The Finnish Cultural Institute maintains two residency apartments in New York for members of SAFA, Ornamo and Artists’ Association in Finland. We invite architects, designers and artists at all stages of their careers to apply for the residency. The focus of the residency program lies on research, artistic dialogue and cultural exchange. It is especially suitable for artists and professionals who are seeking to expand their international network. The residency provides curatorial and relation building support. Biweekly curator-led tours to exhibitions will foster dialogue with fellow residents, while public presentations by the artists-in-residence will be an opportunity to introduce their research and projects to New York’s creative community.


The open call for applications for 2018 residencies is in April. A link to the online application form is available on April 1st at The application form and all supporting material, including CVs for the residency must be submitted in English.

The deadline for applications is April 30th, at 23:59 Finnish time (4:59 pm New York time). Late applications will not be accepted.

The applicant must present a detailed project plan for the residency. Projects that are connected to New York, or benefit from being situated in the city are preferred. A CV and a maximum of 3 selected works should be attached on the application. Artist collectives should fill out a joint application and attach the CVs of all members of the collective as well as joint or separate selected works. All attachments should be merged into one document and submitted as PDF.


The board of the Foundation for the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York together with the staff of the Institute will review all eligible applications. All applicants will be notified about the selection during the month of June.


The residency period is 2–3 months, providing possibilities for creative work, research and professional networking. 1-month residencies can be granted as an exception. The residency apartments are located in Hamilton Heights’ Sugar Hill in North Harlem. The neighborhood is safe with good subway connections to Manhattan and Brooklyn. The apartments come with bed linens and towels, basic kitchen ware, wireless internet connection and air conditioning. The residency apartments are meant for accommodating the artists, and have no studio space for artistic work. The Residency Manager of the Institute supports the guests before, during and after their stay.



The selected artists are granted full usage of one of the two residency apartments. The purpose of the residency cannot be altered and the residency period cannot be handed over to another person. In the case of significant under-usage of the apartment, the artist will be fined. In the case that the Institute’s lease for the residency apartments would be terminated or some other force majeure situation emerges, the Institute reserves the right to changes in the residency program. A written agreement will be made with each selected artist-in-residence, specifying the conditions of the residency.


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.


Residency fees for each artist-in-residence and accompanying co-artist or family member are:  700 USD/person for 1 month, 1000 USD/person for 2 months and 1200 USD/person for 3 months. Children under the age of 15 will not be charged. Children between 15–17 years will be charged half of the fee. Any other visitors will be charged 100 USD/night, and visits must be agreed upon in advance.


The residency artists are responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements. There is no need for a visa for visits under 90 days to the US, but a valid ESTA is required. The artists-in-residence must have sufficient health and travel insurance coverage for the entire duration of the residency.


Questions about the residency and New York City can be addressed to the Artist-in-Residence Program Manager: Susanne Boswell, boswell[at] (in English)

For questions about the application process, please contact our Administrative Director in Helsinki: Eeva Talvitie, talvitie[at], phone +358 50 3812437 (Mon–Fri.10–12 am)

Please also check our frequently asked questions.


Fill in the online application form here.

Marja Helander, work-in-process image of Coney Island, 2017. Helander was FCINY's artist-in-residence in March, 2017. Courtesy the artist. 

Marja Helander, work-in-process image of Coney Island, 2017. Helander was FCINY's artist-in-residence in March, 2017. Courtesy the artist.