1/2 magazine is a national visual arts publication. The printed magazine and online magazine puolilehti.fi have been shut down. Puolilehti.fi web page functions currently as an archive.
The School of Arts, Design and Architecture was founded in 1871 as a Craft School. It has since grown into one of the most cosmopolitan schools in Finland. It is the largest in its field in the Nordic countries and among the most respected in the world. The school started operating in its present form in 2012. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is part of Aalto University, a multidisciplinary university specializing in technology, business & commerce, and the arts. Building on Finland’s established strengths, Aalto University’s strategic aim is to become a unique centre of excellence and one of the leading universities in the world.
The campuses are located in Helsinki, Espoo and Pori.
Aalto University offers two two-year majors in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art. ViCCA (Visual Culture and Contemporary Art) is a two-year major connecting the worlds of art and non-art. Central to the program are new and emergent professional practices born and developed in this new space of cultural production. Within this major, art is made and new professional agencies are explored within the broader field of visual culture, for which Aalto University offers an excellent multi-scholarly context. CuMMA (Curating, Managing and Mediating Art) is a two-year, trans-disciplinary major focusing on contemporary art and its public. It provides a structure for reflecting, acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere, aiming to explore, understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. We understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open to unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledge. The NoVA Master’s Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education educates professionals and researchers, giving them an understanding of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication, and also providing relevant competencies and pedagogical interaction skills for working in cross-cultural and international educational situations and environments.
The AAVE Festival is a yearly international event organized in Helsinki since 2010. Our mission is to represent, promote and showcase different forms of audiovisual arts and thus unite different genres and audiences. This is not a mere film or media art festival, but an event that aims to open the gates to the vast world of the moving image.
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is a museum of history and contemporary art. It is a unique cultural site in Turku located in underground ruins. The museum was opened in 1995.
The Academy of Fine Arts is an international academy focusing on the fine arts – the only one of its kind in Finland. It offers first-class tuition in the fields of the moving image, painting, photography, printmaking, site- and situation-specific art and sculpture, and it is also a pioneer in artistic research. The Academy of Arts has been educating artists since 1848.
The Aine Art Museum is a museum of fine arts located in Tornio in Northern Finland. The museum stages exhibitions from its permanent collection as well as organizing temporary exhibitions, workshops and lectures. The museum was opened in 1986.
The Alfred Kordelin Foundation supports the sciences, literature, the arts and public education by distributing grants and awards. The Alfred Kordelin General Progress and Education Fund, established in 1918, is one of the oldest foundations in Finland operating in the Finnish language. The Fund’s first grants were awarded in 1920.
The Alvar Aalto Museum operates in two cities, Jyväskylä and Helsinki. The Alvar Aalto Museum building in Jyväskylä houses a specialist museum of architecture and design, which is a national and international centre for information on Aalto. The Alvar Aalto Academy and Alvar Aalto Museum Architectural Heritage Department is housed in the Aalto Studio building in Helsinki. The Alvar Aalto Museum works for the benefit of a better everyday environment and design culture, based on the lifetime work of Alvar Aalto and his humanist and ecological philosophy of design.
The Amos Anderson Art Museum is located in the centre of Helsinki, in the Forum city block. The museum is located in the apartment building Amos Anderson (1878–1961) built for himself in 1913. The building was posthumously converted into a modern museum. The Amos Anderson Art Museum is known for its diverse and varying exhibition programme as well as for its extensive collection of modern art.
The Anita Snellman Foundation distributes funds targeted especially at young artists and art students. Grants are awarded annually.
Annantalo is an arts centre for children and young people in the centre of Helsinki. It organizes art education, exhibitions, dance performances and theatre productions. It also works closely together with schools. During daytime the centre is filled with primary school children who attend art classes.
The ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is an international contemporary arts festival presenting site-specific works made for public spaces. The ANTI Festival presents live, sonic, visual and text-based art from today’s most exciting and innovative artists in the Finnish town of Kuopio. Free of charge, the ANTI Festival is a meeting place for artists and audiences fascinated by how art shapes and responds to the places and spaces of everyday life.
The Architecture Information Centre Finland acts as a hub for advancing general knowledge about Finnish architecture and fostering collaboration in this field. Its aim is to raise national awareness of architecture and discuss the effects of architectural and urban design on the quality of life and wellbeing. In addition, it promotes the international recognition of Finnish architecture and serves international audiences interested in the Finnish approach to the art of building.
Art Advisor is a free-to-use global platform for finding, sharing and recommending art happenings. Art Advisor promotes everything from grassroot artists’ studios to highly established art institutions. Art Advisor is a service provided by Finnish non-profit artist-run company called Kunstventures Oy.
Art Centre Purnu organizes yearly summer exhibitions on changing themes. The exhibitions focus on Finnish contemporary art.
Art Centre Salmela, located in Mäntyharju in Eastern Finland, produces a multicultural programme of art exhibitions, concerts and lectures every summer.
Art Fair Suomi is a meeting point of art for the public, artists and other art professionals. It is an international contemporary art festival consisting of sales exhibitions and various art events. Art Fair Suomi is organized annually at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki.
The ART Ii Biennale of Northern Environmental and Sculpture Art is a showcase of ecologically sustainable artworks displayed in the heritage landscapes of Ii. The biennale is organized by the KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre. The artworks are created in ten days with the assistance of the inhabitants of the small town of Ii, located on the northern coast of Finland. The ART Ii Seminar gathers together professional artists, curators, representatives and officers from art and culture organizations and institutions as well as politicians to consider and develop current issues in the field of northern environmental and sculpture art.
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Art School Maa offers a three-year programme for students graduating as professional freelance artists and evening courses open to everyone. Both programmes attract students of various age groups.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) is an expert and service agency for promoting the arts. Taike together with its arts councils and boards awards grants to professional artists and subsidies to communities in the field of the arts. Taike operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Culture and is funded from the State art budget.
The Association of Finnish Printmakers is a national association of artists who specialize in graphic methods of artistic expression. The Association of Finnish Printmakers was founded in 1931, originally to improve the status and appreciation of graphic artists and to increase opportunities for exhibiting their work both in Finland and abroad.
The Association of Finnish Sculptors is a national union of professional sculptors founded in 1910. Its aim is to promote Finnish sculpture, safeguard the professional, economic and social interests of sculptors, promote their international co-operation, and stimulate public interest in sculpture. All sculptors with a proven record of professional activity can be accepted as members. Virtually every professional sculptor is a member.
The Association of Finnish Watercolour Art was founded in 1998. It has almost 700 members.
The Ateneum Art Museum is part of the Finnish National Gallery. The museum has the largest collection of art in Finland, comprising over 20,000 works dating from the 1750s to the 1950s.
AV-arkki, aka. the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, is a non-profit artists’ association. It was founded in 1989 and currently has approximately 210 Finnish artists as its members. Its main purpose is to promote the distribution of Finnish media art atfestivals, events, museums and galleries within Finland and internationally.
The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK) was established in 1987 and operates in connection with the Finnish copyright organization Kopiosto. AVEK uses its share of copyright remuneration to promote audiovisual culture. The majority of its funds originate from private copying levies, e.g. from blank DVDs and digital video recorders.
Baltic Circle is an international festival for contemporary theatre organized annually in November in Helsinki. The Baltic Circle Festival also hosts many contemporary visual artists, groups and projects as part of its programme.
Caisa is an international cultural centre established in the heart of Helsinki in 1996. It is administered by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office. Its objective is to support the growth of a diversified city by promoting interaction between people from different cultures and encouraging independent original practice among new ethnic minority cultures whilst integrating them into Finnish society. Caisa also gives out information on Finland.
Checkpoint Helsinki is a contemporary art organization, established in 2013.
Chekpoint Helsinki commissions and produces the contemporary art of the future, inviting international artists and curators to work in Finland.
CircusInfo Finland was founded in 2006 to develop and support Finnish circus art. Its aim is to gather and distribute information, to create and maintain international networks and contacts in the field, to support the export of circus art, to promote the artistic development and cultural and social status of the art, and to provide cultural officers and decision-makers with up-to-date information about the status and needs of circus art both in Finland and abroad.
Cirko works to promote and develop contemporary Finnish circus. Cirko also offers working residencies for circus professionals, as well as organizes annually the largest Nordic contemporary circus festival. Cirko is located in Suvilahti, Helsinki.
Dance Info Finland is tasked with promoting the development of Finnish dance art and improving its status and viability in society. In the course of this work it acts as a broad-based expert organization whose activities include service and advisory work, reporting, publication and promotional activities, research, education and development projects and advocacy. Dance Info Finland’s work is both domestic and internationally oriented.
The Design Museum is an internationally recognized national specialist museum highlighting Finnish design. It researches, collects, stores and documents design and displays it both in Finland and in touring exhibitions abroad. The museum is located in central Helsinki.
The Didrichsen Art Museum is a unique combination of an art museum and a private home by the seaside, on Kuusisaari Island in Helsinki. The museum holds two to three exhibitions a year, varying from Finnish art to modern international art. Permanently on display are the Pre-Columbian and Asian collections and artwork in the sculpture park.
EDIT media is an online publication spotlighting various forms of art and culture.
The Emil Aaltonen Museum is a museum of industry and art opened in June 2004. The main floor houses works from Emil Aaltonen’s art collection and upstairs there is a permanent exhibition on Emil Aaltonen.
A museum based on the life and work of the Finnish sculptor Emil Cedercreutz (1879-1949).
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is an art museum administered by the Espoo Art Museum Foundation. EMMA is a centre providing experiences and knowledge. The premises in the WeeGee building offer a setting for high-quality international exhibitions. The 5,000 square-metre exhibition space is the largest in any museum in Finland. EMMA displays its own collections as well as changing exhibitions of contemporary and 20th century art, both Finnish and international. Two art collections, EMMA’s collection and the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, form the cornerstone of EMMA’s operations.
The Exhibition Laboratory operated by the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki is a multidisciplinary exhibition centre for students, scholars, artists, curators and other arts professionals as well as the wider public.
The Project Room’s exhibitions present the work of student artists emerging from the Academy of Fine Arts. The Project Room’s exhibitions are experimental and innovative, and are intended to challenge and expand viewers’ ideas about art and art practice today.
FAT is a magazine about art and life. It is published by Kasino Creative Publishing together with Terokustannus. FAT is sold worldwide.
FILI, founded in 1977, is a centre for the export of literature. FILI promotes the export of literature from Finland by facilitating professional contacts and supporting translators of Finnish literature.
FinnAgora is a centre for Finnish culture, research and business in Hungary. FinnAgora’s diverse work covers projects related to cultural exports, education, research and business. The institute’s activities are based on co-operation with Finnish, Hungarian and international networks, combined with a profound knowledge of Finnish culture and know-how. FinnAgora initiates projects, creates contacts, provides resources and acts as expert and co-producer.
The Finnish Art Agency is a professional service for artists, businesses, art organizations and private individuals. It provides advisory services and collaboration opportunities for professional contemporary artists and art lovers from all walks of life. The Finnish Art Agency offers cultural advisory services at all levels from individual consultation to strategic planning in organizations.
The Finnish Bioart Society, established May 2008 in Kilpisjärvi, is an organisation supporting, producing and creating activities around art and natural sciences, especially biology.
The Finnish Cultural Foundation is a private trust dedicated to promoting art, science and other fields of intellectual and cultural endeavour in Finland. The Foundation provides grants from a central fund and 17 regional funds.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux brings together professionals in the fields of culture, arts and research.The institute aims to strengthen co-operation and dialogue between culture professionals. It works with EU bodies and with businesses to create new opportunities and networks in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg from its base in central Brussels.
The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark promotes Finnish cultural exports. The institute introduces leading Finnish artists and other cultural professionals to the Danish art market, thus boosting Finnish cultural exports and creating contacts. The Institute is a trusted, effective partner in the Danish cultural and arts landscape. They work with Danish partners to produce projects relating to Finnish culture and art.
The Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid promotes Finnish culture, arts, research and business in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world. The institute operates in all areas and countries where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken, although its focus is on Spain, Latin America and Portugal, its aim being to make this culturally and economically important region better known in Finland.
The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York (FCINY) operates in the fields of visual art, architecture and design in North America, creating dialogue between Finnish and American professionals and audiences. FCINY runs an artist-in-residence programme and develops networks between Finnish and North American individuals and institutions. The institute also serves as a consultant for both Finnish and American arts professionals. FCINY brings Finnish art, design and architecture to North American audiences through exhibitions, events and publications.
The Finnish Institute at Athens conducts and promotes the study of Greek archaeology, history, language and culture from Classical to modern times. The second-oldest Finnish institute abroad, it conducts its own research and archaeological fieldwork projects in various parts of Greece.
The Finnish Institute in Estonia promotes cultural relations and educational co-operation between Finland and Estonia. It disseminates information about Finland and promotes bilateral relations between the two countries. The main task of the institute is to create new networks and connections, but also to organize public events. The kinship between the Finnish and Estonian languages is fostered through language programmes and literature-related activities. The Institute operates across Estonia.
The Finnish Institute in France is a many-sided cultural player, exhibiting and promoting Finnish culture, arts and the creative industries in France. It produces its own cultural programme and participates in a large number of outside events run by local cultural professionals.
The Finnish Institute in Germany provides consultation services and networking opportunities. It focuses on creating a platform that fosters long-term collaboration and dialogue between experts from Finland and German-speaking parts of Europe. It works on projects with artists and academics, with a particular emphasis on developing new content, disciplines and formats together with partners from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland.
The Finnish Institute in Japan serves as a link between Finland and Japan in the fields of science and culture. The institute enables dialogue and promotes co-operation between practitioners of culture, research, higher education, technology and business.
The Finnish Institute in London is a private, non-profit trust bringing together individuals, communities and organizations. Its mission is to identify emerging issues important to contemporary society in Finland, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Its encourages cross-disciplinary and cross-border collaboration by creating networks and building new partnerships.
The Finnish Institute in Saint Petersburg is a meeting place for Finnish and Russian research and culture. Its cultural events are aimed at a wide audience in Russia.
The institute co-operates with businesses and academic institutions, participates in seminars, and helps connect experts and organizations in the two countries. Its supports events and initiatives related to Finnish culture. The institute’s home base in Finland House in the city centre acts as a focal point for Russo-Finnish relations.
The aim of the Finnish Institute in Stockholm is to promote knowledge of Finnish culture and society in Sweden, to support the culture of Sweden’s Finnish minority and to facilitate cultural exchange between the two countries. The institute hosts a varied programme of Finnish language courses, exhibitions, concerts, seminars, author readings, and lectures on culture, research and politics. In addition, it organizes tours showcasing contemporary Finnish cinema and literature, and imports theatre productions for Swedish-Finnish audiences, both children and adults.
The institute’s exhibition space is primarily dedicated to contemporary art.
The Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) is a research institute operating across the Middle East. It has been located in Beirut, Lebanon, since 2013. It conducts academic research, supports Middle East studies at Finnish universities, organizes courses together with universities, advances academic and cultural co-operation between Finland and Middle Eastern countries as well as promoting Finland in the region.
The Finnish Museum of Photography is the national specialist museum for photography, its job being to promote and foster Finnish photographic art and culture. The Museum was founded at the initiative of a number of photography organizations and began its work in 1969. It is administered by the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Photography.
Founded in 1929, the Finnish Painters’ Union is a nation-wide organization of professional painters. It promotes visual arts and the professional and social interests of artists, providing its members with various services, such as guidance in matters related to taxation and benefits. Members regularly receive newsletters covering topical issues. The Union also serves as an expert body for authorities.
The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute distributes information and promotes networking. The Oslo-based office organizes exhibitions, concerts, author visits, seminars and lectures across the country. The institute collaborates with Norwegian and Finnish partners, including other organizations promoting contacts between Finland and Norway. The institute was founded in 1997 and is supported by two bilateral funds, the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Fund and the Norwegian-Finnish Cultural Fund.
The aim of the Finnish-Norwegian Foundation is to promote relations and cultural exchange between Finland and Norway and to increase the two countries’ mutual awareness and knowledge.
The Foundation provides grants and scholarships to support projects in different sectors of society and cultural life.
The Finnish-Swedish Foundation distributes grants for projects that promote cooperation between Finland and Sweden in the fields of culture, language, media, research and education.
In the Finnish educational system, the role of the folk high schools is to provide adult education. There are 87 folk high school campuses in Finland. Folk high schools typically have ideological and pedagogical freedom, with courses concentrating on social sciences, arts subjects and languages.
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.
Galleri Zebra is a photographic gallery run by Fotocentrum Raseborg. Galleri Zebra is located in Raasepori.
Frame is an advocate for Finnish contemporary art. We support and promote international projects, facilitate professional partnerships, as well as act as an information centre for Finnish contemporary art. Frame coordinates Finland’s participation in the Venice Biennale as well as other major international art events.
The Free Art School is a school of Fine Arts specializing in painting located in Helsinki at the Cable Factory cultural centre. The purpose of the school is to provide a comprehensive education for painters, elevating them to the level of knowledge, experience and courage required of an independent professional artist. The School offers a 4-year programme in Fine Arts.
Galerie Anhava focuses on contemporary Finnish and Nordic art and plays an active role at the international level. The gallery’s exhibition programme encompasses all forms of contemporary visual art, from painting and sculpture to photography, video and installation, with a special emphasis on conceptual art. Galerie Anhava is one of the Finnish galleries that is actively involved in the international art world through participation in art fairs and international networks. Galerie Anhava has participates in events such as Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Brussels, Art Hong Kong, ARCOmadrid, The Armory Show, Artissima, Chart and Market. Ilona Anhava founded Galerie Anhava in 1991.
From emerging talents to established artists, Galerie Forsblom presents exhibitions by leading Finnish and international artists. The gallery regularly participates in international art fairs such as Art Miami and The Armory Show. Galerie Forsblom is opening a new gallery in Stockholm in February 2017.
The Gallen-Kallela Museum is located in Espoo. The noted Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela designed the building to serve as his studio. It was built between 1911 and 1913. The museum was opened to the public in 1961.
Galleria G is run by the the Association of Finnish Printmakers and is located on Pieni Roobertinkatu, Helsinki. Most exhibitions concentrate on printmaking but also other art forms are occasionally presented.
Galleria Heino is a Finnish contemporary art gallery founded in 2002 in the centre of Helsinki. The gallery showcases a variety of different media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation and moving image work. The gallery premises consist of two spaces that can be combined into one exhibition hall or used separately. The two spaces allow full-scale private exhibitions for two artists to be staged simultaneously.
Galleria Huuto is an independent artist collective located in Helsinki, Finland. Currently Huuto maintains two galleries in the centre of Helsinki: one on Uudenmaankatu street and the other in Jätkäsaari. Gallery Huuto Jätkäsaari is a multi-purpose space for artists in the old L3 harbour warehouse in Jätkäsaari.
Galleria Huuto is an independent artist collective located in Helsinki, Finland. Currently Huuto maintains two galleries in the centre of Helsinki: one on Uudenmaankatu street and the other in Jätkäsaari. Gallery Huuto Uudenmaankatu is a smaller and more traditional gallery space founded in 2005 on the gallery street Uudenmaankatu.
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.
Black Wall Gallery / Vaasa Artist Association
Galleria 5 / Oulu Artist Association
Galleria Å / Turku Artist Association
Galleria Becker / Jyväskylä Artis Association
Galleria Kohina / Joensuu Artist Association
Galleria K / Vantaa Artist Association
Galleria Kone / Ars Häme ry
Galleria Rajatila / Rajataide ry
Galleria Rantakasarmi / Helsinki Artist Association
Galleria Tärinä / Riihimäki Artist Association
Kouta Gallery / Kouvola Artist Association
Gallery Ars Nova
Promenadigalleria / Hyvinkää Artist Association
Punnosen talo / Keuruu Artist Association
Uusi Kipinä / Lahti Artist Association
P-galleria / Pori Artist Association
Gallery Joella / Turku Printmakers Association
Galleria 3H+K / NYTE ry
Gallery Napa / Rovaniemi Artist Association
Mältinranta Art Centre / Tampere Artists’ Association
Taidetalo / Järvenpään taideseura ry
Galleria Aarni / Espoon kuvataiteilijat
Galleria Aapeli / Suomen taiteilijat ry.
Gallery Alkovi is located in the Helsinki district of Kallio. Its display window space is open 24 h. Since 2009, the space has been run by Arttu Merimaa and Miina Hujala. Aspiring to widen Alkovi’s activity in a more collective direction, Alkovi has — in addition to presenting site- and context-sensitive contemporary art exhibitions — produced workshops as well as other collaborative projects and art events.
Gallery Ama is a contemporary art gallery located in Helsinki. Its monthly changing exhibitions display paintings, sculptures, photography and conceptual art.
Gallery Sculptor is run by the Association of Finnish Sculptors. The gallery mainly exhibits Finnish sculpture, but it also arranges other art exhibitions featuring both international and Finnish artists. The gallery has its own artoteque where small sculptures as well as bronze art medals by over one hundred of its members are available for sale.
The Konstsalongen gallery was founded by Leonard Bäcksbacka in the autumn of 1915. It is the oldest active art gallery in Finland. Works donated from the Bäcksbacka Collection are currently showcased in the Helsinki City Art Museum’s newly renovated premises. Many other important artworks have also found their way into major Finnish museums through the Bäcksbacka gallery.
Gallery U is run by the Hungarian Cultural and Scientific Centre in Helsinki. Located in Kaisaniemi, Gallery U organizes exhibitions, concerts and other Finnish-Hungarian cultural collaborations.
The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation has two museums, Gösta and Gustaf. Their roots trace back to the history of the Serlachius family, renowned as industrialists and prominent art collectors, but also to the history of the Finnish forest industry and the small mill town of Mänttä. The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation was established in 1933 to care and maintain the art collection compiled by Gösta Serlachius (1876–1942).
ArtHelsinki International Contemporary Art Event was held in September 7-11, 2016 at the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Center in Helsinki, in connection with the Habitare Furniture, Interior and Design Fair. In 2017 contemporary art will be seen as a part of Habitare, 13-18 Sept, as an own theme area Habitare Art. Habitare Art will replace the previous event ArtHelsinki.
The Haihatus Art Centre organizes a yearly summer exhibition of contemporary art in Joutsa.
Pekka Halonen is one of the most beloved artists of the ‘Golden Era’ of Finnish art. Halonen’s studio was opened to the public in the 1950s. Today the museum specializes in presenting material related to Halonen’s art, his lifetime achievements and the famous artists’ colony of Tuusula to which he and his friends belonged.
The Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, is the custodian of an art collection comprising over 9,000 works of art. HAM maintains and accrues this art collection, which also includes the city’s public artworks. In its domestic and international exhibitions held at the Tennis Palace, HAM showcases modern and contemporary art.
Hämeenlinna Art Museum is a diverse museum of visual arts near the centre of Hämeenlinna. The museum operates in two buildings in the Verkatehdas area, both featuring temporary exhibitions that showcase various types of visual art. The special exhibitions feature both older Finnish art and the very latest contemporary art styles.
Hanasaari-Hanaholmen is the only one of the Finnish institutes located in Finland. The Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre promotes interaction and wide-ranging co-operation between Finland and Sweden. It organizes events, courses, seminars and projects, investigates fields in need of further development, and works to enhance collaboration between the two countries.
Helsinki Contemporary, located in the heart of Helsinki, focuses on long-term collaborations with emerging and more established artists who take a physical, in-depth approach to their work. Helsinki Contemporary collaborates with some 25 Scandinavian artists, but with a focus on those from Finland. The gallery hosts eleven exhibitions a year. Besides gallery exhibitions, Helsinki Contemporary produces shows and events in temporary spaces and public places. The gallery also has an extensive sales collection of works by gallery artists.
Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in Finland, organized annually late in summer. The festival’s aim is to make art accessible for all.
Each year, the Kunsthalle Helsinki hosts 6-7 major exhibitions, in addition to special events and a cross-disciplinary programme. The focus of the exhibitions is on contemporary art but the exhibition programme also includes design and architecture. Kunsthalle Helsinki does not have a collection of its own, but serves as a venue for changing exhibitions.
The Hiekka Art Museum is named after its founder, Kustaa Hiekka, a highly respected goldsmith in the Finnish jewellery industry. Kustaa Hiekka was an avid collector of art.The Kustaa Hiekka Foundation was established in 1931 to maintain the Hiekka Art Museum, which opened its doors to the public the same year. The collection comprises almost 400 pieces of art, mainly Finnish art from the 1850s until today.
HKI Art Guide features art events & exhibitions in Helsinki area, paired with reviews, articles and interviews with artists. HKI Art Guide also organizes Guided Art Tours during weekends.
The Hyvinkää Art Museum is located in the town centre of Hyvinkää. It displays paintings by Helene Schjerfbeck, Yrjö Saarinen and Kaapo Wirtanen, who used to live in the region. The museum has a room dedicated to Schjerfbeck, exhibiting works the artist painted using local models from Hyvinkää.
Founded in the 1960s, the Hyvinkää School of Arts offers a two-year study programme in Fine Arts.
The annual IHME Contemporary Art Festival produces a major commissioned work of art in a public space. IHME also offers a programme of arts projects in schools and community groups. The Festival has a varied programme ranging from discussions and debates to video art and workshops. It is open to the public free of charge.
The Imatra Art Museum is located in the cultural centre of Imatra. The art collection consists of over 1,400 works owned by the City of Imatra and by the Imatra Art Association. The main focus of the collection is Finnish 20th century art.
The Lahti Institute of Arts was founded in 1971 as the Lahti Arts College. The school originally offered two lines of studies, design and fine arts, and was owned by the City of Lahti. Later, the departments of applied arts were transferred to the State-owned Institute of Design, whilst the Institute of Fine Arts remained with the city of Lahti. In 1991, however, the Lahti University of Applied Sciences brought design and fine arts together again. Today, media and design complement each other, forming an interesting learning environment in which the creative community has an important role.
The Finnish Institute in Rome is the oldest of the Finnish cultural and academic institutes. It is located in the Villa Lante dating from the 16th century. The work of the institute focuses on research and teaching, mainly in the humanities. The institute is particularly known for epigraphical studies. It also offers residential accommodation for students, researchers and artists and houses a specialist library.
The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation was established in 2002 to support high-level international research, arts and culture. The Foundation pursues this aim by granting donations and scholarships.
Järvenpää Art Museum features works by two significant painters, Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt. Its diverse collection includes colourful paintings, images of nature, scenes of domestic everyday life and portraits. Järvenpää Art Museum hosts changing exhibitions and a photograph archive as well as a museum shop. The museum is easily accessibly in the proximity of Järvenpää railway station.
Joensuu Art Museum Onni is located in the city centre of Joensuu. Its hosts numerous high-quality exhibitions every year. The museum’s own collection provides interesting insights into Finland’s national art heritage as well as international art history.
Jyväskylä Art Museum is the regional art museum of Central Finland. The mission of the museum is to show and collect visual art from Central Finland, Finnish and international printmaking and photography as well as other national and international artwork complementary to the museum’s collections. One of the museum’s focus areas is art and museum education.
Kajaani Art Museum was opened to the public in April 1993. The museum focuses on art education. Its changing exhibitions display a variety of art and visual culture.
Kakslauttanen Art Gallery is an art gallery located in Kakslauttanen, Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland. There are changing art exhibitions and also a permanent sales collection of contemporary Finnish art; sculpture, paintings, graphic art and photographs.
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.
Kanneltalo is the cultural centre for West Helsinki located by Kannelmäki railway station near the Kehä I ring road. Kanneltalo offers a wide range of interesting events for all local residents. The emphasis of its programme is on theatre and circus, completed by other forms of art. The house is managed by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office, which also rents out the concert hall, gallery and lobby space and is responsible for the programme. The Cultural Office also co-ordinates art education projects held at Kanneltalo.
The National Education Fund supports socially oriented educational and cultural work, research, studies and awareness-raising by awarding grants and prizes. The main office is located in Helsinki but it has several regional offices around the country.
Kemi Art Museum is a regional art museum and the oldest art museum in Northern Finland. The museum hosts between six and seven changing exhibitions per year. The museum also organizes lectures, guided tours, events and workshops. Its focus is mainly on the visual art of Lapland.
The Kerava Art Museum is located in the Sinkka Art and Museum Centre in Kerava. The museum focuses mainly on contemporary art, community projects, wellbeing services and education. The museum hosts changing exhibitions, artist meetings, conversations and workshops.
Khaos Publishing is an independent publisher and a shop for indie publications. It offers a curated selection of books, magazines and zines on art and society.
Kiasma is a museum of contemporary art and part of the Finnish National Gallery. Its primary role is to educate the public on contemporary art and to strengthen the status of art in Finland. Among its basic functions, the museum organizes changing exhibitions, augments its collection, conducts research and presents works from its collections.The primary focus is on Finnish contemporary art.
Kiiltomato is an online publication published by the Finnish Reading Centre. It releases three to four reviews each week, a quarter of them in Swedish. The site reviews Finnish and foreign fiction and non-fiction of the kind that deserves more exposure than it receives in the mainstream media. Kiiltomato is very well known in Finland, and its regular readers include both professionals and the general public.
The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art was opened to the public in February 2007. The museum is situated in a former customs warehouse in the Inner Harbour of Vaasa. The building’s 2,000 m² space was planned exclusively for museum activities. Thanks to the museum, both national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art are now a permanent feature of Vaasa’s artistic life.
Opened in 1980, Kuopio Art Museum is housed in a former bank building converted into a museum in the centre of Kuopio. As the regional art museum of Northern Savo Province, the museum organizes exhibitions, research and documentation of visual arts. Art education plays a key role in the museum’s activities. Its collections mainly consist of Finnish art from the end of the 19th century to the present, with an emphasis on local painters such as the von Wright brothers and Juho Rissanen, all the way through to contemporary artists. The museum’s focal theme is nature and the environment.
Kustannus Oy Taide publishes the art periodical Taide as well as art literature. Taide appears six times a year, focusing on both national and international art. It presents theoretical questions on art as well as more practical aspects of the art scene. Kustannus Oy Taide also publishes theoretical and philosophical art publications, educational titles and handbooks about art, classics, artists’ books and other art literature.
Lahti Art Museum was founded in 1950. Since 1980 the it has been operating as the regional art museum of the Päijät-Häme district, which encompasses the City of Lahti and 12 surrounding municipalities. The exhibition department at street level hosts constantly changing exhibitions of old and modern art and graphic design from both Finland and abroad. Adjoining it is the Poster Museum established in 1975.
Lappeenranta Art Museum was founded in 1965. It is the regional art museum of South-East Finland. The museum’s art collection consists mainly of Finnish art from the mid-19th century to the present day, including works by many well-known Finnish artists. The contemporary art collections focus mainly on art from South-East Finland. The museum stages between three and four temporary exhibitions per year.
The Liminka School of Arts was founded in 1892 as a private boarding school. The school’s one-year curriculum specializes in teaching students the fundamentals of sculpture, etching, drawing, painting, art history, comics and photography.
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.
Opened in 1993, the Lönnström Art Museum is a venue for art and culture. Its main emphasis is on contemporary art but it also features more traditional works. The museum houses changing exhibitions and organizes concerts, workshops and other events.
Maahenki Publishing House publishes titles ranging in subject matter from nature and the countryside to art and everyday life. It specializes in environmental aesthetics, orthodox Catholic art and outsider art by self-taught folk artists.
Makasiini Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery based in Turku, Finland. The gallery represents mid-career international and Finnish artists organizing seven exhibitions per year. Makasiini Contemporary first opened its doors in November 2016 and is lead by Frej Forsblom.
Malmitalo offers a wide range of cultural services. Each year around 400 cultural events are held at Malmitalo, including concerts, film screenings and theatre productions. Particularly popular are its jazz and blues concerts, as well as special events for children and pensioners. Malmitalo’s gallery and exhibition space present new exhibitions each month. For more information, click on Events or Event Calendar.
Mänttä Art Festival is a contemporary art festival organized yearly in Mänttä. It was first arranged in 1993. Originally a biennial event, the festival has been arranged annually since 1999.
The Mikkeli Art Museum opened in 1970 in the city centre of Mikkeli. In 1981 it was named the South Savo Regional Art Museum. The museum exhibits and collects Finnish graphic art, and it also permanently displays the Martti Airio Collection, comprising Finnish paintings from the 1870s to the 1980s, furniture, oriental carpets and small objets d’art. The works are mainly post-Impressionist and Expressionist.
The Ministry of Education and Culture grants statutory State aid and discretionary subsidies for projects relating to education, research, culture, sport and youth work. The Ministry grants funds towards the cost of related organizations and their operations, the activities and construction of educational and cultural establishments, and for information society projects. Projects can also apply for EU funding from the Structural Funds and various other programmes. The Ministry additionally confers awards as a mark of recognition for special achievement in its sector.
Established in 1956, the Museum of Finnish Architecture is one of Finland’s national museums. It collects and distributes information about architecture and promotes understanding of architectural topics both among the general public and experts. The museum has a large collection of drawings, photographs and scale models as well as an extensive library. It organizes exhibitions both in Finland and abroad and it publishes books and arranges lectures.
Music Finland promotes awareness of Finnish music at home and abroad.
The Mustarinda Association is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was established in 2009 by a group of Helsinki artists. The association endeavours to preserve the diversity of nature and culture by bringing together artists, scientists and people from various public and private organizations for discussions, seminars, exhibitions, residencies, and happenings.
