Residency Exchanges

HIAP has international residency exchange programmes that enable Finnish artists and curators to have residencies abroad, as well as offers residencies in Finland for artists and curators worldwide. The aim of the exchanges is to offer dialogue, collaboration and networking opportunities and to foster mutually beneficial cultural interaction between the participating countries and regions.

The conditions may vary between the programmes, but in most cases the residencies are arrenged on a reciprocal basis and provide the selected artist with a residential studio, the cost of travel from and to Helsinki, and a working grant. For more information on a specific open call and instuctions on how to apply, please visit the open calls section on our website.

Matadero Madrid / El Ranchito Finland

Encouraging dialogue between artists, architects, curators, thinkers, and other creative practitioners, El Ranchito is a residency programme that brings together a cross-disciplinary group of creators. Together they investigate the questions pertinent to creative processes today.

During El Ranchito residencies, creative practitioners spanning various disciplines, nationalities and origins share their individual work with the creation of an artistic community within a shared, open space at Matadero Madrid and in other international art centres. The residencies are structured around two time frames: one focused on workspaces, and a second for presenting the results to the general public.

In 2016, El Ranchito Finland offers residencies for two Finnish artists in Matadero Madrid in Spring 2016 and for two Spanish artists in HIAP, Helsinki, in Autumn 2016. The exchange programme is co-produced by HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme, Matadero Madrid and AECID.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (Dublin, Ireland) 

Helsinki-Dublin Residency Exchange offers residencies for Finnish artists in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin and for Irish artists in HIAP, Helsinki. Since the partnership began in 2007, TBG+S and HIAP have supported a total of 15 artists and curators from Ireland and Finland to undertake new creative work in the cities of Dublin and Helsinki. The exchange programme is co-organised by HIAP – Helsinki International  Artist Programme, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Finnish Institute in London.

TBG+S is a contemporary art gallery and artists' studios complex located in Dublin city centre and the Temple Bar cultural quarter. Founded in 1983, the building houses thirty artists' studios for professional visual artists working in a variety of media. Temporary exhibitions are presented regularly and represent a cross section of contemporary Irish and international visual arts practice.

Lighthouse (Brighton, UK)

The residency programme for Finnish artists in Brighton is hosted by Lighthouse, a digital culture agency, supporting, commissioning and exhibiting work by artists and filmmakers, based in central Brighton. The residency is organised in collaboration with HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme and Finnish Institute in London.

Lighthouse connects new developments in arts, culture and technology. Based in Brighton, it supports, connects and shares new works of art, film, music, design and other new forms of creativity, that explore the social, cultural, political, environmental and economic effects of new technologies on our lives. Lighthouse has worked with artists, makers  and thinkers such as Metahaven, Holly Herndon, Basia Lewandowska Cummings, Kuedo, Lars TCF Holdhus, Eleni Ikoniadou, Jananne al-Ani, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hito Steyerl and Nathan Jurgenson.

Production and Exhibition Platform basis e.V (Frankfurt, Germany)

Helsinki-Frankfurt Residency Exchange offers residencies for Finnish artists in Frankfurt and for German artists in Helsinki. The exchange programme is co-organised by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and Production and Exhibition Platform basis e.V.

In 2016, one artist from Finland is selected for a three-month residency in Frankfurt in October-December 2016. The artist will be given the opportunity to present his/her practise in the form of a public event, such as artist talk, screening, small scale solo exhibition or group show, and as part of an annual publication by basis e.V.

Center for Contemporary Art (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Helsinki-Tbilisi Residency Exchange offers residencies for Finnish artists in Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi and for Georgian artists in HIAP, Helsinki. The exchange programme is co-organised by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi and Art School MAA, Helsinki. The exchange is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation as part of HIAP Osmosis programme.

Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi is an independent, nonprofit organization. CCA-Tbilisi is acting as a hub in Georgia, linking and working with similar organizations around the world. The center works on contextualization of contemporary visual culture and helps Georgian and international artists to effectively present creative production to local and international audiences.

The residencies in Helsinki are arranged in collaboration with Art School MAA, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, as part of the school’s curriculum.

Residency Exchanges in Tokyo and Seoul

Starting from 2017, HIAP in collaboration with the Finnish Cultural Foundation organises two new residency exchange programmes with Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo, Japan and SeMA NANJI in Seoul, South Korea. These two residency exchanges are the first step in enabling more exchange between the Finnish, Japanese and Korean art scenes.

Tokyo Wonder Site is a creative and communications platform dedicated to the generation and promotion of new art and culture from the heart of Tokyo. Based in TWS Hongo, TWS Shibuya and TWS Residency, Tokyo Wonder Site supports and nurtures young talent in all fields as well as takes a role as a hub in a global cultural network of affiliated cultural facilities in Japan and abroad, and at once a platform for both new talents and internationally active creators to exchange and showcase their works. TWS Residency has opened in late 2014, offering the opportunity for creative individuals from all genres and nationalities to pursue their respective work in a shared process.

SeMA NANJI Residency (SNR) is a Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) affiliate. Founded in 2006, SNR aims to support artists from around the world over various fields of the visual arts for their creative work. Located in the beautiful Worldcup Park along Seoul’s Han River, the tranquil environment inspires residents within the city boundary. SNR is valued for providing artists a closer networking with both local and international communities through its strategic location of being near Seoul's most thriving art sector. SeMA Nanji Residency organizes exhibitions such as the NANJI ART SHOW and Art Critic Workshop, and runs other programs designed to enhance exhibitions and research capability. It also operates the International Artist Exchange Program to utilize international residency network and multiply exchanges, and hosts lectures and Mentoring Program, in which art experts from Korea and other countries are invited to participate.

In addition to these two residency exchanges, HIAP in collaboration with AV-arkki - the Distribution Centre for Finnish media Art and Frame Contemporary Art Finland will launch a new exchange programme between Finland, Korea and Japan with the support of Ministry of Education and Culture. More details about this programme will be announced soon.

More information about Tokyo Wonder Site and SeMA NANJI:

Past Exchanges

The Nordic Art Association (Stockholm, Sweden)

In 2015 and 2016, HIAP arranged artist and curator residencies in collaboration with The Nordic Art Association in Stockholm, Sweden. The Nordic art association (NKF) is an organization of visual artists in the Nordic countries aiming to create networks.

Via Farini (Milano, Italy)

The exchange with Via Farini in Milan, Italy offers Finnish and Italian artists and curators residencies in Milan and Helsinki.