Call for applications: HICP curatorial residencies in Helsinki 2019

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 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.

The aims of the programme

  • To allow internationally active, professional curators the chance to connect with the local contemporary art field and plan projects in collaboration with artists and partner organisations operating in Finland.
  • To support curatorial research in its diverse and emergent forms.

The length of the curatorial residency is one calendar month. In 2019, the residencies will be organised as follows:

  • May 2019: 2 one-month curator residencies
  • September 2019: 1 one-month curator residency

The selected residents have a possibility to contribute to Frame’s programme for autumn 2019 by engaging with a local artist (residents selected for May 2019 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. The selections will be made by a jury of local artists and art professionals, including representatives of Frame and HIAP. The selected fellows 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 Wednesday, September 26, 2018  and the deadline for the applications is Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (11:59 pm, GMT +2)

Application criteria

The applicant should have at least 2–3 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.

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 guidelines

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

Please note the following guidelines regarding additional material supporting your application:

  • It is advised that all the supporting material is stored online and can be downloaded via the use of hyperlinks, which are mentioned in the application. Please make sure that the links do not expire before you have received the decision of the Jury.
  • All image / video / sound samples should be stored and shared online. It is advised to use platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc, so that downloading isn’t required to  access the material.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 31 2018.


For more information:

Saara Karhunen
Residency Programme Manager, HIAP
+358 45 263 1502 (Tue-Thu)

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

Picture: Sirja Moberg