Mustekala is an independent, non-commercial, multi-disciplinary and artistic online publication. Mustekala aims to provide a platform for profound cultural discussion and critique.
MUU gallery has profiled itself as a non-profit multiform platform for installations, video art, audio pieces and performance exhibitions. The gallery presents artists whose works have yet to be seen in mainstream galleries, but also acclaimed representatives of experimental art. The content is decided by the board of exhibitions and the curators.
MUU is an artist-run interdisciplinary artist association founded in 1987 to represent and promote new and experimental forms of art. These include media art, performance, video, environmental, space and conceptual art, sound and other experimental modes of cultural production.
The Finnish National Gallery comprises three museum units: the Ateneum Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The National Gallery is responsible for the State Art Collection, the management of which rests with the National Gallery’s Collections Department. The State Art Commission and its collections is also part of the Finnish National Gallery. The Finnish National Gallery works to develop Finnish cultural heritage, strengthen the national art collection, produce exhibitions, and make art accessible to all audiences. As the national museum of art, it is responsible for the management of art historical archives and art databases.
The Nelimarkka Museum is named after its founder, the painter and professor Eero Nelimarkka. First opened in 1964, the Museum is the Regional Art Museum of Southern Ostrobothnia. Its main focus is on art education: workshops and other events are organized for the public regularly. The Museum is also responsible for researching Ostrobothnian art and hosting an artist-in-residence program. The museum building, designed by Nelimarkka’s friend, architect Hilding Ekelund, has characteristics of classical and Mediterranean architecture. The museum’s permanent exhibition displays Nelimarkka’s art.
The Niilo Helander Foundation awards funds for scientific, artistic and cultural work for both private applicants and work groups.
The Nordic Culture Fund supports projects contributing to an innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural scene in the Nordic Region, one that is diverse, accessible and of high quality. Supported projects must involve a minimum of three Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The project must have artistic or cultural content.
Nordic Culture Point is an official Nordic cultural institution. The organization administers three Nordic funding programmes, runs a cultural centre and library in the heart of Helsinki, and arranges cultural events. It provides a physical, financial and digital space for Nordic culture. Nordic Culture Point operates under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Northern Photographic Centre is a regional photography centre established in 1987 covering the northern regions of Finland: the Oulu district and Lapland. Its main function is to promote and develop photographic art and culture in the region. The centre organizes exhibitions of Finnish and international photographic art.
NYTE ry is an artist association founded in 1987 in Pori. NYTE represents and promotes performance, music and other contemporary and experimental forms of art.
Oksasenkatu 11 gallery (OK11) is an artist-run, non-profit gallery. It charges no rent from exhibiting artists. The aim is to showcase experimental and ambitious ways of presenting art without commercial objectives. OK11 is situated in the Töölö district near Helsinki’s city centre. The name of the gallery is also its postal address.
ONOMA, the cooperative of Artisans, Designers and Artists in Fiskars, organizes yearly summer exhibitions in Fiskars Village in Raasepori. The main focus is on Finnish contemporary crafts, design and art.
Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse awards grants in different fields of science and culture. Both private applicants and communities can apply for grants.
Oulu Museum of Art OMA is located in idyllic surroundings overlooking Ainola Park about a kilometre from Oulu’s city centre. The museum produces innovative, communal events at venues around the city and in nearby municipalities. It also promotes vibrant urban culture by exhibiting a wide variety of art and by arranging events. The museum has an extensive collection, with a particular emphasis on art from Oulu and Northern Ostrobothnia.
Parvs Publishing Company specialises in art books and architectural publications. Parvs produces books on commission for Finnish museums, art galleries, artists and architects. Parvs Publishing was reorganised as Parvs Publishing Company in 2016.
The Pekka Halonen Academy in Tuusula specializes in education in visual arts.
Gallery Peri is a photography centre located in Turku, occupying the same building as the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum.
Pori Art Museum is situated in the centre of Pori by the River Kokemäki. It is a contemporary art museum founded at the initiative of Maire Gullichsen in 1981. The museum houses both national and international contemporary art exhibitions.
The Pori School of Arts offers visual arts education to children, young people and adults.
RABRAB is a journal for political and formal inquiries in art.
Rajataide Association was formed to serve art and artists in 1996. The association’s members consist of artists and young professionals and students from other fields of culture.
Rauma Art Museum hosts changing exhibitions, events, workshops and lectures. Since 1985, Rauma Art Museum has also organized the Rauma Biennale Balticum, a contemporary art event focusing on Baltic artists.
Every second year since 1985, Rauma Biennale Balticum has presented an overview of topical contemporary art from the Baltic Sea region at the Rauma Art Museum.
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Riihimäki Art Museum was founded in 1994. The museum operates in a government office block built in 1963. The building has been renovated to meet the requirements of a modern art museum, and it was opened to the public in 1995. The exhibition space covers two floors around a central court. Riihimäki Art Museum organizes both national and international exhibitions of various types of visual art. Exhibitions featuring the Wähäjärvi Collection change regularly.
Rovaniemi Art Museum focuses on Finnish contemporary art and Northern art. Its yearly exhibition programme introduces works by artists who either work in the north or were born there. The programme also includes exhibitions featuring works from the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Collection as well as some interesting insights into Finnish and international contemporary art. The museum’s activities are based on interaction with science, culture, the local multicultural community and the University of Lapland, all striving for accessibility.
Saariaho Järvenpää is a contemporary art gallery in central Helsinki.The gallery represents emerging and established contemporary artists, seeking to highlight the exploratory relationship between the artist and audience.
The Saimaa University of Applied Sciences offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Visual Arts, specializing in graphic art, painting, photography, sculpture or jewellery design.
Salo Art Museum opened in an old locomotive shed in 1998. The exhibition halls and museum office are located in the same building. The museum rents out space for various occasions. Café Veturitalli is open upon request.
The Sara Hildén Art Museum is the permanent home of a collection of Finnish and foreign modern art owned by the Sara Hildén Foundation. The collection currently contains some 5,000 works presenting a broad cross-section of modern art from the last forty years. The Sara Hildén Foundation is responsible for expanding the collection and placing its acquisitions in the art museum.
Sarjakuvantekijät ry is an association for comics artists. The association awards grants for comics projects and related art work.
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences offers a degree programme in Visual Arts.
The Savoy Theatre is an important and colourful addition to Helsinki’s diverse cultural scene. It is especially well-known as a concert venue for world music, hosting around 200 groups from around the world every year. The Savoy produces events itself and in co-operation with other event organizers. It also stages events produced independently by various booking agencies, festivals and individual event organizers. The Savoy is situated in the centre of Helsinki just off the Esplanade Park. The Savoy Theatre is also responsible for the booking and production of performances organized on the Espa Stage.
