IHME School

  • Kuvataiteilija Otto Karvonen suunnitteli IHME-merkkipajan nuorille vuonna 2013. / Visual artist Otto Karvonen designed the IHME Sign Workshop for young people in 2013. Kuva/photo: Otto Karvonen

  • Rauman freinetkoulussa valmistui sarjakuvadioraamoja, IHME-kouluprojekti 2014. / The comic-strip dioramas were made at Rauma Freinet School, IHME School Project 2014. Kuva/photo: Titus Verhe

  • Kannelmäen nuoret toteuttivat vuonna 2014 julkisen teoksen Pohjois-Haagan juna-asemalle. IHME Re-Action -projektista vastasi kuvataiteilija Sasha Huber. / Young people from Kannelmäki, Helsinki made a public work in Pohjois-Haaga railway station. The concept IHME Re-Action was run by visual artist Sasha Huber. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Kuvataiteilija Kari Cavénin Valehtelijoiden Klubi vieraili viidellä nuorisotalolla alkuvuodesta 2015. / Liars' Club, led by visual artist Kari Cavén, visited five youth centres in 2015. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Mitä kuuluu+ -kuuntelutilaisuuksissa 2016 kuultiin islamilaistaustaisten nuorten ja heidän perheidensä muistoja. / Hear and There+ radio workshop culminated in "hearings" where the memories of young people and their families could be listened. The project focused on families whose origins are in Islamic culture. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Helsinkiläiset luokat osallistuivat Kateřina Šedán IHME-teoksen 2016, Ratikkasoittajien kiertueen ratikka-ajelulle maaliskuussa. Esiintymässä The Entropies. / The school groups from Helsinki participated Tram Buskers' Tour, the IHME Project 2016 by Kateřina Šedá in March. Performing The Entropies. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Taiteilijat Kalle Hamm ja Dzamil Kamanger tutkivat pop up -telttaa. Telttaa tuunataan nuorten kanssa helmikuussa 2017 alkavissa IHME-pajoissa Kannelmäessä. / The artists Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kamanger exploring a mobile pop-up tent. The tent will be jazzed up with young people in Helsinki from February 2017. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Taiteilijat Kalle Hamm ja Dzamil Kamanger tutkivat pop up -telttaa. Telttaa tuunataan nuorten kanssa helmikuussa 2017 alkavissa IHME-pajoissa Kannelmäessä. / The artists Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kamanger exploring a mobile pop-up tent. The tent will be jazzed up with young people in Helsinki from February 2017. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Welcome to IHME School!

Adventures inside the school building, the class’s time capsule, dazzling light paintings, exciting encounters aboard a city tram…

The annual IHME Festival brings you face to face with contemporary art in urban public space every spring. IHME publishes tasks for schools (in Finnish) and runs the Our IHME event for teachers in March/April. IHME School also includes extended art-education projects and public programmes staged with its various partners in collaboration. We mainly work together with children and young people, but we aim to take up the residential district as a canvas to be acted on, too.

The next IHME Festival will be held in April 2017. The IHME Project 2017 is The Black Charismatic by Theaster Gates.

All IHME School events and materials are free of charge. In 2016, IHME School had a total of 832 participants.

The six-year history of IHME School has emphasized long-term development through feedback. Our main partners are Helsinki Youth Department and the visual-art-education course (Master’s degree) at Aalto University’s Department of Art. We have also collaborated with City of Helsinki Education Department, The City of Helsinki Cultural Office, Laurea University of Applied Sciences and the MAPSI practice as well as various elementary and secondary schools.

For more information about the partnership and upcoming events for schools, please contact Cultural Producer Päivi Matala paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi. You may also subscribe IHME’s bulletin for teachers by sending us your contact info (name, school, email address).

The Festival’s annual publications 2012-2015 also include details of IHME School events. View previous publications >

The children of Tähtitorni Day Care Centre told a story about the IHME logo. Read the story here >

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to the IHME newsletter >

On festival’s YouTube channel you will find interesting talks by artist’s, researchers and other specialists.

School visits

The IHME Project offers a unique contemporary art experience for children and young people. The project and its themes also offer a live, phenomenon-centred learning environment for schools. This commissioned art work is different every year and therefore the activities vary, too. The IHME Project 2017 is The Black Charismatic by Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi. The project has different parts: the film, the concert and the video installation.

The Black Charismatic film on April 5 at 18:00 (Finnikino, Tennispalatsi) and the concert on April 6 at 19:00 (Rock Church) are unique events that students can attend. The school groups can register for both events by March 29 here.

Book a group visit to the IHME installation

The Black Charismatica video installation by Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi – can be experienced in the courtyard at the Salvation Army Temple, Uudenmaankatu 40, Helsinki, on April 6–29 at 10:00 – 18:00 every day (closed on Sundays).

You can view the work independently or book an introductory talk free of charge. The visit lasts about 30 minutes/class. This includes an introduction giving the background to the topic, time to experience the work independently, and a brief summing up to conclude the visit.

