HIAP Residencies in Suomenlinna & Cable Factory

The HIAP residency programme offers time and support for developing new work in dialogue with the local art scene. The goal is to offer space for experimental, cross-disciplinary art practices and to actively contribute to topical debates within and around the context of art.

The HIAP team supports the residents with their research/work as well as practical everyday matters. The Open Studios event is an opportunity to present the work-in-progress for art professionals and general public. Taking part in the Open Studios event is optional. The residency time can be used for open-ended research and experimentation, there is no requirement to produce a finalised piece of work.

The residency durations are between 1-11 months. The residencies for artists are typically 3 or 11 months, and for curators 1-2 months. The residencies are arranged with numerous partner organisations and the residents are chosen via open calls or by invitation.

The residency venues are located on Suomenlinna island and in Cable Factory in Helsinki. Suomenlinna island is a 15 minute ferry ride away from Market Square in central Helsinki.

Residents have 24/7 access to HIAP facilities in Suomenlinna – Community Room, Project Space, Equipment Room and Wood Workshop. The residents can borrow HIAP equipment (video projectors, sound systems, etc) based on availability. Residents can also book the HIAP Community Room for their self-organised events or gatherings. The weekly residency community gatherings take place at the Community Room in Suomenlinna.


HIAP has three main residency seasons:

  • Winter season: January-March
  • Spring season: mid-April to mid-July
  • Autumn season: mid-August to mid-November

The Open Studios event takes place during the second half of each season. The Open Studios are prepared in dialogue with HIAP team.


The main venues of HIAP are located on Suomenlinna island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located a 15-minute ferry ride away from the centre of Helsinki. HIAP Gallery Augusta is a venue for exhibitions, events and open studio events. The residency spaces are located in the Palmstierna studio complex, which consists of 9 residential units (5 atelier apartments and 4 smaller residency apartments) and one workspace for artists.

HIAP Suomenlinna atelier apartments are approx 80 sqm each, furnished, and divided into a working space downstairs and a separate living space consisting of a sleeping area, bathroom, kitchenette, and a loft upstairs. The loft can be isolated from the rest of the area with a sliding door. A staircase with approx. 18 steps starts from the loft (upstairs) and leads down to the workspace. The atelier apartments can accommodate 2-4 persons. Family members are welcome in all our locations. Please note that pets are not allowed in the apartments.

HIAP Suomenlinna residency 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 projects. Please note that pets are not allowed in the apartments.

For information regarding accessibility of the HIAP premises on Suomenlinna, please check the section Accessibility here.

» Photos of HIAP Suomenlinna premises and the Suomenlinna island


HIAP has three live/work studios at the Cable Factory cultural complex. With over five hectares of floor space, Cable Factory is the largest cultural structure in Helsinki, containing dozens of studios for artists, architects, designers and musicians, as well as museums, art schools, dance and publishing companies and other cultural institutions, non-profit organizations and commercial enterprises.

HIAP Cable Factory live/work studios are 63 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. Please note that pets are not allowed in the apartments.

» Photos of HIAP Cable Factory premises

For information regarding accessibility of the HIAP premises in Cable Factory, please check the section Accessibility here.