© Alix Helfer
After a year-long renovation, the K41 gallery space was opened to the public. The gallery is an initiative of Brussels-based Finnish artist Krista Autio and aims to create a bridge between the local audience and artists from the Nordic countries. The three-storey apartment located in a quiet courtyard houses an exhibition space, Autio’s own studio as well as a shared workspace that can be rented.
In the exhibition space, the artist plans to run her NordiKeye project in the future, which helps to connect Nordic contemporary artists in the Benelux region to the local arts scene and to new audiences. Besides having a focus on Nordic countries, the space also acts as a meeting place for other artists from the European borderlands. The gallery’s shared workspace can, for example, be used to organise workshops and gatherings.
Autio’s exhibition am I supposed to be a better person that opened the K41 gallery on Saturday drew a large audience. Projecting the strength of colour, the minimalist works engage with deeper existential questions and the uncertainties of everyday life: “am I good enough for this life?”, “can I trust myself?”. The K41 gallery’s first exhibition is open until 8 April 2017 and is located at 41 Rue Keyenveld, 1050 Ixelles.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux supported the establishment of the K41 gallery space. The Nordic Key project creates a meeting place for Nordic contemporary art in Brussels.
The TelepART platform was launched in the spring of 2016 with the aim to promote exchange between Finland and the Benelux countries in the performing arts field. In May 2017, the Finnish Institute in London joined the programme, making it possible for artists from Great Britain and Ireland to apply for TelepART funding.
Wednesday 24 January will see the TelepART programme expanding even further when the Finnish Institute in Hungary ‘FinnAgora’, the Finnish Institute in Germany and the Finnish Institute in Estonia join the programme.
Kati Laakso moves to Brussels from the Finnish Institute in Japan where she was the Culture and Communications Manager. Laakso has, amongst others, previously worked as a consultant for cultural and creative activities at the Consulate General of Finland in New York and as coordinator of international media relations and satellite projects for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project.
Curator Anni Fahler and artist Timo Wright are launching ARS – Artist Residency Swap, a new artist exchange pilot programme in the Benelux. The idea behind the programme is a platform where artists can swap both their work space and home with another artist from a different country. The goal is to create a space where artists all over the world can connect through their profile in order to not only share their work and living space, but also experiences and insights.
The TelepART Mobility Support Platform has made over a hundred international performance visits possible for 155 artists. The programme has met the needs of performing artists looking to gain international exposure by providing an efficient grant scheme.
The Finnish Cultural Institute in Benelux Trust seeks to fill the position of Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux