For writers, researchers and artists working with text

(For other disciplines, please see our other programs)

Enter Text

Text & research residency program
in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

1 Month
December 2020
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications was:
13th of August 2020
Research, write, experiment and play

Novels & short stories, research & non-fiction, poetry & spoken word, comic art & graphic novels, playwriting & screenwriting, text art & calligraphy, typography & asemic writing…

Enter Text is an international residency program for writers, researchers and artists working with text. The program brings together a diverse group of writers & artists who have different approaches to using text & language in their works.

At Arteles, residents are given the freedom to create and deepen their focus in a stress-free environment; They can share ideas and approaches, form collaborations, and gain fresh perspectives to their usual practice without the pressure of producing a finalized body of work.

Time and space at the residency can also be used for concentrating on ongoing work or research, starting a new project or pausing to contemplate their practice and being. Participation in group activities is voluntary, allowing residents to withdraw into their writer's chamber anytime they want.

Beginning of winter, darkness & sauna

Arteles is surrounded by forests, fields and lakes, providing artists a chance to center attention on their work in a peaceful, natural environment. Thanks to Finland's 'everyman's rights', the beautiful woods may also be explored freely.

December is the first month of winter in the North. Nature turns very quiet and snow may come & go as temperatures change unpredictably. Days are the shortest and nights the darkest – ideal conditions for journeying into the mind and for getting together in our wood-burning sauna.

All residents are allocated private bedrooms with large working desks near a window. There is shared studio space available for more social or communal ways of working, as well as a hall reserved for scheduled meditation sessions (voluntary), yoga and silent being.
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. (voluntary)
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 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, bikes, telescope 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.

Freedom for creating, writing and 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.
Each morning and evening there are scheduled meditation sessions in the meditation hall. The sessions are voluntary and self-directed.
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.
Pure Nordic nature
Concentrate in your work in a peaceful, natural environment, in the middle of the Finnish countryside.

Included in your stay at Arteles Creative Center:

For creative practice:

  • studio spaces and facilities 24 h access — See facilities here
  • creative equipment & tools, incl. projectors, sound gear, printers, telescope etc. — 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.)
  • 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
  • bicycles
  • wifi in all spaces
  • 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

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

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

Accommodation in a private bedroom

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

Who should apply

The program welcomes applications from writers, researchers, artists and creative individuals widely from different backgrounds, fields and language areas. You must be at least 23 or older to apply.

Both established and emerging creatives are encouraged to apply. With the latter group, work samples (in English or Finnish) and the suggested approach play a more significant role.

No predetermined project plan is required, as we understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way. In the selection process, an emphasis is put on applicant's motivation, creativity and suitability to the program. We value authenticity and tenacity.

Artist duos are also welcome to apply. Non-artist spouses, partners and friends are welcome as short-term guests only
(1-4 days, 40 €/night). Please note that children are not permitted in the residency.

Deadline for applications was: 13th of August 2020

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