Applications to a residence period in Villa Eläintarha are submitted using an online application form available on our website. You may submit an application at any time. Applications concerning the following year can be submitted from 1st of August.
Once a reservation is confirmed, it is binding. A reservation can be changed or cancelled 30 days prior the start of the residence period at the latest. A reservation that is changed or cancelled at a later time will be invoiced according to the original reservation.
Who can apply?
Artists from all genres of art can apply to the artists’ residence. Art forms may be architecture, performing arts (including music, dance, theatre, sound, performance), design, art handicraft and visual arts (including new media, photography, video). Curators, art historians and researchers may also apply, as well as couples and work colleagues.
When considering the applications the criteria is at the artistic work that will be done during the stay at the villa and how it will contribute to the art and cultural life of Helsinki. When filling the application, please explain thorougly in your own words the work you will perform during your stay at the villa.
All rooms are single rooms with a possibility of extra bed. Extra bed is meant for short term accommodation only so we cannot automatically accept two people sharing a room for a long-term stay. If two people are accepted to share a room at the villa for long-term stay, they both must meet the criteria of artistic work during their stay.
Application period and periods being applied
Applications can be submitted at any time. At the moment application is open for residencies until the end of year 2018.
The minimum period at the villa is seven days and the maximum period is two months.
We handle applications within one month of receiving them. If the evaluation criteria is met, and there is capacity for the applied period, we will confirm the residency by email. If a residence period cannot be granted, we will also inform the applicant by email.