Summer Events

Courses are over, the weather is warmer, it’s clear that summer is upon us. While some may be taking summer courses or working on projects or have a summer internship, there are also a few fun art and media things happening this summer!

In Tampere area:

Finlayson Art Area (18.06.-22.08.2021)

The Finlayson Art Area, one of Finland’s largest art events, will be held for the seventh time at Finlayson’s historic factory area and roofs this summer. High-quality art experiences are promised in paintings, photography, videos, glass art, installations, graphic art, sculptures and street paintings. 

The sites are in indoor galleries, public spaces, courtyards, streets, and stairwells and on the roof. All exhibitions are open to the public. There are many free programs in the summer, including guided tours of the exhibition.

Exhibitions open: Tue-Fri 11-18, Sat-Sun 12-18. Closed Mon and Public Holidays.

Main entrances: Finlaysoninkuja 9 and Väinö Linna Square 13.

Event Office: Galleria Himmelblau, Finlaysoninkuja 9 floor 2B / 0500 625 564

ARS 108 (02.07. – 29.08.2021)

ARS 108 is an immersive contemporary art exhibition and festival located at Tehdas 108, starting July 2nd! In addition to the exhibitions, the festival will have various performning arts, interdisciplinary events and workshops. The aim is to create an annual high-quality and international art exhibition and festival that takes into account both community and social basis.

This year’s theme Reflection aims to reflect the interaction between the work and the viewer. The main emphasis of the exhibition is media art (video, light, sound art, etc.), sculpture, spatial art and various combinations of these. The aim is to produce a variety of immersive art and spatial experiences through exhibition, events and festival program.

The festival features many TAMK alumni and current students like:

Essi Laurilla (producer and curator)
Veera Salmio (curator and producer)
Alberto Reza(curator)


Anna Björklund
Konsta Fed
Ida Sofia Fleming
Jonne Kauko
Taija Goldblatt
Maria Stereo
Jarno Vesala

💫TAMK students 💫

Allan Castellanos
Yu-Hsuan Yao
Vincent Masse
Gabriella Presnal
and many bands from TAMK!

The festival is an event of Tehdassaari Support Association and is curated by a working group of professional artists.

For more information and tickets:

In Helsinki:

Helsinki Biennial (12.6.–26.9.2021)

Helsinki Biennial is an international art event that will bring outstanding contemporary art to maritime Helsinki. The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island 12.6.–26.9.2021. Helsinki Biennial will present 41 international artists or groups of artists from both Finland and around the world. You can spot artworks on Vallisaari along a marked trail both outdoors and inside historical buildings, gunpowder cellars, and empty residential buildings. The trail is about three kilometres long, and the artworks are marked on informational maps along the trail.

Helsinki Biennial is free of charge. There is a fee for the ferry.

12 June – 29 August
Mon–Sun  11 am – 6 pm

1 – 26 September
Wed–Sun 11 am – 6 pm

For more info:

Blick (12.05.–22.08.2021)

This summer, Amos Rex visitors can step directly into Blick. Blick is a multisensory total work of art by visual artist Raija Malka and composer Kaija Saariaho. The exhibition takes us into the midst of a sound work by Saariaho and installations by Malka.

The audience is invited to participate in creating Blick by moving through it, observing it, becoming immersed in it or constructing their own arrangements. When arriving at the exhibition, the audience enters also the work of art. Blick features chairs and steps where visitors can sit and unhurriedly immerse themselves in the artwork’s world.

The exhibition title, Blick (Gaze), is a reference to a 1912 poem by artist Wassily Kandinsky. It is featured in Saariaho’s piece, Stilleben, which is heard in the exhibition. Built around it between 2019 and 2021 is the Blick sound environment, which intensifies the overall drama of the exhibition. Besides instruments and singing, we hear texts in various languages as well as interpersonal communication and travel-related sounds of vehicles, stations and telephone answering machines. The musical themes are distances and nostalgic longing.

Need to book your visit in advance.

Amos Rex, Mannerheimintie 22–24, Helsinki

For more information:

Helsinki Festival (19.08-05.09.2021)

Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in the Nordic countries, held annually in late summer. The festival’s aim is to make art accessible for all. The programme features classical and world music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts as well as a range of urban events.

Helsinki Festival operates under the auspices of the Helsinki Events Foundation, established by the City of Helsinki. The executive body of the foundation is its Board. Members of the Board are elected by the Helsinki City Board to serve a two-year term.

Advance tickets for Helsinki Festival are sold by Ticketmaster Suomi.

For more information:

In Mänttä

Kuvataiteen valtakunta (Realm of Fine Art) (11.6.-29.8.2021)

This summer, an exhibition titled Kuvataiteen valtakunta (Realm of Fine Art) in Mänttä-Vilppula presents the artworks of a number of fine artists who have recently graduated from one of the six Finnish universities of applied sciences teaching fine arts.

The objective of the exhibition Kuvataiteen valtakunta is to improve the visibility and position of newly graduated artists in Finland. The exhibition also highlights the important role of the universities of applied sciences teaching fine arts in the training of fine artists. Recent TAMK graduate Aleksandra Näveri is one of the selected artists, showcasing her work Urban Chaos.

The exhibition is produced as a collaboration between the culture services of Mänttä-Vilppula and the universities of applied sciences. The exhibition will be set up inside an old store building in the town centre of Mänttä.

Seppälän puistotie 7, Mänttä

For more information:

Banksy Exhibition (15.5. – 10.10.2021)

This summer there is a Banksy exhibition at the the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä, free of charge. The decision to make entry exhibition free of charge was made in recognition of Banksy’s opposition to commercialism.

Banksy, from Bristol, is a street artist who has eluded the authorities for years and whose identity remains unknown. He is a rebel whose works mocking commercialism now attract top prices from collectors. 

The Banksy. A Visual Protest exhibition showcases the world’s most famous street artist, whose visually skilful and biting works also incorporate humanity and warm humour. The exhibition, implemented in collaboration with 24 Ore Cultura of Milan, brings Banksy’s production to Finland for the first time on such a scale.

The exhibition includes over hundred works borrowed from various collections, particularly well-known examples of the artist’s early production. This is not an official Banksy exhibition, as it has not been authorised by the artist himself. The exhibition is curated by Gianni Mercurio.

The exhibition started 15 May and will be open until 10 October 2021. The exhibition has been on display in Milan and Rome, and after Finland it will head to Japan.

Serlachius Museum Gösta: Joenniementie 47, 35800 Mänttä, Finland

We hope you have a great summer!

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