The Research Pavilion project

The Research Pavilion has been organised in Venice in 2015, 2017, and 2019, and in Helsinki in 2021 and 2023.

Research Pavilion flags, a pink stone wall building and blue sky.


The Research Pavilion, an ongoing project hosted by Uniarts Helsinki, highlights the points of view of artistic research in the context of eminent contemporary art events. The Research Pavilion has been organised in the context of the Venice Biennale in 2015, 2017 and 2019. In 2021 and 2023, the venue was Helsinki.

During these years, Research Pavilion has cemented its position as the focal point in artistic research, drawing together artist researchers from around the world. It is a platform for new thinking, debate and cooperation arising from artistic research. Research Pavilions 2019 and 2021 were created in cooperation with the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation. On 2023, the Research Pavilion was funded by Niilo Helanderin säätiö.

Research Pavilion 2023: Helsinki

The fifth Research Pavilion took place in the spring of 2023 in cooperation with Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) and Kone Foundation Saari residence.

Research Pavilion 2021: Helsinki

The fourth Research Pavilion was organised in Helsinki in summer 2021 during the first-ever Helsinki Biennial. Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki took place in the Hietsu Paviljonki—a local communal and cultural building—and its surroundings (popular Hietaniemi beach). Artist-researchers participating in the Research Pavilion showcased their projects from 5 June to 29 August 2021. During the summer, the fourth Pavilion was a hub of fine arts, concerts, performances, workshops and discussions, which were all characterised by an inquiring mindset. 

Uniarts Helsinki’s fourth Research Pavilion was organised with the support of the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation and it was a part of the Year of research-based knowledge.

Content Management: Mieko Kanno, Denise Ziegler, Tero Nauha 
Production / Operation: Michaela Bränn, Anni Anttonen 

Research Pavilion 2019: Research Ecologies

Research Pavilion 2019 website

Research Pavilion 2019 in Research Catalogue

Research Pavilion 2017: Utopia of Access

Research Pavilion 2017 website

Research Pavilion 2015: Experimentality

University of the Arts Helsinki organised a Research Pavilion on 7 May – 28 June 2015 in the context of the 56th Venice Biennale. The pavilion consisted of an outstanding international contemporary art exhibition and a platform for events that featured artistic research. The dynamic between artistic research and contemporary art was explored through the theme of experimentality. The artists in the exhibition were Tiong Ang & Alejandro Ramirez, Magnus Bärtås, Dirk Hoyer, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Simo Kellokumpu, Matts Leiderstam, Antti Nykyri, Maija Närhinen, Tuula Närhinen, Janis Rafa, Heli Rekula and Hito Steyerl.

The commissioner of the Research Pavilion was Professor Anita Seppä, PhD, and it was curated by DFA Jan Kaila, Advisor in Artistic Research at the Swedish Research Council, and Professor Henk Slager, PhD.

The pavilion was organised in collaboration with EARN (European Artistic Research Network), Valand Academy (University of Gothenburg), GradCAM (Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin), MaHKU Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design, Università IUAV di Venezia, Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) and Frame Visual Art Finland.

Project name

Research Pavilion


The Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation (2019 and 2021)

Niilo Helanderin säätiö (2023)