The Finnish Cultural Institute has been running a residency program for Finnish artists, designers and architects in New York City since its establishment in 1990. The aim of the program is to offer a creative working and research period, as well as networking opportunities in a new cultural context for professionals in all stages of their career. Since its initiation, FCINY’s residency program has hosted over six hundred Finnish or Finland-based visual arts professionals.
The Institute maintains four artist-in-residence apartments in Harlem, Manhattan. Applications for the Institute’s basic program, which offers apartments for one-to-three month residencies, are accepted annually in the month of April. Eligibility for this program is based on the required affiliation to Artists’ Association of Finland (STS), The Finnish Association of Designers (Ornamo) or Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA).
In 2012, the Institute launched a new residency program in collaboration with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation and the International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP. This program is specially tailored to meet the needs of Finnish or Finland-based artists. The residencies run for six months and allow the artists a more concentrated period of work by granting them a studio space at the ISCP and an apartment in Williamsburg as well as a grant for material expenses. For this program, the Alfred Kordelin Foundation has an open call in springtime.
In the fall of 2014 the FCINY added more residency opportunities for artists by starting a partnership with Triangle Residency located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. This partnership, which is funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, aims to benefit Finnish artists as well as the artist community at Triangle by creating an international network of professional artists. Furthermore, this collaboration also provides the artists with an apartment and workspace for a set period of time. These residencies are three months long.
For a list of previous Artists-in-Residence click here.