About us

Expert team of Pro Arte Foundation Finland, from left: Leevi Haapala, Paula Toppila, Hanna Johansson, Tuula Arkio and Timo Valjakka. Photo: Kai WidellExpert team of Pro Arte Foundation Finland, from left: Leevi Haapala, Paula Toppila, Hanna Johansson, Tuula Arkio and Timo Valjakka. Photo: Kai Widell

IHME Mission

Pro Arte Foundation Finland seeks to promote art as a resource for democratic society, and as an important part of human life and everyday existence. The Foundation’s aim is to enhance the status and visibility of visual art, to improve the relationship between visual art and the public, and to make it more accessible. The Foundation’s work is international in scope and directed at anyone interested in culture. The Foundation produces the annual IHME Contemporary Art Festival, consisting of a commissioned work of art in a public space, as well as lectures, discussions, and art-education projects.

Each year, Pro Arte Foundation Finland invites an internationally recognized visual artist or group of artists to make a temporary work of art, the IHME Project, in public space. The way the IHME Project is to be carried out, along with its form and location, are jointly determined by the Foundation and the selected artist. The annual IHME Festival offers also lectures, films, workshops, as well as discussions of the IHME Project themes together with the artist. Free admission to all events.


Contact

IHME Contemporary Art Festival
/ Pro Arte Foundation Finland
Kalevankatu 4, 2nd floor
00100 Helsinki, Finland

info(at)ihmefestival.fi


Office

Executive Director Paula Toppila, tel. +358-45-1240096
paula.toppila(at)ihmefestival.fi

Producer Kati Pelkonen, tel. +358-45-2350080
kati.pelkonen(at)ihmefestival.fi

Producer Katja Koskela on parental leave until 31.7.2014

Assistant Vappu Tainio, tel. +358-45-6326267
vappu.tainio(at)ihmefestival.fi
In the office Mon-Fri 9 am – 1 pm.


Board

Chair Tuula Arkio
tuula.arkio(at)ihmefestival.fi, tel. +358-40-5057687

Board Members:

Leevi Haapala
Hanna Johansson
Marja Ramm-Schmidt
Anna Talasniemi
Timo Valjakka

Administrator Lauri Paloheimo, tel.+358-40-7778890
lauri.paloheimo(at)foundationmanagement.fi


Expert Team

The expert team of IHME invites the IHME artist to conceive the Project, and also plans the programme of the Festival.

The expert team of the foundation is: Tuula Arkio (chair), Leevi Haapala, Hanna Johansson, Paula Toppila (research, secretary), and Timo Valjakka.


Funding

Pro Arte Foundation Finland is funded by a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous. In 2015−17 the festival is also funded by Kone Foundation.