Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) offers curatorial residencies in Helsinki for international curators of contemporary art. The programme is co-organised by Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) and Frame Visual Art Finland.

The aim of the programme is to provide curators with an opportunity to carry out research and to develop international curatorial projects while building contacts with art practitioners and cultural organisations in Finland.

Curatorial residencies include the cost of travel to and from Helsinki with a grant for living expenses (39 euros /day), studio accommodation, residency services and administrative support. HIAP and Frame both offer practical assistance, networks and critical context for the residents’ curatorial research and projects. A public event such as lecture, workshop or screening is organised during each residency. The curators have also access to the international residency community and programme of events at HIAP, while Frame provides extensive contacts to Finnish artists and other arts professionals.

The length of the curatorial residency is one calendar month. The residency months available in 2016 are:

  • June 2016, residency taking place in HIAP Suomenlinna, Helsinki
  • November 2016, residency taking place in HIAP Cable Factory, Helsinki

A residency will be offered to two curators both in June and in November.

The Jury consists of representatives of Frame and HIAP Programme Board.

The deadline for the applications is October 31, 2015 (11:59pm, GMT +2). The results of the  selection process are communicated to all applicants in due time.




Applications should include presentation materials of the applicant's previous projects, a short bio, a curriculum vitae and a working plan for the residency period.

Please note that the selected applicants' bios will be used for press purposes.

All applications of a professional standard submitted for a residency period at HIAP are appropriately considered.

Incomplete applications or applications sent by post or e-mail without using the online application form will not be taken into consideration.



Please note the following guidelines regarding the sending of additional material supporting your application:

-  It is advised that all the supporting material is stored online and can be downloaded via the use of hyperlinks, which are mentioned in the application. Please make sure that the links do not expire before you  have received the decision of the Jury.

-  All image / video / sound samples should be stored and shared online. HIAP does not accept CDs or DVDs sent by post. It is advised to use platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc, so that downloading isn’t required to  access the material.

Please  note that due to the amount of materials received, HIAP is not able to contact applicants upon receipt of each application, to address  individual inquiries regarding submitted proposals, or to comment  further upon the selection process. HIAP is unable to return or archive  any unsolicited material.