Baltic Circle is an international festival for contemporary theatre organised annually in November in Helsinki. The festival is an artwork that brings intensities into the city, takes stands on current questions, and ignites dialogue. It is a platform for new phenomena and an active forum for discussion. Baltic Circle believes in the aesthetic and affective powers of the arts, and in the potential of social and political agency of performance. The works seen at the festival grasp the phenomena and crucial questions of our times, and search for new forms of performing arts and revised modes of production. In addition to festival production, Baltic Circle participates actively in both Finnish and international performing arts networks, takes part in multi-level development and education initiatives, makes publications, organises residencies and artistic exchanges, helps build up and shape the independent performing arts scene, and influences local cultural policy. Image: Last Yearz Interesting Negro by Jamila Johnson-Small, featured in Baltic Circle in 2017, image courtesy the artist.
The British Library is the UK’s national library and home to the Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library, where some of the most significant world treasures can be seen for free, including: Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Lewis Carroll’s manuscripts of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Beatles lyrics handwritten by John Lennon, and drawings on pages from Leonardo’s Da Vinci’s Notebook.
The collection includes well over 150 million items, in most known languages. If you see 5 items each day, it would take you over 80,000 years to see the whole of the collection. We operate the world's largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world.
Based in the North East of England, CIRCA Projects is a nonprofit organisation with a curatorial position. Its main goal is to present the viewer with coherently researched projects that are embedded in the present. CIRCA Projects' work is mainly based in the presentation and production of new artworks and projects. Hence its aim is to encourage a critical discussion around contemporary art production. CIRCA Projects stresses the importance of regularly organising artist talks, debates and events in order to create an access point to art and its contexts.
CIRCA Projects' curatorial interests lie in the potential of the role of the curator to expand the institution. Run by three curators, it uses various sites and partnerships to realise its exhibition programme, in doing so it can address different audiences. Outputs take the form of exhibitions, events, commissioned artworks and publications. Every aspect of its exhibition programme applies a methodology that is appropriate to the concepts developed with artists in the programme.
Image: From Rubén Grilo's The Need For Speed exhibition at Circa Projects © Rubén Grilo
The Museum of Applied Arts was founded in 1873 as the teaching collection of the Crafts and Design. Design Museum, its successor, is now an internationally operating museum of design that keeps a national collection in its field. Design Museum as a specialist museum in Finland maintains a 75 ooo object design collection. The museum is responsible for research and documentation in its field, and for holding exhibitions on design history and contemporary themes. The museum also organizes international touring exhibitions and events on Finnish art and design. Besides main premises at Design Museum, other premises and exhibition spaces are Arabia Museum, Iittala Glass Museum and Nuutajärvi Glass Museum. The Design Museum has operated in its current premises (formerly Brobergska Mixed School) since 1978.
Image: Henrik Vibskov exhibition at Design Museum, Helsinki © Paavo Lehtonen
EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art is an art museum maintained by the Espoo Art Museum Foundation. The foundation was set up by the city of Espoo in September 2002 when the city’s visual art operations and personnel were transferred to the 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.
Image: William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time, installation view at EMMA, 2014.
The Finnish Museum of Photography is the national special museum for photography, its job being to promote and foster Finnish photographic art and culture. The Museum, founded on the initiative of a number of photography organizations, began its work in 1969. The Museum is maintained by the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Photography.
The Museum's collections include about 3.7 million pictures spanning the various user cultures in photography. The emphasis in collection acquisitions is on Finnish contemporary photographic art. In a national context, the Finnish Museum of Photography has considerable specialist expertise in the preservation and conservation of photographs. The Museum puts on exhibitions of Finnish and foreign contemporary photography, and presents the diverse history of photography.
The Museum carries out basic research on its collections and produces research publications. It also promotes Finnish photography research through collaborative projects with other research bodies, by maintaining a nationwide network of photographic researchers, and by awarding grants. This research and the nationwide work on photo archives are further assisted by the database of Finnish photographers maintained by the Museum, and by the Museum's other databases and details of Finnish photo archives. The Museum also has a photography library for researchers.
