Next Open Call will be announced during spring 2015 for the autumn period 2015. Mustarinda house is full during spring - summer 2015. 


Located in Hyrynsalmi (Kainuu province, Finland), Mustarinda-residency offers rooms for artists, writers and researchers of varying fields. Available for rent are three artist studios and additionally three rooms suitable for researchers/writers.

Mustarinda is situated on the second highest summit in Kainuu, adjacent to the north-east edge of the Paljakka nature reserve. The surrounding view is of valuable, and in some places, completely untouched old-growth forests. Paljakka and Mustarinda are also some of Finland’s snowiest areas. Mustarinda is the only inhabited house on the summit.

Residency periods range from one month up to three months. The applicant may apply for a specific space depending on their needs and working methods. Depending on the timing, families can be accommodated by the larger bedrooms or two separate rooms. Arrival on the first weekday of the month and departure on the last weekday of the month, please.


The Mustarinda residency application is informal. It should include a preliminary work plan (1 page) and attachments (such as images, max. 5 MB), working period dates and working space. The applicant is also asked to inform if any other dates are suitable for him/her. Outside this deadline availabilities may be requested by email.

Applications may be sent to the e-mail address:


Studios and Rooms:

Studio 1: 27 m2 workspace + bedroom 350 € / month
Studio 2: 44 m2 workspace + bedroom 400 € / month
Studio 3: 14 m2 workspace + bedroom 300 € / month
Studio 4: 10 m2 workspace + bedroom 270 € / month

Writers room: 12–16m2 bedroom 20 € / day, 70 € / week, 230 € / month (can be used also for artists who don´t need a separate studio)

Workspaces are available with basic woodworking tools. The rooms have large windows, proper lighting and mechanical ventilation. The building has wireless internet access, which is unfortunately slow because of the distant location.

A property manager will be available during weekdays at 10-12 am. for contact by the residents and we can assist with practical arrangements. Residency entrants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Hyrynsalmi. Further information about transportation and costs can be found on the House Instructions (see link to pdf). Grocery shopping upon agreement ca. once a week. Residents have communal use of a kitchen, dining room, living room, library, electric sauna, wood-burning outdoor sauna, grill hut, etc. There is also some hiking and winter sports equipment, footwear and apparel that may be borrowed upon agreement. There’s a nature trail to a nearby forest starting from the back yard of Mustarinda House.

Mustarinda Association preserves natural and cultural diversity by bringing together people from art, science and NGOs through discussions, seminars, exhibitions, residency programming and happenings. Mustarinda is non profit association founded in year 2009 by artists and researchers. The Mustarinda house is powered pollution-free via geothermall power. We stress eco-friendly solutions in all areas of our operations.

Mustarinda is supported by Ministry of Education and Culture, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.

































Thoughts on residence activities

Helsinki has a very limited offering of affordable work spaces for painters and other artists. For example, working methods that generate dust or involve the use of solvents cannot be applied if the space used does not have mechanical ventilation. Most work spaces lack it. Enquiries made into artist working facilities show that up to 60% of painters work in spaces that are inappropriate in terms of occupational safety. Approximately 30% of artists with vocational or university training work solely at living spaces. The situation is worsened by artists’ constantly diminishing livelihood opportunities and increasing rents. Therefore, a residence period is not always just a nice change but the only opportunity for an artist to really practise his or her profession.

Thus in the current situation, artists need to create not only art work but also survival strategies and work opportunities wherever economically possible. On the other hand, there has been a global trend amongst creative people of moving the focus away from metropolitan areas towards seeking interesting and contentful working and living environments in small communities and even remote areas. Modern advances in information technology enable close contact and networking with others almost anywhere in the world.

Moreover, international artists and arts students as well as Finnish expatriate artists are no longer only interested in Helsinki but are also seeking alternatives with attractive nature and local identities. Thus our activities in Hyrynsalmi, Kainuu meet both facility needs and the spirit of the times, allowing interesting ideas and projects to evolve outside traditional metropolitan areas.

Arvid HedinArvid Hedin


Henni KittiHenni Kitti


Pipsu Isola: Muistamissuunnitelma, 2010Pipsu Isola: Muistamissuunnitelma, 2010



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