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Back to Basics

Intensive residency program
in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

1 Month
July / August / September 2019
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications was:
10th of January 2019
Focus on the essentials

Stop the information overflow, go offline and get back to focus in a supportive, natural environment in the middle of the Northern summer.

Back to Basics residency program gives artists the opportunity to clear their mind, get back to focus and (re)discover the very basis of their creative practice and being. What are the fundamental elements and ideas behind my work? What is the purpose in doing what I'm doing? Where to take it from here?

In this residency program, participants are encouraged to not have a predetermined project plan to follow, but to arrive with an open mind and dedicate their time at the residency for on-site observations, ideas, conversations, self-reflection and development. With support from the program structure and other participants, Back to Basics provides an intensive residency experience far away from everyday distractions, surrounded by peaceful and beautiful nature.

No wifi, no cellphones - presence and pure nature

Back to Basics residency program urges you to block the usual ways of escapism and be present where you are, and to see how that improves your concentration skills, creativity and productivity. In order to make this happen, internet access and mobile use is limited in this program, and the residents have the possibility to participate in daily meditation sessions (see program details below).

Summer season is ideal for exploring and getting inspired by the rich nature surrounding Arteles Creative Center. There are countless forests, fields, lakes and small countryside roads in the region. Thanks to Finland’s everyman’s rights, they can all be explored freely.

Midsummer is full of light: even in the middle of the night, it’s bright enough to go for a walk in the forest. In September, the autumn is already approaching with misty mornings and starry skies. Seasonal berries and mushrooms can be picked from the yard and the woods, and when it’s time to get relaxed, the residency center’s traditional wood-burning sauna is the place to go to.
For artists & creatives
Studio spaces & private bedrooms. 24/7 access to all facilities.
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Scheduled meditation
We have scheduled morning and evening sessions in the meditation space.
Outdoors & nature
Pure Nordic nature: forests, lakes and ever-changing skies.
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Get r.e.l.a.x.e.d
Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna built in 1961, for when you feel like it is time to chill and relax.
Award-winning landscapes
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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Weekly structure
Group meetings, discussions, field trips and support. (Participation voluntary)
Tools for you
Car, boat, bikes and a wide selection of creative gear and tools for you to use. See full list here
On-site staff
We assist you with projects and practicalities, introduce the surroundings etc.

Back to focus
Unplug yourself, go offline and get back to focus. The use of cellphones is prohibited and internet access limited in this program (see details below).
Back to nature
Regain the connection with nature. The program includes guided trips (voluntary) to the surroundings and the local natural reserve, and you are free to explore the nearby forests and lakes surrounding.
Back to presence
Each morning and evening there are scheduled meditation sessions in the meditation hall. For beginners, there is an introduction to meditation by a visiting teacher. The sessions are voluntary and do not follow any specific school or tradition.
Back to breakfast
Get a nutritious start to the day with natural and toxin free organic breakfast. Breakfast is available each week from Monday to Friday.
Back to freedom
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 practise.

Included in your stay at Arteles Creative Center:

For working:

  • studio spaces and facilities 24 h access See facilities here
  • creative tools & equipment See list here
  • assistant(s) to help you with practicalities and creative work
  • weekly meetings and support
  • artist promotion through our online network
  • artist pages in Arteles Catalogue

For everyday life:

  • private bedroom, incl. towels and bedlinen
    (Note: There are large working desks also in the bedrooms.)
  • organic breakfast (Mon-Fri)
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • meditation / yoga space with matts, cushions & benches
  • residency car (with automatic gears) for getting around the region
  • rowing boat on the lake nearby
  • bicycles
  • pick-up service for arrivals and departures read more
  • Internet access (limited)*
  • laundry facilities
  • pure Northern nature and silence

* After settling in, there will be a week-long reset/offline period with no internet available at all. (In case of urgent need, friends & family can contact the participants via Arteles staff.) After that, if needed internet is available in a small room intended solely for this purpose. Residents can use the USB stick connection with the center's laptop or with their own. In order to maintain a focused environment, there is no wifi available in this program.

Program fees

We offer financial aid for applicants otherwise unable to join the program.
The financial aid provided covers 40 % of the full program fee.

Contributor's fees (fees without support)
1 person: 1950 € / month
2 persons (duo): 2980 € / month

Accommodation in a private bedroom
Organic breakfast included (Mon-Fri)

Fees with support
1 person: 1170 € / month
2 persons (duo): 1790 € / month

Accommodation in a private bedroom
Organic breakfast included (Mon-Fri)

All fees include the registration fee (120 € / person - non-refundable).

Who can apply

We are looking for emerging and professional artists, creatives and interesting individuals widely from different fields and backgrounds. In the selection process, an emphasis is put on applicant’s motivation, creativity and suitability to the program. We value authenticity and tenacity. You must be at least 23 or older to apply.

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

Artist duos are also welcome to apply. Non-artist spouses, partners and friends are welcome as short-term guests only (1-3 days, 40 €/night). Please note that children are not permitted in the residency.

Deadline for applications was: 10th of January 2019

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