Open Call: Helsinki International Curatorial Programme


Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) offers curatorial residencies in Helsinki for international curators of contemporary art. The programme is co-organised by Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) and Frame Visual Art Finland.

The aim of the programme is to provide curators with an opportunity to carry out research and to develop international curatorial projects while building contacts with art practitioners and cultural organisations in Finland.

Curatorial residencies include the cost of travel to and from Helsinki with a grant for living expenses, studio accommodation, residency services and administrative support. HIAP and Frame both offer practical assistance, networks and critical context for the residents’ curatorial research and projects. A public event such as lecture, workshop or screening is organised during each residency. The curators have also access to the international residency community and programme of events at HIAP, while Frame provides extensive contacts to Finnish artists and other arts professionals.

The length of the curatorial residency is usually one calendar month.

The residencies will take place during the year 2015.


Please submit your application via the online application form

Deadline for Applications: 30 September 2014

Applications should include presentation materials of the applicant’s previous projects, a curriculum vitae, a working plan for the residency period and a proposal for a public event to be organised during the residency.

All applications should be submitted by using the online application form.

All applications of a professional standard submitted for a residency period at HIAP are appropriately considered.

Incomplete applications or applications sent by post or e-mail without using the online application form will not be taken into consideration.

The results of the selection process are communicated to all applicants in due time.


Please note the following guidelines regarding the sending of 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. HIAP does not accept CDs or DVDs sent by post. It is advised to use tools such as Vimeo, YouTube, etc, so that downloading isn’t required to access the material.
– Attachments and supporting material can also be sent by e-mail to Maximum size per message is 10 MB. Please note that all electronic material should be compatible with both MAC and PC computers and readable using common office software.

Please note that due to the amount of materials received, HIAP is not able to contact applicants upon receipt of each application, to address individual inquiries regarding submitted proposals, or to comment further upon the selection process. HIAP is unable to return or archive any unsolicited material.


Head of Programme, Frame
Taru Elfving
+358 50 042 4063

Curator, HIAP
Jenni Nurmenniemi
+358 45 876 6488

Press release: HIAP & FRAME