Renée Green is a visiting artist of the new residency programme

Saastamoinen Foundation Grant for the Academy of Fine Arts

The Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki Awarded Saastamoinen Foundation Grant for the Internationalisation of Higher Art Education

The Academy of Fine Arts has received a six hundred and fifty thousand euro, three-year grant from the Saastamoinen Foundation to help form its programme to increase internationalization and networking to enhance the experience of students and alumni of the Academy. The Academy of Fine Arts is focusing on international initiatives in order to achieve new levels of excellence in visual art education.

The annual Saastamoinen Foundation Keynote lectures and the Prognostic lectures inquiring into the future of art is the core of the lectures curated by Professor Barbara Vanderlinden. The Artistic Director of the 56th Venice Biennial and Director of the Haus Der Kunst in Munich Okwui Enwezor will be giving the inaugural Keynote Lecture, which will reflect the transformative potential of art education. The Prognostic series started in 2015 with lectures by the artists Amalia Ulman (ES), Adriana Ramić (US) and Sarah Abu Abdallah (SA).

The residency programme brings artists to Helsinki and enables alumni to enrol in high-profile residency programmes in New York (International Studio and Curatorial Programme), Amsterdam (Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten) and Maastricht (Jan van Eyck Akademie). The first artists are Ulises Urra (CU/BE), Renée Green (US) and Branislav Dimitrijevic (RS) and the director is Associate Professor Irmeli Kokko.

The mentoring programme for MFA-students aims to help emerging artists develop their careers. The artists Pilvi Takala (FI) and Ahmet Ögüt (TR/FI) are invited as the first mentors. Professor Riikka Stewen is responsible for the programme.

Markus Konttinen, Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts: The substance and international visibility of Finnish art education will benefit hugely from the support of the Saastamoinen Foundation.

Petteri Karttunen, Chairman of the Board of the Saastamoinen Foundation: Finnish art and Finnish artists have reached a truly international level today. We at the Saastamoinen Foundation hope that our support will enable Finnish artists to raise their profiles and to get new international opportunities.

For more information please contact:

Markus Konttinen, Dean of the Academy on +358 50 3500929, Professor Barbara Vanderlinden on +358 40 8609519, Petteri Karttunen, Chairman of the Board of the Saastamoinen Foundation on +358 40 5001053.

The Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki is an international art academy that has provided education in the visual arts since 1848. 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 Saastamoinen Foundation supports the internationalization of Finnish arts and sciences. The Foundation, which is also well known for its art collection at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art,was founded in 1968 by Liisa and Osmo P. Karttunen.