Image: Dorothée Smith at Finnish Museum of Photography © Ikahu
The National Archives Service is a government body under the Ministry of Education, which preserves documentary cultural heritage. The task of Finland's National Archives Service is to ensure that documents belonging to the national cultural heritage are preserved and to promote their use for research. Research and development in the sector is also part of its remit. The National Archives directs the operations, administration and development of the National Archives Service. The seven Provincial Archives operating under it function as district administrative authorities in their own regions.
The National Archives Service guides the records management and archives administration of authorities, is responsible for the general development of archives administration and ordinates which state and municipal administration documents should be permanently preserved.
The National Archives Service ensures the availability of the preserved documents by making them available in reading rooms and partly also online.
Image © Finnish National Archives
The Finnish National Gallery is the largest art museum organisation in Finland and a national cultural institution. The main units of the organisation are the Ateneum Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and the Central Art Archives. The story of the Finnish National Gallery began with the founding of the Finnish Art Society in Helsinki in 1846. In 1939, the exhibition and collection activities were transferred to the Finnish Art Academy Foundation, which operated until 1990, the year that the Finnish National Gallery was founded as a State institution operating under the Ministry of Education. In 2014, the Finnish National Gallery was reorganised into an independent public foundation. Throughout its history, the Finnish National Gallery has worked to nurture cultural heritage, strengthen the national art collection, and make art accessible to the general public.
Located in the capital area of Finland, Helinä Rautavaara ethnographic museum (HRM) is a private, publicly funded museum founded by the University of Helsinki, The Finnish Museum Association, Anthropological Association of Finland and the city of Espoo. They form the HRM Foundation that seeks to advance knowledge on non-European cultures.
The museum is named after Helinä Rautavaara (1928-1998), whose collection is permanently on display. In addition the museum organizes annually 2-3 exhibitions and more than 200 events. With more than 50 000 annual visits, it is the most popular ethnographic museum in Finland. The museum is actively involved in projects related to global education and cultural diversity. The museum has conducted a series of successful outreach programs and community curated exhibitions with vulnerable groups like young immigrants, juvenile asylum seekers, illiterate immigrant women and HIV-positive people.
Image: from the At the Fires of Taiga and Tundra exhibition © Marianna Flinckenberg-Gluschkoff
Autumn 2015 will mark the re-launch of Helsinki Art Museum’s activities in Tennis Palace. The Tennis Palace, a 1930s functionalist building, also houses a multiplex cinema and other facilities that attract over a million visitors a year. After extensive renovations, the museum’s functionalist spirit will be reinstated and its exhibition space doubled to approximately 2500sqm.
The character and diversity of Helsinki Art Museum's new gallery spaces will offer unprecedented exhibition opportunities. In addition to the extensive open-plan spaces on the upper floor, the lower floor galleries will house a new auditorium and a gallery showcasing young and contemporary talent. Furthermore, in collaboration with designers from the Design Driven City project the museum's front-of-house services and facilities will be re-designed to better suit diverse public and ever-broadening visitor learning and engagement activities. The spirit of the building and the newly designed facilities will greatly complement the museum's exhibitions programming emphasizing contemporary art, design and architecture.
Aside from Helsinki Art Museum’s own exhibition showcase of contemporary art at a local metro station, artworks in public buildings around the City, and public art commissions increasingly in new areas of the City, the museum is continually broadening its engagement with diverse publics. Helsinki Art Museum is also a partner in a newly-established initiative for a museums cluster which will greatly improve visibility and accessibility of Helsinki’s City-centre museums in the future.
