Staff


Paula Toppila

Paula Toppila is the Executive Director of Pro Arte Foundation and IHME Contemporary Art Festival since 2007. During her directorship the Festival has produced new commissions in public space in collaboration with artists Antony Gormley, Susan Philipsz, Superflex,  Miroslaw Balka, Yael Bartana, Jeremy Deller and Kateřina Šedá. With Christan Boltanski IHME continued the on-going project Heart Archive in libraries of four cities in Finland. Toppila worked as curator at Frame Finnish Fund for Art Exchange 1998-2007 and is curator of several Finnish and international exhibitions both in Finland and abroad e.g. Finnish representation of Sao Paulo Biennial in 2001 and The Fourth Pirkanmaa Triennial in Tampere, Finland in 2009. She has co-curated e.g. Momentum – The Nordic Biennial in Moss, Norway in 2000. She has contributed to Siksi, Taide, Flash Art and Framework magazines. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Art History. She participated in Curatorial Training Programme of De Appel Foundation in Amsterdam 1997-98.


Päivi Matala

Päivi Matala works as a cultural producer at the IHME Festival. She has a Master of Arts degree in Art History. Päivi has also topped up her expertise with studies in audience work and service design. Previously she has worked on a variety of audience-work schemes, most recently as Museum Educator at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Gallen-Kallela Museum and Amos Anderson Art Museum.


Oona Simolin

Oona Simolin (MA) works as a fixed-term position as IHME’s Communications Officer until the end of 2018. Her responsibilities include Assistant’s duties. Oona has previous experience of communications at several organizations, including the Culture for All Service and the Finnish Heritage Agency. She has also produced cultural events. Oona holds a Master’s degree in Folklore Studies and will soon graduate as a Bachelor of Tourism Management. Alongside her work she is also pursuing doctoral studies, investigating the ways guided tours of World Heritage sites are experienced.