HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme is an international artist residency organisation which was established in 1998.
The HIAP residency programme offers time and space for developing new work in dialogue with the local art scene. The goal is to support 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).
HIAP residencies in Suomenlinna & Cable Factory
HIAP offers residencies for artists, curators and other cultural practitioners in Suomenlinna island and Cable Factory in Helsinki. The residency durations are 3 months (international residencies), 11 months (local residencies) and 1 month (curator residencies). The residencies offer time and space open-ended research and exploration.
HIAP coordinates the reservations for Villa Eläintarha artist residency. The villa has seven rooms available for short-term (from 1 week to 2 months) production residencies. 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.
HIAP is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of the organisation’s activities. Therefore we encourage the residents and our partner organisations to arrange travel to Helsinki via land or sea.
+358 40 570 9617
+358 45 859 7818
Administration & Partnerships
+358 45 263 1502
+358 45 859 7811
+358 44 2378733
Interns in Summer-Autumn-Winter 2020:
+358 45 695 9357
+358 45 181 8661
HIAP also collaborates with Athanasía Aarniosuo who interviews HIAP residents on a regular basis.
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.
Electronic invoicing address
OpusCapita Group Oy
For e-mail invoices
For questions related to HIAP residency programmes, open calls and partnerships: programme(at)hiap.fi
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.
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
HIAP Supporting Curators:
(Spring Season, March-May 2020)
Ali Akbar Mehta and Marianne Savallampi
(Summer Season, June-August 2020)
Marina Valle Noronha
(Autumn Season, September-November 2020)
HIAP Associate Curators:
Arttu Merimaa & Miina Hujala / Alkovi (Connecting Points)
Martin Born (Helsinki Design Residency)
HIAP office, Gallery Augusta & Project Space
Suomenlinna B 28 / 2
HIAP Suomenlinna Studios & Guest Rooms
Suomenlinna B 44-45
HIAP Cable Factory Studios
Entrance C, 4th floor