Ateljé Stundars

OPEN CALL: Apply for Residency in 2022!

Apply NOW for participation in our Residency Program at Ateljé Stundars in 2022! Application deadline: May 31st, 2021.

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Our curators will convene during the summer to decide which applicants to invite as Guest Artists in 2022. After their meeting all applicants will be contacted personally, through email.

Ateljé Stundars – Who are We?

Ateljé Stundars, founded in 1998, is part of the International Artist in Residence programme. For 2021, we have invited four Guest Artists to live and work at our residence for a period of three months each. – For 2022, the number of Guest Artists will be three (3), and each Guest Artist will be invited for a period of four months.

Ateljé Stundars is run by KulturÖsterbotten, a division of the SÖFUK Federation of Swedish Municipalities in Ostrobothnia for Education and Culture (Svenska Österbottens förbund för utbildning och kultur, SÖFUK). SÖFUK, a joint municipal organization with fourteen member municipalities, is also in charge of the vocational education (Yrkesakademin i Österbotten) and the regional theatre (Wasa Teater) in Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia.

Ateljé Stundars operates in conjunction and close co-operation with an open-air museum and centre of culture and art, the Stundars Museum, in the village of Solf in Korsholm, Finland.

What Do We Offer?

We offer our artists a peaceful rural environment with an excellent chance to concentrate on creative work. As of 2022, we invite three artists to live and work at our residence for a period of four months each. There is only one artist staying with us at a time.

Our location and the facilites we offer are excellent for visual artists, painters, photographers and other artists who seek a peaceful place to concentrate on their work. Many of our artists have found great inspiration in the Stundars environment and in the surrounding nature.

We provide our artists with a studio and an apartment, both rent-free. The studio, right in the heart of the Stundars Museum area, is an excellent place to work for instance for a visual artist. The two-bedroom apartment just a stone's throw away from the studio is fully furnished and equipped. 

A residency at Ateljé Stundars is free of charge. Our artists are paid a grant of 11 Euros a day to cover expenses for artist's supplies and materials.

Artists participating in 2021

January–March: Affek, Anisia (Israel / Germany / Ukraine)

Work plan:
It seems that we as a society have done everything in our power in the last decade to put a clear boundary between "humanity" and "nature," as if it were something separate from us, something that we have conquered and risen above. Due to the Corona epidemic, we were forced to stop and question ourselves, our identity as human beings. Have we genuinely risen above the inhuman, or was it just a foolish delusion? And how powerful and meaningful are we, truly?

At moments of confusion, I tend to browse my history books and look for answers about the future, in the past. In my practice, I tend to lean on the ancient Slavic world. I am currently trying to understand how the Slavic people dealt with crises such as epidemics and how they coped with death and loss.

During the residency at Ateljé Stundars, I would like to make a visual impression of my research. My project would question our self-identity, our perception of superiority, and the recognition of us versus nature. I am planning to work with hand embroidery and textile analog printing. I also wish to capture the landscape in and around the village of Solf in my textile work.

A three-month residency at Ateljé Stundars would allow me to get inspired by new landscape and culture and to create a broad body of work. Additionally, I hope to create an embroidery workshop for the local community, and to exhibit the outcomes, alongside my work in an open-air exhibition. I am highly motivated to make a productive winter in Finland, to get inspired, to learn, and to contribute as much as I can.

April–July: Favari, Nicoletta & Salvito, Christopher (Italy)

Work plan:
Our project at Ateljé Stundars will be a hybrid research and artistic project that focuses on a newly imagined set of instruments for the duo that can help us create music focusing on the relationships between humans and nature. Using textiles and electronics, we plan to extend our previous Fuzzy Synth project in a way that deepens the relationship between these two mediums to create a musical symbiosis where tying knots, knitting, and realigning threads and fabrics results in changes in timbre and pitch.

Our Fuzzy Synth project began with a pursuit of the same idea, but as with any ongoing research it is something that is constantly evolving and growing deeper. Our current instruments allow for textile and electronics to inspire each other, but not interact physically with changes to the sound. By beginning to use conductive thread, we believe we can create new and innovative instruments that truly integrate these two mediums.

Using nature as a starting point for the design of the textile environments, we hope to highlight themes increasingly important to the duo. We hope to answer the question of how nature can be a functional agent for the creation of music, not only in the process of field recording (a direct capture of sonic environments) but also in the tools we create.

