How to apply for the International Studio & Curatorial Program residency

Deadline for applications

30 September 2023 at 24:00 Finnish time (GMT+2).

Scholarship and spaces

The six month long residency starting on 1 January 2025 is fully funded with the support of Saastamoinen Foundation in partnership with the Uniarts Helsinki´s Academy of Fine Arts. At the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) the artist is provided with a private and furnished studio space and 24-hour access to all communal facilities. The residency includes an apartment accomodation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An artist stipend is granted for six months accommodation and living costs. The stipend should also cover costs for visa, pension and insurance, as well as all travel expenses in connection to the residency. In addition, the artist will receive a single instalment grant for production costs.

The selected artist will receive:

  • A studio work space at ISCP
  • Apartment accomodation in Brooklyn
  • A stipend of 2 000 euros monthly, 12 000 euros in total
  • A 1 200 euro production support
  • Participation in ISCP’s program activities

As an International Incubators in Fine Arts project grantee, the selected artist commits to share his/her processes in the form of a blog or another open digital platform during the residency and talk about the opportunity to fine art students at the Academy of Fine Arts in events agreed upon in advance. The shared material can be used in the final report from the residency period.


MFA and DFA graduates from the Academy of Fine Arts having at least 5 years of professional experience are welcome to apply. There is no age limit. Only artists who finished their studies may apply, BFA or MFA students are not considered.

How to apply

Please read about the residency to understand the program objectives. To apply, applicants must fill out a basic form (link below) and submit the following in one single PDF file:

  1. A cover letter with full contact details (including telephone, email, mobile number and address) and a short presentation.
  2. A project proposal stating goals and purpose of your stay: max. 500 words. In the proposal, please include a section on how this residency will fit within your practice and why this is a good time for you to be applying for it.
  3. Description about the synergy and contacts you would gain from the residency: max 500 words.
  4. Documented examples of recent work (max 20 works dating back no longer than 5 years). Please include the basic information about each work (year, technique, materials, measures / duration etc.) Note that a website link alone will not be accepted, a PDF portfolio is required. For voluminous files (like videos), please insert a link to the server/website/YouTube/Vimeo where the file can be viewed.
  5. Your resumé (max. two A4 pages)

Please make sure that the files can be opened and that all the links to external sites work at least up to two months after the deadline.

Selection process

All applications will be reviewed by an international panel who will create a shortlist of three (3) applicants. The panel is formed by one Uniarts Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts representative and two invited international experts. The final decision will be made by the executive director and a selection committe at ISCP. All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application within a month after closing the call. We will offer short overview feedback based on the decision-making framework when requested by the applicant at a specified time given when informing about the selection.

All applications will be treated confidentially, only the staff and the jury concerned will have access to the information received. For further information on the handling of personal data, read Uniarts Helsinki’s data protection statement for scholarship applicants.

About ISCP

With an International Residency Program and Ground Floor Program for New York City-based artists, ISCP strives to establish a global network of exemplary artists and curators. Tailored for professional growth, the programs serve as an active mediator, creating visibility and immersion for all of its residents in New York City. ISCP’s programming is conceived to facilitate dialogue and collaboration. Integrated activity areas including the Residency Programs, Exhibition Program, ISCP Talks and Offsite Projects, make ISCP an unparalleled platform for producing, presenting and contextualizing contemporary art through an expansive range of international perspectives.

The International Studio & Curatorial Program’s mission is:

  • to support and enhance the professional development of emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world
  • to introduce New York audiences to exceptional international art practices
  • to engage communities of Brooklyn and the New York City area through public programs that enrich the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art

Residents at ISCP are encouraged to take advantage of the in-house community of artists and curators, offeringinvaluable international connections, professional conversations and critique. While in the program, all residents are invited to participate in a number of activities in and outside of ISCP including the four core program activities: Visiting Critics, Field Trips, Artists at Work and Open Studios.

Visiting Critics
The Visiting Critic series is the hallmark of ISCP’s residency program. It introduces residents to professionals from museums, galleries, alternative spaces and publications within the context of a studio visit, generating critical feedback from diverse positions.

Field Trips
ISCP organizes field trips to museums, galleries, alternative spaces, archives and other places of interest to art professionals. Often, a curator or staff member introduces the institution’s mission and program. Past Field Trips have included the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Conservation Department at MoMA, Dia:Beacon, CCS Bard, MASS MoCA, Art Omi, art spaces in SoHo and on the Lower East Side, private collections and many other institutions in Greater New York.

Artists at Work
Residents at ISCP are invited to present their recent work in semi-monthly public programs, titled Artists at Work. These events feature film screenings, performances, installations and lectures and introduce the work of ISCP artists and curators to the New York art community.

Open Studios
Twice a year, in April and November, ISCP hosts two-day long Open Studios, presenting work by the 35 ISCP artists and curators in residence, accompanied by performances, panel discussions and exhibitions. During Open Studios, residents present recent projects, work in progress, site-specific installations and their archives to over 2,000 professionals and art enthusiasts from New York and beyond.

Further information

Information about the residency program:
Alison Kuo, Art Residency Manager ISCP

Information on the call and grant:
Sade Kahra, project manager, International Incubators in Fine Arts
Uniarts Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts