The Escape Artist's Muse in Finland
Artists in need of a muse in the middle of nowhere should book their ticket to Loviisa, Finland. From there, a remote island called Sarvisalo is an artist's residency dedicated to providing solitude, inspiration and a commune for artist's everywhere. OK, so maybe it's not quite that simple, artists will have to apply and be accepted to the program first. But once they're in, they've got the gold mine of muses. An island so far from reality, noise and pollution and so full of life, nature and support.
The program is the brainchild of art fanatics, Anita and Poju Zabludowicz of London who have been pumping money into not only the island, but to artistic programs throughout London, Finland and New York with their globally recognized top-notch collections. Having fallen in love with the remote island of Sarvisalo, they began buying up properties on its sparse land and then the idea struck. Why not open it up to artists? As explained in a press release, "The island has become a place where artists and practitioners from many disciplines will find space to work. Some may produce works which remain in situ, or propose projects to be realised in the future, others may work on research for future projects or collaborations but no specific outcome is required from any of the visitors."
Even if you're not ready to settle down for a residency, it is possible to visit if you set up well in advance. Group visits may be arranged and certain days are dedicated to the public; stay current with their calendar to find out when you can meet the residents and learn about works in progress live.