An equally important part of the project will be the writing and recording of music. The goal of the composition is to create through sound an environment for the listener, inspired by the concepts of Aural Architectures and Perceptual Geography of Marianne Amacher. Bouncing off of these ideas, we’d like to fully embody through music the architecture of a place like Solf in a way that delivers the listener to a physical auditory structure for the duration of the music.

Taking advantage of the creative environment of Solf village, we would like to learn and incorporate newly acquired skills and approaches into this artwork. Our past experiences in Finland have left us with a lasting fascination with the Finnish forests, and the cultural and mythical worlds modelled after them. Through this project, we are seeking to find new types of connections between nature and music.

July–September: Ceballos, Fermin (Dominican Republic)

Work plan:
“The Origin” investigates the fundamental relationship between the body and the earth. A well-known passage from The Book of Genesis tells us how God created man from earth. Earth was understood as the element from which human bodies originate, and it was where they returned after death. The same idea can also be formulated in scientific terms: the elements that compose the human body and earth are to a large extent the same – oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, among others.

The project consists of sculpting a clay replica of each of the 206 bones that make up the human skeleton. Each bone is individually modeled in life-size. The complete set of 206 clay bones will be scattered on the ground in an outdoor space. They will be completely exposed to natural elements such as rain. With time, they will deteriorate and eventually disintegrate, disappearing in the earth without leaving a trace. The audience can walk among the bones and freely approach each piece. The possibility that people will accidentally or intentionally step on the fragile clay bones is assumed as part of the inexorable process of their deterioration.

While the piece is a meditative reflection on the fragility, transience and unique significance of human life, it also conjures darker associations. Scattered human bones left to the elements evoke suppressed and forgotten histories of violence. They are the markers of killing fields, evidences of genocide and of disposable bodies, the haunting reminders of deaths denied a proper burial.

October–December: Baumbach, Diana (USA)

Work plan:

Diana Baumbach is an artist and educator based in Wyoming (USA). At Atelje Stundars she plans to delve deeply into themes that have long been central to her work, while remaining receptive to ideas that emerge though the environment and culture in Solf.

Diana makes artwork in response to motherhood, daily practice and labor. She experiences the home as a generative space where important work is accomplished; her studio work functions in parallel to domestic labor. However, what happens when a home is lost? Reformed? In flux? How can one nurture personal space during such transitions?

Atelje Stundars will allow Diana the opportunity to explore these themes through the lens of a new culture, responding to the unique challenges of parenting abroad. Her investigations are likely to result in handmade books, ephemeral collections, textile objects and a web-based project mirroring the physical manifestations. She will invite her children into her creative process and hopes to create a project in collaboration with the local public elementary school in Solf, which her own children will attend during the residency.

Her motivation for working in the public/community realm comes from her desire to reach an expanded audience and to situate contemporary art within the spaces we collectively inhabit on a daily basis (i.e. schools, homes, etc). By sharing her work digitally she’ll provide an opportunity for a wide and diverse audience to access her creative research.

What Do We Expect?

We expect our artists to join us with a solid work plan and a strong motivation to fulfill it. We strongly encourage all our artists also to engage in out-reaching activities and arrange artists talks, work shops, open studio events, exhibitions et cetera, both for the artist community in the region and for the general public. We expect all our Guest Artists to deliver at least one (1) Artist Talk (digital), either to fellow artists and/or art students or to the general public, during their time at our residence.

We expect our artists to pay all their travel expenses to and from our residence as well as their living expenses while staying with us – the grant of 11 Euros a day is for artist's supplies and materials only. We also expect our artists to have sufficient health insurance

Where Can You Find Us?

Ateljé Stundars is located in the village of Solf (in Finnish: Sulva) in Korsholm (in Finnish: Mustasaari), Ostrobothnia on the west coast of Finland. The street address of the residence is Stundarsvägen 5, FIN-65450 Solf, Finland.

Who Can Apply?
Any professional artist is welcome to apply for residency with us. Please bear in mind that our location and the facilites we offer are best suited for visual artists, painters, photographers and other artists who seek a peaceful place to concentrate on their work.
How Can You Apply?

