Instructions and rules

Fees and agreements

  • Community artists: accommodation with free of charge, small production money against receipts. Some fees from non-artist partners or from whole families.
  • Independently working artists: a small rent will be charged 250-400€/month. First payment a month before starting the residency.
  • Soon after approval to the residency the artists need to pay the registration fee 100€ per person. This keeps the place for you. The registration fee is not refundable. In addition a deposit/caution money of 100€ (per artist/couple/group) for house cleaning, telephone, bikes and apartment key etc. must be payed at a same time with the registration (total 200€/one, 300€/two). It is not refundable in case of short cancellation (4 months or less). Payback 0f the deposit 100€ will be after finishing the program correctly, writting the report, giving the asked files and leaving a clean apartment behind.
  • When artists have been chosen they must confirm in writing accepting the residency, which will be a binding agreement. Even if the artist has an adequate reason for cancelling the residency 4 months before arriving, we will charge the artist this 100€ as compensation for the overall planning costs also including part of the rental fees. We understand that changes may happen, in such cases we try to find a better solution for the residency. We hope the artists understand that it is time consuming to find a new artist and to start a new project at such short notice.
  • Cancellations have to be announced in written to the project four months before starting the residence program.

Material/production money

  • Community artists will receive 100€ (–300€) at most a month for their community project at RaumArs. This is production money for materials, equipment or space rental, copies etc. It will be paid with receipts. Artists need to write receipts in a file and scan them into a PDF format and send all to the director and to the chair.
  • The producer must be informed about the usage of the money.
  • The artists pay for the materials needed for their own artwork. RaumArs will assist the artist in sourcing materials. In the case of a special project combined to the residency the material costs can be agreed according to the special case.


  • RaumArs does not have a separate working space. RaumArs tries to arrange a studio e.g. for painters, but this has to be negotiated beforehand. Rents may include. Very often artists working with community art and local people do not require the studio, because so much of the work takes place at schools or similar places.
  • There is no separate artists' house in Rauma, but some artists' studios like Rauman taiteilijaseura (Rauma Artists’ Association), Rauman Taidegraafikot (Rauma Printmakers Assocation) and Keramos (clay artists association), which have their own spaces. Contemporary artists’ associations also in Pori like “Nyte” and ”Tehdas”, whom have a gallery.


  • Telephone calls are at the artist’s own expense. RaumArs will provides mobile phones with prepaid cards. The number for the community artist is +358 (0)44 0959545. The number for the independently working artist is +358 (0)46 5269000.

Travel, living, getting here

  • Approved applicants will be responsible for their own travel as well as work and living costs during their residency period.
  • Other costs payed by the artists are food, house cleansers, print inks, copies etc. and art transport expenses.
  • Artists pay for their travel expenses and organize the trip. The producer must be informed about the flight schedule as soon as the tickets have been bought. Arrival to Rauma within working hours or no later than 21.30 pm. and during the weekdays. Also leaving from Rauma should be arranged within the weekdays.
  • Artists can shortlty (weekend) travel elsewhere in Finland or Scandinavia but this has to be negotiated beforehand. rtists need to work/stay at RaumArs during the whole residency period or at least during the weekdays.
  • The artists or their guests are not insured by the residence. A travel and liability insurance is required. You need to have your own insurances for travelling/health/casualty and in case of theft.
  • Arriving by plane: main airport is in Helsinki-Vantaa (250 km south-east from Rauma). It's the best obtion. From some European cities you might find flights to Turku (90 km south) or Tampere (145 km). It does not save time to get a connection flight from Helsinki to Turku and from Tampere air port the bus to Rauma takes almost the same as from Helsinki.
    From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport do not go to Helsinki city centre, instead take a direct bus connection to Rauma (depending of the bus company there might be a change at Ikea/Espoo Lommila bus stop after 25 minutes and possibly a second change in Huittinen after 2,5h or in Turku).
  • Express bus from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Rauma takes 4 hours and costs 30-40€ one way. Busses from other cities to cost around 10-20 € (Turku), 15 € (Tampere) and 10 € (Pori) one way ticket. Online reductions for the tickets bought in advance.
    A site for bus time tables: www.matkahuolto.fi, leaves from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport.
    Cheap busses Helsinki-Rauma and also elsewhere in in Finland www.onnibus.com.
  • A site for Turku transports: http://www.finavia.fi/airports/airport_turku
    A taxi from Turku airport to the Turku bus station costs around 14 €
  • Artists will be guided from the Rauma bus station to the apartment.


  • The person-in-residency are expected to provide a written report on their stay and work at the residency. A form Artist feedback and a Statistic form needs to be filled before departure. Both can be found on the web site.

Other FAQ

  • Health Department (Kansaneläkelaitos, KELA) offers information for staying in Finland. Information of Healt care during a temporary stay in Finland and European Healt Insurance Card.
  • School year in Finland. School year starts in mid August. There is an autumn holiday in the end of October (in Rauma week 43) and the term ends few days before the Christmas. 
Spring term starts after Epiphany the 6th of January, sport holiday is in the end of February (in Rauma week 8), Easter holiday is fours days (Friday-Monday) and schools end on the 31st of May–4th June.
  • Please read more about Finnish holidays and Lutheran observances from Time and date.


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