An Artist Residency at the Arctic Circle

The old and unused dairy building has been renovated by the Kemijärvi Sculpture and Culture Foundation as an artist residency. The dairy building is one of the few stone buildings in the centre of Kemijärvi that survived the world wars. The renovation was carried out in 2003 – 2005. 

The purpose of the residency is to concentrate on international artist exchange. The traditional Wood Sculpting Symposium held in Kemijärvi is connected to the activities of the artist residency. One aim is also that the visiting artists could participate in developing local artistic and cultural life.

The residency is located in the centre of our beautiful town, which is surrounded by water, forests and fells. The central location of the residency makes it possible for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities in all seasons, including a beach, nature trails and swimming pool/spa within walking distance. There are excellent opportunities for outdoor and nature activities in all seasons. A beach and swimming pool/spa are within walking distance from the residency. Also steps away is a culture centre that houses a concert hall and an excellent library.

The Kemijärvi Artist Residency is one of the largest artist residencies in Finland. It is managed by the Kemijärvi Sculpture and Culture Foundation, established by the town of Kemijärvi and Kemijärvi Wood Sculpting Association on the 23rd of June in 2003. The artist Residency is a member of the international Res Artis Organisation.

The house is open to the public during exhibitions and events.