An application to participate in the residency program at Ateljé Stundars is made on our Web Application Form (will open through a link on this page in early 2021).

Application deadline: May 31st, for participation in our program the following year.


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Previous Guest Artists

Jolene Mok (Hong Kong / UK)
Susanne Schär & Peter Spillman (Switzerland)
Andrea Coyotzi Borja (Mexico / Finland)

Allison Roberts (USA)
Atefeh Majidi-Nezhad (Iran)
Jan Lütjohann (Germany)
Amanda Hellryd (Sweden)

Hiram Wong (Australia / Hong Kong)
Minh Duc Pham (Vietnam / Germany)
Katrin Hotz & Jerome Lanon (Switzerland & France)
Susana Wessling (Portugal / UK)

Hazel Barstow (UK / Norway)
Jo Ann Kronquist (Canada)
Juliana Irene Smith (USA / South Africa)
Behrad Hassanati (Iran)

Shahrzad Malekian (Iran)
Cecilia Hultman (Sweden)
Barbara Tong (Hong Kong / UK)
Nicola Williams (UK)
Francesco Dipierro (Italy)

Jane Hughes (Ireland)
Gloria Luca & Tudor Patrascu (Romania)
Anna Roberta Vattes (Germany)

Anthea Bush (UK, Netherlands)
Bas Ketelaars (Netherlands)
Mariann Oppliger & Res Thierstein (Switzerland)
Johanna Kintner & Nora Mertes (Germany)
Heong uk Choi (Korea)

Peter Luha & Lucia Cernekova (Czech Republic)
Soo Sunny Park (Korea, USA)
Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo (Korea, USA, Germany)
Jochen Schneider (Germany)

Rosalie Schweiker (Germany / UK)
Hanna Saks (UK)
Antje Pehle (Germany)
Sonja Hinrichsen (Germany / USA)

Lisbeth Grägg (Sweden)
Anneli Holmstrom (Scotland)
Melania-Elisabeta Hangan (Romania)
Bas Ketelaars (Netherlands)
Anneli Holmstrom (Scotland)

Andreanne Fournier (Canada) 
Sophie Dvorák (Austria / Argentine)
Seungchee Kang (Korea)
Mathieu Leger (Canada) 

Michal Moskop (Germany / Israel)
Pamela Schilderman (Netherlands / UK)
James Kuehnle (USA)
Morgan Craig (USA) 
Kyösti Linna (Finland)

Eva Spikbacka (Sweden / Finland)
Hideki Kanno  (Japan)
Maja Rohwetter (Germany)
Karin Kamijo (Japan)

Britt Kootstra (Netherlands / Saudi Arabia)
Hanni Stolker (Netherlands)
Takashi Mitsui (Germany / Japan)
Eva Spikbacka (Sweden / Finland)

Yoko Iida (USA / Japan)
Maria Petschatnikov (Germany / Russia)
Natalia Petschatnikov (Germany / Russia)
Markus Shimizu (Germany / Japan)
Dragos Alexandrescu (Romania)
Carla Cruz (Portugal)

Samuel Nigro (USA)
Takehiro Mizumoto (Japan)
Sofia Bilius (Finland / Sweden)    
Marina Kronqvist (Finland)
Karin Laaja (Sweden / Finland)  
Britt-Lis Lindqvist (Sweden) 
Catherine Davies (Wales)
Helen Malia (Wales)
Jeroen van de Ven (Netherlands)

Sven Eggers (Germany)
Bente Lise Jakobsen (Norway)
Marianne Høyland (Norway)
Ronan Caulfield (UK)
Sally Timmons (Ireland)
Christer Carlstedt (Sweden)
Sigita Blaziunaite (Lithuania)
Samuel Nigro (USA)

Bojana Romic  (Yugoslavia)
Annukka Laine (Finland)
Tatsuo Hoshika (Finland / Japan)
Sari Carel (USA / Israel)
Ingela Sand (Sweden)
Sven Eggers (Germany)

Janika Herlevi (Finland)
Anna Rossow (Finland) 
Tomas Kulistak (Czech Republic)
Annukka Laine (Finland)
Tatsuo Hoshika (Finland / Japan)
Haruka Furusaka (Japan)
Eva Kobylarczyk (Poland)

Asta Rakauskaite (Lithuania)
Renate Wincken (Netherlands)
Carme Bosch (Spain)
Dolores Bosch (Spain)
Teresa Nogues (Spain)
Janika Herlevi (Finland)

Maxine Adcock (UK)
Merja Ylitalo (Finland)
Panu Thusberg (Finland)
Hanne Ivars (Finland)
Mary Stechschulte (USA)
Asta Rakauskaite (Lithuania)

Maxine Adcock (UK)

Ulrike Kuschel (Germany)



The Ateljé Stundars studio is housed right at the heart of the Stundars Museum area, in the attic of a beautiful traditional wooden house.

