The Ladies Association of Kuopio



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General information

Brief description of the organization
The DESIGN Kuopio Residency is run by the Ladies´Association of Kuopio. The Ladies’ Association of Kuopio is an ideological organisation which seeks to advance and support arts and crafts, design, culture, visual arts and the creative industries, as well as welfare. The Ladies´ Association of Kuopio was founded 1860 and its handicraft school for poor girls was established in 1884. From then on, the Association has been providing handicraft, design education and employment. Past 23 years the name of the school has been Kuopio Academy Design.

Childrens-, Youth-, Adults- and Seniors Academy of Design are run by the Ladies´Association of Kuopio. Academies provides design education for students of various age groups. Design education is based on creativity, craft skills and joy of making. Education of Academies are themed by the history of Finnish design from the Stone Age to future. Based on the history, our Academy gives further education for SME´s and professionals working in the field of design.

The campus of the Association and the Academy is located by a beautiful lake and forest area in Eastern Finland. The campus is in the historical setting and surrounded by old buildnings, parks and water in the heart of the city of Kuopio.

Organisation founded in

Brief description of residency program
The DESIGN Kuopio Residency provides time and space for designers and artists to focus on their production and/or research. The DESIGN Kuopio Residency offers residency program for designers and artists. We offer workshops with equipments, a studio for research work and a private apartment. We appreciate that the designer in our residency would teach, give a public lecture and/or run a workshop beside their own design work. The amount of the work and payment are agreed separately with the designers. The designer has possibility to perform an exhibition in our gallery. The designers are offered new contacts to the local art field as well as to the local community.

The designers are given opportunities to take part in the activities of the different groups of Academies of Design by teaching, organizing workshops and exhibitions. During the residency period we hope that the designer or artist works with our different groups of Academies of Design. Education of Academies are themed by the history of Finnish design from the Stone Age to future as fall and spring periods: fall 2016 ”Stone Age and the beginning of design”, spring 2017 ”Middle Ages – the new era of design”, fall 2017 ”The Peasants of Design”, spring 2018 ”Romance”, fall 2018 ”Industrialism”, spring 2019 ”From Industrialism to Future”. Via design education we bring the history of design to today.

The DESIGN Kuopio Residency is located on the top 3rd floor (no elevator). The size of the residency is 79.5 square metres and it comprises a small private studio and living quarters (kitchen, bathroom and four rooms). The studio-appartment is suitable also for a designer couple or two designers, if you want to apply as a group. Even a family residency is possible.

The DESIGN Kuopio residence program is open for designers and artists year round. Residency periods range from one week to four weeks. The rent is 200 €/week and it includes the right to use shared studios and equipments, Kuopio Academy of Design Gallery and residency appartment. Selected designer and artists pay costs for their travelling and working as well as living during residency.The application time for the residency is ongoing.

Residency program since

Disciplines and media
Visual Art
• Educational Programmes New Media
• Animation
• Printmaking
• Curatorial
• Film Making
• Architecture
• Sculpture
• Ceramics
• Performing Arts
• Textile Art

Type of organisation
• Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
• 1 week
• 2 weeks
• 3 weeks
• 1 month

Number of designers resident at one time
• one

Grants available
Hourly based wage from lectures, workshops and feedback studios. Some basic materials are offered by the residency.

Expenses paid by artist
• Travel
• Housing
• Supplies
• Food
• Other

Residency rent 200 €/week. All the applicants are encouraged to apply financial aid from their local art councils, cultural foundations and institutions or other organizations to cover travel costs and other expenses.

Expectations of the artist
• Presentation
• Leading
• Workshop or Class
• Exhibition
• Other

Run feedback studios

Expenses paid by the organisation
• Allowance/Stipend

Application who/how
Digital Application

Selection procedure
By Committee

Presentation of artists' work
Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


• Internet
• Connection
• Plaster Room
• knitting and sewing tools, photographstudio and tools, computer class with full
 equipments and programs for designers
• Library
• Office
• Kitchen
• Computer
• Printmaking Facilities
• Ceramics Facilities
• Woodworking Tools

Number of studios
between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios
Shared Studio

• Private Apartment

Working language(s)
• English
• Finnish

Other activities happening at the space
• Workshops
• Presentation
• Creative Association of Artists (Mylly)

How to reach

By train
The Kuopio railway station is located about 20 minutes walk from The Kuopio Academy of Design. The train journey from Helsinki to Kuopio takes about 4 hours.

By plane
The Kuopio airport is located 30 kilometers from the Kuopio city centre.

By car
The main highway number 4/5 runs straight from Helsinki to Kuopio. The journey is approximately 400 kilometers.

Nearest airport 


Contact information

The Ladies Association of Kuopio
Kuopio Academy of Design
Piispankatu 8
70100 Kuopio, Finland

Phone: + 358 40 731 8003
Fax: + 358 17 308 222

living room winter
kitchen summer
private studio autumn
office class
bedroom class
view to the lake computer class


The Ladies' Association of Kuopio