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HIAP Residencies for Finnish and Finland-based Art Practitioners in 2022

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme invites Finnish and Finland-based art practitioners to apply for residencies in Suomenlinna and Cable Factory in the year 2022. The HIAP Residency Programme focuses on visual art but is open for art professionals from other disciplines as well. The programme offers time and space for open-ended research and experimentation, without the requirement to produce finalised work.

The residents in Suomenlinna and Cable Factory will have access to services such as weekly residency community meetings, access to facilities and equipment, meetings with a supporting curator and the possibility to take part in the HIAP Open Studios event which normally takes place towards the end of each residency season. The selected residents are required to cover a monthly fee which includes rent, electricity, water, internet and HIAP residency services. For HIAP Suomenlinna apartments the fee is 450 € per month and for HIAP Cable Factory live/work studios 700 € per month. Please note that the local residencies are not supported by a travel or working grant, nor include a production budget.

The HIAP Suomenlinna apartments are 30 sqm each, furnished, and include a kitchenette and a bathroom. The apartments can house up to two persons at a time. Please note that there is no separate working space in the apartment, and it’s not suitable for working on large-scale pieces. Instead, the selected residents are entitled to a workspace at HIAP Gallery Augusta or HIAP Project Space.

An impression of the spaces you can get here:
HIAP Suomenlinna apartment:,
HIAP Gallery Augusta
HIAP Project Space

The live/work studios at the Cable Factory are 60 sqm each, furnished, and include a working and living area with a kitchenette, a sleeping loft and a private bathroom. The studios can comfortably accommodate two adults or a small family. For images of the HIAP Cable Factory studios, please take a look here.

Family members are welcome in all our locations. Please note that pets are not allowed in the rooms. However, one of the Cable Factory studios is a dog-friendly studio.

The residency periods at HIAP Cable Factory are as follows:

  • 1.2.2022 – 31.12.2022 (resident covers a monthly fee of 700 €)
  • 6.6.2022 – 31.12.2023 (resident covers a monthly fee of 700 €) – please note that this residency takes place in a dog-friendly studio

The residency periods at HIAP Suomenlinna:

  • 1.2.2022 – 30.11.2022 (resident covers a monthly fee of 450 €)

The applicants can state their preferred residency location and period in the application form.


Applications are accepted from:

  • Artists and other art professionals of Finnish nationality based in Finland or abroad
  • Artists and other art professionals who are based in Finland (Finnish nationality is not required)

Individual artists, collectives or artist duos are welcome to apply. Please note that in case of an artist duo, collective or group, the studio-apartment needs to be shared among the members.

The main criteria for the selection are the quality of the professional practice and the motivation statement.

The applications will be reviewed by HIAP Supporting Curators (TBA) together with members of the HIAP team.

The deadline for the applications is Sunday, May 23, 2021 (11:59 pm, GMT +2).


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

  • Motivation statement
  • Short bio and a curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio / examples of previous work (optional)

Please write your application in English. Incomplete applications or applications sent by email 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 due to the amount of materials received, we are unable to contact applicants upon receipt of each application, to address individual inquiries regarding submitted proposals, or to comment further upon the selection process.