“Silence, to the composer, is like a clean canvas to a painter or blank white paper to a poet. Tabula rasa.”
– Arvo Pärt
Arvo Pärt Centre Residency Programme and Scholarships
The peace, the light and the silence at the creative spaces of the Arvo Pärt Centre are welcoming artists from all over the world here to work, create and find inspiration. Our spacious residency room with views opening to the surrounding pine forest is open for composers and performers as well as creators from other fields – writers, visual artists, architects, film and dance artists. We welcome solo artists as well as smaller ensembles, collectives or small working groups (up to 4 people). Since 2023 the Arvo Pärt Centre residency is part of the Estonian Creative Residencies Network (LOORE).
Our aim is to offer the time and space for open-ended, creative processes. During the chosen residency period, the artist is welcome to work and practise at the APC building as well as the surrounding area with no fixed requirement for a completed work or project.
To see in more detail what is available in the residency room, please click here.
Accommodation and location
The Arvo Pärt Centre is located in Laulasmaa, 35 kilometres from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, on a beautiful natural peninsula between the sea and a pine forest.
As the centre does not include accommodation facilities, the residency will be combined with hotel accommodation in the area, 800m walking distance from the centre building.
For more information about how to get here, please click here.
Applying for Residency
There are two types of residency available:
Residency Scholarship – Two scholarships are awarded every year, one for musicians and one for other artists.
The scholarship will provide an all costs covered residency by the APC, including international and local travel, use of residency facilities, hotel accommodation in the area and per diems. The applicant is free to decide the duration for the residency between 1 to 4 weeks. Please note this residency is personal and does not include any accompanying persons. While it is possible for small ensembles, collectives or working groups (up to 4 people) to apply for the scholarship, the APC has funds to only cover the expenses of 1 person in a group. The application round for the APC Residency Scholarship will start on January 9, 2024. It is possible to apply until February 29, 2024. To apply for the Residency Scholarship please fill in this application form.
Self-funded residency – The residency room can also be used for shorter periods throughout the year. Applications can be submitted at any time of the year and depend on the availability of the room. After submitting, the application must be approved by the residency committee. If accepted for the residency, all costs of the self-funded residency will be paid by the applicant. Please note that as the APC does not have the possibility to accommodate guests in the Centre, the cost of the self-funded residency only covers the daytime use of the residency room.
The next round of applications for the Arvo Pärt Centre Residency Scholarship will start on January 9, 2024. To apply for the Residency Scholarship please fill in this application form.
To apply for the self-funded residency, please fill in this application form. Applications for the self-funded residency are accepted throughout the year.
The final selection for the use of the residency room remains with the APC, all residents must comply with our Terms and Conditions.
The application process is open to all. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For further questions, feel free to contact:
+372 335 3000