The symposium is co-organized by the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, and Frame Contemporary Art Finland, with support from Kone Foundation.

The Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy focusing on the fine arts – the only one of its kind in Finland. It offers first-class instruction in Moving Image, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Site and situation specific art and Sculpture, and is a pioneer in artistic research. The Academy of Arts has trained artists since 1848. In 2015 Academy of Fine Arts launched with the donation by the Saastamoinen Foundation the Resident Fellow Programme that aims to bring together artists, writers and theorists within the domain of higher artist education. Also, the Academy launched a post-graduate programme for the alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts that provides opportunities for artistic and theoretical postgraduate studies on high-end recidencies in ISCP International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York and in Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht.

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, residencies, seminars and talks, exhibition collaborations and network platforms. Frame is in charge of the Finnish entry for the Venice Biennale alongside other major international art events.

Launched in 1999, HIAP has grown to be one of the leading international residency centres in Finland and the Nordic & Baltic region. The residency programmes at HIAP focus mostly on contemporary art but are open to arts professionals from other disciplines as well, including design, performance, dance, theatre, literature, comics and sound art. HIAP also runs multi-year thematic projects and programmes, which highlight a certain geographical area or concentrate on a specific contemporary topic or an aspect of artistic practice.

The symposium programme is conceived and hosted by Irmeli Kokko (Academy of Fine Arts), Taru Elfving (Frame), and Juha Huuskonen (HIAP).

Symposium coordinator: Tessa Aarniosuo (HIAP)

Please direct all contacts and queries to coordinator Tessa Aarniosuo: tessa(at)