CUNE Comics-in-Residence Programme 2023

Janne Parviainen
Kuvitus: Janne Parviainen

Apply for a comics residency in Helsinki in 2023

CUNE Comics-in-Residence Programme (CUNE CiR) gives comic artists and other professionals a chance to explore the culture, the people and the local comics scene of neighbouring countries. Through individual projects and collaboration with local comics actives, the artists can form new professional and personal ties and exchange essential know-how.

Application to CUNE Comics-in-Residency in autumn 2023 is now open.

In 2023, the programme is accepting applications from comic artists and professionals living in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

There are two residency periods available in Helsinki. We accommodate two artists at a time on both periods. Please note that the atelier apartment needs to be shared between the selected artists of each residency period.

Residency 1: 26.9 – 22.10.2023
Residency 2: 25.10 – 22.11.2023

In Helsinki, the artists will work with Finnish Comics Society and the residencies will focus on producing new comics art, be that a publication, exhibition or a workshop. The selected artists will be offered a stay in a HIAP atelier apartment on the island of Suomenlinna


Residency benefits and accommodation

The residency benefits for the selected artist include:

  • a project allowance of 900€
  • return travel expenses
  • accommodation*

*Each month two artists will be accommodated at one of HIAP Suomenlinna’s atelier apartments. The 2-floor 90m2 furnished atelier apartment includes a shared living space on the upper level and on the main floor a shared atelier/working space. The living area consists of one separate bedroom, one semi-private sleeping space that can be separated from the kitchen with a curtain, a loft with a couch and a desk, shared kitchen, and bathroom. The semi-private sleeping alcove, kitchen and toilet can be separated from the other spaces with a sliding door. A staircase with approx. 18 steps starts from the loft (upstairs) and leads down to the workspace. See the floor plan of the atelier apartment. 

The residency accommodation is organized in partnership with HIAP in Suomenlinna.

The main venues of HIAP are located on Suomenlinna island, a UNESCO World Heritage site located a 15-minute ferry ride away from the center of Helsinki. The residency spaces are located in the Palmstierna studio complex, which consists of 9 residential units (5 atelier apartments and 4 smaller residency apartments) and one workspace for artists.

Please note that pets are not allowed in the apartments. 

For information regarding accessibility of the HIAP premises on Suomenlinna, please check the section Accessibility here.

Get to know the HIAP premises:

Application instructions

Applications are accepted by email. Please forward the following attachments via email to under the title ”CUNE Application 2023 Helsinki”.

  • CV with contact information (email, phone, home address)
  • Examples of your work (small-resolution PDF and/or a link to your website)
  • 1–2-page project proposal (proposal can also be in comic or video form)
  • preferred residency period (October or November, or no preference)
  • preferred sleeping area (also let us know if you are willing to accept either space) 

The residency will be granted mainly based on the project proposal.

Deadline for applications is June 11th 2023. The selection will be announced by email to all applicants during the first week of July. 


If you have questions about the programme, please contact:

Programme coordinators:

Athanasía Aarniosuo / Executive Director at Finnish Comics Society  

Ella Tahkolahti / Producer at Finnish Comics Society

Partners & supporters

CUNE Comics-in-Residence Programme is organised in partnership with HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme

CUNE Comics-in-Residence Programme is supported by Nordic Culture Point.