Situated on the western waterfront of the city, Cable Factory was used to manufacture cable and telephone equipment by Nokia from 1940 until the 1980s.
With over five hectares of floor space, Cable Factory is the largest cultural structure in Helsinki, containing dozens of studios for artists, architects, designers and musicians, as well as museums, art schools, dance and publishing companies and other cultural institutions, non-profit organizations and commercial enterprises. The Cable Factory is the daily workplace for over 700 professionals in every field of art and creative business.
The Cable Factory is a member of the Trans Europe Halles -network.
Cable Factory Studios
HIAP Studios at the Cable Factory are located on the fourth floor of the Cable Factory cultural complex. The three studios that make up the HIAP Cable Factory residency occupy each approx. 60 m2 of space and are fully equipped for independent living and working. Each studio includes a private bathroom, cooking area, sleeping loft and broadband Internet connection.
Cable Gallery opened in the Cable Factory in Helsinki in March 2000. The gallery was set up by the Cable Factory Artists Association as a non-commercial, artist-run exhibition space. It initially hosted both solo and group exhibitions, mainly by members of the association. Later shows have also been organized in co-operation with other cultural actors on the Helsinki art scene. From October 2009 onwards, the Cable Gallery was run by HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) until June 2013.
Since the beginning, the gallery has sought to support young, mid-career and established artists, by giving them an opportunity to showcase their work in the outstanding artistic and cultural setting of the Cable Factory.
The exhibition programme – 13 shows annually – presented Finnish and international contemporary art in a variety of media.
The connection with HIAP, the biggest residential art centre in the Nordic and Baltic region, enriched the Gallery’s programme. Each year several of the gallery’s exhibitions were devoted to the work of selected, emerging or established international artists-in-residence.
Screenings, discussions, performances and other events held in the gallery space opened the way for co-operation with a variety of artistic and cultural actors in Finland and abroad, creating the conditions for vital ideas to emerge and develop.