writers, artists, creatives
& researchers

Write & Create

Residency program for writers, artists and researchers
in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

1 or 2 Months
October / November 2022
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications was:
6th of July 2022

Focus on your writing, creative practice and research

Write & Create is an international residency program for writers, artists and researchers who want to focus on their writing, creative practice or research.

At Arteles, residents are given the freedom to create and focus in a stress-free environment. Time and space at the residency can be used for concentrating on ongoing work or research, reading, studying, starting a new project or pausing to contemplate their practice and being.

There is also possibilities to share ideas, approaches and perspectives with other members of the group without having any pressure of producing a finalized body of work. Participation in program activities is voluntary, allowing residents to withdraw into their "writer's chambers" anytime they want.

Late autumn, darkness & sauna

Arteles is surrounded by forests, fields and lakes, providing artists a chance to center attention on their work in a peaceful, natural environment. Thanks to Finland's 'everyman's rights', the beautiful woods may also be explored freely.

In the fall, nature turns from multitone to monotone as it is getting ready for winter. Nature is quiet and snow may come & go as temperatures change unpredictably. Days are short and nights dark – ideal conditions for journeying into the mind and for getting together in our wood-burning sauna.

All residents are allocated private bedrooms with large working desks near a window. There is shared studio space available for more social or communal ways of working, as well as a hall reserved for scheduled meditation sessions (voluntary), yoga and silent being.
For artists & creatives
Studio spaces & private bedrooms. 24/7 access to facilities.
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Scheduled meditation
We have scheduled morning and evening sessions in the meditation space. (voluntary)
Outdoors & nature
Pure Nordic nature: forests, lakes and ever-changing skies.
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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 relax.
Award-winning landscapes
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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Weekly structure
Voluntary group meetings, events and field trips to support your creative process.
Tools for you
Car, bikes, telescope and a wide selection of creative gear and tools for you to use. See full list here
We assist you with practicalities, introduce the surroundings etc.

Freedom for creating, writing and being
The program allows you the time, space, facilities and, most of all, the freedom and stress-free environment you need in order to focus on your creative practice.
Each morning and evening there are scheduled meditation sessions in the meditation hall. The sessions are voluntary and self-directed.
Participants are given an introduction to the Finnish sauna culture, and they may use the traditional, wood-burning residency sauna freely.
Pure Nordic nature
Concentrate in your work in a peaceful, natural environment, in the middle of the Finnish countryside.

Included in your stay at Arteles Creative Center:

For creative practice:

For everyday life:

  • private bedroom suitable also for working, incl. towels and bedlinen
    (Note: There are working desks also in the bedrooms.)
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • meditation / yoga space with matts, cushions & benches
  • residency car (with automatic gears) for getting around the region
  • bicycles
  • wifi in all spaces
  • laundry facilities

For starters:

  • pick-up service for arrivals and departures — See how to get here
  • orientation & introduction to get you settled in
  • assistance in practicalities

Residency periods

1 or 2 months
Months: October 2022 / November 2022

Please note that 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.
(If necessary, arriving some days later or leaving a bit earlier within the period is possible.)

Program fees

There is no application fee.

There is no application fee.
Applicants who otherwise would be unable to join the program can apply for financial support. The number of supported residencies is limited. The support available in this program is 35 % of the regular program fee.

Regular fee: 1950 € / month
Financially supported fee: 1270 € / month
Contributor's fee: 2610 € / month

All fees include the registration fee (120 € / person, non-refundable, to be paid only if/when becoming selected).
All the residents have accommodation in a private bedroom.

Who should apply

Creative individuals who want to freely focus on their own thing, for example on
- writing: draft / develop / finish your book, novel, screenplay, poetry collection, comics..
- studying & reading: thesis, phd, research...

- thinking & reflecting: sketching, journaling, notebook working...
- creating: new body of work, project...

The program welcomes applications from writers, artists, designers, researchers and scientists widely from different backgrounds, fields and language areas. Both, established and emerging creative individuals are welcome to apply.

No predetermined project plan is required, as we understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects and interests tend to change and evolve along the way.

In the selection process, an emphasis is put on applicant's motivation and need for the program.


- You must be at least 23 or older to apply (in 2022)
- Only individual applicants may apply to this program (If wanting to apply us as a duo, please send two individual applications and mention about it at the "extra notes"-box of the application)
- Children are not permitted in the residency

Covid-19 - Safety & risk management (current policy (25.5.) / likely to change)
- You need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival to Finland. (Exceptions can be made due health reasons or if you have fully recovered from Covid-19.)
- No guests are currently allowed. (Normally non-artist spouses, partners and friends are welcome as short-term guests only (1-3 days, 40 €/night), however due Covid-19 pandemic, this is not currently allowed.)

Deadline for applications was: 6th of July 2022

If you need any help or more information, please contact:
Residency Terms & Conditions.

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