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ArtRadius Saksala


international artist-in-residence program in rural Finland

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    Art centre Saksala ArtRadius is an international residence for artists in the rural area of Finland.Artists from all over the world can stay for a shorter or longer time in the art centre to work, to concentrate, to cooperate and to look after new experiences in their artistic work.

    The art centre is organizing symposiums, events, fairs, programs and activities in the field of art and has founded the AllaprimA MuseuM for child art, contemporary art and young art, the FOAM Sculpture Park for contemporary sculptures, the forest-LABYRINTH, the CHILDREN'S LABYRINTH and the CHILDREN'S FOREST.

    In a few years the art centre has build up an interesting network with art organizations in Finland, Russia, USA, the Netherlands, Australia etc, this network is expanding all the time. Artists taking part in the artist-in-residence program are part of this network and they can be invited to different art projects, like symposiums, exhibitions, contests, seminars etc.

    The art centre is an independent  small private organization and shows a personal view on art, artists and artist-in-residence. The image of the art centre will develop through the years, the contacts and the expanding international network.
    The art centre has been invited to the artists-in-residence conferences in Boston and was bringing exhibitions of related artists to St. Petersburg Russia.
    The collaborative exhibition SOJOURN IN WHITE has been accepted into TransCultural Exchange USA and there are different cooperation projects with St. Petersburg.
    The art centre is also taking part in Culture Forum a cultural exchange between Finland and Russia.
    Being an artist in the artist-in-residence program, the symposiums or in the selected exhibitions is being an artist in the growing network of Saksala ArtRadius.


    Already in the past artists were traveling to other countries, cultures and cities to find new experiences, another way of living, special facilities or materials, to meet other artists. In the diaries of many artists we can read about their travels and staying. Many art works are the result of this exchange by leaving the own atelier.

    Not all artists are interested leaving their home town to have these kind of experiences, it is  the artist who decides to travel.
    It is also the artist who decides where to go, the country, the city, the country side, the mountains, the dessert or what place he/she needs for the own artistic work.
    An artist is and has to be free to choose his/her own route.

    Residences are located all over the world.
    In metropolis like New York, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo etc.
    In cities with special facilities like technology, ceramic, design, printing, etc.
    In different landscapes and climates like the mountains in Canada, the ice landscape in Alaska, the rain forests in Brazil, the desert in Australia, etc.

    Residences are offering different programs from complete free to a planned theme.

    Residences are also founded in different ways like by foundations, governmental organizations, private groups and organizations, and by (art) companies etc.

    Residences are financed in different ways from complete support by foundations and governmental organizations to private persons and companies. It depends on the structure of the residence what an artists has to contribute for a stay in the residence.

    Residences can have different facilities from complete equipped rooms and workspaces to a simple place to stay. From an huge organization to a single person running the residence.

    This complete divers world of residences makes it possible that any artist can find the ultimate place to stay, from the middle of nowhere to the centre of the metropolis, from the top of the mountain to a lonely place in an ice landscape.

    It is only the artist who can choose the best place for the moment and the artist has to realize that there is no general 'quality' label to categorize the residences.


    The Dutch artist Marja de Jong has started art centre Saksala ArtRadius, a private residence in the Eastern part of Finland with the idea to offer artists a place to stay in an area with space, light, nature, peace and possibilities to concentrate.
    The basic idea is that artists have their own program and need to have space to work, to meet other artists and if wanted the people living in the neighborhood of the art centre.
    There are many artists interested in the way people are living in the country side, how they live with nature, climate and the extreme light and darkness.
    Artists living in cities are very interested in this part of the society.

    Art centre Saksala ArtRadius is a unique art centre and there is a personal view on artist-in-residence. Marja de Jong is an artist herself and she wants to share her experiences with other artists staying in the art centre. From the beginning impressed by the landscape, the light and the possibilities in this area she is creating an exiting environment for different kind of artists, different kind of art events and different kind of art programs.
    Every interested artist can take part in this project. Together with the artists the residence can develop and grow.


    The art centre cooperates with different kind of organizations, persons, groups, local and regional governments, companies. From the start in the end of 2005 the contacts are build up and still growing.


    The art centre is in the country side and it can give special experiences, and for many artists an opportunity to see the basic way of living.
    Living in the country side is different from living in cities, and in Finland there are no metropolis at all, and an artist who wants to have all the facilities and advantage of urban life does not apply to this art centre, even not to Finland, but will have to look for a residence in New York, Berlin or Tokyo.

    Art centre Saksala ArtRadius is specialized that an artist can focus on the development of an own project, doing artistic research and being inspired by the huge art library. All in an environment where is no entertaining, no night-live, but only nature, a small village and interested people.


    The art centre does not have free artist-in-residence. Saksala ArtRadius is a private organization and the budget does not allow to reduce the fee more than it is now.
    The art centre covers the costs of the artist-in-residence program by renting rooms to summer guests, offering art courses and programs for business teams and also by developing art education programs.
    The art centre is also applying for grants, stipendiums, subsidies and is trying to find the right sponsors.

    It has to be clear for the applying artists that their contribution is only a very small part of the real costs and that the art centre is contributing the main part of the costs. To compensate a part of the residence costs the artists have to participate in the maintenance of the art centre for a few hours a week and have to be careful with energy, heating and water.


    On the website we frequently publish new information.

    Arts Council Finland
    AllaprimA foundation the Netherlands
    AREFS taide ja kulttuuri ry

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