We ask all groups to notify IHME’s Cultural Producer about any intended visits so as to avoid overlapping.

The information materials provide useful hints about the artwork and for use in further activities back at school.

The following times are reserved for secondary and upper-secondary-school groups:

Mon 10.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Tues 11.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Wed 12.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Thurs 13.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00


Tues 18.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Wed 19.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Thurs 20.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Fri 21.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00

Mon 24.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Tues 25.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Wed 26.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Thurs 27.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00
Fri 28.4 at 10:00, 13:00, 14:00

Please contact IHME’s Cultural Producer for further details and bookings

Monday, March 6– Friday, March 31 9:00–12:00
+358 45 235 0080  or paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi

When making your booking please give the following information:

Teacher’s name, contact email address and phone number

School’s name, age of pupils, number of pupils

Two possible visit times
Please remember to make any cancellations as early as possible!


April 7, 12:30–14.30

Cultural Arena Gloria, main hall

Our IHME is a conversational and functional info session for teachers and art pedagogues. We discuss the IHME Project and learn together about making use of contemporary art in teaching. The event is free and open to all.

The key-note speaker of 2017 is Rowan Lear, the Director of Engagement of Bristol Biennial, with topic: Artificial Joy: Arts Participation in the Age of Social Media. The key note speach is in English otherwise event is in Finnish.

Please register to Our IHME by March 30: Cultural Producer paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi

The session 2016 was in Finnish, apart from the speech by Jaroslav Anděl, which was in English. View Anděl’s lecture on festival’s YouTube channel >

IHME Workshop for young people

Join in the IHME Workshop!
On Thursdays from 2 February to 28 April, 2017 at 18:00-20:00
Kannelmäki Youth Centre, Kanneltalo, Klaneettitie 5, Helsinki
NB! On 23 February the venue is Reaktori at Messukeskus, Messuaukio 1, Helsinki

Follow the Facebook page of IHME-paja >
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IHME Workshop 2017 is being planned and directed by the artist duo Kalle Hamm (b. 1969) and Dzamil Kamanger (b. 1948). Hamm and Kamanger are the IHME Workshop’s first resident artists, and will work at the Kannelmäki youth work unit every week for a full three months.

The IHME Workshop, Mitään mieltä? (What’s on your mind?), will comprise a series of 14 workshops in which a mobile pop-up tent will be jazzed up for young people to use. During the workshops young participants will think about what matters to them. The work requires a hands-on approach: participants will express their opinions by making pennants, badges and banners to be fixed to the tent.

Young people in Kannelmäki responded to questionnaires saying they want to liven up their immediate environment, and, in the spring, the entire residential district will be taken up as a canvas to be acted on. The tent will also be open to the district’s residents, and, later on, young people will be able to borrow it for their own events.

The goal of the collaboration between IHME and the City of Helsinki Youth Department is to bring out young people’s ideas and viewpoints, and to create a sense of community using the means of contemporary art. The project IHME Workshop (IHME-paja) staged annually in youth centres particularly seeks to activate those young people who are not very familiar with contemporary art in advance. At its centre are the young people themselves; the work is done listening to them, in open dialogue. The threshold to participation is kept low: there is no need to sign up in advance, and people can take part in more than one project event, or just drop in.

The project leaders are artists, so that participants also get to know an art discipline from a professional standpoint. The themes of each year’s IHME Project inform the content of the Youth Centre projects. Since 2012, the following artists have worked on IHME and City of Helsinki Youth Department projects: Meiju Niskala, Otto Karvonen, Sasha Huber, Kari Cavén and Eero Yli-Vakkuri.

IHME School project

I learned…
that art is something other than just painting and drawing.
to cooperate better.
that I can bring happiness to other people.

– 7th grade pupils, Porolahti Elementary School

The IHME School project is a partnership scheme begun in 2012 between IHME and Master’s degree students on the visual-art-education course at Aalto University. It is intended is to develop art-education activities in schools based on the contents of the annual IHME Project, to bring out the children’s and young people’s ideas by means of art, and to explore and make visible the interfaces between contemporary art and art education. The School project offers the students running the project the experience of planning and carrying out a pedagogic project based on contemporary art.

Our partner in 2017 will be The English School in Helsinki with art teacher Päivi Huhtinen. The project will be lead by students Jacqueline Aquilera-Velasquez, Tiina Hirvonen, Aino Kannisto, Milla Kuisma, Salla Laurinolli, Jemina Lindholm and Veera Varteva. Teacher-in-charge at Aalto University is Lecturer Marja Rastas.

The IHME School project has been carried out in the following educational institutes: The European School of Helsinki, Tölö specialiseringsgymnasium, Forssa Keskuskoulu Primary School, Die Deutsche Schule Helsinki, Helsinki Diakonia College, Rauma Freinet School, Arabia Comprehensive School, North Tapiola School and Porolahti Elementary School.