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.
Recent HIAP projects and collaborations include Post-Fossil Transition (2018-2020), So long, thanks agains for the fish (2021), Empowering Tools (2022) and Ukraine Solidarity Residencies Network (2022-).
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 periods are between 1-11 months. 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
Mia Mikkola (until 30.4.2023)
Office & Residence Administration
Villa Eläintarha Residency Manager
Ukrainian Solidarity Residencies Project Manager
Connecting Points Project Coordinator
+358 45 319 4742
Ukrainian Solidarity Residencies Coordinator
+358 40 3560949
+358 45 695 9357
HIAP also collaborates with Athanasía Aarniosuo who interviews HIAP residents on a regular basis.
Visiting & Invoicing Address, Accessibility
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.
The HIAP Studios at the Cable Factory (Tallberginkatu 1) are located at staircase C on the 4th floor.
Operator: Maventa (003721291126)
HIAP ry / 15856629, PL 100, 80020 Kollektor Scan
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 the entrance doors are not step-free. We are happy to help you plan your visit. Please contact us for additional information!
A map indicating more accessible routes on the island can be found here. Please note that no signposts designate the accessible route in the terrain.
Find more information about accessibility on Suomenlinna here. If you prefer to follow a more accessible route towards the HIAP studios upon your arrival, please let us know.
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 from outdoors without any impediment by using the elevator in staircase B. After reaching the 4th floor and exiting the elevator, one needs to pass through the doors (2 or 3, depending on which studio one wishes to reach) of the corridor that leads from staircase B to staircase C. These doors are not equipped with an automatic opening mechanism.
Find more information about accessibility in Cable Factory here.
Board & Associates
HIAP Board 2023–2024
HIAP Board consists of artists, curators and other experts of art and culture.
Petri Ruikka, Curator/Artist
Ulrika Ferm, Artist
Minka Heino, Artist
Jaakko Lindgren, Attorney, partner Dottir
Kiira Miesmaa, Managing Director, Galerie Forsblom
Satu Herrala, Curator/Choreographer/Researcher
Elina Vainio, Artist
Kati Kivinen, Head of Exhibitions, HAM Helsinki Art Museum
Vappu Renko, Researcher, Cupore Center for Cultural Policy Research
HIAP Associates & Collaborators
HIAP Associate Curators:
Miina Hujala / Alkovi (Connecting Points)
HIAP office, Gallery Augusta & Project Space
Suomenlinna B 28 / 2
HIAP Suomenlinna Studios & Apartments
Suomenlinna B 44-45
HIAP Cable Factory Studios
Entrance C, 4th floor