HIAP, Helsinki

Applications are now closed.

Applications close: Tuesday 22 October 2019 at midnight AEDT

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Art form: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Dance, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts

Length of residency: 3 months


  • 1 September 2020 – 29 November 2020
  • 1 March – 28 May 2021

Grant amount: $10,000


Information Pack: learn more about the studio, accommodation, local area, and travel arrangements by downloading the information pack.

Guidelines: read the guidelines for information on assessment criteria, the selection process, support material, and how to submit an application.

Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

About HIAP

Founded in 1998, Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) is the largest international residency centre in the Nordic and Baltic region. Every year up to 90 arts professionals from around the world are offered a working period of one to three months in the HIAP residency studios in Helsinki. The studios are located on Suomenlinna Island, a World Heritage site, and in the Cable Factory cultural complex in central Helsinki.

Residency opportunity

HIAP focuses primarily on visual arts, however is open to artists and curators from various disciplines. Collaborating with local and international partner organisations, residencies extend to such creative fields as dance, theatre, literature, and music. The activities are organised predominantly through thematic residency programs that highlight a geographical area or concentrate on a specific contemporary topic or an aspect of artistic practice.

The objectives of the HIAP residency program are to:

  • initiate and support new approaches in producing, understanding, studying and valuing art
  • encourage artistic exploration and cross-disciplinary creativity
  • provide international arts professionals with opportunities to undertake creative work, conduct research, build networks, and carry out special art projects in the Helsinki metropolitan area
  • present the creative work of international artists to audiences in the Helsinki metropolitan area
  • foster international collaboration, exchange, and dialogue in the arts.

While working on their projects during the residency, artists have access to HIAP administrative support and contacts with local arts professionals and organisations. The public events organised for and by the artists in residence include Open Studios and residents' self-organised events. Most of these take place in the HIAP Gallery Augusta or HIAP Project Space on Suomenlinna.


The studio is located on Suomenlinna Island in the Palmstierna complex, a two-storey, red brick barrack. Originally from the 18th century, the barrack has been renovated to meet contemporary needs. The complex is comprised of nine residential units, five artists’ studios and four guest rooms.

Accommodation and workspace

The studio is 80 sqm, furnished, and divided into a working space downstairs and a separate living space with private bathroom and kitchenette. The studio has a wireless internet connection.

Access and Inclusion

The HIAP studio is not wheelchair accessible. Additional access requirements during a residency may be accommodated upon request. 

Families and guests

The studio is suitable for a single artist or couple. Children are allowed, although no more than two small children would be reasonable considering the size of the studio.



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