International Curatorial Programme For Curators Of Contemporary Art In Helsinki

Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) offers curatorial residencies in Helsinki for international curators of contemporary art. The programme is co-organised by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and Frame Contemporary Art Finland. Deadline to apply is October 30.

The HICP curators-in-residence will live and work at HIAP’s international residency centre on the island of Suomenlinna. 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.

A public event (e.g. a lecture, workshop, screening) is organised as part of the residencies. The events are integrated either to the programme at FRAME and HIAP (for instance to the ‘Meet the Curator’ discussion series) or organised at the premises of local partner organisations. The main purpose of the public event is to share the fellows’ curatorial research and projects with local professional audience, but the format of the event can vary depending on the specific characteristics of each project. 

The length of the curatorial residency is one calendar month. Please note that in 2017, the residency periods will be organised as follows: 

  • June 2017: 2 one-month curator residencies
  • November 2017: 2 one-month curator residencies

The applicants are asked to state which residency period they prefer in their application form.

Main 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.

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.

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