Saastamoinen Foundation Residency Programme

Saastamoinen Foundation residency is closed 1.2.-31.8.2023. During this period, applications for residencies will not be accepted.

The purpose of the Saastamoinen Foundation residency programme is, in pursuance of the foundation’s mission, to support artists and researchers by offering for their use an apartment (for 1–2 persons) in the centre of Helsinki. Through its residency programme, the foundation promotes international networking by providing artists and researchers in the residency the opportunity to meet local artists and researchers and to acquaint themselves with the local scene in the arts and sciences. The residence can be used, for example, to accommodate visiting artists and curators from abroad and to support international joint projects by Finnish and international artists by lending use of the apartment for a retreat. Stays in the residence can also awarded in connection with institutional visits and exchange programmes.

The residency is available to international scientific and artistic projects of the university programmes and partners supported by Saastamoinen Foundation. Persons who will bestaying in the residency cannot apply directly. The residency can be awarded for projects lasting 1–3 months and for shorter stays of 1–4 weeks by experts (e.g., curators, visiting lecturers). Priority is given to new projects that promote internationalisation. Applications must include a project description and a plan for practical arrangements for the duration of the stay (the programme provides no hosting services). One of the aims of the residency is to promote networking between Finnish and international actors in science and art.


The 80-square-metre residency apartment is located on Pieni Roobertinkatu street in the centre of Helsinki. It consists of two rooms, kitchen, bathroom and a separate toilet. The apartment comes with all amenities, including presentation, internet and laundry facilities.

Application procedure

The residency can be applied for by entities with a business ID or by teams/working groups. The application must include a work plan, CVs of the residency occupant(s) and a model for cooperation. Applications for longer residency periods for 2020-2021 can be submitted from 1 December 2019 to 15 January 2020. Applications for residency periods of less than one month in duration can be submitted continuously. Owing to holiday arrangements, the residency is closed in July.

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