Call for applications: Curatorial residencies in Helsinki 2020

Every year, the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) offers residencies in Helsinki for curators of contemporary art. The programme is co-organised by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme.

The aims of the programme are two-fold: To help internationally active, professional curators connect with the local contemporary art scene and plan projects in collaboration with artists and partner organisations in Finland, and also to support curatorial research in its diverse and emergent forms. They will also contribute to Frame’s public programme Rehearsing Hospitalities. 

The HICP curators-in-residence will live and work at HIAP’s international residency centre on the island of Suomenlinna, a 15 minute ferry-trip away from the centre of Helsinki. HIAP offers the resident curators a combined workspace and accommodation. 

Frame provides them with a working grant (39 euros per residency day) and a travel allowance from and to the curator’s place of residence. Both organisations provide the curator fellows with individualised assistance and networking support tailored to their project or research. 

The HICP curators have access to the international residency community and programme of events at HIAP, while Frame provides contacts with extensive networks of Finnish artists and other art professionals.

About the residency

The length of the curatorial residency is one calendar month. In 2020, the residencies will be organised as follows:

April 2020: two one-month curator residencies

September 2020: two one-month curator residencies 

The selected residents for spring 2020 will have a possibility to contribute to Frame’s programme for autumn 2020 by engaging with a local artist (residents selected for April 2020 are offered the possibility to return to Helsinki for a second visit).  

In their application form, the applicants are asked to state which residency period they prefer. If the applicant is interested in contributing to Frame’s programming it is mandatory to indicate how their research would be connect to Frame’s programme. The selections will be made by a jury of local artists and art professionals, including representatives of Frame and HIAP. The selected curators will be notified by the end of December 2019.

Please note that due to the large number of applicants, we are unfortunately unable to give feedback about individual applications.

The application period starts Tuesday 1 October 2019 and the deadline for the applications is Thursday 31 October 2019 (11:59 pm, GMT +2).


Application criteria

The applicant should have at least two – three years professional experience in curating (relevant, formal education is not obligatory but can be considered as an advantage), either within an institutional context or independently.

Application should contain a clearly stated research interest or a project outline. Please note that HICP supports first and foremost curatorial research, professional development and connections. The programme can be connected with other, production-oriented projects, but it does not generally allow the realisation of large-scale productions.


Application procedure

To apply, please submit your application via the online application form.
Your application must contain the following:

  • Short bio and a curatorial statement
  • Working plan describing the professional activities the applicant plans to undertake during the residency period
  • Presentation materials of the applicant’s previous projects (links to curator’s website and/or other online material is sufficient)

Applications or supporting material sent by e-mail without using the online application form will not be taken into consideration.

Supporting material

Please make sure that all the supporting material is stored online and can be downloaded via the use of hyperlinks, which are mentioned in the application. Make sure that the links do not expire before you have received the decision of the jury.

All image, video or sound samples should be stored and shared online. Please use platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc, so that downloading isn’t required to access the material.


Rehearsing Hospitalities Programme

Frame’s public programme Rehearsing Hospitalities 2019-2023 connects artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and mediate new practices, understandings and engagements with diverse hospitalities. In 2019 the programme addressed art and institutional potential to facilitate and mediate diverse epistemic hospitalities.

During 2020 the programme gives attention to questions of access and accessibility in regards to knowing and knowledge production. Questions are further situated into the site of the contemporary city, its different geographical and cultural areas and its institutions.

More information about the Rehearsing Hospitalities Programme.


For more information:

Jussi Koitela
Head of Programme, Frame Contemporary Art Finland
+358 50 471 7711

Stephanie Roiko
Administration & Partnerships, HIAP
+358 45 263 1502

Picture: HICP Curator Tereza Jindrová at Rehearsing Hospitalities Programme in September 2019.