HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) is an international artist residency organisation which was initiated in 1998.
The HIAP residency programme offers time and support for developing new work in dialogue with the local art scene. The goal is to offer space for experimental, cross-disciplinary art practices and to actively contribute to topical debates within and around the context of art.
Since 2019 HIAP is also responsible for managing the Villa Eläintarha artist residency which focuses on short term production residencies.
HIAP also actively initiates and engages in international projects and collaborations, such as Frontiers in Retreat (2013-2018) and HIAP Pavilion at Gwangju Biennale (2018).
The main venues of HIAP are located on Suomenlinna island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located a 15-minute ferry ride away from central Helsinki. HIAP Gallery Augusta is a venue for exhibitions, events and Open Studio events. The residency spaces are located in the Palmstierna studio complex, which consists of 9 residencial units (5 studios + 4 guest rooms) and one workspace for artists.
HIAP Cable Factory
HIAP has 3 residency studios at Cable Factory cultural complex. 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.
Villa Eläintarha is one of the remaining wooden villas at Linnunlaulu and a piece of urban villa culture in Helsinki from the turn of the 20th century. The villa has 6 rooms available for short-term production residencies.
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Administration & Partnerships
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Interns in Winter–Spring 2019:
HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme
Suomenlinna B 28/2
HIAP Gallery Augusta, the Project Space, office and the Suomenlinna residency studios are located on Suomenlinna island, near the centre of Helsinki. There is a regular connection from the Market Square (Kauppatori) to Suomenlinna. Find the HSL ferry (operating all year round) timetable here and the JT-Line waterbus (operating only May–September) timetable here.
The HIAP Studios at the Cable Factory (Tallberginkatu 1) are located at staircase C on the 4th floor.
Accessibility information for the HIAP premises on Suomenlinna
Accessing the HIAP studios, office, Gallery Augusta & Project Space by wheelchair is possible but we recommend to be accompanied by a person assisting because our entrance doors are not step-free. We are happy to help you plan your visit. Please contact us for additional information!
A more accessible route for visitors with a wheelchair or a buggy can be found here. The pedicab Taksi Viapori also operates on Suomenlinna. Find more information about accessibility on the island here.
Accessibility information for the HIAP studios at Cable Factory
There is a ramp at the main entrance of the building providing access to staircase C and from there to the elevator that leads to the 4th floor, where the HIAP studios are located. The studios can also be accessed by wheelchair from outdoors without impediment by using the elevator in staircase B. Find more information about accessibility in Cable Factory here.
For questions related to HIAP residency programmes, open calls and partnerships: programme(at)hiap.fi
Board & Associates
HIAP Board 2019–2020
HIAP Board consists of artists, curators, arts administrators and directors of various Finnish cultural organizations.
Arttu Merimaa, Artist/Curator, Alkovi Gallery
Markus Åström, Curator Sinne, Pro Artibus
Liinu Grönlund, Artist
Hanna Johansson, Professor of Contemporary Art Research, Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki
Harri Kuorelahti, Artistic Director, Zodiak – Center for New Dance
Timo Soppela, Director, MUU Artists’ Association
Petri Ruikka, Curator/Artist
Ahmed Al-Nawas, Curator
Kiira Miesmaa, Senior Curator, Kunsthalle Helsinki
HIAP Associates & Collaborators
An updated list of HIAP associates & collaborators to be announced soon.
HIAP Cable Factory Studios
Entrance C, 4th floor
HIAP office, Gallery Augusta & Project Space
Suomenlinna B 28 / 2
HIAP Suomenlinna Studios & Guest Rooms
Suomenlinna B 44-45