The studio has a large window facing north. On a bright summer day, the natural light coming through the window is quite sufficient, but most days artificial light is needed. The studio therefore has strong electrical light.

The 60 m² studio is equipped with tables and chairs and an easel. Basic artist's supplies and materials can be bought in Vasa, but we advise our artists to bring as much with them as possible, at least crucial supplies and material.

The studio shares the attic with the Stundars Museum Office. There is a door between the office and the studio.

The stairs leading up to the attic are quite steep. The studio is therefore not handicapped-friendly.

Even though winters in Finland may be bitterly cold with temperatures down to -20 degrees Centigrade, the studio offers a warm and dry place to work.


The artist’s apartment is situated in a terrace house some 200 metres from the studio. It consists of two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom / toilet.

The apartment is quite spacious (75 m²) with big windows in the living room (and kitchen) facing south. Many of our artists have used the living room as a home studio. The windows in the two bedrooms face north. 



Ateljé Stundars, situated in the village of Solf (in Finnish: Sulva) in Korsholm (in Finnish: Mustasaari), Ostrobothnia on the west coast of Finland, offers artists a peaceful rural environment with good possibilities to concentrate on creative work. The village of Solf with its 1,700 inhabitants is a genuine, traditional Ostrobothnian village dominated by wooden house architecture.

The artist residence operates in conjunction with an open-air museum and centre of culture and art, the Stundars Museum. The Stundars area is quite busy, especially during the summer, with a lot of activity going on: crafts days, exhibitions, concerts, children’s events, time travel etc. There is also a small gift shop-cum-café in the area. 

Ateljé Stundars is surrounded by open plains with a rich bird life. Deep forests and a beautiful archipelago can be found within biking distance from the studio.

The 520 million-year-old meteorite crater of Söderfjärden lies within walking distance from the residence. Today the circle-shaped cultivated crater plain is one of the most interesting geological sites in Finland and a true paradise for bird watchers in both spring and autumn. From the bird-watching tower you can on a good day observe thousands and thousands of migrating cranes, swans and geese.

Meteoria, a visiting centre right in the middle of the crater, features an advanced exhibition of the entire history of Söderfjärden. There is also a well-equipped astronomical observatory with a telescope for studies of celestial bodies hundreds of millions of light years out into the universe.

The Region

The village of Solf is part of the municipality of Korsholm. With its 20,000 inhabitants Korsholm is the third largest municipality in the region of Ostrobothnia. The closest city is Vasa (in Finnish: Vaasa), some 17 kms north of Solf. Vasa with its 60,000 inhabitants has a rich cultural life and offers a number of interesting museums and galleries, for instance

In Jakobstad (in Finnish: Pietarsaari) some 100 kms north of Vasa, the Novia University of Applied Sciences offers a Master's programme in culture and art. Degree programmes in arts and culture is offered also by the YA – Vocational College of Ostrobothnia. Both operate at the Campus Allegro in the city centre.

There is also an artist residence in Jakobstad, AiR Jakobstad.

The Kvarken Archipelago is the only natural heritage on Unesco's World Heritage List in Finland. The area received the World Heritage status because it is the best place on earth to witness and observe the unique geological phenomenon of land uplift.

Bilingual Finland – Bilingual Ostrobothnia

Finland is a bilingual country with two national languages: Finnish and Swedish. The Swedish-speaking population is concentrated on the west and south coast of Finland as well as on the Åland Islands.

The region of Ostrobothnia with some 180,000 inhabitants is the only region on the mainland with a Swedish-speaking majority. Many people are bilingual and speak both Finnish and Swedish, but there are people, especially among the elderly, who are not able to communicate in the other national language. 

Most people in Finland speak English quite well.

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