Helsinki International Artist Programme

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.

HIAP Residency Programme / 3-month residency / 2025

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme invites artists and other art practitioners to apply for residencies in Suomenlinna and Cable Factory for the year 2025. This international open call is for artists who are not based in Finland.

The HIAP Residency Programme focuses on visual art but is open to art professionals from other disciplines as well. The programme offers time and support for developing new work in dialogue with the local art scene. The residency time can be used for open-ended research and experimentation, without the requirement to produce a finalised piece of work.

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 atelier apartments can accommodate 2-4 persons. Family members are welcome in all our locations.

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.

You can also bring your dog to the residence: one of the HIAP Cable Factory live/work studios is dog-friendly.

The 3-month residencies can be applied by artists and other art practitioners. The residency does not involve financial obligations or support (the resident does not have to pay a fee to HIAP, and there is no working grant, travel funding or production budget from HIAP).

The available residency periods for 3-month residencies are:
– Winter: 8 January – 7 April 2025 at HIAP Suomenlinna or HIAP Cable Factory
– Autumn: 19 August – 17 November 2025 at HIAP Cable Factory

HIAP can grant approximately eight 3-month residencies from this open call. The selection of the residents will be made by Ilari Laamanen and Pamela Cohn in dialogue with HIAP Director Emma Beverley. Ilari Laamanen and Pamela Cohn are independent curators who are at residence at HIAP Suomenlinna during Sept 2024-July 2025.

More information about the residency programme and the facilities is available here:

The deadline for the applications is Thursday, August 15th, 2024 (11:59 pm, GMT +3).


To apply, applicants must submit the following by using the online application form:

  • Motivation statement
  • Short bio and CV
  • Portfolio / examples of previous work
  • Work plan (optional)

We welcome applicants of all ages, genders and linguistic, cultural and other minorities. If you belong to any of these groups, feel free to indicate this in your application. Please also indicate in the motivation letter if you need any special assistance or conditions for participating in the residency. We treat all information you provide confidentially. Information about the accessibility of the residency locations is available here.

Applications or supporting material sent by e-mail without using the online application form will not be taken into consideration. Please note that due to the large number of applicants for our open calls, we are unfortunately unable to give feedback about individual applications.


Applications must be submitted by using the online application form. APPLY NOW

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