Korpo is an island in the middle of the Turku Archipelago, located in S/W of Finland behind 2 ferries and about 1.45 hours by bus from Turku.

View by AARK.

The AARK residency is located right by the sea in a small apartment building from 1960. Its close to the car ferry that operates between the islands Korpo and Nauvo and is easily accessible by public transport. Across the water you can see Nauvo and where even M/S Eivor leaves for the islands in the outer archipelago (ex. In summertime there is also a small shop and restaurant.
The residency is between Korpo (10 km) and Nauvo (ferry+13km) church villages. Bus stop outside the house.

Brief description of residency program

 We are looking for professional contemporary artists / art professionals from all disciplines for whom nature and the surrounding seaside could be an interesting theme to work on. We offer a space to think and time to develop a new idea – or to continue on a work in progress.

Our special area is the unique archipelago, with the National Parks and biosphere area; frozen seas, light summer nights, rich bird life as well as amazing star nights – this place has something to offer around the year: Outer archipelago or the nearby wild forrest lake, seaside is straight outside AARK, passing ships.

AARK can offer a quiet retreat as well a more social setting – depending on the artist’s needs and other art professionals visiting. We organize a weekly informal meeting in the residency. Travel and working plans, questions, dinners and Sauna … or just having some coffee together.
Our location is by the ferry shore and a small boats dock so there is always some traffic and people around. But still, house and the archipelago can be very silent during winter months.

We encourage a dialog inside AARK, between both national and international quests and a dialog with local people and the environment.

Thousands of islands, we are here: Korppoo.

There is an exhibition in the forest Barefoot Path focusing on site-specific and environmental art within walking distance from the residency  Great times for all of us. Exhibitions has  been organized there since 2012- over 60 artists so far.

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Greenery on Loan. A mirror installation by Renja Leino since 2012- (AARK founder & coordinator)
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Elin&Keino: Sandra Nyberg & Heini Nieminen

Space and Fee                                AARK Seaside Apartments.


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Detail 1st floor kitchen

AARK has 4 studio / living room apartments with wifi:

Sea Side apartments 72m2 have each 2 bedrooms, kitchen, wc/shower, live-work living room = 2 artists usually share one apartment at the same time. 490€/ person 1 month.

 Airy Single Studio space 56m2. Ideal for 1 artist who wants more privacy. 590€/ person 1 month.

Retro Single Studio space 56m2. Ideal for 1 artist who wants more privacy. 560€/ person 1 month. 1 separate bedroom + living room studio+ kitchen.

Also Artist Families are welcome! Ask for more

There is a sauna and laundry room in the same building. Seaside all windows has a sea view and you can see the Sea Route where cargo ships pass round the year as well you will see the yellow ferry 24/7.

A ruff basement studio 30m2  for what ever use.

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AARK 5 outside
There is archipelago nature around you and that means rocky shore, swimming place by the house and forest in the nearby surroundings. This view is 100 m from the house.

Applications & Organisation


You can apply any time! We also do separat Open Calls 2-3 times a year.

Send your application including following:

  • www  or low res PDF
  • cv, including year of birth, nationality, address.
  • time. Notice we usually work on full calender moths. 1-3 months.                                                     Shorter visit might be possible depending on timing.
  • motivation letter, why do you want to have a residency in Korpo.

Fee 1 month 2019:

  • Single Studio 1 person 590€  + 160 add. person.
  • Shared apartment 490€/ person for 2 artists to share.
  • Artist families can apply for whole apartment.
Some Island Tree

AARK is a new non profit Artist-Run, independent association run by a small family team. We cooperate with local people and professional artists.

Residency is founded by couple: contemporary artist Renja Leino and her husband Bengt Andersson

Renja is the artistic director / coordinator for AARK.

She answers you email at:




Would you like to support us?

Email us:

Bank: Nauvon OP
Address: SOMMARTORGET 1, 21660 NAUVO, Finland
FI40 5560 0920 0269 61

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Benkku on the yard.
A day trip to next island Kökar by a connection boat. Artist Redd Walitzky was 2 months at AARK summer 2018.