Artists´residence Villa Eläintarha

Be inspired in an atmospheric wooden villa dating back to the 19th century that is close to nature and still in the centre of the city!

The artists’ residence in Villa Eläintarha maintained by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office is mainly intended for foreign artists and Finnish artists who reside permanently abroad.

The residence is open to both, artists who come to Helsinki as a guest of a local association or who come to work independently. Applicants from all fields of art are considered equally.
The lengths of residence periods vary from a week to two months depending on the space and the needs of the artist.

Residence facilities

The facilities in the villa offer residents a home-like environment. There are five individually decorated single rooms and four of them can accommodate an extra bed.

Application procedure

Artists from all fields of art can apply to the artists’ residence. Application is now open for residencies until the end of year 2018.

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Application form

Complete the form online.

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Coming to the residence?

Instructions for those approved to the residence. 



The network promotes the movement of artists internationally.

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The website contains information on Finnish residences and residence opportunities for artists and communities.

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is an international network of more than 500 residence operators. Read more, the website is in English.

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Support for art

Each year, the City of Helsinki Cultural Office distributes approximately EUR 17 million in grants and subsidies to art and culture. 

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