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ArtRadius Saksala


international artist-in-residence program in rural Finland

rural art - urban art

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  • consultation EU - GREEN PAPER Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries - PDF file
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  • consultation EU - GROENBOEK Het potentieel van culturele en creatieve industrieën vrijmaken - PDF file


    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.


    quote: GREEN PAPER Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries

    "Mobility and the circulation of cultural and creative works

    Promoting the mobility of artists and cultural practitioners – who are essential for the flourishing of CCIs – contributes significantly to their professional skills and/or artistic development, developing their own research and exploration ambitions, opening up new market opportunities and enhancing their career possibilities in particular through their participation in residencies, festivals, live touring performances, international exhibitions or literary events. Mobility can also more directly impact positively on the performance of CCIs by opening up new market opportunities through schemes which improve industry export strategies, promote international job placement schemes or reinforce capacity building.

    On the other hand, the circulation of works benefits European audiences, offering them new perspectives, challenging the individual and collective mind to understand and live in complexity (a set of skills – including intercultural communication – which is of crucial importance in today's world), and offering them access to a more diverse cultural landscape. At another level, circulation beyond national borders within the European Union helps European citizens to better know and understand each other's cultures, to appreciate the richness of cultural diversity and to see for themselves what they have in common.

    Finally, the mobility of artists, cultural practitioners and works are also essential for the circulation of ideas across linguistic or national borders, and giving to all a wider access to cultural diversity.

    For all these reasons, they are a key component of the European Agenda for Culture, as well as of the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013).

    However, obstacles to mobility are numerous. Some of these obstacles are linked to visa regulations, social and fiscal regime and other administrative barriers or to the lack of access to accurate information44 on the different legal, regulatory, procedural and financial aspects underlying mobility in the cultural sector. Work on these obstacles is already ongoing and will not be addressed in this document.

    Beyond these broader aspects, there is also some scope to further strengthen the mobility of works, artists and cultural practitioners, acting on the chain of actors, both private and public, to deliver cultural diversity across borders. These actors are many and they greatly differ from one sector to the other. Within this chain, impetus for cross-border circulation and online access may be relevant at different points of intermediation between creators/producers of cultural expressions and citizens/consumers. On a different level, actions addressing specific challenges, i.e. helping emerging talents, lesser-known repertoires or collections to break through national and linguistic border, could be useful.

    It would therefore be helpful to better understand what form of partnerships, cooperation or support could contribute to ease, accelerate and expand mobility of works, artists and cultural professionals beyond national borders at European level."

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

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