HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme


The HIAP residency programme offers time and space for developing new work in dialogue with the local art scene. The goal is to support experimental, cross-disciplinary art practices and to actively contribute to topical debates within and around the context of art. The HIAP residency studios are located in Cable Factory in central Helsinki and on Suomenlinna island, a 15-minute ferry ride away from Helsinki.

The residents are selected primarily via open calls which are arranged throughout the year in collaboration with HIAP partner organisations. The international residencies for artists are normally 3 months long and include a working grant. The residencies for curators usually last 1-2 months. At the end of each residency season HIAP organises an open studio event.

Alongside the main HIAP residency programme, HIAP also coordinates the reservations for Villa Eläintarha, a wooden villa located in central Helsinki. Villa Eläintarha is primarily dedicated for short residencies which aim for a production and/or presentation of a piece of work in Helsinki. HIAP staff does not provide production or networking support for the residents at the villa. Booking requests for the villa can be made throughout the year via an online form. Minimum stay at the villa is 1 week and maximum 2 months.

Residency Programme since: N/A
Description of Organisation:

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme was founded in 1998 by a coalition of arts organisations. The first residencies were arranged in studios at Cable Factory cultural complex, where HIAP currently has 3 residency studios. Since 2010 the main residency site of HIAP has been located on the historical fortress island of Suomenlinna, where HIAP has 5 residency studios, 4 residency apartments and 1 workspace.

Since beginning of year 2019, HIAP has been responsible for coordinating the residencies at Villa Eläintarha, a 19th century wooden villa next to Töölönlahti bay in central Helsinki. Villa Eläintarha has 6 residency rooms which are dedicated for short residencies.

In addition to residency activities in Helsinki, HIAP is also engaged in international residency exchanges and collaboration projects.

Organisation founded in: 1998
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Years: 1
Number of studios: between 16 and 20
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 16 and 20
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: please choose
Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
Selection process: N/A
Setting: Urban
Nearest Airport: Helsinki
Nearest Train Station: Helsinki
How to reach by plane: Helsinki-Vantaa Airport 15 km
How to reach by train: Helsinki Central Train Station 2km
How to reach by car: Stockholm-Helsinki by ferry
Street & Number: Suomenlinna B 28 2
Postal Code: FIN-00190
City: Helsinki
Country long: Finland
Suomenlinna B 28 2
Helsinki FIN-00190 FIN
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