English, Finnish
2 years
Paid by host 
  • work space and university facilities
  • a monthly salary equalling that of a post-doc researcher at Aalto University
  • a production budget depending on the individual project
  • production assistance and a team of students helping with the production
  • exhibition and co-operation possibilities
  • support in finding accommodation 
Application guidelines 

Applicants should be internationally active and experienced artists committed to experimentation, cross-disciplinary work and innovation; essentially, the hosts are looking for artists who have an interesting and original project that falls within the expertise of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University. They welcome applicants with a fascination and readiness to utilise a truly multi-disciplinary creative environment and with a clear interest in the university world.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Artist-in-Residence Programme


The School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University is an internationally renowned institution of higher education in the fields of art, art education, architecture, design, film, television and scenography, media, graphic design and photography. Cooperation and interaction between all the different disciplines of the school challenge technology-driven thinking and put greater emphasis on a human and user-centred approach to the creative process. The school’s commitment to enhancing cross-disciplinary dialogue is also visible in its artist-in-residence programme, which is, notably, the first of its kind in the Nordic countries.

The Aalto AiR programme benefits from the Aalto University community as a whole as well as from its location in Helsinki, the World Design Capital of 2012. Helsinki is a thriving city of culture that is currently undergoing an energising phase of creative regeneration in which local forms of self-governed activism are in seamless dialogue with global-level debates, networks and institutions. The programme builds on active partnerships with multiple actors in the Helsinki cultural scene: art museums, galleries, artists' collectives, art promotion organisations and other residence programmes, such as the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP). 

Now in its third year, the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Artist-in-Residence Programme provides dedicated and internationally active artists with a unique opportunity to work with a truly collaborative community of researchers, students and staff and to avail themselves of Aalto University’s resources for artistic and creative productions for a longer period of time.


The Artist-in-Residence will be expected to:

  •  commit to a two-year period in Helsinki working with a personal project
  • dedicate a 4 - 6 week period per annum to teaching
  • arrange one workshop per annum related to the project
  • give at least two public presentations per annum
Studio Information 

Work space suitable for the project in question will be provided.

Technical Information 

Access to a variety of facilities for creative endeavours at the various departments of the school, as well as other resources, including:


Aalto University is a new university with more than a century of experience. Created in 2010 from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland — the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki — Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000, including 350 professors.

Aalto University - School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Hämeentie 135 C
FI-00076 Helsinki
P.O.Box 31000
00076 Aalto
+358 50 341 2256 - Krista Kinnunen (general information)

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