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

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 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

There is an exhibition in the forest Barefoot Path focusing on site-specific and environmental art within walking distance from the residency and we are of course collaborating. This year we announced international Open Call together and got 50 application to participate with a new work to this years event theme Friction. Marco Dessardo, France and Shinobu Terada, Japan spent May at AARK creating new work! Great times for all of us.

Barefoot Path since 2012- about 35 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


2nd floor kitchen
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1st floor kitchen

AARK residency association has these seaside apartments in the house: 72m2 each with 2 bedrooms, one in South and the other in North. In the middle of the apartment there is live-work space and shared kitchen, wc/shower. Downstairs also a terrace.

AARK consists of  3 spaces: 2 identical apartments, 4 bedrooms. 2 kitchen 2 WC/shower, 2 live-work spaces +The new apartment: Large Single Studio space 56m2.

There is a sauna and laundry room in the same building. 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. Also a ruff basement studio 30m2

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AARK 5 outside
There is archipelago nature around you and that means rocky shore, great swimming place by the house and also forest in the nearby surroundings.
A rough 30m2 warm space in the basement for what ever use.


AARK is a new non profit Artist-Run, independent association run by a small team of local professionals and artists. Residency is founded by couple: contemporary artist Renja Leino and her husband Bengt Andersson, born in Korpo. Renja works as artistic director / coordinator for AARK.

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