For Residency Applicants

Paimio Sanatorium Foundations Summer Residency Program hosts and fosters the creativity of artists from the field of architecture, design, visual art, performing arts, music, literature, writing, film-making and curatorial practice.

The three-week residencies take place between end of May and the end of August.

The application period for Paimio Sanatorium Summer Residency is from 22nd April to 5th May 2024 at 4 p.m. Finnish time (EET, GMT +2). 

Applications are accepted via email to residency@paimiosanatorium.com during the application period.

Please read the complete information and quidelines of the residence program before applying.

Paimio Sanatorium Summer residence periods are as follows;

  • 29th May – 19th June, 2024
  • 3rd July – 24th July, 2024
  • 7th August – 28th August, 2024


The residency is intended for artists, architects, designers, writers or performing artists and actors of all creative disciplines. Self-taught artists with work experience in creative fields are also welcomed to apply.

UPDATE: The open call has been closed, thank you for all the applications. The selection process for the residency program will be finalized by May 15, 2024, and all applicants will contacted.


The residence is located in the exceptional surroundings of the Paimio Sanatorium, considered as one of the most important examples of modern architecture.

Completed in 1933, Paimio Sanatorium, a former tuberculosis sanatorium designed by Finnish architects Alvar and Aino Aalto, soon received critical acclaim both in Finland and abroad. The project has been canonized as an internationally recognized masterpiece of modern architecture. Aaltos’ greatest achievement was to incorporate a distinctly human dimension into their landmark project by bringing their own unique take on the architectural style of the time. Paimio Sanatorium continues to radiate a profound sense of empathy.

There are very few places where the most important creative disciplines meet in a perfect balance. Architecture, design, art and science are thoughtfully united in Aaltos’ human approach to form a masterclass in absolute harmony.

 The residency program includes an individual work studio space in the master building and a shared dormitory type of accommodation with one’s own bedroom in the adjacent building.

The Paimio Sanatorium Residency program and its content may by updated and we will reserve the right for changes time to time. 

Summer residency program is open from the end of May to late August. The applications are reviewed by a committee to ensure that a broad range of artistic disciplines, styles, and national origins is represented. The selection process aims to integrate artists and researchers in a spirit of openness and curiosity about creativity in its diverse forms and contexts.

Confirmation for the residency will be sent by the 12th of May.

For apply send us one pdf file consisting of the following:

  • CV
  • Motivational letter (max. 3000 letters)
  • Your work plan for the residency with your three preferred starting dates (29.5., 3.7., 7.8.) (max 5000 letters)
  • Portfolio (max. 5 works)

Please send your application via email to residency@paimiosanatorium.com.

Please note that we are unable to accept portfolios sent via WeTransfer or similar services.

How many residencies are there in total?
There are a total of 15 residencies spread across three periods.

Is the residency free of charge?
Yes, we offer the accommodation and work space.

I am currently a student at art school/university, am I eligible to apply?
Yes, you are eligible to apply.

Can duos, collaborators or collectives apply?
Yes, an artistic duo and collaborators/collectives of maximum two artists are welcome to apply. In this case, you should provide the personal details, CVs and portfolios of both of you within the same application.

I am a self-taught artist (autodidact) and do not have a formal education in arts, can I also apply?
Yes you are eligible to apply if you have work experience on your field.

I do not have a background in art and/or culture but I am interested in architecture, can I apply?
Unfortunately no. The residency program is aimed to support emerging architects, designers, artists and writers to develop their practice.

I dont speak Finnish, can I still apply?
Yes. Finnish language is not mandatory for applying as the program is international.

Can I mail a hard copy of my application?
Only applications on pdf submitted via mail is taken under consideration. Please read the instructions carefully from the above.

What are the premises like?
Individual work rooms and communal areas in the main building support creative activities and social exchange. In dormitory building very resident gets own simply furnished room (16 square meters) with toilet consisting of units of three rooms and shared kitchenette and shower. Large, beautiful Sanatorium yard and surrounding grand pine forest are also at your disposal for recreation and recharging. 

What is required from the selected artist during the artist residency program?
At the start of the residency, you will present your working plan for the three-week period in a workshop. At the end of the residency there’s a second workshop for presenting in free form your work-in-progress, outcomes, ideas and thoughts, also about Paimio Sanatorium you’ve developed during the residency. As a resident, you are encouraged to participate in Residency Diaries, our online content of the residency. The gallery spaces evolve during summer residency program, while Sanatorium’s social media publishes content around it.

Is there an exhibition at the end of the residency period?
Curated selection of Residency Diaries will be exhibited during Spirit of Paimio Conference in October.

Do I have the possibility to choose the time of residency period that suit me best?
Yes. In your application you tell us your preferred period.

How can I plan my arrival to Paimio Sanatorium? Can I bring my car?
Residents are welcome to park a car at Sanatorium throughout the duration of their residency. Driving directions can be found here.

There are good bus connections from Turku to Paimio.

Is there free wi-fi?

Is there a printer?

What should I bring?
Personal items: Any medication, toiletries, weather-appropriate clothing, and work related supplies/materials needed during the residency. Linen and towels are provided.

Do I need to buy my own food?
You have several options for meals. You can prepare your own meals in your kitchenette or use the communal kitchen facilities. Additionally, there is a restaurant located within the Sanatorium where you can dine. If you prefer, you can also order groceries from the local supermarket. In Paimio city center, which is just three kilometers away, there are a few restaurants, and bars.

Are the work rooms and living space accessible for persons with disabilities?Unfortunately no.

Can I smoke at the Sanatorium?
There is no smoking or vaping allowed inside any of the buildings. Residents are welcome to smoke outdoors. Please respect the property by using ashtrays to dispose of cigarette butts. 

Can my spouse/family come with me to the residency? Can I invite guests to stay with me during the residency?
Residents are not permitted overnight visitors. However they are welcomed to stay at their own expense at our guest rooms.

Can I bring my pet with me?
No, we love pets but please leave them at home.

Do you offer grants?Foundation cannot offer any grants for summer residency. If you are accepted as a resident and do you need any official confirmation letter to apply for financial support elsewhere, contact us for it.

I still have questions, how can I contact you?
If you have any questions, please email us at residency@paimiosanatorium.com for inquires.


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