On this page you find grant guidance, our programme and news during Covid-19 pandemic.

Resources in times of Covid-19 for artists and art communities

Frame has compiled a list of useful resources for those working within art and cultural fields in Finland during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Firstly, we recognise it is important to focus on the immediate urgencies of lost incomes and secure crisis funding for self-employed artists and art workers. It is also important to discuss how the crisis impacts  the art scene now and long term, therefore we have compiled content on this too. Furthermore, the list includes a range of resources emphasizing the possibilities to experience contemporary online art despite physical isolation.  

We have listed here: 

  • Information about grants and other forms of support
  • Links to information and conversations on the effects of COVID 19 epidemic on contemporary art scenes 
  • Links to webpages and archives where you can access contemporary art online 

The list provides information with different languages, mainly in Finnish and English. 

Information on the effects of the pandemic on the art field

Suomen Taiteilijaseuran ohjeita taiteilijoille koronaviruksen vaikutuksista 

The Artists’ Association of Finland’s information for artists on the effects of Covid-19 epidemic

Framen kysely: Koronaviruksen vaikutukset kuvataiteen kenttään

Suomen Museoliitto: Koronaviruksen vaikutukset museoalaaan 

Hyperallergic’s daily report on how Corona is affecting art world

Art Forum’s list of canceled or rescheduled events

City of Berlin’s support for freelancers 

Lisa Abend: Museums Scramble to Document the Pandemic, Even as It Unfolds (New York Times 31.3. 2020)

Resartists’ list of resources


Current grant calls and crises funding and support 

Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön korona-avustus kulttuurialan yhteisöille (30.4.–14.5.)

Together Alone – the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes launch an open call for international art projects (closed 4.5.)

AVEK: Lisävaroja lyhyt- ja dokumenttielokuvien sekä mediataiteen tekijöille (hakuajat vaihtelevat tukimuodoittain)

TOP-Säätiön apurahahaku taiteen ammattilaisille Turun seudulla (päättyi 30.4.)

Culture of Solidarity fund (first round closed 27.4, second round to be announced)

Tukea taide- ja kulttuurialan toimijoille – päivittyvä hyvien uutisten lista

Taiteen edistämiskeskuksen Korona-apurahat ammattitaiteilijoille ja taidejournalisteille (01.04. – 15.04.)

Taike’s Covid-19 grants for professional artists and art journalists (01.04.–15.04.)

Koneen Säätiön avoin haku Kotiresidenssi-rahoitukseen (27.3.–5.4.)

Kone Foundation’s open call for home recidency funding  (27.3.–5.4.)

Grafian ylimääräinen työskentelyapurahahaku (19.3.–2.4.)

Helsingin kaupungin pika-avustukset taiteelle ja kulttuurille (päättyi 17.4.)

City of Helsinki’s quick grants for arts and culture (closed 17.4.)

Turun taideyhdistyksen apurahat turkulaisille kuvataiteilijoille (16.3.–16.4.)

Alli Paasikiven Säätiön aikaistettu apurahahaku pienimuotoisille kulttuurihankkeille (haku päättynyt)

Svenska kulturfondens och Konstsamfundets bidrag ”Kultur under tiden” för konstnärer och kulturarbetare (24.3.–15.4.)

Patricia Seppälän säätiön ylimääräinen apuraha kuvajournalisteille (päättyi 27.3.)

Journalistisen kulttuurin edistämissäätiön  projektiapuraha (16.3.–26.3.)

Alfred Kordelinin säätiön Kulttuurin digiloikka -apuraha (20.- 26.4.2020)

Personal experiences and extended readings 

Curator Irena Campolmi’s quarintendiary from lockdown in Tuscany, Italy 

Philosopher and curator Paul B. Preciado’s personal experience on life after Covid-19 

Paul B. Preciado: Learning from the Virus (Artforum May/June 2020)

E-flux journal’s Contagion reader 

E-flux journal’s Closeness reader 

E-flux journal’s Borders reader

E-flux journal’s Silences reader

Letters against Separation on e-flux conversations


Views on cultural politics during the pandemic 

“Taiteilijoita voi tukea myös kotoa käsin” Mielipidekirjoitus yhdessä Suomen Taiteilijaseuran, Suomen Museoliiton ja Kuvaston kanssa. (Helsingin Sanomat 23.3.2020)

Atro Kahiluoto: Taiteen ja kulttuurin kenttä tarvitsee vähintään 100 miljoonaa (Meteli 23.3.2020)

Rosa Meriläinen: Kuntatalouden kriisi haaste meille kaikille (23.3. Kulta ry.)

Maaria Ylikangas: Freelancer on poikkeustilan asiantuntija (Nuori Voima 26.3.2020)

Seija Lappalainen: Moni kuvataiteilija elää köyhyysrajan alapuolella: kova hinta kutsumustyöstä (Lapin Kansa 28.4.2020)

Lanre Bakare: UK gallery curator calls for public art project in response to Covid-19 (The Guardian 30.3.2020)

Anna Talasniemi: Will the crisis spawn new beginnings? (Kone Foundation 1.4.2020)

Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo: Korona kouraisee kuvataidekenttää (Satakunnan Kansa 2.4.2020)

Pablo Larios: Why Covid-19 Might Be Our Chance to Reimagine the Arts (Frieze 7.4.2020)


Exhibitions and Programme online 

Kulttuuria kaikille -palvelun listaus verkossa koettavasta taiteesta

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

AV-arkki’s list of Artists’ moving image available online during the Covid-19 pandemic

MOMA’s exhibition history in pictures 

Frieze: What to do when you are stuck home

Hyperallergic: Tired of Netflix? Stream Experimental Films and Video Art

Curatorial agency Publics online film program from 6th to 17th of April 

Eileen Kinsella: After Finding Success With Online Sales, David Zwirner Will Share Its Digital Platform With 12 Promising Younger New York Galleries, Too (Artnet News 30.3.2020)

Vdrome, online program of artists’ films and videos

There’s a massive free catalogue of Indigenous films online — and we have 6 picks to get you started (CBC, 18.4.2018)

Artist Grayson Perry’s art classes online (Evening Standard, 25.3.2020)

Artnews: For a Time of Staying In, 23 Artworks to See and Hear Online

CABIN FEVER: Coping with COVID-19 playlist of online experimental films & videos

Iiu Susiraja: Dalmatian at Ramiken, New York




Flexible changes for awarded grants

International contemporary art projects will inevitably be affected by the coronavirus pandemic this year.

We will endeavour to be as flexible as possible regarding grants awarded for projects and travel that must be cancelled or postponed. We will also award additional funding to complete postponed projects.

Changes available for awarded grants:

  • Postponed projects: we can extend the timeframe of the grant until the end of 2020.

  • Cancelled projects: the awarded grant can be used for another equivalent project or travel.

Frame will award special grants to cover for incurred costs such as travel, accommodation, transport, insurance or installation expenses that neither the airline company, organising party or insurance company will compensate for. The maximum amount of the special grant is the same as the original grant.

If your scheduled project is cancelled please remember to be also in contact with your airline and travel insurance company.

Please inform us as soon as possible about cancellations or postponements by sending a message through the grants service system. We are experiencing quite a lot of traffic in the system but will get back to everyone as soon as possible.



Due to the coronavirus pandemic and everyone’s health as number one priority we are looking into ways to organise our events in a way that will not require physical attendance. 


Rehearsing Hospitalities: Towards Ecologies of Access on 24 April, 2020

Towards Ecologies of Access is a series of discussions on access to knowledge and experiences outside of Western epistemological binaries. The event takes the form of online conversations between Kristiina Koskentola and Pia Lindman and curators Lars Bang Larsen and Mi You. It is available to audiences through a live written transcription by artist Iona Roisin. It is moderated by Frame’s Head of Programme Jussi Koitela and Associate Programme Curator Yvonne Billimore

The event programme, biographies and link to the event platform can be found here.

Rehearsing Hospitalities: Weekly Reading List Leaders podcast series from 5 May to 26 May 2020

Reading List Leaders is a four-part aural gathering recorded as a podcast series by visual artist and poet Vidha Saumya. Released every Tuesday over four weeks between 5th and 26th of May 2020, Vidha Saumya hosts conversations and readings with her invited Reading List Leaders: Shrujana Niranjani Shridhar, Kamla Bhasin, Paromita Vohra and Arvind Ramachandran. Sound design by artist Kim Modig.

Find the Reading List Leaders biographies and podcast info here.


Office hours

For the time being we will keep our office closed. Frame’s staff are reachable as usual during the office hours via email and phone. Find our staff’s contact information from our contacts page.