artists, writers, creatives,
scientists & researchers

Fall into Focus

Residency program for artists, writers and researchers

1 month (29 days)
September / October / November 2024
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications:
2nd of May 2024

Focus on your writing, creative practice and research

The autumn residency period at Arteles Creative Center provides writers and artists with the optimal conditions for sustained concentration. The program offers flexible time and space to freely develop creative projects without external or outcome pressure. Residents also have the option to refine and improve their focus through daily scheduled meditation sessions. Periods of deep focus can be balanced with walks in pure Nordic nature, relaxation in traditional Finnish sauna, and time around the bonfire with a supportive community of peers.
All participation in group activities is voluntary.
Nordic autumn, darkness & sauna

Arteles Creative Center is located in a countryside region of Western Finland, far from the distractions and stimuli of city life. The residency is surrounded by forests, fields, and lakes which are all available for exploration.
The autumn season in Finland begins with September’s vibrant leaves and cooling temperatures, while October features a noticeable decrease in daylight as leaves fall. November welcomes the deep darkness and stillness of impending winter. The season’s darkening days support a focused atmosphere to dive fully into the creative work that most matters to you.
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 hall (voluntary).
Outdoors & nature
Pure Nordic nature: forests, lakes and ever-changing skies.
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Relaxing tradition
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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Supportive program structure
Voluntary group meetings and events to support your creative journey.
Tools for you
Car, boat, bikes and a wide selection of creative gear and tools for you to use. See full list here
We assist you with practicalities and introduce you to the facilities, local surroundings and nature.

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.
Organised & supportive structure
Each residency period is carefully planned, scheduled and organized to support the participants' residency experience. Participation to events is voluntary.
Improve focus & mindfulness
To improve focus and mindfulness there are scheduled meditation sessions in the meditation hall each morning and evening. For beginners, there is an introduction to meditation practice. The sessions are voluntary.
Relax in sauna
Participants are given an introduction to the Finnish sauna culture, and they may use the traditional, wood-burning residency sauna freely. Also the public sauna nearby is a great place to experience the authentic, non-touristy Finnish sauna culture.
Creative community & atmosphere
Connect and share with other creatives - or just focus on your own thing - in a relaxed, non-competitive, multidisciplinary group setting.
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 — See facilities here
  • photo / sound studio spaces with gear + other creative tools — See list here
  • scheduled daily meditation sessions in the meditation hall (voluntary)
  • weekly group meetings and other events (voluntary)
  • artist promotion through our online network
  • artist pages in Arteles Catalogue
  • staff on site to help with practicalities

For everyday life:

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

For starters:

  • pick-up transportation from Tampere/Hämeenkyrö for arrivals and departures — See how to get here
  • orientation & introduction to get you settled in
  • assistance in practicalities

Program periods 2024

September: 3.9.-1.10.
October: 3.-31.10.
November: 4.11.-2.12.
(Each monthly program period = 29 days)

Program fees

There is no application fee.
Applicants who otherwise would be unable to join the program can apply for financially supported fee. The number of supported residencies is limited.

Regular fee: 1950 € / monthly period
Financially supported fee (limited availability): 1270 € / monthly period
Contributor's fee (optional): 2610 € / monthly period

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

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

We do not require a predefined project proposal in the application as we understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way.

An applicant's motivation and need for the program is prioritized in the selection process.


- You must be at least 23 or older to apply (in 2024)
- 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

Deadline for applications: 2nd of May 2024

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