Forum Box is a non-profit artist-run co-operative initiated in 1996 by sculptor Kain Tapper (1930-2004). Its main purpose is to maintain an art space in Helsinki in order to enrich and support Finnish cultural life. Currently it has 50 artist members, all of which are prominent Finnish artists and actors in the field of contemporary art. Forum Box aims to be a space open for all forms of art. The gallery presents contemporary artists, both Finnish and international, established and emerging. Each month it organizes an art exhibition plus several live arts events, such as meetings with exhibiting artists, performance art, concerts, theatre and dance performances.
Myymälä2 is an art space on Uudenmaankatu street founded in 2003. Situated in the Punavuori district, its core idea is to provide an alternative to the hefty fees and endless waiting lists that are requisite to a traditional gallery show, thus allowing less established artists and artisans to launch their careers.
Gallery Kalleria is located in the Helsinki district of Kallio and was founded in 2010. The gallery space can be rented by artists.
Kallio Kunsthalle is a pocket of art in the heart of Kallio. It is a product of artists, scholars and local associations. Kallio Kunsthalle’s main partner is Helsingin Optimistit, and its site is at the former meeting room of the Association for Healthy Lifestyles, at Toinen Linja 31, Helsinki. Kallio Contemporary Art Museum is a 160 x 120 cm table with a glass ceiling. During the year it is on display, a best- (or worst-) of exhibition will be collected in the table, which will eventuallygo touring.
Lokal Helsinki opened in April 2012 as an inspirational space for showcasing works by Finnish artists and designers. It has been growing and changing ever since, showing a mix of recognized and up-and-coming artists. Lokal is run by photographer Katja Hagelstam.
Taidekirppis is an artist-run space, an archive, a contact zone and a temporary collection. It’s a platform for re-thinking exhibition experiences and creating an archive of past exhibitions. Through compiling a digital archive of exhibitions and a temporary physical collection of works by emerging artists based in Finland, Taidekirppis aims to construct an alternative historical record that can serve as a tool for critical thinking and reflecting on the working conditions that shape our practices. Most of all, Taidekirppis is a home for artworks which have passed through the life cycle of being created and exhibited and now are without a place.
Taidekirppis has a continuous open call throughout the year for people to submit works that need a place.
Third Space is a Helsinki-based collective of young international artists and curators organizing alternative gallery events. Based in Helsinki, Third Space facilitates site-specific work focused on sound art, visual art, performance art and the spoken word. Collaborations take the form of workshops, exhibitions, lectures, installations and hacking sessions.
The first Unknown Cargo gallery opened in an old cargo container in summer 2011 in the Kalasatama district of Helsinki. Subsequently the gallery has exhibited in numerous spaces around Helsinki. The gallery reveals the name of the artist only at the end of each exhibition. Some of the artists are recognized and acclaimed, others are still unknown to the greater public. Unknown Cargo takes contemporary art out of regular art galleries. It gives the visitor the opportunity to experience art without context or reference, as a pure and raw encounter.