FCINY offers working and research periods for Finnish designers, architects and artists through its residency program. Additionally, FCINY coordinates two collaborative residencies for visual artists with Alfred Kordelin Foundation and ISCP, and Finnish Cultural Foundation and Triangle Residency.
The Finnish Cultural Institute has been running an artist-in-residency program in New York City since 1990. Since its initiation, the Institute has hosted over 600 Finnish or Finland-based visual arts professionals. For the selected artists, architects and designers, the program offers a creative working and research period, as well as professional networking opportunities.
Currently the Institute maintains three artist-in-residence apartments in Harlem, Manhattan and one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Applications for the Institute’s independent residency 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 collaboration with the International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP and the Alfred Kordelin Foundation. This program is 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 Spring 2017.
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.