Open Calls

El Ranchito Finland Residency Exchange

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.

In this call, HIAP welcomes applications from Finnish artists and other creative practitioners for a six-week residency in Matadero Madrid. The residency will take place between March 7th and April 17th 2016. For the selected artists, the residency will provide an accommodation, a working space, the cost of travel from and to Helsinki and a working grant of 2000 euros. There is also a combined production budget of 2000 euros for the two selected artists. Matadero Madrid will send out a separate open call for Spanish artists.

The selected artists are expected to develop a project during their residency period and present the results to the public. The presentation will take place in Nave 16, the same place where, through workshops and research, the artists will be working in during their residency. The work space will be shared with six Spanish artists selected for the programme. In a reciprocal manner, two of the Spanish artists are offered a residency in HIAP, Helsinki in the Autumn 2016. The selected Finnish artists will have a possibility to continue working alongside the Spanish artists during the residency in Helsinki. HIAP Gallery Augusta will be reserved as a working space for the artists, and as a venue to present the results.

For the residency in Madrid, there will be a bilingual publication in Spanish/English to document the residency and the results.


There are several guidelines that the Jury will take into account when assessing any proposal:

  • Quality and coherence of the project
  • Adaptation of the project to the place of residency
  • Feasibility to accomplish the project
  • Connections to other creative practitioners or local cultural producers
  • Artistic, conceptual or technical impact
  • Originality and innovation

The Jury consists of representatives of HIAP and Matadero Madrid.

The deadline for the applications is October 31, 2015 (11:59pm, GMT +2). The results of the selection process are communicated to all applicants in due time.



All applications of a professional standard submitted for the exchange programme are appropriately considered.

Incomplete applications or applications sent by post or e-mail without using the online application form will not be taken into consideration.



Please note the following guidelines regarding the sending of additional material supporting your application:

– It is advised that all the supporting material is stored online and can be downloaded via the use of hyperlinks, which are mentioned in the application. Please make sure that the links do not expire before you have received the decision of the Jury.

– All image / video / sound samples should be stored and shared online. HIAP does not accept CDs or DVDs sent by post. It is advised to use tools such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc, so that downloading isn’t required to access the material.

Please note that due to the amount of materials received, HIAP is not able to contact applicants upon receipt of each application, to address individual inquiries regarding submitted proposals, or to comment further upon the selection process. HIAP is unable to return or archive any unsolicited material.