Art Center Haihatus

Haihatus Art Center and Residency is an inspiring, relaxed, and international art centre and residence in Joutsa, Finland, that hosts different kinds of cultural events. Haihatus is a great, communal place where art, in all of its forms, is the driving force. The art centre and residence is a non-profit organisation that is run by volunteers’ and artists’ help. Haihatus is located in a beautiful, rural part of Central Finland with inspiring Finnish nature surrounding the residence. In our art centre, you can focus on your art without interruptions, get inspired by the gorgeous nature and find new international friends and professional connections!

We welcome new artists and arts students from all art disciplines to join our residence programme — apply now!

Risto Puurunen is the new owner and tirehtööri (director) of Haihatus. Year 2020 will see a whole new start for Haihatus Art Centre and Residency – still keeping it real! Photo: Tuomo Vuoteenoma


AVANTGARDEVEKKULA opens on 27.6.2020!

Art Center Haihatus Summer Exhibition is open 27.6.–16.8.2020 Exhibition’s curator Tuomo Vuoteenoma states that during the abnormal times we live in, the significance of art and imagination in people’s well-being is even more crucial than normally. “All kind of artistic activity gives an opportunity to expand, diminish, and break down the walls that are sometimes …

Update: Haihatus Summer Exhibition 2020 and Corona virus – how does it affect us?

Haihatus Summer Exhibition 2020: AVANTGARDEVEKKULA Haihatus Summer Exhibition will be held for the 21st time in 2020. This year’s theme is AVANTGARDEVEKKULA and the curator is Tuomo Vuoteenoma. Summer Exhibition will be organised, but corona virus has affected our timetables. We’re following the situation and regulations which Finnish government has set. Please follow our news …


Jousitie 68-70
FI-19650 Joutsa

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Haihatus is located in a rural municipality of Joutsa. The distance from Helsinki is 200 km and from the nearest city Jyväskylä 70 km. There are good daily express coach services and you´ll reach Joutsa by bus in 3 hours from the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. There are supermarkets, shops, flea markets, restaurants cafes, a good library and a twice a week cinema in Joutsa. Nature in Joutsa is beautiful and the seasonal change is very impressive. There are forests to ramble and lakes to swim – or ski and ice skate in winter.

Helsinki 200 km
Lahti 100 km
Jyväskylä 70 km

How to arrive by bus

You can also reach Haihatus by bus. Choose a bus which destination is Joutsa or a bus that goes via Joutsa.
Visit Onnibus website for tickets and timetables.
The fare from Helsinki is usually less than 20 € and takes between 2 to 3 hours.

Haihatus on the map