The Zabludowicz Collection announced its international residency program on the island of Sarvisalo, Finland. The program has been active since 2010, when the collection began inviting to its private grounds artists including Sarah Braman, Matthew Day Jackson and Richard Woods, the first commissioned artist for the residency, who redecorated and furnished the exterior and interior of a small holiday cottage on the island. The program is now fully launched and available to visit.
Since the 1970s, the Zabludowicz family has worked to preserve Sarvisalo’s architecture, some of which dates from the 17th century. “Sarvisalo is embedded in our hearts and is part of our family history,” said Anita Zabludowicz in a press release. “We hope to foster communication and dialogue on art by inviting international artists to take residence, to create, build relationships and converse-both with each other and with other art professionals.”
While the grounds are private property, group visits can be scheduled online to three sites around the island: Carpenter’s House (which includes an artist workshop), Herman’s (including a restored 17th century manor house and a granite and wood barn) and Suvikunta, which is the largest of the three and is equipped with cooking and dining facilities, along with workshop buildings and sleeping cottages. During their residencies, the artists reside one of the three buildings, though they will not be present during group visits. The dormitory facilities in the buildings are not available to the public.
The Zabludowicz Collection of contemporary art was founded in 1994 by Poju and Anita Zabludowicz, and currently has locations in the U.K., the U.S. and Finland.