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HIAP Residency Programme

The HIAP Residency Programme is offered to arts professionals from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, Visual and Media Arts, Dance, Theatre and Literature. A residency includes accommodation and studio space at HIAP Studios free of charge for the duration of one to three months. The studios, which combine living and working space, are located in Cable Factory and on the island of Suomenlinna, both in Helsinki, Finland.

Please note that the residency includes accommodation and services, but neither a working grant nor travels. In case the applicant needs to cover travels, living cost, materials, etc., she/he should apply support from appropriate sources. HIAP is able to offer only limited administrative support for such purposes.

The residencies will take place from Spring 2016 onwards.

The selection process will be take place in December 2015. The Jury consists of members of HIAP Programme Board.

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.

HIAP Residency Programme welcomes artists, curators and other arts professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and diverse practices. The selection is based on professional merit and there are neither limitations nor preferences in factors such as country of origin, age, media, etc.

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

In addition, there are several guidelines that the HIAP Jury will take into account when assessing any proposal:

– Applicants should be reasonably fluent in English (spoken and written).

– Applicants should normally have at least 2–3 years of proven professional practice or have completed a university level degree in a relevant field of study.

– The willingness to present one’s practice to other professionals and audiences in Helsinki and to participate in small-scale public events is considered an advantage.

Due to high demand and limited availability, HIAP Residency Programme is available only for individuals who have never undertaken a HIAP residency before.


All project proposals and applications of a professional standard submitted for a residency period at HIAP 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 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, 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.