A new artists-run residency programme launched in 2015 on the island of Örö in the Finnish Archipelago. Our main focus is visual artists working in new and experimental fields of art, art-science collaborations and interdisciplinary projects.

Residency opportunities are mainly given through yearly open calls. We have currently filled our schedule till May 2017. However, from time to time we may have shorter periods available due to schedule rearrangements. Please check our Facebook page and Application page for any last-minute calls.

A Fortress in the National Park

Örö is a 2 km2 island in the southern outskirt of the Finnish archipelago. Used as a military fortress from the early 1900s until the end of 2014, the island is now open for civilians and has become a part of the Archipelago National Park, administered by the Parks & Wildlife Finland.

Due to being closed from the general public for over 100 years, the island’s nature is unusually pristine and home to many rare species. With one side of the island facing the open Baltic Sea and the other side being sheltered by the picturesque lattice of the archipelago, Örö is a concentration of diverse habitats and geotypes. The military history and the ongoing conversion towards nature tourism add more layers to the scenery.

See a comprehensive introduction to Örö at the island’s official pages.

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The Residency Apartments

For our second season the residency has moved to a new house, “Mekka”. The building has two separate apartments, both having two rooms, kitchen and a bathroom with shower. An apartment can be utilized by a single visitor for a separate living and studio space, or shared by a workgroup or a family. The apartments are equipped with basic furniture and necessities for living.

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