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Helsinki International Curatorial Programme
Residency Suomenlinna, Finland

Helsinki International Curatorial Programme


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 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.


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.