Arteles
Winter 2017-18 in Finland

1 or 2 months
December 2017 - March 2018
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Application round
is closed

(Deadline was 30th June 2017)
Creative Retreat into Existence

Silence Awareness Existence is a thematic residency program in Finland for artists and creative minds, engaged in the theme on various fields.
The program brings together international artists and professionals from different backgrounds. Artistic, scientific, meditative and existentialistic approaches are all equally embraced.

Taking place at the heart of the Northern winter, the conditions are excellent for concentrating intensively on your work, thinking and being, as well as for sharing experiences and ideas with other, similarily oriented minds. There is no pressure to have a concrete productive outcome, in case your focus is more in inner development, self-reflection and research. All participation in group activities is voluntary.

In order to deepen the experience, there are some special elements in the program, including silent (no speaking) days and offline days (see program details below). The environment is also good for practicing meditation and yoga.

Wintertime Journey

Located in the rural area of Hämeenkyrö county, far from the city lights, Arteles Creative Center gives you an opportunity to focus on your existence surrounded with pure and peaceful Nordic nature. There are countless forests, fields and small countryside roads to be explored in the region.

Winter in Finland consists mainly of silence, darkness and stillness, making it the ideal environment for inner journeys. Days are short and the sun stays low on the horizon. Shades of white, black and grey dominate the monotone landscapes, long blue moments preceding the dark. On clear nights, the milky way, shooting stars and satellites are clearly visible on the sky. If you get lucky, you may even catch the Northern Lights.

December is one of the darkest months of the year. January and February are normally somewhat snowier and colder, March already bringing more light into the days. Weathers in general are unpredictable and can vary a lot in a short time, from blinding snow storms to total stillness.
Designed for artists & creatives
Studio spaces & private bedrooms. 24/7 access to all facilities.
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Weekly meetings, feedback and support. Freedom of choice to participate.
Meditate & stay focused
For those into practicing meditation and yoga, we have mats, benches & cushions reserved for the purpose.
Outdoors & nature
Explore forests, lakes & fields and find skies full of stars and satellites.
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We assist you with projects and practicalities, introduce the surroundings etc.
Shoot bright & print large
Flashlights, softboxes, LED lights, reflectors, green screen, large-format color printer... See list
Award-winning landscapes
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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Get published in Arteles Catalogue and be promoted through our online network. See Catalogue
Tools for you
Wide selection of creative gear, equipment and tools for you to use.
See full list here
Get r.e.l.a.x.e.d
Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna built in 1961, for when you feel like it is time to chill and relax.
Share your work with the group in the monthly conclusions/open studios event (participation voluntary).
Wroom wroom - get around
Car with automatic gears to be used for regional travels and field trips.
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The residency program includes:

For working:

  • Studio spaces and facilities 24 h access See facilities here
  • Creative equipment, gear & tools See list here
  • Weekly meetings, feedback and support
  • Assistant to help you with projects and practicalities
  • Artist promotion through our online network
  • Artist & project pages on Arteles Catalogue publication
  • Participation in the conclusion night / open studios event (voluntary)
    - There will be a laid-back event at the residency to conclude the month with the group.
  • WiFi in all spaces
    - Note: Internet access is limited in this program (see program details above).
  • Info & guidance on Finnish art scene, exhibitions and culture

For everyday life:

  • Private single/duo bedrooms
    - Note: There are large working desks also in all bedrooms.
  • Bedlinen and towels provided
  • Fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • Yoga & meditation mats, benches and cushions
  • Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • Residency car for getting around the region Read more
  • Residency cellphone for local calls
  • Laundry facilities
  • Pure Northern nature and silence

For starters:

  • Pick-up service for arrivals and departures See how to get here
  • Orientation & introduction to get you settled in
  • Assistance in finding the materials you need

Specific program details

Internet access
In order to deepen the experience, internet access is limited in this program. The structure includes 3-4 offline days per week*. On other times, WiFi is on in all residency spaces.
*In case of a colliding work/studying commitment that requires internet access and cannot be dealt with any other way, temporary access can be arranged by consulting the residency staff in advance.

Silent days
The program includes 1-2 silent (no speaking) days per week.

Residency periods

1 or 2 months
Months: December 2017 / January 2018 / February 2018 / March 2018
Our residency periods follow the monthly calendar.
The periods start on the 2nd day of the month and end on the last day of the month.
Arriving some days later or leaving earlier within the period is possible.

Program fees

The selected residents are offered financial support by Arteles.
The current support is 50 % of the residency fee.

Residency fees including support:
970 € / month for 1 person: single room + studio space
1480 € / month for 2 persons: double room + studio space

The fees include the deposit/registration fee (120 € / month / person - non-refundable)

Contributor's fees (fees without support)
1940 € / month for 1 person: single room + studio space
2960 € / month for 2 persons: double room + studio space

Resident's short term guests/visitors:
30 € / night / person - needs to be agreed with the staff in advance

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How to apply

In the selection process, an emphasis is put on the applicant’s ideas, approach and relation to the theme. We are looking for both emerging and professional artists/creatives/scientists widely from different fields and backgrounds.

In general, we are open to raw ideas and long term 'work in progress' approaches, as we understand that especially when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way.

Duos are also welcome to apply. Please note that 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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Application round is closed
(Deadline for applications was the 30th June 2017)

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