Tapiola Guest Studio

Nallenpolku 1 B
FIN-02110 Espoo

Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation initiated an international artist exchange programme in 1997. Since then, one of the ten studio apartments of the Tapiola Studio Building has been in use of the international artists. The Tapiola Guest Studio, designed for visual artists by Professor Aulis Blomstedt, provides a peaceful working environment for artists to develop their practice and an opportunity to get acquainted with Finnish artists and art scene.

The residencies are mainly self-directed. The Foundation offers practical assistance, contacts and guidance on the local art scene depending on the needs of the artist. The residents are also encouraged to organize Open Studio events etc.

Terms of the residency, funding available (if appropriate) and application process varies depending on the specific residency programme.

In general, applicants are evaluated by peer review and selected on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, the jury also considers how the artist’s work will benefit from the residency in Tapiola.

In Finland, the Tapiola Guest Studio and its residency programs are supported by funding from The Arts Promotion Centre of Finland and The City of Espoo.

The Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation is a member of the worldwide network of artist residencies Res Artis: resartis.org

Building, workspace and accommodation

Located in Tapiola, Espoo, eight kilometres from Helsinki, the Tapiola Studio Building is a semi-detached building with ten residential studios. The wooden building, designed by architect Aulis Blomstedt, was built in 1955. The units measure 83-100 m2.

The Tapiola Studio Building is situated in a park-like setting just beside Otsonlahti bay. Tapiola district is also known as a ”garden city” (for background reading, see ”Housing policy architecture and the everyday” . One can get from Espoo to Helsinki with metro.

The Tapiola Guest Studio has 83 m2 in total. The workspace is bright and 6 meters high; windows face north to provide even lighting. There is a wooden floor in the studio and walls have been painted white. The workspace is equipped with tables and an easel, there is also a printer-scanner and some other simple basic tools. However, there is no specific production facilities. If needed, through partnerships, the Foundation can connect the artist to some other local organisations providing access to diverse workshops etc. The studio has an Internet connection, Wi-Fi network. The Guest Studio includes also a kitchen, a bathroom and a living balcony (15 m2). The live/work studio is in private use of the resident artist. It is suitable also for an artist couple or two artists. Sometimes also small artist families have been hosted in the studio; however, the staircases of the studio are not very safe for children. Due to the staircases, the physical environment of the studio cannot be considered barrier-free / accessible. There is also a sauna in the building.

Artist Exchange Programme

In relation to the Tapiola Guest Studio, the Foundation runs different type of residency programmes. The residencies are arranged either with partner organisations or by open calls.

Espoo – Quebec Exchange

The programme offers residencies for Finnish visual artists in Quebec and for Canadian artists in Tapiola Guest Studio in Espoo.  The exchange programme is co-organised by the Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec since 1998. The residencies are organised annually, the working period is in general for four months. In 2020, the host organisations in Québec are Méduse and AXENÉO7.

Espoo – Tokyo Exchange

In 2017, Foundation started a cooperation with Youkobo Art Space in Japan. The residency exchange offers annually two-month residency placements for Finnish visual artists in Youkobo Art space and for Japanese Tokyo-based artists in Tapiola Guest Studio in Espoo.

Open Residency Program

At Tapiola Guest Studio, the Foundation provides also an open residency programme. Certain residency months or slots are reserved for artists selected through open calls. The available residency months can vary every year.

Applying

The resident artists are selected in two ways:

– Through artist exchange programmes or by partner organisations

– Open calls for applications, which are reviewed by a jury of professional visual artists.

The application forms are made available online on our website when the open call is active. In addition, we also announce the open calls through international residency networks and on the page www.facebook.com/AiR.news.FI.

Due to the restrictions related to COVID-19, our residency exchanges for year 2020 have been postponed and that’s why both for the autumn season (2020) and winter season (Jan-March 2021) the guest studio is offered for the use of Finnish artists or artists based in Finland.

Read more about our resident artists