Open Calls

HIAP Residency Programme 2018

HIAP Residency Programme is HIAP’s main residency programme, which has welcomed artists to Helsinki since the year 1998. The programme focuses on contemporary 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 finalized pieces or work.

The residency studios, which combine living and working space, are located in the Cable Factory cultural complex and on the island of Suomenlinna, both in Helsinki, Finland. HIAP welcomes also family members of the artists-in-residence. The studios can accommodate 2-3 persons. For images of the HIAP Suomenlinna and Cable Factory Studios, please take a look at and

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

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

The applicants will be asked to state their preferred residency period in the application form.

The residency includes accommodation and studio space free of charge, a monthly working grant of 1200€ and travel costs.

The main funders of HIAP Residency Programme are Taike Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Ministry of Education and Culture and City of Helsinki. With the support of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture by Nordic Culture Point, artists based in Nordic and Baltic countries are eligible for an additional support in the form of a production budget.

HIAP encourages artists-in-residence to carry out collaborations with local artists and arts organisations. During their residency, the artists have access to HIAP administrative support and to contacts with local arts professionals and organisations. The artists have a chance to present their work in a HIAP Open Studio event organised towards the end of each residency season. In addition, HIAP Project Space can be used by the artists for meetings, gatherings or for self-organised events.

HIAP hosts a weekly internal gathering for all resident artists with occasional special guests and offers an annual programme of visits to exhibitions, galleries and various other venues and events in Finland.

HIAP is in the process of confirming collaborations with organisations which can offer specific production facilities for artists. The first confirmed collaboration is with Pot Viapori ceramics studio, located next to HIAP Suomenlinna Studios. More information:

In addition to HIAP Residency Programme open call, there are several other annual open calls which are sent out by our partner organisations. The specific country focuses of these open calls include Australia, Japan and Korea. The open calls also include specific focus areas, such as comics and design. For further information please have a look at the annual open calls summary page.

The Jury consists of HIAP Associates and members of HIAP staff. The selected artists will be notified by the end of August 2017. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, we are unfortunately unable to give feedback about individual applications.

The deadline for the applications is Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (11:59 pm, GMT +2).


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.

Applications from individual artists, collectives or artist duos are welcomed. Please note that in case of more than one selected applicant, the working grant and travel allowance will need to be shared among the members of the group.

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 local audiences in the frame of HIAP Open Studios is considered an advantage.

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

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 due to the amount of materials received, 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.

All the applicants will receive an e-mail from HIAP acknowledging that we have received your application on Friday, 30 June (there is NO confirmation e-mail immediately after submitting the form).

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