The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux builds bridges for actors in Finnish culture, arts and science. Creating mobility for Finnish know-how and arts professionals as well as international networks is the Institute’s main objective in its area of operation. The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is involved in supporting new opportunities and interdisciplinary, international arts projects in Finland and the Benelux region.
Among the projects being realised with the Institute’s support are sculptor Kaarina Kaikkonen’s exhibition and Riikka Kuoppala and Thomas Martin’s community art project on the theme of homelessness in the Marolles neighbourhood of Brussels. Both projects are produced by ifa laboratory.
Collaborators Kuoppala and Martin who submitted an application to the Institute’s Mobile Home(less) call for applications in the spring of 2016 were recognised with an ArtHelsinki award for their deserving proposal Dreams of the Street.
In March 2017, Finnish visual artist Krista Autio opened the new K41 gallery that shows contemporary art from the Nordic countries in the centre of Brussels. The Institute is supporting Autio’s NordiKeye project that aims to connect Nordic contemporary artists working in the Benelux region with the local arts scene. In addition to the gallery, K41 offers the opportunity to organise events and meetings in a beautiful and bright shared workspace.