Image: Tatzu Nishi: Hotel Manta of Helsinki, commissioned by Helsinki Art Museum © Maija Toivanen / Helsinki Art Museum
Helsinki Contemporary focuses on long-term collaborations with emerging and more established artists who take a physical, in-depth approach to their work. Their artistic profile is not restricted to any particular media, but prioritizes visual art of current interest that conducts a dialogue with both the surrounding society and the space in which it is presented. In their collaborations with artists, Helsinki Contemporary accentuates curatorial commitment and the content of the art. The Gallery commits to supporting artists’ careers in the long term by working in close partnership with them and offering personalized professional expertise. Helsinki Contemporary is also establishing an expanding international presence through participation in fairs, collaborations and publishing, while also seeking to cooperate actively with other art institutions in Finland and abroad.
Image: Hans Rosenström: Half Full, 2014. © The artist and Helsinki Contemporary
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, is among Finland’s most popular leisure time destinations. Heureka opened to the public in 1989 and attracts nowadays on an average 300 000 visitors a year. It is a lively hands-on exhibition and activity centre for all ages. Heureka has three exhibition halls for interactive exhibits, a modern digital planetarium, an outdoor science park and conference facilities. Everything works in three languages: English, Finnish and Swedish, partly also in Russian and Estonian. Heureka is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area, in the city of Vantaa.
Heureka is a non-profit organization run by the Finnish Science Centre Foundation. The Finnish Science Centre Foundation is a broadly based co-operation organization that includes the Finnish scientific community, education sector, trade and industry, trade unions and national and local government. The ten background organizations of the Foundation support, develop and actively participate in the activities of Heureka. Internationally, Heureka is an active member of ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers), ECSITE (The European Collaborative for Science, Industry and Technology Museums) and NSCF (Nordisk Science Center Förbundet). It is recognized to be among the forerunners in its field of business (ASTC peer review, summer 2013.)
Image: from the Science on a Sphere exhibition © Heureka
HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme is one of the largest international residency centers in the Nordic and Baltic region. The residency studios are located in two unique sites in Helsinki: on the UNESCO World Heritage fortress island Suomenlinna and in Cable Factory, the largest cultural center in Finland.
HIAP focuses primarily on the Visual Arts but in collaboration with local and international partner organizations, HIAP residencies are offered also for professionals in other creative fields. The activities at HIAP are based on thematic projects that focus on specific contemporary topics or aspects of artistic practice, collaborations with local art and cultural organizations, and open calls. Projects and programs can run from few months to several years. HIAP aims to foster international collaboration and to address contemporary concerns in art and society. To support these aims, a public programme of discussions, screenings, exhibitions, and other events is organized in connection with the residencies.
Every year between 70–90 art professionals from around the world are offered a working period of 1–3 months in the HIAP residency studios in Helsinki. HIAP also hosts 80–120 shorter visits by art professionals invited by local art institutions or working independently on their own projects. Art professionals based in Finland have an opportunity to work abroad via projects and exchange programs maintained by HIAP with its international partners.
Image © Dariusz Sitek
The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) aims in all its activities to create for the public an enjoyable and engaging experience of contemporary art. It achieves this through a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions and education programmes based in its home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and working with partners nationally and internationally. As the national institution for contemporary art IMMA is committed to supporting artists’ work, and works with artists and partners to support the development, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art in Ireland. Since it’s opening the Museum has rapidly established itself as a significant and dynamic presence in the Irish and international arts arena. It is widely admired by its peers throughout the world for the range and relevance of its exhibitions, for its innovative use of its growing Collection, for its award-winning education and community programme and for its visitor-centred ethos and facilities.
IMMA is the home of the national collection of modern and contemporary art and takes responsibility for the care and maintenance of this national resource. We ensure that it is accessible to visitors of IMMA and beyond through exhibitions, collaborations, loans, touring partnerships and digital programmes.
IMMA has proved to be a valuable and popular addition to the country’s cultural infrastructure, attracting more than 400,000 Irish and overseas visitors each year from diverse social backgrounds, both to the Museum itself and to events organised throughout Ireland by our National Programme.
