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Apply for a Residency

RESIDENCY

INSTRUCTIONS

Residency applications are processed twice a year. The application period is continuous, ie the application can be submitted at any time. After the application deadline, applications will be processed within 1-1,5 months.

Deadline for the Spring 2025 and Autumn 2025 periods is 23.9.2024 

The application should have a short CV/portfolio and work plan, which should include the desired dates for the residency.

The residency period can be from 6 weeks up to 12 weeks. For well justified reasons, there is some flexibility for a shorter period in the research center, depending on availability.  

The application should include the following:
- Name/s as shown on passport
- Contact information (email, phone number, home address)
- Birth date
- Your potential affiliation to a community member (see list under “Community Members” tab)

The applications with attachments in pdf. format should be sent to hakemukset[a]villakaro.org.

Cultural and social science professionals, artists and researchers can apply for a residency in Villa Karo. The residency is suitable for both one’s own research and artistic work as well as community projects. Ideally, if a resident could also offer something to the local community.

The staff at Villa Karo will help you with getting contacts and organising your work.

Every year, we also invite West African professional artists, researchers and cultural professionals to a residency without weekly rental costs or office fees, and we offer a small allowance (50€ /week) for working and material costs.

Avecs, with the age limit of 16 years are also welcome to join the residency. Their name and contact details must be provided before the start of the residency.

For Finnish/Finland based artists.

The residency given by Villa Karo covers:
- airport transfers Cotonou/Lomé – Grand-Popo – Cotonou/Lomé
- resident room, breakfast, cleaning, laundry and Wi-Fi connection in Villa Karo for a weekly rent
- assistance and support both in planning your trip and in Benin
The resident’s own costs are:
- reservation fee 200 EUR
- travel expenses to Benin
- EUR 120 weekly rent in the main building  / EUR 200 weekly rent in the research center (VKRC)
- visa 100 EUR (90 days) and travel insurance
- antimalarials and vaccinations (yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for all arrivals)
- hotel nights in Cotonou on arrival in Benin (approx. EUR 15-50)
- possible excursions with Villa Karo and your own excursions
- large-scale interpretation services (eg. for own work)

For applicants outside of Finland and West Africa.

The residency given by Villa Karo covers:
- airport transfers Cotonou/Lomé – Grand-Popo – Cotonou/Lomé
- resident room, breakfast, cleaning, laundry and Wi-Fi connection in Villa Karo for a weekly rent
- assistance and support both in planning your trip and in Benin

The resident’s own costs are:
- reservation fee 200 EUR
- travel expenses to Benin
- 180 EUR/ week for Main Building OR 300 EUR /week for the Research Centre
- visa 100 EUR (90 days) and travel insurance
- antimalarials and vaccinations (yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for all arrivals)
- hotel nights in Cotonou on arrival in Benin (approx. EUR 15-50)
- possible excursions with Villa Karo and your own excursions
- large-scale interpretation services (eg. for own work)

Every year, we invite 4-6 West African* professional artists, researchers and cultural professionals to a residency without weekly rent or office fees and we offer a small allowance (50€ /week) for working and material costs..

For a residency in the period of August-November, apply by 31.5

For a residency in the period of December-March, apply by 30.9

For a residency in the period of April-June, apply by 31.1 

Applications with resumes, portfolios and work plans in English or French to info@villakaro.org.

If the applicant already has funding for residency, we process the application in a joint application, so the number of West Africans can be higher than 6 people each year.

*By West African applicants, we mean individuals who have an ID/passport from one of the West African countries. 

Villa Karo does not provide justification for the residency decisions. 

Applications will be evaluated by a separate panel. Decisions are not explained to the applicants.

Finlands svenska författareförening
Finnish Association of Architects SAFA
Finnish Composers
Juho ja Maria Lallukan taiteilijakotisäätiö
Ornamo ry
Suomen Näytelmäkirjailijat ja Käsikirjoittajat ry
Suomen tanssi- ja sirkustaiteilijat STST
Suomen tietokirjailijat ry
The Union of Finnish Writers
University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki)
University of Helsinki
University of Turku
Wikimedia Finland
Åbo Akademi University

- In which language should the application be written?

-> The work plan can be written in Finnish, Swedish or English.

 

- How long can the residency be?

-> Villa Karo's residency periods are up to 12 weeks. Residency periods longer than this are not granted.

 

- How long should the application or work plan be?

-> Not too long.

 

- Could I get help with finding partners?

-> You can if you are selected for residency.

 

- Can I complete the application after sending it?

-> You should prepare everything at once.

 

- Can I bring an avec to the residency? Should it appear in the application?

-> Avecs are welcome and can be announced at a later stage. Age limit 16 years.

 

Living conditions in Benin and Villa Karo are described in more detail in Villa Karon's ABC book, which can be ordered from Villa Karon's Helsinki office (15e, incl. Map of Grand-Popo).