Facilities & assistance


We offer various kinds of accommodation, all at walking or cycling distance from the studios. For instance, in the atmospheric Spectra building itself; or in a recently renovated wooden house or in a block of flats where you will have a balcony of your own. Some locals open their homes to artists. The offer varies from year to year, and we therefore cannot present the options yet. Those accepted will receive a detailed list after which they can state their preferences. In all alternatives, bed linen and towels are provided, and you will have access to a kitchen and a washing machine. Be prepared to share the bathroom and kitchen with hosts or other artists. 


Studio space with a work desk will be reserved for you at either of the studio buildings:
1. The Spectra art association (pictures here), where tools for linocutting and textile dyeing are available, or
2. The Hemslöjdsgården craft centre (pictures here), where there are looms and pottery tools, including a kiln. If you are familiar with weaving and pottery, and you would like to make use of the facilities, please indicate this on your application form. 
There is internet access at both locations, but if you ever have thought of taking time off the net, why not in Kristinestad?

Other facilities

Two blocks away, you will find the useful municipal library with books in Swedish and Finnish (and a small English section). The town has also got two supermarkets, two general stores with small hardware sections, one stationery shop, four restaurants, three cafés, three gyms, one swimming pool and a tourist office. For getting around, you can rely on your feet. You will also have a bike at your disposal, allowing you to explore the surrounding natural environment.

Exhibitions and events

Exhibitions, events and performances (for showing past or current work) as well as skills sharing workshops are welcome. For exhibitions, artists will cover costs for materials and if applicable, contribute to costs for equipment, a gallery assistant etc. A few possible exhibition spaces are available free of charge. 

Assistance and interaction

The residency hosts,­ and occasionally other volunteers, ­ will be available for project assistance and feedback before and throughout the residency stay. This may relate to project research, materials and tools as well as finding contacts locally. On arrival, there will be an orientation programme.

Projects of an individual nature are welcome, but we would like to emphasize the importance of sharing knowledge and experience with fellow artists, hosts and the community.