Helsinki International Curatorial Programme

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Co-Director Mary Conlon will undertake a residency on the UNESCO World Heritage fortress island of Suomenlinna this Autumn. Along with Kate Brehme, Syaheedah Iskandar and Kathy-Ann Tan, she has been selected to participate in the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme 2020.

“I was glad to be involved in the process of reading so many good applications bringing forward current urgent questions from ecological crisis to different forms of empathy. As a member of the jury I felt I was able to impact on issues important to me, such as accessibility, equality and inclusivity,” said jury member Anna Jensen.

The Helsinki International Curatorial Programme provides curators with an opportunity to carry out research and work on international curatorial projects while building contacts with art practitioners and cultural organisations in Finland and internationally. The curatorial residencies are co-organised by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).

Frame and HIAP will both offer practical assistance, networking support and a critical context for the resident curators to carry out their research and projects. The curators will additionally be offered the opportunity to contribute to Frame’s Rehearsing Hospitalities public programme during September 2020.

The jury consisted of Anna Jensen (Curator), Jussi Koitela (Head of Programme at Frame Contemporary Finland) and Juha Huuskonen (Director at HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme). You can read more about the residency programme and selected curators here.

Images: (above left to right) Kate Brehme, Mary Conlon, Syaheedah Iskandar and Kathy-Ann Tan; and (top) on the UNESCO World Heritage fortress island of Suomenlinna by Jussi Hellsten.

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