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: Burning desire 12.6.-29.8.2021

Haihatus Art Center’s Summer Exhibition opens on June 12th and is open until August 29th. The exhibition can be visited from Wednesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 18:00. Welcome! The theme of the Avantgardevekkula -summer exhibition is “Burning Desire” and it is curated by multiartist Tuomo Vuoteenoma. Participating artists are Heta Bilaletdin, Petri Eskelinen, Terhi …

Open Call for Valon Haihatus – Shadows and reflections 2021

Art Center and Residency Haihatus invites artists and performers to Valon Haihatus – Shadows and reflections -exhibition in the last week of October (fri-sun 29.-31.10.) Haihatus has organized Valon Haihatus – light art exhibition for the first time in 2019. This year’s theme is combinations of different lights, shadows and reflections and theme will be …


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