Art museum Gösta shows several thematic art exhibitions. The collections are known for the masterpieces of Finnish Golden Age of art as well as old European masters. The Fine Arts Foundation has also started to collect contemporary art following the example presented by its founder Gösta Serlachius.
The main section of the museum is housed in an old manor completed in 1935 to serve as Gösta Serlachius’ private residence. It opened as an art museum in 1984. In summer 2014, a new Pavilion was added alongside the existing manor, enabling larger and more diverse exhibitions than before.
Gustaf Museum is the second museum administered by the Serlachius Foundation in Mänttä. Gustaf aims to produce new kinds of exhibition experiences for visitors, with story-telling in the main role. The exhibitions unfold to visitors by means of drama and diverse media. The museum is well-known and has been awarded for its original exhibitions.
The impressive museum building was constructed as a head office of the forest combine G.A. Serlachius Ltd. in 1934. The functionalistic office building is decorated by the works of well-known Finnish artists. Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation acquired the former head office in year 2000. It was opened for the public after a considerable renovation in 2003.
The Sibelius Academy is the only university-level music institution in Finland. The academy trains independent artists, teachers, and other music professionals. The Academy also offers a master’s degree programme in Arts Management.
SIC is a space for contemporary art in Helsinki. SIC gallery was founded in 2012 by a group of Helsinki-based artists.
The collections of the Sinebrychoff Art Museum feature some of the most valuable and internationally important paintings by old European masters to be found in Finland. The collections are mainly made up of donations. Housed in the unique former home of Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff, the museum’s core is formed by the permanent exhibition on the 2nd floor . The Sinebrychoffs art collection also includes furniture and other artefacts bequeathed to the Finnish government in 1921.
Sinne is a venue for Finnish and international contemporary art with a particular focus on art that rethinks the rules and moves towards new territories.
With a programme comprised of exhibitions, artist talks, seminars and more, Sinne supports engagement with contemporary art. Its aim is to support artistic activity and to be a place where art is discussed and mediated. Sinne also runs an educational programme for school and kindergarten children.
Snellman-korkeakoulu is a private tertiary school that offers a degree programme in the visual arts.
The Sorbus Gallery is a non-profit, artist-run art space located in the Kallio district of Helsinki. The gallery was founded in 2013. Its exhibitions mainly present young contemporary art of various forms.
Stoa is East Helsinki’s lively and varied culture centre situated by the metro station in Itäkeskus, next door to the Itis Shopping Centre. The high-quality events hosted by Stoa attract visitors of all ages from all over Helsinki. Stoa’s programme includes Finnish and international contemporary dance and circus, theatre, music, children’s performances and exhibitions. Stoa’s auditorium is one of the best venues for contemporary dance in Helsinki.
TADAH is an independent subcultural magazine covering contemporary art, future music, film and media through thought provoking editorial insights. Each issue presents artists and collectives with multidisciplinary approaches from a diverse range of art forms featuring plentiful of new talent, recommendations on what to see, hear and do.
The Kirpilä Art Collection was donated to the Finnish Cultural Foudantion by Doctor Juhani Kirpilä (1931–1988). The art collection is exhibited in his former home located in central Helsinki.
The online magazine Taiteilija (The Artist) promotes the interest of 3 000 professional visual artists working and living in Finland. Taiteilija was founded in 1959 and has been an online publication since 2012. The magazine publishes both news and more in-depth articles about visual artists and their work. The magazine is published by The Artists’ Association of Finland together with its member organizations.
The Tampere Art Museum collection comprises paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. It consists of over 7,000 works by approximately 670 artists. The majority consists of Finnish art from the early 19th century onwards. The oldest Finnish works in the collection are Early Romantic paintings by Alexander Lauréus. Most of the older art dates back to the late 19th century, offering many samples of works by the most prominent Finnish painters. The core focus is on the 20th century, providing a rich overview of local artists’ life. The most widely represented artists from Tampere from the first decades of the century are Kaarlo Vuori, Gabriel Engberg, Kalle Löytänä and Lennu Juvela; examples of more recent artists are Reino Viirilä and Matti Petäjä.
Tampere Museum of Comtemporary Art is a unit in the organisation of Tampere Art Museum. The museum takes part in organising exhibitions in Tampere Art Museum and TR1 Konsthalle together with Exhibitions unit of Tampere Art Museum as well as organises art projects in the living city environment. Tampere Museum of Contemporary Art is also responsible for location and service of the works of city art collections within the Collections unit of Tampere Art Museum.
The Artists’ Association of Finland represents over 3,000 professional artists in Finland. It contributes to the well-being of visual art and artists and works as an expert organization and trustee in the visual arts field. Its member associations are Muu ry, the Association of Finnish Sculptors, the Union of Finnish Art Associations, the Association of Finnish Printmakers, the Finnish Painters’ Union and the Photographic Artists’ Association
The Arts Council of Central Finland is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of Central Finland. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Häme is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of Häme. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Lapland is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of Lapland. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of North Karelia is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of North Karelia. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of North Savo is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of North Savo. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the regions of Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu.
The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Ostrobothnia is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the regions of Ostrobothnia, Southern Ostrobothnia and Middle Ostrobothnia.
The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Pirkanmaa is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of Tampere. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Satakunta is an expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of Satakunta. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organisations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of South Savo is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of South Savo. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Southeast Finland is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the regions of Kymenlaakso and South Karelia. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Uusimaa is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of Uusimaa. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The Arts Council of Varsinais-Suomi is the expert body of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland responsible for the region of Varsinais-Suomi. The arts council makes decisions regarding grants and awards for artists, artist groups and organizations within its area of responsibility on the basis of peer reviews. In addition, it provides expert advice and participates in the strategy work of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The main aim of the Central Association of Finnish Photographic Organizations, Finnfoto, is to work for the benefit of all Finnish photographers, professional and amateur alike. As a member of the Kopiosto copyright organization in Finland, Finnfoto monitors the copyright of photographers, gives advice concerning copyright matters and oversees copyright legislation in Finland. Another key aim is to improve the status of photographers as well as their appreciation as professionals. Internationally Finnfoto is a member of the Pyramide Europe organization and a partner of various Scandinavian photographic organizations.
The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo is an expert organization for designers. Ornamo advances the profession of designers and promotes the role of design in society.
The Finnish Film Foundation supports and promotes the Finnish film industry by funding professional film productions and the exhibition and distribution of films. The Foundation is also responsible for the cultural export of Finnish film and provides support for the international promotion of Finnish films.
The aim of the Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation is to promote relations and cultural exchange between Finland and Iceland and to increase the two countries’ mutual awareness and knowledge. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships to support projects in different sectors of society and cultural life.
