Open Calls

Helsinki-Frankfurt Residency Exchange 2018

The aim of the Helsinki-Frankfurt exchange is to provide participating artists with time, space, and support for their creative work and to foster dialogue, collaboration and networking opportunities. The programme is designed to promote the artistic and cultural interchange between the two cities and is based on the principle of reciprocity.

By this open call, one artist from Finland will be selected for a residency in Frankfurt. The residency will take place in January–March, 2018.

The selected artist will be integrated into a functioning artistic network during their three-month sojourn at basis e.V. in Frankfurt. With over 120 studios at three different locations in Frankfurt and changing exhibitions of contemporary artistic positions, basis e.V. provides a lively and inspiring environment for guest artists. The two main basis e.V. buildings and the AIR- apartment and AIR – studio are located in Frankfurt’s central “Bahnhofsviertel” area, in close walking distance to the municipal theatre Schauspiel Frankfurt, the famous art university Städelschule, numerous museums, cafés and restaurants.

The residency includes:

A working grant of 3000 euros as well as the payment of the travel costs
A fully furnished apartment (approximately 30 sqm) at basis e.V.
A studio on the same floor (approximately 30 sqm) at basis e.V.
Presentation of residency artist’s own artistic approach in the context of a public artist talk
Realisation of a final exhibition project at basis project room
Joint use of the wood and screen-printing workshops
Access to the public reading room with international art magazines and selected literature
A residency bicycle
Free entrance to all museums in Frankfurt
Curatorial support and consultation from the team of basis e.V.
The Jury consists of representatives of HIAP and an independent jury in Frankfurt. The selected artist will be notified by the beginning of October 2017. An open call for artists based in Frankfurt for a residency at HIAP in Helsinki will be published later in 2018 by basis e.V.

The deadline for the applications is Sunday, September 24, 2017 (11:59 pm, GMT +3).


To apply, applicants must submit the following by using an online application form:

Motivation letter
Working plan describing the professional activities you plan to undertake during the residency period
Short bio and a curriculum vitae
Examples of previous work (links to artist’s website and/or other online material is sufficient)
Applications or supporting material sent by e-mail without using the online application form will not be taken into consideration.

Please note the following guidelines regarding 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. It is advised to use platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc, so that downloading isn’t required to access the material.
Please note that we are unable to contact applicants upon receipt of each application, to address individual inquiries regarding proposals, or to comment further upon the selection process.