Merseyside Maritime Museum is in the Albert Dock, Liverpool. It contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. There is also the major current exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, which tells the story of Liverpool's links to the ill-fated liner. The Museum also houses the International Slavery Museum (on the third floor) as well as the Border Force's national museum: Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered (in the basement).
Image: Titanic survivor's lifejacket © Merseyside Maritime Museum
The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma has firmly established its position in the heart of Helsinki, thanks to both its thought-provoking repertoire and its fascinating architecture. Kiasma’s repertoire includes exhibitions presenting Finnish and international contemporary art, collection displays, performances in the Kiasma Theatre, workshops, seminars and lectures. Kiasma presents and collects the very latest contemporary art.
Kiasma is a place where you can fall in love with or become provoked by art, be surprised, impressed or entertained by art. Contemporary art is no stranger to emotions. Kiasma and the art it exhibits often spark off lively discussions in which the museum too is an active participant. The debate is open to everyone, whether it takes place in Kiasma or on some of its many online forums.
Image: Alfredo Jaar: The Sound of Silence (detail), 2006 © Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen
The fundamental task of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, one of Finland's national museums, is to collect and distribute knowledge about architecture and increase its understanding among the general public as well as experts. It is an information centre for topical architectural practice, research and critique, oriented toward the future even as it records history. The museum builds a bridge between architecture and its users, and on the other hand it is a link in the interaction of professionals.
The museum is one of the oldest of its kind in the world and focuses on post-1900 architecture. It was established in 1956 to record Finnish built culture. The museum’s purpose was also to meet the international demand of material concerning Finnish architecture, which had gained an enormous fame by the 1950s.
Image: from the Unbuilt Helsinki exhibition, curated by Åbäke and Nene Tsuboi © Niklas Kullström
The Museum of London tells the story of the capital from its first settlers to modern times. We have sites in central London, Docklands and in Hackney. Our galleries based at the Museum of London in central London vividly tell the story of the city and its people.
The museum receives over a million visitors each year and holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe. The museum cares for more than two million objects in our collections.
MUU is an artist run, interdisciplinary artist association founded in 1987 to represent and promote new and experimental forms of art such as media art, performance, video, environmental, conceptual art, sound art, and other experimental modes of cultural production. The aims of MUU are to develop the collaboration and interchange of artists working within different fields to produce projects, events, seminars and exhibitions of the Muu (“the Other”) art fields and to arouse cultural political discussion. MUU operates with Finnish and international cultural and educational organizations. Image: Laura Horelli, Jokinen, 2016, installation view at MUU Gallery in Helsinki by Sinem Kayacan.
The National Gallery of Ireland is located in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Opened in 1864, it houses the national collection of Irish and European fine art. The collection has about 14,000 artworks, including about 2,500 oil paintings, 5,000 drawings, 5,000 prints, and sculpture, furniture and other works of art.
Image: Uniform: a collaboration with Jackie Nickerson
The National Galleries of Scotland comprises three galleries in Edinburgh and two partner galleries in the North and South of Scotland.
The National Galleries of Scotland look after one of the world’s finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. These holdings include the national collection of Scottish art which we are proud to display in an international context.
The National Galleries of Scotland cares for, develops, researches and displays the national collection of Scottish and international art and, with a lively and innovative programme of activities, exhibitions, education and publications, aims to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.
The three Edinburgh galleries are the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
The National Media Museum is situated in the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film. The Museum is home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance, looking after the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media collections. The National Media Museum first opened as the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford in 1983, with a remit to explore the art and science of the image and image-making.
Image: A photograph showing a young boy and a man blowing bubbles, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1950. Courtesy of The National Media Museum
National Museums Liverpool is a group of museums and galleries whose diverse venues attracted nearly 3 million visitors in 2014. Their collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. The cluster consists of: International Slavery Museum, Lady lever Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Sudley House, Walker Art Gallery and World Museum.
