Villa Eläintarha

Villa Eläintarha is an artist residency in a wooden villa in the centre of Helsinki, next to Töölönlahti bay. The residency rooms at the villa are available for short-term production residencies (residencies that aim for a realisation or presentation of a piece of work in Helsinki). The minimum duration of a residency is one week and the maximum two months.

Villa Eläintarha is maintained by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. HIAP does not provide production support for the projects. The support is provided by the organisations that invite the artists (festivals, galleries, museums, etc).

The residency is made possible with the support from the City of Helsinki and is developed further in dialogue with the city.


Villa Eläintarha is located in Tokoinranta, near Töölönlahti bay. The vicinity of the bay and a peaceful park around the villa ensure a pleasant and quiet living environment. The busy Hakaniemi marketplace with shops and versatile transport connections is located only a five-minute walk from the villa. The main railway station is about a kilometre away and is easily accessible on foot.

The facilities in the villa offer residents a home-like environment. There are six individually decorated single rooms and four of the rooms also have a possibility for an extra bed.

The price of the rooms includes bed linen and towels. The residents share a living room equipped with a television, two bathrooms with shower, two toilets and a kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped for the residents to cook their meals. A washing machine and a dryer are also available.

Read about the history of the Villa Eläintarha and the surrounding area here!

Application procedure

It is currently possible to apply for residencies for year 2019. You can send us an application via an ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.

For information about pricing and essential guidelines about the residency, please take a look at the ELÄINTARHA VILLA INFORMATION PDF.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Travel to Helsinki

HIAP is dedicated to reduce the environmental impact of the organisation’s activities. Therefore we would encourage the residents and our partner organisations to arrange the travel to Helsinki via land or sea. We will soon have more information about the convenient travel routes to Helsinki on our website.


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