For writers, researchers and artists working with text

(For other disciplines, please see our other programs)

Enter Text

Text-based residency program
in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

1 Month
October & November 2019
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications was:
24th of April 2019
Research, experiment and play

Novels & short stories, research & non-fiction, poetry & spoken word, comic art & graphic novels, playwriting & screenwriting, text art & calligraphy, typography & asemic writing…

Enter Text is an international residency program for writers, researchers and artists working with text. The program brings together a diverse group of writers & artists from various backgrounds, with different ways of applying text & language in their work.

At Arteles, artists are given the freedom to create and deepen their focus in a stress-free environment. Share ideas and approaches, form collaborations and gain fresh perspective to your usual practice, without the pressure of producing a finalized body of work.

As well as for connecting and experimenting with other writers & artists, the residency can be used for concentrating intensively on your ongoing work/research, starting a brand new project, or stopping to contemplate your practice and being. Participation in group activities is voluntary, allowing you to barricade into your writer's chamber anytime you want.

Late-autumn forests & sauna

Arteles Creative Center is surrounded by forests, fields and lakes, giving you a chance to concentrate on your work in a peaceful, natural environment. Thanks to Finland's everyman's rights, the beautiful woods can be entered and wandered in freely.

October and November are late-autumn months in the North, the nature already starting to prepare for the winter. Days are getting shorter and the nights darker, ideal for making journeys into your mind - and for getting together, sharing moments and heating up the wood-burning residency sauna, there for the residents to enjoy.

All residents are allocated private bedrooms with large working desks by a window. There is shared studio space available for more social ways of working, as well as a hall reserved for scheduled meditation sessions (voluntary) and silent being.
For artists & creatives
Studio spaces & private bedrooms. 24/7 access to all facilities.
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Scheduled meditation
We have scheduled morning and evening sessions in the meditation space.
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
Group meetings, discussions, field trips and support. (Participation voluntary)
Tools for you
Car, bikes, telescope and a wide selection of creative gear and tools for you to use. See full list here
On-site staff
We assist you with projects and practicalities, introduce the surroundings etc.

Freedom to create
The program allows you the time, space, facilities and, most of all, the freedom and stress-free environment you need in order to develop yourself and your creative practise.
Each morning and evening there are scheduled meditation sessions in the meditation hall. The sessions are voluntary and self-directed.
Organic breakfast
Get a nutritious start to the day with natural and toxin-free organic breakfast. Breakfast table is set from Monday to Friday.
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:

  • studio spaces and facilities 24 h access — See facilities here
  • creative equipment & tools, incl. projectors, sound gear, printers, telescope etc. — See list here
  • assistant(s) to help you with practicalities and creative work
  • weekly meetings and support
  • artist promotion through our online network
  • artist pages in Arteles Catalogue

For everyday life:

  • private bedroom, incl. towels and bedlinen
    (Note: There are large working desks also in the bedrooms.)
  • organic breakfast (Mon-Fri)
  • 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
  • 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

Program fees

We offer financial aid for applicants otherwise unable to join the program.
The financial aid provided covers 40 % of the full program fee.

Contributor's fees (fees without support)
1 person: 1950 € / month
2 persons (duo): 2980 € / month

Accommodation in a private bedroom
Organic breakfast included (Mon-Fri)

Fees with support
1 person: 1170 € / month
2 persons (duo): 1790 € / month

Accommodation in a private bedroom
Organic breakfast included (Mon-Fri)

All fees include the registration fee (120 € / person - non-refundable).

Who should apply

The program welcomes applications from writers, researchers, artists and creative individuals widely from different backgrounds, fields and language areas. You must be at least 23 or older to apply.

Both established and emerging creatives are encouraged to apply. With the latter group, work samples (in English or Finnish) and the suggested approach play a more significant role.

No predetermined project plan is required, as we understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way. In the selection process, an emphasis is put on applicant's motivation, creativity and suitability to the program. We value authenticity and tenacity.

Artist duos are also welcome to apply. Non-artist spouses, partners and friends are welcome as short-term guests only
(1-3 days, 40 €/night). Please note that children are not permitted in the residency.

Deadline for applications was: 24th of April 2019

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