GAP art summit


On the 21th and 22nd of April 2022, Globe Art Point, in close cooperation with Luckan Helsingfors, organises a two-day art summit with an aim to create a fresh dialogue between all actors of the Finnish arts and culture scenes. 

GAP ART SUMMIT is a series of actionable, inclusive events and workshops, both in-person and online, focused on the livelihoods of artists, cultural workers and other professionals living and working in Finland. The emphasis of programming is on deepening the knowledge of the increasing diversity of the Finnish arts and culture scenes with a strong focus on professional and career development, self-empowerment, and community building. 

Discussions will feature Finnish cultural policy makers and leaders from institutions as well as independent professionals representing associations and art and culture organisations. The programme will include talks, panel discussions and highly interactive sessions addressing many of the unique opportunities and challenges faced while building a more equal and inclusive art and culture scene. 

When: 21 & 22 April 2022

Where: Luckan Helsingfors, Yrjönkatu 27, 00100 Helsinki 

Why: To create a fresh dialogue between all actors of the Finnish arts and culture scene

For Whom: Finnish and foreign-born artists, cultural workers and institutions

Price: Free for everyone, registration required.
Registration opening on 7.3. 2022 (via this page).



Keynote Session: Strategies Forming the Future
10:15 – 11:45 

The art summit will be initiated by a key-note session featuring representatives from ministries, municipalities and the City of Helsinki as well as the central funding bodies of the Finnish arts and culture scene.

Education, HR and Employment
12:00 – 13:30

The panel is introducing various talent boost programmes by ministries and universities that work towards inclusion within the arts and culture sector producing sustainable practises that aim to attract and essentially retain international talent in Finland. This talk will be supported by analysis done by professional researchers. To bring another perspective to this topic, students and young professionals will spice up this discussion by expressing and envisioning their career expectations.  To conclude, we will mention some of the HR practises that sometimes discriminate against applicants with foreign-backgrounds and other marginalised groups.

Towards Inclusive Leadership in the Nordic Art Field
14:00 – 15:30

The panel is arranged by the Nordic Network for Norm Critical Leadership and IMMART in cooperation with Culture for All Service. The aim of the Nordic Network for Norm Critical Leadership is to generate new knowledge and new norm critical practises and governance for the cultural field.

Interactive Session on Careers, Trends and Opportunities in Arts and Culture
16:00 – 17:30

Join Dörren by Luckan’s interactive session on careers, trends and opportunities in arts and culture: meet with your matched professional pair (local vs. international), and join the group discussion on topics voted by participants!

Diversity Agent Clinic
16:00 – 17:30

The clinic is run by the highly skilled Diversity Agents. In this interactive presentation, Diversity Agents will be on location to directly work with arts & culture organisations to support the implementation of anti-racist practices into their work place.

Music and Technology
18:00 – 19:00

In this talk, professionals from the field explore the newest trends in creative technologies with a special focus on music.

Trade Fair Networking Session
18:00 – 19:30

A gathering of art and culture associations, unions, collectives and other organisations as well as independent galleries, cultural spaces and other exhibition and event spaces based in the Helsinki Metropolitan area. The fair serves as a means of promotion and gaining recognition as participants can meet potential collaborators and industry partners, examine opportunities, study their activities and showcase their latest services and programmes. 

Joining: Academy of Moving People and Images (AMPI), Arcaica ry, Artists at Risk (AR), Art for All, Catalysti, Creative Europe, Globe Art Point (G.A.P), Helsinki International Artists’ Association (HIAA), Luckan Helsingfors, Nordic Drama Corner, Tampere Intercultural Art (TIcA), Theatre Info Finland (TINFO), Trade Union for Art and Culture Professionals (TAKU) and others.



Equal Opportunities in Children’s Culture
12:00 – 13:30

What are the current cultural barriers that prevent children in Finland from learning and developing on an equal level? What can we do to improve these existing structures to ensure that equality and diversity is also present in children’s art and culture? In this panel discussion, we discuss the accessibility and diversity within children’s culture from the institutional, municipal and pedagogical point of view.

Fair Pay in Art and Culture
14:00 – 15:30

How many times have you been offered visibility for your hard work? Have you ever done a gig or an exhibition in exchange for material goods; posters, event tickets or lunch? In this panel, freelance creatives and cultural producers revisit their experiences from “voluntary” work in the art and culture field and discuss the vulnerable situation many foreign-born professionals find themselves in in order to be hired or seen. A Taike officer will also introduce their Fair Art Campaign.

Culturally Sustainable Finland
14:00 – 15:00 

The workshop presents a dialogue tool that supports cultural diversity and sustainable development. The tool provides your organisation with practical support for reforming work community practises and observing cultural diversity and equality, both in training events and in developing the working life. During the workshop we can together test, for example, how we succeed in making our organisation a welcoming community for colleagues from different cultural backgrounds.

Meet Helsinki Cultural Houses
16:00 – 17:30

Helsinki is so much more than just the city centre! Join the session and get to know all about the cultural houses located in the outskirts and the suburban neighbourhoods of Helsinki. In total, four cultural houses (Vuotalo, Kanneltalo, Stoa and Malmitalo) including Savoy theatre will introduce themselves and explain what opportunities they offer to artists and creatives. Short introductions will be followed by one-on-one sessions where participants can ask questions and network with the professionals representing the cultural houses.

Imagining Futures in the Finnish Arts and Culture Scene
16:00 – 17:30

Let’s dream about the future together. Do you see utopia happening? Or do you think that the future of the arts and culture scene is doomed? In this session, the Tampere Intercultural Art collective (TIcA) leads a debate and together with the audience imagines futures in the Finnish arts and culture scene.

Networking and the Afterparty
18:00 – 20:00

GAP LAB working group performance & live music show by Mad Ice.

Summit Exhibition by Suva
7.4. – 29.4.

Solo exhibition curated by Artists at Risk and Luckan featuring multidisciplinary artist Suva.


GAP ART SUMMIT is the first in a series of art conferences organised by Globe Art Point in collaboration with the association’s partners and stakeholders. The core mission of Globe Art Point is advocating cultural equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector in Finland. G.A.P also serves as an information centre and meeting point for artists, cultural workers and arts & cultural institutions in Finland.

Luckan Helsingfors is the Finland-Swedish Information and Cultural Centre in Helsinki – is a private operator serving the population of the capital region of Finland and representing the Finland-Swedish culture and society within the region.

Luckan is a business card for the Swedish-speaking minority and an all activity centre for the capital region’s residents, newcomers and visitors. The Finnish-Swedish-room Luckan works not only as an information point and meeting place but also offers the public a wide range of activities (cultural and social) in Swedish and other languages, locally, regionally and throughout Finland and beyond.

GAP ART SUMMIT is supported by The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and The Culture and Leisure Division of The City of Helsinki.

Contact person

Alex Kollerová, Project Manager at Globe Art Point
+358 44 2386941

Read more: www.globeartpoint.fi/2022

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