The Project Space is intended for exhibitions and projects that use photography or other lens-based media as tools for art or research. The space shows stimulating exhibitions by both fresh talents and more established artists. NB! The museum will not organize an open call in 2018 due to the upcoming construction work at Cable Factory. The museum's exhibition spaces will be partially closed in 2019.
No open call for Project Space exhibitions 2019 – the construction work of Dance House Helsinki at Cable Factory affects the Finnish Museum of Photography’s exhibition planning
The Finnish Museum of Photography will not organize an open call for exhibitions at Project Space in 2019.
In 2019, the exhibition spaces of the museum will be renovated as part of bigger renovations at the Cable Factory courtyard and the construction of Dance House Helsinki, due to be opened in 2020.
The construction work will have an effect on the museum’s exhibition spaces, but the dates of closure are yet to be confirmed. The exhibition spaces will remain open until the start of the construction work.
If the construction schedule allows it, the next Open Call for Project Space will be organized in 2019 for exhibition in 2020.
The exhibitions for Project Space are selected through an annual open call. The call is open to all makers of photographic art, whether professionals or students. Teams can also submit applications for the open call. The museum's exhibition team goes through the entries submitted through the open call and selects five exhibitions for presentation each year.
The Project space is intended for exhibitions and projects that use photography or other lens-based media as tools for art or research. The space shows stimulating exhibitions by both fresh talents and more established artists. Photography professionals and students as well as visual artists making photographic art can apply. Applications can also be submitted in the name of workgroups.
The museum would like to thank all applicants for applying in the Project Space Open Call for Artists 2018! We were extremely pleased for the high quality of applications and the variety of themes and visual choices made by applicants. We received a total of 332 applications from all across the world, but ultimately could only offer exhibition time for 5 selected applicants.
The selected artists for Project Space 2018 are:
- Karl Henrik Edlund
- Ian Waelder
- Daniela Friebel
- Kati Leinonen
- Iiris Kaarlehto and Inka Kynkäänniemi
The decisions were made by The Finnish Museum of Photography’s acting chief curator Tiina Rauhala, curator Maria Faarinen and photographer Karl Ketamo.
The application must consist of a single pdf file. However, if the exhibition includes video, you can add a link to it instead of sending the video file as an attachment.
The pdf should contain the following elements:
- A cover page with the name of the applicant (and/or the workgroup), e-mail address and a phone number (country code included).
- Application letter that gives brief but complete details of the proposed exhibition (max 2 x A4). The letter should involve information of who is/are the applicant/s, what kind of an exhibition you would like to have and, if possible, what kind of sections does the exhibition consist of. It is okay to not have an existing exhibition when applying – just be as precise as possible with your explanations of what kind of an exhibition you’re planning.
- Include a portfolio containing photos of the works to be in the planned exhibition. Indicate each work's year of completion, dimensions, mode of production etc., and include any information that will help give a picture of the exhibition as a whole. In case the works for the planned exhibition have not been produced yet, please send some reference material of your earlier works. If you are planning to show moving image, please add a link where we can see the work.
- Include your full contact details and your CV to your application. If the exhibition is produced by a group, please include everyone’s CVs.
What does the Museum provide for exhibitors?
The Museum provides exhibition space, free, for 7-8 weeks. Applicants can indicate a preferred exhibition period, but the Finnish Museum of Photography reserves the right to decide on the order of the exhibitions. There are five exhibition periods during the year 2018.
The Project space has a floor area of 50 m² and a ceiling 4.5 m high (see floor plan).
The Museum offers exhibition installers a fixed production grant of 400 euros. The Artist is responsible of other production costs. The Museum provides help with installation and dismantlement, exhibition supervision, and opening arrangements. The artist should be personally present during the construction and dismantling of the exhibition.
The Museum is responsible for exhibition lighting and cleanliness during the exhibition period. The Museum has a limited amount of technical equipment available for loan to artists. The Museum is not able to provide any audio or video equipment for the exhibitions.
The Museum provides insurance for the construction, dismantlement and exhibition periods. The Museum does not insure works during transportation.
The Museum provides publicity, publishes exhibition details and sends press releases and posts information on the Museum's website and social media channels.
The Museum does not provide paper invitations or postage. Artists who make and post invitations at their own expense can use the museum's geographic mailing list if they wish.
Exhibition installers are responsible for transportation of works and for their own travel costs.
The decision-making process
The applications are reviewed by the Finnish Museum of Photography's exhibition team: Chief Curator Tiina Rauhala and Curator Maria Faarinen.
All applicants will be informed of the curators' decision by e-mail. After confirming the selected projects and exhibition schedules with the artists, the list of names will also be published on the museum’s website.