Image: Porcelain plate with transfer-printed design, made by Fornasetti, Italy, circa 1960. From the Decorative Art Collection of Walker Art Gallery
Fresh from a £47 million redevelopment, the National Museum of Scotland houses a spectacular array of over 20,000 fascinating artefacts. Our magnificently diverse collections will take you on an inspirational journey through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, world cultures and the excitement of science and discovery – all under one roof.
In its landmark building, occupying more than half of Chambers Street, the National Museum of Scotland was formerly two different museums – the Royal Museum, built in 1861, and the more modern Museum of Scotland, completed in 1998. The facilities were unified in April 2008, although there is still a definite thematic separation: the former Royal Museum (complete with its grand Victorian Hall) has a worldwide and natural history focus, while the newer building maintains a distinctly Scottish viewpoint.
Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts is the country's oldest society concerned solely with the fine arts. As an independent institution it is primarily led by prestigious artists and architects. Among its founders were Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir William Chambers, who were determined to achieve professional standing for British art and architecture.
The collection focuses on British art and artists and mainly ranges from the 18th century to the present day. Among the highlights are major works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Turner, Constable, Alma-Tadema, Flaxman, Millais, Leighton, Waterhouse, Sargent, Spencer and Hockney.
The Royal Academy of Art is based in Burlington House, a striking 17th-century mansion nestled in the heart of London's West End.
In 2008, a car park in a forgotten corner of Dublin was transformed into a living experiment that would bridge art and science, unleashing their combined creative potential. Through a cutting-edge programme that ignites creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery Dublin encourages young people to learn through their interests. Since opening in 2008, over 1.9 million visitors to the gallery have experienced 34 unique exhibitions — ranging from living art experiments to materials science and from the future of the human race to the future of play. Science Gallery Dublin develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. The focus is on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise.
Image: Lucie Libotte: Dust Matter(s), 2014. Exhibited as part of Home\Sick exhibition at Dublin Science Gallery. © Lucie Libotte
When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today Tate has four major and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks. A number of new developments are planned for Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate St Ives to ensure the galleries continue to expand.
Image: Gérard Fromanger: Album le Rouge, 1968-70. Featured in World Goes Pop at the Tate Modern.
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service in North East England. TWAM manages a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne & Wear. TWAM is supported by the five local authorities of the area and Newcastle University. It is also a Major Partner Museum funded by Arts Council England and has Core Funded Museum status. TWAM's venues include two Roman forts that are part of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, three art galleries, including the largest craft collection in the UK outside London. Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums holds collections of international importance in archives, art, science and technology, archaeology, military and social history, fashion and natural sciences.
TWAM's mission is 'to help people determine their place in the world and define their identities, so enhancing their self respect and their respect for others.' Last year TWAM welcomed 1,383,026 visitors through its doors.
Image: Mugshot of Peter Quinn, circa 1930's © Tyne Wear Archives & Museums
Founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has been transformed by its £15 million development. This is a university gallery that is a place of research and academic collaboration, whose contemporary exhibitions programmes have given new life to international, historic collections, and whose risk-taking curatorial team has gained global attention. Yet despite its ambition and change, the Whitworth is also a gallery that has retained a sense of the personal, the intimate and the playful. It is a place that its visitors love, and feel that they own. For them and for us, the Whitworth is simply the gallery in the park, one of the most remarkable galleries in the north of England.
Image © Zhang Huan, as part of The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese art from 1970 to now
The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist. The William Morris Gallery is housed in a Georgian house, built in the 1740s and set in Lloyd Park in Walthamstow, in north-east London. The grade II* listed building was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856. The only public Gallery devoted to William Morris was reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment. The galleries are arranged thematically, and centre on internationally-significant collection of textiles, furniture, ceramics, paintings, designs and personal items connected with Morris and his associates, including the Pre-Raphaelite artists. The objects are complemented by films, audio and hands-on interactives.
Image: William Morris, Snakeshead printed cotton, 1876 © William Morris Gallery