Open Calls

HIAP Residencies for Nordic and Baltic Art Practitioners in 2021-2022

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme invites Nordic and Baltic art practitioners to apply for residencies in HIAP Suomenlinna in the autumn 2021 and spring & summer 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 Nordic and Baltic residencies are realised with the support of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture by Nordic Culture Point.

The residency includes accommodation and working space free of charge, working grant of 40€ per day (approximately 1200€ per month), a production budget of 1000€ and travel costs. The residents 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 will be offered a stay either in HIAP atelier apartments or HIAP apartments.

The HIAP Suomenlinna atelier apartments are 80 sqm each, furnished, and divided into a working space downstairs and a separate living space with bathroom and kitchenette upstairs. The atelier apartments can accommodate 2-4 persons. An impression of some of the spaces you can get here.

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 residents of the HIAP apartments are entitled to a workspace at HIAP Gallery Augusta or HIAP Project Space.

For images of the spaces, please take a look here:
HIAP Suomenlinna apartment:,
HIAP Gallery Augusta
HIAP Project Space

Family members are welcome in all our locations. Please note that pets are not allowed in the rooms.

The duration of the residency is three months. The programme at HIAP is divided into three residency seasons:

  • Autumn 2021 (September 2021 – November 2021)
  • Spring (March 2022 – May 2022)
  • Summer (June 2022 – August 2022)

The applicants can state their preferred residency period(s) in the application form.


Applications are accepted from:

  • Artists and other art professionals of Nordic or Baltic nationality that reside in the Nordic region (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, the Åland Islands), the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) or abroad
  • Artists and other art professionals who are based in Nordic and Baltic countries (Nordic or Baltic nationality is not required)

Please note that the aim is to encourage mobility from another Nordic or Baltic country to Finland, therefore the call is not for Finland-based practitioners.

Individual artists, collectives or artist duos are welcome to apply. In case of an artist duo, collective or group, the apartment or atelier 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 applications, or to comment further upon the selection process.