Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply for the residency?

The open call for applications for the Finnish Cultural Institute’s 2018 residency program  runs from April 1st to April 30th 2017. The deadline for applications is strict: send your application by midnight on April 30th (5pm NYC time).

April is also the month to apply to the International Studio and Residency Program (ISCP), supported by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation. Two artists will be chosen for 6 month residencies in 2018. The deadline for applications is also April 30, 2017. 

The Institute also has a residency collaboration with Triangle Arts, supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, but we are currently not taking new applications for the Triangle Residency Program.

Is the residency fully funded?

The Finnish Cultural Institute’s own residency program is partly funded. The Institute maintains the residency apartments and supports the artists-in-residence before, during and after the residency. Our Residency Manager will contact each selected artist-in-residence well in advance to work on a plan to get the most out of the residency period in New York. The artists are in charge of their travel and living costs in New York and are charged a residency fee of 700 USD for 1 month, 1000 USD for 2 months and 1200 USD for 3 months.

I am a member of the Photographer’s Association / Muu ry etc. Am I eligible to apply for the residency?

Yes. All members of Finnish Associations for Designers (Ornamo), Architects (SAFA) and Artists (STS), are eligible to apply. For the Artists' Association of Finland (STS), your membership comes through one of their member organizations:

Members of all sub-associations are welcome to apply.

I was artist-in-residence at the Finnish Cultural Institute before, may I apply again?

Yes you can!

When do you announce the selections?

All applicants will be notified about the selection during the month of June.

How long are the residencies and what kind of work are they meant for?

The residencies are meant for working and research periods for designers, architects and artists. The institute grants residencies for 1-3 months at a time. To get the most out of your residency, we prefer 2-3-month residencies as it takes time to get settled and started in New York. As an exception, we may grant 1-month residencies for specific projects.

Is the institute located next to the residency apartments?

No. The Institute’s office is located near Union Square (relocating  in Summer 2017). The residency apartments are in upper Manhattan, in Hamilton Heights’ Sugar Hill in North Harlem. The area is peaceful and has great connections to other parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Is the residency apartment suitable for artistic work?

The residency apartments are suitable for research and computer based artistic work. If you are interested in renting a studio space in New York, please contact our Residency Manager.

How are the apartments equipped?

The apartments are either studio or one bedroom apartments and fully furnished. The apartments are equipped with basic kitchen ware and tools, bedsheets, towels, a hair dryer etc. There is a mobile phone allocated to the residents that  a local sim card can be bought for. There are no TV’s in the apartments.

The apartments are professionally cleaned between residencies, but during your residency you are in charge of keeping the apartment in good shape.

We encourage newly selected residency artists to join our residency facebook group ('Residenssitaiteilijat New Yorkissa') and exchange experiences and hints about the residency, the apartments and the neighbourhood.

May I bring my family, a friend, or an assistant along?

The residency apartments house two people comfortably. They are meant for the accommodation of the artists-in-residence. Immediate family members and co-artists may stay in the apartment, if they are included in the application form. Accommodation of any visitors must be arranged separately.

Are there other options for residencies in New York  or The United States?

These are some of the other residency programs in New York City:

Abrons Arts Center at the Henry Street Settlement

Eyebeam Creative Residencies

Flux Factory

New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation

Pioneer Works

Recess Arts

Residency Unlimited

Shandaken at Storm King Sculpture Center

Shift Residency


For residency programs in the United States, please consult the following websites: