Helsinki International Artist Programme

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme is seeking applications from artists worldwide for residencies taking place at HIAP Suomenlinna and HIAP Cable Factory in 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.


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.