Artist in Residence

The Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum offers an Artist in Residence program in Turku, Finland. The museum focuses on the cultural heritage of medieval Finland as well as that of contemporary art.

The artist is provided a working space free of charge. The period of residence can vary from three to eight months according to the residence application.

The working space is 35 m² (view the floor plan) and is located approx. 3 km from the centre of Turku in a building completed in 2010. The artist pays for working materials, maintenance and travel expenses. The studio/working space is not suitable for metal sculpting or development of analog photography.

Each year upon invitation one artist in residence is offered an opportunity to exhibit works in the museum's Takkahuone Gallery (26m²). The duration of the exhibition is 1 to 3 months.

For the duration of the program, it is possible to rent an apartment in the same building where the studio/working space is located.


Written applications may be sent throughout the year. At the moment, all artist-in-residence programs are filled until the end of January 2019. The next free residency programs that can be applied for are available from February 2019 onwards. 

The applications are addressed to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Nunnankatu 1, 20700 Turku, Finland. The outer envelope should be marked ”Artist in residence”.

In the application the applicant should state: preferable residency period, the art discipline, a working plan and contact information. All pictures should be printed on paper. Media works can be submitted via a direct link or on a USB flash drive. Nb. The applications will not be returned.


Artists are selected for the Artist in Residence program based on their applications. The selection is made by the Museum Director and the Museum Curator. The selected artist will be informed personally as Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum will reply to the artist within 3 months of receiving the application.

For more information contact 0207 181 641 / (weekdays 9-16).

Artists in residence

The residence for artists has been in use since spring 2011.

Former artists in residence: Jouna KarsiToni R. ToivonenMary SongSakari Tervo, Sanna Vainionpää, Henna Aho & Ville LaaksonenHelena Laine, Marjatta Holma, Sade KahraOkko PöyliöMarkku Haanpää, Jenny Suhonen, Sini-Meri Hedberg, Ouma (Tomoko Omata)

Current artist in residence:  Reija Meriläinen

Upcoming artist in residence: Samu Raatikainen