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Open Call for The Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP)

Every year, the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) offers one-month residencies in Helsinki for contemporary art curators. The programme in 2022 is co-organised by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme in collaboration with Kunsthalle Kohta and Kunsthalle Seinäjoki.

The HICP curators-in-residence will live and work at HIAP’s international residency centre on the island of Suomenlinna, a 15-minute ferry ride away from the centre of Helsinki. HIAP offers the resident curators a combined workspace and accommodation. Frame provides them with a working grant (39 euros per residency day) and a travel allowance from and to the curator’s place of residence.

For this year’s open call, Frame and HIAP are collaborating with Kunsthalle Kohta and Kunsthalle Seinäjoki to offer two curators the possibility of collaborating on an exhibition, or another form of presentation of their curatorial research conducted during their residency. Residencies are organised in September and November 2022. Projects with the partners are produced later during 2023 and 2024.


The aim of collaborating with the HICP curatorial programme is to find a curator whose own practice and interests can respond to the programme of Kunsthalle Seinäjoki. Kunsthalle Seinäjoki hopes that the collaboration, which will begin through HICP, will lead to a research project and eventually to the production of a new exhibition at Vintti space in 2024. A preliminary agreement for possible exhibition cooperation will be made at the end of the HICP residency period.

The application period starts Monday, 11 October 2021 and the deadline for the applications is Sunday, 14 November 2021 (11:59 pm, GMT +2).

Read more about the open call and guidelines

To apply, please submit your application via the online application form.

Kunsthalle premises


At Vintti the roof rises over 7 m at its ridge, the floor area of the space is 267.5 m². The surfaces are of wood from the floor to the roof, except for the gable wall, which has been preserved red-brick as originally built. A circular window in the wall resembles a rose window in a church, giving the premises a unique feel. The space can’t be darkened completely, there is natural light coming from the circular window. There is a row of wooden pillars and roof beams at both sides of the space. The light tracks for spot lights are attached to the roof beams. Vintti is located on the 3rd floor. This must be considered in the exhibition planning. The only elevator in the building is a normal one, there is not a freight elevator.

Temporary structures can be used to install exhibitions. Also art works can be hung from the wooden panel and red-brick walls with certain restrictions. The roof beams can be used to hang art works or technical equipment but not other parts of the roof. The floor of Vintti space is spruce timber/plank and nothing can be fastened into the floor. Kunsthalle Seinäjoki has a selection of technical equipment such as projectors, screens and speakers.

For more pictures of the Vintti space click here.

Pic: Visio Creative



Halli is an exhibition space on the 2nd floor of Kalevan Navetta. As to its architecture, Halli is a hall. The total area of the Halli is 520 m², the height is 3.5 m. The surfaces are of concrete showing layers of time. The atmosphere in the premises is spicy and rough, but the form of the space is well-defined. One birch plywood wall brings warmth to the space. Uncovered structures and elements of the roof render a look of rough personality to the space. It is easy to transform the space using lights and temporary structures. It is possible to close the window shutters to block the natural light. The photo is taken of the Halli during renovation.

The Workshop space Itikka (58 m²) is located next to Halli, on the 2nd floor. It is used for events and audience development.

For more pictures of the Halli space click here.

Pic: Anne Kaivo-oja


Program guidelines

Issues, questions and phenomena from a contemporary perspective, springing from the countryside and urban-rural interface form a broad framework in program planning and curator work at the Kunsthalle Seinäjoki. Four outlines within the scope of which the program is constructed are: Space, Process, Presence and Dialogue. Kunsthalle Seinäjoki features individual and group exhibitions, from Finland and internationally. The main interest of the Kunsthalle lies with the Nordic Countries. Kunsthalle Seinäjoki develops collaboration with art halls of the Nordic Countries.

Learn more about the program design tools:
Program outlines in finnish (pdf)
Program design template in finnish (pdf)

All proposals for cooperation regarding exhibitions or other programs are reviewed by the exhibition team of the Kunsthalle. Contacts to the Kunsthalle’s exhibition coordinator (exhibitions) and art producer (supplementary program). See contact details here here.