The Nelin-Cronström Art Museum is located in a multi-storey building dating from the 1930s in Vaasa. The Nelin-Cronström Museum was home to two generations of passionate art collectors. Elin and Alfred Nelin started collecting art in the 1920s and later also began buying antique furniture and objets d’art. The collection includes works by Pierre Bonnard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec as well as works by well-known Finnish artists such as Maria Wiik, Pekka Halonen and Ragnar Ekelund. The museum also presents more recent Swedish and Italian art purchased by Anne-Marie and Nils-Gustav Cronström on their travels.
The Nordic Art School has a history of over 30 years of providing high-standard art education. The school offers a two-year study programme in the Fine Arts. The teachers are professional visual artists not only from the Nordic countries, but from several other European countries as well. The tuition is in English.
The Photographic Artists’ Association was founded in 1988. It represents artists who use photography as their main vehicle of artistic expression. The Association is a national organization that promotes and supports Finnish photographic art and promotes the professional, economic and social interests of its members. Its activities consist mostly of providing information and counselling services to its members as well as organising exhibitions and other events involving photography.
The mission of the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland is to support and strengthen the culture and education of the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. Annually the foundation contributes around EUR 33 million in funding, with about 8,000 applications received every year. The foundation awards grants to institutions, associations and individuals pursuing educational and cultural endeavours.
The Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (TeaK) is a reformer of the performing arts and a dynamic research unit. It offers training at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels. The available degree programmes are Lighting and Sound Design, Dance, Choreography, Theatre Pedagogy, Dance Pedagogy, Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, and Live Art and Performance. The Theatre Academy offers acting programmes both in Finnish in Swedish.
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 Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation is an independent foundation founded in 2014 to support and promote social welfare, culture, the environment and science, as well as teaching and research. The foundation awards grants annually. Grants are awarded for projects that support the mission of the Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation.
The Tikanoja Art Museum is the previous home of Frithjof Tikanoja (1877-1964), a well-known businessman from Vaasa. Tikanoja fell in love with the fine arts in the late 1910s and immediately began collecting paintings and drawings. The art museum was founded when he donated his art collection to the city in 1951. The Tikanoja Collection is especially famous for its international section containing works by masters such as Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The collection also includes Finnish art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Traditional masters such as Albert Edelfelt, Axel Gallen-Kallela, Maria Wiik and Tyko Sallinen are featured in the collection along with younger artists. The Tikanoja Art Museum arranges several exhibitions annually, based on both national and international themes of interest.
TINFO cooperates with professional theatre artists, directors, producers and festival managers. TINFO annually publishes Finnish theatre statistics and provides material and advice on international mobility.
TM Gallery is an art gallery run by the Finnish Painters’ Union focusing on new Finnish painting. The Union regularly organizes exhibitions in collaboration with art museums and other venues. Jubilees are celebrated with special exhibitions. In addition, every March the Union arranges a sales event presenting works of art by hundreds of members.
TUAS Arts Academy in the Turku University of Applied Sciences offers higher education in culture and arts in four programmes: Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Media and Music. The academy’s multidisciplinary approach ensures an innovative learning community and a unique environment for learning, development and inspiration. TUAS Arts Academy has about 600 students, some of whom are adult degree students.
The granite building of the Turku Art Museum built in the National Romantic style is a monument in itself. The museum was designed by Professor Gustaf Nyström. When completed in 1904, it was the second building in Finland to have been designed specifically to serve as a museum. The collection grew fast with new contemporary artworks, which in time would become masterpieces of the Golden Age of Finnish art and national treasures. Currently the museum’s collection comprises almost 7,000 works of art. The collection is particularly famous for its old Finnish art, Surrealism and Pop Art. The museum manages art collections and hosts temporary exhibitions varying from old masters to the newest contemporary art.
The Turku biennial is an international contemporary art event organized every two years in the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum in Turku. The biennial consists of exhibitions, guided tours, seminars, workshops and voting for the audience favourite.
The Union of Finnish Sculptors is a national umbrella organization of artists’ associations. The union represents in total 52 member associations. The union is one of the six union members of the Artists’ Association of Finland.
The University of Lapland Faculty of Arts and Design is one of two university-level art and design institutions in Finland to offer education in the field of design up to doctorate level.
The University of the Arts Helsinki fosters our artistic heritage and renews art. This new university was launched in 2013 through the merger of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, the Sibelius Academy and the Theatre Academy Helsinki. The university now comprises three academies, which are equal in terms of educational content and cultural significance.
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.
Opened in 1966, Vaasa City Art Gallery is situated on the ground floor of Vaasa City Hall, which was completed in 1883. Every year the Vaasa Art Gallery hosts from seven to tenexhibitions, in which visual arts and visual culture in various forms are highlighted. The Photo Gallery Ibis is located alongside the Vaasa City Art Gallery.
Vantaa Art Museum Artsi specializes in graffiti, street art and performance. In addition to exhibitions, Vantaa Art Museum is responsible for maintaining the city’s art collections, as well as for new art acquisitions. The collection focuses on Finnish and Nordic contemporary art and it consists of around 10,000 works, many of which are located in the city’s offices and institutions. In addition, the City of Vantaa’s public works of art are included in the museum’s collections.
This museum focuses on the life and art of the painter Vilho Lampi from Oulu.
Villa Roosa organizes yearly summer exhibitions of contemporary art in Orimattila.
Visavuori is the former home and studio of the artist Emil Wikström, who designed the buildings himself, starting with a combined studio and home in 1894. Destroyed by fire in 1896 and rebuilt in 1902 in the National Romantic style, this building is the finest example of Karelian architecture in existence. Wikström’s home is typical of Nordic artists’ homes of the time, being log-built and featuring many art nouveau details. Almost 100 Wikström’s artworks are displayed in the studio.
Vuosaari House is a cultural centre for the people of Vuosaari. Its presents concerts, children’s performances, film screenings, stand-up clubs, theatre productions and art exhibitions. The 320-seat Vuosali Hall is available for rent to event organizers. Vuosaari House is situated in the centre of Vuosaari, Helsinki’s biggest residential area, nearby the metro station, Columbus Shopping Centre, Vuosaari Sports Hall, Tehtaanpuisto Primary School and Vuosaari Upper Secondary School.
Serving as Turku’s City Art Museum, the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (WAM) is named after the famous Turku-born sculptor, Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966). For nearly 50 years this modernist white museum building has been reflected in the Aurajoki River as an integral part of the heritage landscape of the east bank. Though the building is prestigious, it boldly hosts new and experimental art projects. In addition to changing exhibitions, the programme includes various cultural events, lectures, concerts and theme days for families. The museum is also home to a museum shop and Café Wäinö.
The Yrjö Liipola art collection consists of about 120 works of art, the oldest of which date back to 1900. Besides exhibiting works by Yrjö Liipola, the museum also houses changing exhibitions.
Helsinki-based Zetterberg Gallery represents and works with some of the most interesting and influential contemporary artists. The gallery was founded in 2008 and is run by its founder and owner Tuomas Zetterberg.