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Silence Awareness Existence

Thematic residency program
Winter 2021 in Finland

1 month
January - March 2021
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications was
8th of October 2020

Creative retreat into existence

Silence Awareness Existence is a thematic residency program in Finland for artists and creative minds, engaged in the theme on various fields.
The program brings together international artists and professionals from different backgrounds. Artistic, scientific, meditative and existentialistic approaches are all equally embraced.

Taking place at the heart of the Northern winter, the conditions are excellent for concentrating intensively on your work, thinking and being, as well as for sharing experiences and ideas with other, similarily oriented minds. There is no pressure to have a concrete productive outcome, in case your focus is more in inner development, self-reflection and research. All participation in group activities is voluntary.

In order to support mindfulness and maintain a focused working & living environment, the program includes some special elements such as silent (no speaking) days, offline days and scheduled meditation sessions (see program details below).

Stillness, darkness and winter

Arteles Creative Center is located in Western Finland in a countryside region, far from city life distractions. Many beautiful forests, fields and lakes surround the residency yards – here, you can truly feel connected with nature.

Finland's winter is filled with stillness and silence. The sun only briefly shows up in the horizon, and tones of blue, white, and grey dominate the monotone landscapes. On clear nights, stars and satellites are clearly visible on the sky. If you get lucky, you may even catch the Northern Lights.

In average, January and February are the coldest months. In March there is already more brightness and light in the sky. Weathers in general are very unpredictable, and can vary a lot in a short time, from blinding snow storms to total stillness.

Made for artists & creatives
Studio spaces & private bedrooms. Photo studio. 24/7 access.
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Scheduled meditation
We have scheduled morning and evening sessions in the meditation space.
Pure nordic nature
Explore forests, lakes & fields and find skies full of stars and satellites.
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Get relaxed
Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna built in 1961, for when you feel like it is time to relax.
Authentic rural environment
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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Stay focused
Silent days and offline time.
Weekly meetings & discussions (voluntary), field trips and support.
Tools for you
Wide selection of creative gear, equipment and tools for you to use.
See full list here
On-site staff
We assist you with practicalities and introduce you to the local surroundings and nature.

Freedom for creating & 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.
Silent days
The program includes 2 silent days per week, when speaking is not allowed and making noise or engaging others in communication is to be avoided. On these days, participants can better clear their mind and get deeper into their present experience.
After the first 2 days, there will be a week-long reset/offline period with no internet available*. Afterwards internet is available in a designated room with a USB connection. There is no wifi available during the program.
*In case of e.g. work/school commitment that requires internet, temporary access can be arranged by consulting the residency staff in advance.
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.
Meditation sessions (voluntary) take place in the new meditation space every morning and evening. There is also a one-day introduction to meditation course arranged. No previous experience is not required.
Connecting with nature & winter
Participants will be introduced to the surrounding nature and the nearby nature reserve. The location allows you to immerse yourself in peaceful nature daily.

Included in your stay at Arteles Creative Center:

For creative practice:

  • studio spaces and facilities 24 h access — See facilities here
  • photo studio with tripods, lights, reflectors etc. — See list here
  • creative equipment & tools, incl. projectors, printers, telescope etc. — See list here
  • scheduled daily meditation sessions in the meditation hall (voluntary)
  • assistant(s) to help you with projects and practicalities
  • weekly group meetings and support (voluntary)
  • artist promotion on our online network
  • artist pages in Arteles Catalogue

For everyday life:

  • private bedrooms, incl. towels and bedlinen
    - Note: There are large working desks also in all bedrooms.
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • residency car (with automatic gears) for getting around the region
  • internet access (limited in this program, see details above)
  • 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
  • introduction to meditation
  • assistance in finding the materials you need

Residency periods

1 Month
Months: January 2021 / February 2021 / March 2021
Our residency periods follow the monthly calendar.
The periods start on the 2nd day of the month and end on the last day of the month.
(If necessary, arriving some days later or leaving a bit earlier within the period is possible.)

Program fees

We offer financial aid (limited) 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
Accommodation in a private bedroom

Fees with support
1 person: 1170 € / month
Accommodation in a private bedroom

All fees include the registration fee (120 € / person - non-refundable).
No application fee.

Resident's short-term guests/visitors:

Overnight guests are not allowed in this program.

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 approach and suitability to the program theme. 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.

Due to the program theme, there is no possibility to work with live music/sound - sound artists working with headphones are welcome to apply.

Please note that only individual applicants may apply to this program (no duos) and that guests are not allowed.

Deadline for applications was 8th of October 2020

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