Partners and donations
Having a societal impact is an important part of the role of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) and its academies. As a part of this mission Uniarts Helsinki is involved in fundraising and corporate cooperation to develop the funding of education.
Uniarts Helsinki’s role in the society
The University of the Arts Helsinki performs the third mission of universities, which is influencing the society, from various standpoints. In addition to the numerous concerts, performances, and exhibitions, we also create connections to the society around us, such as by corporate and alumni cooperation.
The University is also a societal commentator with a goal of securing the position and quality of art education. Close cooperation with other universities in Finland and abroad guarantees varied educational opportunities and solidifies the University of the Arts Helsinki’s position as a top international university.
Corporate cooperation is a vital part of the University of the Arts Helsinki and its renowned academies’ operations. By cooperating with our university, the corporation is given diverse opportunities to support the forefront of Finnish art education and to make use of the results of the cooperation in their own business. This cooperation includes the joint execution of projects and productions, marketing communications collaboration, research projects, and event production. Cooperation is based on long-term planning and creative ways of doing things.
Corporate cooperation has a partner and customer-friendly approach, which means that the corporation itself always sets the base for the cooperation. The goal is to make a difference in the society. Corporations are provided with tailored solutions that fit their images and benefit both parties. If you have any questions, we will gladly give you further information on the different forms and possibilities of corporate cooperation.
The Saastamoinen Foundation supports the internationalisation strategy of Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, especially the Prognostics and Saastamoinen Foundation Keynote series, residency programmes for graduated artists in Finland and abroad, and the mentorship programme for master’s students. In 2018, the Saastamoinen Keynote lecture was held by Polish art critic and curator Adam Szymczyk, one of the most prominent figures in contemporary art, under the title “Documenta 14 in 14 or 15 theses”. The Academy of Fine Arts offers residency programmes for its alumni through its partnerships with Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, ISCP – International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York, and Space in London.
A donation from Otava Group and the Otava Book Foundation has given Uniarts Helsinki the opportunity to launch a degree programme in writing. The master’s programme in writing will be available starting from autumn 2019. The master’s programme will strengthen the position of writing and literature as an independent field of art and provide a unique path to becoming a professional writer. The new master’s programme in the multi-artistic environment of Uniarts Helsinki promotes the role of text and textuality in contemporary art.
Uniarts Helsinki and Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation are set to collaborate in the context of the Venice Biennale in 2019 by dedicating a pavilion for research. Uniarts Helsinki’s Research Pavilion will raise the profile of the university’s research and artist’s education during the world’s most renowned contemporary art festival and promote Uniarts Helsinki’s status as an international forerunner in artistic research. The Pavilion will explore the relationship between artistic research and contemporary art through thematically structured creative processes. The Research Pavilion will be set up for the third time in 2019.
The Promising Young Artist scholarship is the result of a co-operation between the Art Foundation Merita fr and Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. The scholarship of 22 000 euros is awarded to a Master of Fine Arts who has graduated recently from the Academy of Fine Arts. The purpose of the scholarship is to sponsor the artistic work of a talented, promising artist. The decision on the recipient of the scholarship is made by the Board of the Art Foundation. In 2018, the Promising Young Artist scholarship was awarded to artist Lilli Haapala.
The OP Art Foundation supports music as a performing art by lending its highly valued instruments to young and talented musicians to help them advance in their careers. The collection includes five violins, two violas and three cellos. In February 2018, the OP Art Foundation’s highly valued instruments were lent to the Sibelius Academy’s Junior Academy students Otto Antikainen, Rebecca Roozeman, Kristian Sallinen and Maria Morfin Venäläinen, as well as to degree student Emma Mali. The most valuable instrument, an Antonio Stradivari violin named “The Irish”, was awarded to Sibelius Academy student Kasmir Uusitupa for a second loan period, and Junior Academy student Leonardo Chiodo continues as the holder of a Nicolas Lupot cello.
Uniarts Helsinki’s fundraising campaign, Art is a Gift, has collected over 4.7 million euros in less than two years. A big thank you to all donors!
The Art is a Gift campaign was a pilot project for Uniarts Helsinki’s fundraising. Uniarts Helsinki will continue to engage in fundraising and maintain external relations in order to strengthen its economic future, because it’s more than likely that the level of public funding won’t be able to meet all the development needs of education in the same way as before.
Donations help the university in upgrading its international profile, increasing the number of visiting professors and promoting the influence of art in society.
More information on our campaign website www.taideonlahja.fi
Out of the three academies at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts have their own foundations. The foundations accept anniversary and other special day donations and wills, for example.
The Sibelius Academy Foundation supports Sibelius Academy financially by grants. The Academy of Fine Arts Foundation supports and promotes accommodation, artistic work, exhibitions, publications, and international networking among students of fine arts.
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Senior Advisor Marja-Leena Pétas-Arjava is on leave of absence from 1 September 2018 until 1 September 2019.
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