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Open Call: Visual Arts Study Trip to the Netherlands in May 2022

Frame Contemporary Art Finland and The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux invite Finland-based directors, curators or other visual arts professionals affiliated with artists’ associations, artist-run galleries or other art organisations (excluding art museums) to join a study trip to the Netherlands in May 2022. Eight participants are selected through this open call.

The programme includes visits to various art institutions and organisations with versatile operational models in the Netherlands as well as to events that are part of the tenth edition of Amsterdam Art Week.

Participants gain insight especially into the curatorial, programming, funding and administrative models of visual arts organisations. The tailored programme aims to offer participants knowledge and inspiration to develop their operations and implement new ways of operating in the visual art scene in Finland.

The purpose of the study trip is to provide an overview on different organisational models and aims of the contemporary visual arts sector in the Netherlands and to introduce the participants to local curators and institutions, while mapping out possible collaborations for future projects.

The trip is part of Frame’s work on advocacy and development of funding and organisational structures of Finnish visual arts organisations. It is the latest iteration of Frame’s research trips organised since 2016.

Keizersgracht Reguliers bridge in Amsterdam

Keizersgracht & Reguliersgracht Amsterdam. Photo by Massimo Catarinella


The trip takes place on 10–13 May 2022. During these four days, the group will visit Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. The daily programme includes meetings and organisation visits during office hours and some events during evenings.    

Who can apply?

The call is open for directors, curators or other arts professionals who work for or are affiliated with Finland-based artists’ associations, artist-run galleries or other organisations (excluding art museums). Eight participants will be selected. In this call, we are especially encouraging applications from applicants based outside the Helsinki metropolitan region. 


The trip includes full daily schedules and moving with public transportation such as trains and trams. The daily programme includes multiple social situations. The working language of the trip is English. Please contact us if you have questions about the accessibility or travelling conditions on the trip. 

Application procedure

Please apply using our online form. The form will ask one longer question (max. 1000 characters) related to your motivation: why participation in the trip has clear relevance to the organisation you work in or are affiliated with. It will also ask for a link to your organisation’s website and include an open field to type in your CV as a list. You may answer the form in Finnish or English. 

Frame and Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux advocate equity within the art field. We encourage applications from candidates of varied ages, genders and linguistic, cultural or other minorities. In this call, we are especially encouraging applications from applicants based outside the Helsinki metropolitan region. If you belong to any of these groups, please feel free to indicate this in your application. All information will be processed confidentially.

The deadline for application is 20 February 2022.

The applications are assessed by an advisory committee comprised of Raija Koli, Director, Frame, Jussi Koitela, Head of Programme, Frame and Laura Boxberg, Director, The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. The selection is based on the benefit of the trip to the applicant’s organisation as well personal motivation. The selections will be communicated for the applicants by 6 March 2022.

Funding and travel requirements

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux covers the costs of travels from Finland to the Netherlands and back, local transportation and accommodations. These bookings are made by the institute. The participants cover the costs of their meals or other personal costs. 

The participants must ensure that they meet all necessary healthcare regulations for travel to and within the Netherlands prior to the trip including the required Covid-19 vaccinations, and have the necessary documentation proving their vaccination status, as well as have valid personal travel insurance.

For more information on entry requirements to the Netherlands, please see: Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl.

For more information, contact:

Laura Boxberg, Director
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
+358 44 739 6079

Raija Koli, Director
Frame Contemporary Art Finland
+358 44 728 9938

Frame Contemporary Art Finland is an advocate for Finnish contemporary art. Frame supports international initiatives, facilitates professional partnerships, and encourages critical development of the field through grants, visitor programme and curator residencies, seminars and talks, exhibition collaborations and network platforms. Frame coordinates Finland’s participation in the Venice Biennale.

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux serves as a liaison between players in the cultural field in Finland and the Benelux countries. As an independent, non-profit organisation, the institute’s main goal is to create opportunities in which artists and organisations can elaborate new projects and new possibilities of collaboration. The institute also produces its own content and productions in close collaboration with its partner networks, often tackling current social issues. The aim is to establish long-term and sustainable cooperation between artists and other professionals, in different cultural fields, from visual and performing arts, to literature, design, cinema, and more.