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Silence Awareness Existence

Thematic residency program
Winter 2023 in Finland

1 or 2 months
January / February / March 2023
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications
21st of September 2022

Creative retreat into existence

Silence Awareness Existence is a thematic residency program in Finland for artists and creative minds attuned to the theme. The program brings together creative individuals 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 creative contemplation, solitary introspection, concentrating intensively on your work, thinking and being, as well as for sharing experiences and ideas with other, similarly 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 support mindfulness and maintain a focused working & living environment, the program includes some special elements such as silent (no speaking) days, limited internet access, and scheduled meditation hours (see program details below).

Stillness, darkness and winter

Arteles Creative Center is located in Western Finland in a countryside region, far from city life distractions. Many beautiful forests, fields and lakes surround the residency yards – here, you can truly feel connected with nature.

Finland's winter is filled with stillness and silence. The sun only briefly shows up in the horizon, and tones of blue, white, and grey dominate the monotone landscapes. On clear nights, stars, satellites and the milky way are clearly visible on the sky. If you get lucky, you may even catch the Northern Lights.

In average, January and February are the coldest months. In March there is already more brightness and light in the sky. Weathers in general are very unpredictable, and can vary a lot in a short time, from blinding snow storms to total stillness.

Made for artists & creatives
Studio spaces & private bedrooms. Photo studio. 24/7 access.
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Scheduled meditation
We have scheduled morning and evening sessions in the meditation space.
Pure nordic nature
Explore forests, lakes & fields and find skies full of stars and satellites.
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Get relaxed
Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna built in 1961, for when you feel like it is time to relax.
Authentic rural environment
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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Supporting structure
Silent days, digital detox, voluntary weekly meetings and events.
Tools for you
Wide selection of creative gear, equipment and tools for you to use.
See full list here
Staff assistance
We assist you with practicalities, introduce the surroundings etc.

Freedom for creating & being
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 practice.
Silent days
The program includes 1-2 silent days per week, when speaking is not allowed and making noise or engaging others in communication is to be avoided. On these days, participants can better clear their mind and get deeper into their present experience.
To improve focus and concentration, there will be no wifi available during the program, however the internet will still be available in a designated space.
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 special experience, with the option to go winter swimming in the icy-cold lake.
Meditation sessions (voluntary) take place in the new meditation space every morning and evening. Previous experience is not required.
Connecting with nature & winter
Participants can freely enter the surrounding nature and visit the nearby nature reserve. The location allows you to immerse yourself in peaceful nature daily.

Included in your stay at Arteles Creative Center:

For creative practice:

  • studio spaces and facilities 24 h access — See facilities here
  • photo studio space with tripods, lights, reflectors etc. — See list here
  • creative equipment & tools, incl. projectors, printers, telescope etc. — See list here
  • scheduled daily meditation sessions in the meditation hall (voluntary)
  • weekly group meetings (voluntary)
  • artist promotion on our online network
  • artist pages in Arteles Catalogue

For everyday life:

  • private bedrooms, incl. towels and bedlinen
    - Note: There are large working desks also in all bedrooms.
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • residency car (with automatic gears) for getting around the region
  • internet access (limited in this program, see details above)
  • 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

Residency periods

1 or 2 months
Months: January 2023 / February 2023 / March 2023

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.
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 40 % of the regular program fee.

Regular fee: 1950 € / month
Financially supported fee: 1170 € / 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.

Resident's short-term guests/visitors:

Overnight guests are not allowed in this program.

Who can apply

We are looking for emerging and professional artists, creatives and interesting individuals from diverse fields and backgrounds. In the selection process, an emphasis is put on applicant’s approach, alignment and suitability to the program theme. We value authenticity and tenacity.

We do not require a project proposal in the application as this would be in contradiction with the program. We also understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way.

Reguirements & notes

- You must be at least 23 or older to apply (in 2023)
- Due to the program theme, there is no possibility to work with live music/sound - sound artists working with headphones are welcome to apply.
- 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 (25.6.) / likely to change)
- You need to be fully vaccinated (Exceptions can be made due health reasons / if you have had + are fully recovered from Covid-19.)
- No guests are currently allowed.

Deadline for applications was: 21st of September 2022

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