the 1st triennial of the COMMUNITY arts
APRIL 1st – June 5th 2016
in Helsinki–Kemiönsaari–Turku–Mynämäki–Rauma–Pori–Vaasa, Finland

The first triennial of the community arts in Finland offers a broad view on socially engaged art practice and on the works of art created in interaction and collaboration with various communities. The theme of the triennial RECEPTION refers on the one hand to the act of receiving as well as to hospitality. On the other hand, it raises questions about the resistance and the power structures. Who do we welcome, to whom do we turn our backs? In which troops do we stand and whose voices are being heard? In this time, what creates the feeling of togetherness? What kind of reactions and artistic outcomes creates the trinity of the artists, the communities and  society ?

Between the spring and the early summer of 2016 RECEPTION will spread out to the west coast of Finland. The participating cities are Helsinki, Kemiönsaari, Turku, Mynämäki, Rauma, Pori and Vaasa. In each city, both local and visiting artists open and showcase their collabrative art processes and practices to the wider audience. The full triennial programme contains e.g artists-in-residence, discussions, presentations and works created during the event together with local communities.

The summary of the triennial in english can be downloaded from here (.pdf)


RECEPTION is organised by the Saari Residence maintained by the Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) together with the following cooperation partners:


  • IHME contemporary art festival
  • M-cult
  • Arts Equal
  • Cupore


  • RaumArs artist-in-residence programme
  • Lönnström Museums


  • Pori Art Museum
  • Turku University / Degree Program of Landscape Studies
  • Pori centre for children’s culture
  • T.E.H.D.A.S
  • Annantalo


  • Ateljé Tjuda Pedagogi
  • Arkipelag Workshop


  • Platform
  • Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) / Regional Office of Ostrobothnia


  • Turku Tehdas Teatteri
  • Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland
  • Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) / Regional Office of Southwest Finland