The Raumars Artist-in-Residence Programme started in 1997. In 1999 Raumars became an independent association with the aim of bringing the art world and the community closer to each other.
Photos on the web pages Raumars archive 1997-05 and Hannele Kolsio 2006 onwards, unless otherwise mentioned.
Raumars functions in the Satakunta region in western Finland with help from local art and cultural institutions, organisations and individuals. Raumars is a member of ResArtis International Association of Residential Arts Centers.
The purpose of Raumars is to take art out of museums and galleries, and to work in a social context to create innovative links between artists, individuals and communities.
Raumars is artistically widely ranged; it includes visual arts, applied art, design, architecture, dance, music and literature. Annually 3 - 6 international or national artist are invited to work and live in the city of Rauma. Artists are selected through an application process.
During the residency artists create communal- or public artworks. Moreover artists have the possibility to create independent art works and to present their work in the form of an exhibition or educational event at the end of the residency period.