Residency Programme

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.

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 three ways to use our residency room. 

APC Residency Scholarhip (1-4 weeks)

Residency Scholarship – Two applicants will be chosen to receive the full Arvo Pärt Centre scholarship each year.

The scholarship will provide all costs covered by 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 during 2021. The deadlines for submitting your application for the APC residency scholarship are 31 May and 30 September. The applicants will be chosen after 14 days of each deadline.
Please note this residency is personal and does not include any accompanying persons.

Externally funded residency (1-4 weeks)

Externally funded residency – Costs partly or fully covered by external funds, supporters or APC partners.

There will be 4-6 residents chosen to this programme throughout the year, applications are accepted with no fixed deadlines. The programme will be realised in collaboration with the Arvo Pärt Centre supporters. Please note that it is necessary to apply for funding separately.
The applications will be reviewed within 14 days and the decisions will be announced personally.

Self Funded Open Studio (1-2 weeks)

Open Studio – The residency room can also be used for shorter periods throughout the year. The applications can be submitted throughout the year and depend on the availability of the room. All costs will be paid by the applicant.

For applying, please fill in the application form

Apply for residency

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 free and open to all.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further questions, feel free to contact:
Riin Eensalu
Tel: +372 604 0471




On November 4 the Centre will close for visitors at 16.00. Apologies!