Serlachius museot

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+358 (0)3 488 6800 | Gustaf, R. Erik. Serlachiuksen katu 2 | Gösta, Joenniementie 47 | Mänttä

Open wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11am–6pm.


+358 (0)3 488 6800 | Gustaf, R. Erik. Serlachiuksen katu 2 | Gösta, Joenniementie 47 | Mänttä

wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11am–6pm
summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10am–6pm
Closed 6 Dec, 24–25 Dec, 31 Dec, 25 Mar and 30 Apr

Feel free to
come farther


Deliver the form as fully completed as possible, with the attachments. You can also fill in the form in accordance with your own work plan to the extent applicable. The fields marked with an asterisk are obligatory.


Pairs and larger groups should choose a contact person from among them whose information is to be given on the form. This person will be responsible for the communication and practical arrangements involving the residency personnel throughout the project. For other members of the work group, a list must be appended with the following information on each: name, date of birth, gender, address, e-mail address, training and occupation, language skills, and tasks and roles in the work group.

Those applying for residency time in the company of their spouse or larger family must append, for the relevant individuals, the name and age of their spouse, along with the number and ages of their children, to the application.


Indicate the field of art that best matches your work plan. Select only one field of art. If the work described in the application combines various fields of art, culture, and research in a holistic manner, you can give a more detailed description of your field in the work plan.


The work plan is the most important part of your application (max. length: 2,000 characters). The work plan is used to describe the applicant's most important goals and the methods for reaching these during the residency period. The goals may include, for example, creating a new work of art, conducting a study, implementing a ready-made concept in Mänttä, or performing creative work in general. A content-related process or development as an artist, creation of a new research plan, and finishing an advanced project are other possible choices.

In addition to the plan to be implemented, we would like a description of your ways of working. Do you work independently in your studio, or are you going to involve the community in your work? Do you want to come and implement an existing work of art in Mänttä? Do you want to conduct a study involving the art collection in the Serlachius museum or perhaps finish a nearly completed study?
The work plan must state the initial schedule and financial plan. The applicant must also indicate what kinds of facilities he or she needs for the work.
In processing of the applications, the important selection criteria include the effects of your plan on stimulation of art and on collaboration between the visual art community and the local residents. During selection, special weight is given to those work plans that utilise the collections and archives of the Serlachius museum.

(max. length: 2,000 characters)

The applicant may answer with the aid of these questions, for example:
Why do you want to come work in Finland/Mänttä? In what direction do you want to develop yourself or your work during the residency period? What do you want to share with other residency guests or the local people you encounter? What things are you interested in outside your work?

It is important to address these questions so that we can take your wishes into account when planning the practical aspects of the residency period and its schedule.


The application period for a residency ends in February of the preceding year. The application period for residencies beginning in 2019 ends on 28 February 2018.

Residency applications can be made for anywhere between one and six months. In addition to the length of residency desired, indicate the months that suit you best. If the time of year does not play a role for you, you can choose all months. Please note that there are great differences between the seasons in Finland. The temperature may range from -30 °C to 30 °C over the course of a year. In July, many Finns have their summer holiday and it may be difficult to get a hold of the contact persons of associations, for example.

In addition to individual residency periods, you can apply for a production residency time, which is divided between/among two or more consecutive years. The first portion of the production residency is the design period, after which planning of the actual work of art is continued in collaboration involving the contacts you have created. The actual work of art or the full work plan for it will be implemented during the second part of the residency – in the following year, for example. The design and implementation time for a production residency must each be applied for separately. Naturally, in processing of the applications, priority is given to implementation portions of production residencies.


You can also present work results from a single residence period of your choice in an attachment (as a PDF file or a reference to a Web page).


The maximum length for a CV is the equivalent of two A4-size pages.


All attachments must be PDF files. The maximum size for any individual attachment is 3 MB.

Each attachment must mention the applicant's name and e-mail address.

Read all instructions and rules for Serlachius residencies carefully before submitting the application.

You will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt when your application has been registered as received. If you do not receive this acknowledgement within two working days, you should verify that your application has reached us.

All applications are handled in confidence. Those processing and evaluating the applications do not reveal any information included in applications to any third parties.

A list of the people who have been granted residency places will be published on the Serlachius residency Web site. Also, those accepted for a residency will be notified via a letter including practical information on the residency period.