Spring brings international visitors to Finland

Starting this year, Frame also invites Finland-based advisors and visual arts organisations to consult and become partners of the International Visitor Programme.

Frame’s visitor programme continues in 2022 with online and onsite visits of curators, researchers and cultural producers. Frame tailors individualised programmes for each visitor to get to know the art scene in Finland and meet with local artists and organisations. 

This spring, our visitors include for example Daría Sól Andrews (independent curator, Reykjavík and New York), Diana Campbell Betancourt (artistic director Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka), Christina Gigliotti (Independent Curator, Berlin) Sook-Kyung Lee (Senior Curator, Tate Modern, London and Artistic Director of the 14th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju) and Miriam Wistreich (Director UKS Young Artists Society, Oslo).

“We’re excited to continue Frame’s International Visitor Programme during spring of 2022”, says Frame’s Head of Programme Jussi Koitela. “After a long period of a combination of postponed, rescheduled and online meetings we are happy to have more steady plans for the visits. Besides having the opportunity to do actual studio visits and meet artists in person, the visitors are able to familiarise themselves with artistic practices through exhibition visits, performances and events in Finland. We are also continuing to organise online visits.”

Contacts offered to the visitors are organised by Frame’s Programme team, Head of Programme Jussi Koitela and Project Manager Maikki Lavikkala. To widen the reach, we are developing a roster of Finland-based advisors, rotating annually. The consultants this year are curator Selina Väliheikki from Oulu Musem of Art and artist Andrea Coyotzi Borja.

Starting in 2022, Frame also invites other organisations to collaborate and become a partner of Frame’s International Visitor Programme. The first partners to join the collaboration in 2022 are the Finnish Painters’ Union and Titanik Gallery.

The initiative broadens our cooperative working method for the International Visitor Programme. The idea is to continue cultivating more open ways to share the responsibility of how future visitors are proposed with nationwide partners. Each institution will suggest visitors who will carry out studio visits in Finland and via online meetings.

Four visitors standing in the sunny autumn weather.

Visitors from 2021: Andra Silapētere, Mechu Rapela, Ann Mirjam Vaikla and Lilian Hiob. Image: Kira Björklund.