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Apply for the Academy of Fine Arts Foundation grant

The Academy of Fine Arts Foundation will award a studio grant for a young, talented artist who is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts. Preference will be given to graduates who obtained their degree in the academic year 2018–2019. The grant will cover the rent, electricity and water of a studio (35 m2) and the residency services by the residency organisation HIAP for one year. The studio is located in Suomenlinna, at HIAP’s studio complex. The studio can only be used for working, not living.

The studio grant will be awarded from 1 Oct 2019 to 31 Aug 2020. The grant cannot be extended.

The Academy of Fine Arts Foundation has an established cooperation with HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, the goal of which is to support the work of young, talented graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts and to help them in networking in the international arts world. The cooperation offers a recently graduated artist the opportunity to work in the HIAP residency programme, in Suomenlinna, for a one-year term. The grant was awarded to Joonas Siren in 2014, Eveliina Hämäläinen in 2015, artist collective Harrie Liveart in 2016, Raimo Saarinen in 2017, and Karoliina Hellberg in 2018.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application cover letter, with CV, a short working plan for the grant period and a description on how you plan to make use of HIAP’s international network, by no later than 3 May 2019 to

The decision on the recipient of the grant will be made at a meeting of The Academy of Fine Arts Foundation in May. The recipient will be notified in person.

For more information, please contact Timo Lampinen, representative of the Foundation, at +358-400-792-035,


Established in 2013, The Academy of Fine Arts Foundation supports and promotes accommodation, artistic work, exhibition and publication activities and international activities of fine arts students.

HIAP is one of the most extensive international residency programmes in the Nordic Countries and the Baltic Sea area. The core activities of HIAP include offering professional artists the time and space that creative work requires, in interaction with the local and international field of fine arts.