Research Pavilion

The Research Pavilion is meeting place, a catalyst of emerging co-operations in the area of artistic research, and a generator of new thinking.

Research Pavilion #3 in Venice
Petri Summanen


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, the venue is 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 Pavilion 2019 and 2021 are created in cooperation with the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation.

Call: Research Pavilion 2021

Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki invites artist-researchers based in Finland to submit proposals to be realised in the Hietsu Paviljonki—a local communal and cultural building—and its surroundings (popular Hietaniemi beach) in summer 2021. Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki is a meeting place for new encounters with the public. Hietaniemi is a popular public area at a seaside in the city, visited by a variety of people. Engage with the public in a very special location!

Previous editions of the Research Pavilion project hosted by the Uniarts Helsinki took place in the context of Venice Biennale in 2015, 2017 and 2019. This time the project takes place in Helsinki.

This call seeks proposals for artworks, expositions, and performances that enable new encounters with the public through new approaches to knowledge, new presentation formats, and new forms of sharing. Proposals can be submitted as an individual or as a group. We are looking for proposals that are part of an ongoing project in Artistic Research.

Applications from inside/outside Uniarts Helsinki are both welcome. Applications from outside are expected to finance themselves.

A proposal should include:

  1. Explain briefly your motivation in participating in Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki
  2. Title and Abstract (maximum 300 words). Please note that the abstract may be used as the basic description of the project on the Pavilion web pages.
  3. Details of the artwork/exposition/performance to be presented. Please describe what it is, and what it involves when presenting it (space, equipment, personnel).
  4. Explain the artwork/exposition/performance’s relation to Artistic Research. For example, how research and art come together in this work. Please provide also how this work might, in your opinion, increase public understanding about Artistic Research.
  5. Budget. Please state your project finances including details of expenses and funding sources you have for your project. Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki contributes towards the expenses incurred. Please note that Uniarts does not cover salaries for the participants of the projects chosen for the Pavilion.
  6. CV (maximum 2 pages in individual proposals, maximum 3 pages in group proposals)

The total number of pages should not exceed 8 and be presented as a pdf file. Proposals can be either in Finnish or English.

The proposal consists of the online form and the pdf file (max 8 pages). The online form with its attachment must be submitted no later than 31.10.2020 at 23:59 (Finnish time). 

The Project Team and relevant personnel at Uniarts Helsinki will make selections and contact successful applicants by the end of November.

For further information contact:
Mieko Kanno (music,
Denise Ziegler (visual arts,
Tero Nauha (performing arts,
Michaela Bränn (administrative coordination,

Facts about Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki

Project Mission

Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki promotes a broader public understanding about Artistic Research. It presents research in and through artistic practice with a platform searching for new approaches to knowledge, new presentation formats, and new forms of sharing, to realise new and diverse encounters with the Helsinki public.

Project Venue

Hietsun Paviljonki (, Hiekkarannantie 9, Töölö, Helsinki. Two rooms are hired for the following periods: (a) Banquet hall (timeframe: 5.6–10.6.2021; 170 m2, max 160 people, seated max 149 people; grand piano), (b) Ateljé room (timeframe 5.6–31.8.2021; 70 m2 for changing exhibitions and smaller events; own entrance from outside). See further descriptions on the venue’s website. Outdoor locations are also available on the premises of Hietsu Paviljonki including the Hietaniemi beach area for events and works.

Project timing and duration

Opening of Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki on Saturday 5th June 2021, followed by an intensive week of events and activities (6.6.–10.6.2021). Changing exhibitions will continue to the end of August. Further concerts, expositions, workshops, and other activities will take place throughout the summer.  

Project Content

In addition to the artworks/expositions/performances selected from this call, Research Pavilion #4 Helsinki offers other concerts, expositions, performances, workshops, talks, walks, and discussions.

Project History

Uniarts Helsinki has successfully hosted Research Pavilions three times in the context of Venice Biennale (2015, 2017, 2019), see website

Project Context

Conceived as a companion event to Helsinki Biennale 2021, RP#4 Helsinki has been designed to take place in Helsinki with the support of the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation.

Project Team

The project is convened by Vice Rector Jaana Erkkilä-Hill. Content Management: Mieko Kanno (music,, Denise Ziegler (visual arts,, Tero Nauha (performing arts, Production: Anni Anttonen. Coordination: Michaela Bränn. Media: Reeta Holma. Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR) takes the overall leadership.

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)


The project is convened by Vice Rector Jaana Erkkilä-Hill.

Content Management: Mieko Kanno (music), Denise Ziegler (visual arts), Tero Nauha (performing arts).

Production: Anni Anttonen. Coordination: Michaela Bränn.