Since the beginning of 2009 HIAP is coordinating the international residency activities at the Palmstierna studio complex on the historical fortress island of Suomenlinna in Helsinki. A Unesco World Heritage -site, Suomenlinna is a unique combination of diverse cultural activities, maritime environment and layers of history spanning over 250 years. Yet it is only a 15-minute ferry ride from the heart of the city.

The Palmstierna studio complex building is rich in historical details and atmosphere and offers all modern amenities with full privacy within each of the studios and guest rooms. The Suomenlinna Studios, together with the Cable Factory Studios, form a lively international community for artists and other art practitioners visiting Helsinki.

Suomenlinna Studios

The Suomenlinna studio complex is a two-storey red brick barracks building originally from the 18th century renovated to meet contemporary standards. The complex comprises of nine residential units: five artists' studios and four guest rooms.

Each of the artists' studios occupy from 80 to 120 m2 of floor space that is divided between a workspace downstairs and a separate, loft-style living space upstairs. The workspace features high ceilings and large windows facing northeast. A bathroom and kitchenette are located on the upper floor living area. A balcony facing southwest with nice views and a glimpse of the sea is also found in the unit. One of the studios, with concrete floor and lifting equipment, is particularly suitable for working on pieces with extensive material dimensions.

The studios are offered for the use of international visual artists.

Suomenlinna Guest Rooms

Each of the guest rooms occupies approx. 30 m2 of floor space and can house up to two persons at a time. There is no separate working space in the guest rooms.

The guest rooms are mainly offered for the use of artists, curators, writers, researchers and critics from the visual arts background, but also for practitioners from other disciplines including theatre, dance, literature, philosophy, humanities and social studies.

HIAP Office

HIAP Office is situated at Gallery Augusta. HIAP staff can be mainly found at the Offices between 10 am–4 pm.

Gallery Augusta

Gallery Augusta is a versatile art space for exhibitions and events, located on Susisaari Island in Suomenlinna. Gallery Augusta has been part of HIAP Suomenlinna since the beginning of the year 2010. The space hosts for example HIAP's annual international summer exhibitions but also other exhibitions, performance events and HIAP Talks through out the year.

Originally built as a barrack in the 19th century, Gallery Augusta has been renovated beautifully and it offers a wonderful space for various art exhibitions and cultural events as well as workshops, lectures, seminars and festivals. Check the Events & Exhibitions for current events. If you are interested in renting the space, please don't hesitate to contact HIAP staff.