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Residency program

Program structure

ɬɾąŋʂɠɛŋıƈ 2021 will take place in the six weeks between August 2 and September 19, 2021. The program will invite three participants from Russia, Sweden and Finland, respectively.

Residents will be accommodated at Villa Eläintarha in Helsinki’s central Hakaniemi district. Accommodation includes a single room per resident and shared use of a common living room, kitchen and bathrooms. Basic services (cleaning, bed linen laundry) are provided during the stay.

Hygienic protocols are in place for the use of the shared facilities. Should pandemic circumstances at the time forbid the sharing of premises, or international travel at all, the residency will be conducted online in full or part, building on the experience gathered in the production of the Helsinki Design Residency program in 2020.

The residency includes a public event phase that will take place during the Hel­sin­ki Design Week festival in the time between September 9 and 19. It will comprise a panel discussion at the Design Museum as well as a project showcase to be developed with the residents and program partners in order to function adequately with the conducted projects / researches.


The award for selected residents includes:

Please note that the residency facilities do not include a dedicated material workshop. However, facilities for material work may be arranged in consultation with the curator and local opportunities.


Residents are expected to:

Residents are further expected to agree to all reasonable press / media requests.


Applications are welcome without regard to disciplinary backgrounds from practitioners and researchers that seek to study and imagine the built environment in all facets of its material and political interdependencies with the planetary habitat.

Calls for application are announced separately for applicants based in Russia, Sweden and Finland during spring of each year. For information on application dates and modalities, please see the apply page.

Eligibility criteria include:

Information requested in the application includes:


Applications will be evaluated on base of the following criteria:

Residents will be selected by a panel composed of the program partners. The 2021 jury will consist of:

For Sweden-based applicants, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s delegation for the Iaspis program will select a shortlist of candidates, from which the final selection will be made by the above jury.


Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is a non-profit educational institution in Moscow, Russia, founded in 2009 with a mission to change the physical and cultural landscape of Russian cities. The Institute promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its educational activities and programs. Strelka’s newly inaugurated postgraduate program, “The Terraforming,” will explore the transformations of Earth of the industrial era and those that will now be necessary to counter the global ecological and other consequent crises through a renewed Copernican turn in both theory and practice.

Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program for Visual and Applied Artists. Its mission is to work with internationalisation in various ways with the aim of increasing and developing contacts between Swedish artists and international institutions, fellow artists, the general public and the markets with the aim of contributing to artistic development and improved working and income opportunities. This is done by means of direct support for various forms of international cultural exchange, studio programs in Sweden and abroad, informational activities and expert visits, as well as via a public program of activities which formulate and explore topical issues in contemporary visual art and design from an international perspective.

Helsinki Design Week, founded in 2005, is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners and offers city citizens through design a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival’s program contains over 250 events and includes both events targeted for professionals and the general public reaching an audience of 160,000 visitors.

Design Museum, founded in 1873, is an internationally renowned national specialist museum of Finnish design. Design Museum researches, collects, stores and documents design, and displays it both in Finland and in touring exhibitions abroad.