IHME School

  • Vuoden 2017 Mitään mieltä? -pajoissa, Kannelmäen nuorisotalolla, tuunattiin telttaa. Teltan seinään syntyy kankaanpainannalla teksti: "Elämä on vaikeaa". Mitään mieltä? -workshops at the Kannelmäki Youth Centre. Kuva/ Photo: Titus Verhe

  • Meidän IHME-tilaisuudessa kuultiin vuoden 2017 IHME-kouluprojektista, jossa Englantilaisen koulun 8. luokkalaiset tekivät oman museon. / Our IHME -event in 2017 presented the IHME School project, The Museum of Freedom, which was made by the 8th grade pupils at the English School. Kuva / Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

  • Mitään mieltä? -työpajoissa tuunattiin siirrettävä pop up -teltta nuorten omaan käyttöön. Kuva: Veikko Somerpuro / The IHME Workshop comprised a series of workshops in which a mobile pop-up tent was jazzed up for young people to use. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Aalto ARTS opiskelijoiden IHME-toast Café -projektissa mietittiin arjen ihmeitä ja syötiin paahtoleipää. / Aalto ARTS students made a IHME toast Café project where people were thinking what kind of miracles there are in everyday life. Toast were eaten too. Kuva/Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

  • Aalto ARTS opiskelijaprojektissa kysyttiin kaupunkilaisilta missä heidän mielestään Kansalaistori sijaitsee. / Aalto ARTS student project was asking where the citizens think the Kansalaistori is actually located. Kuva / Phto: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Salaisuuksien kuuntelua Kulttuuriareena Gloriassa Aalto ARTS opiskelijoiden Unkown Archive projektissa. / Listening secrets at the Cultural Arena Gloria. Aalto ARTS students project was called the Unknown Archive. Kuva/ Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

  • Nuorisoasiankeskus lainaa IHME-pajassa valmistunutta telttaa nuorten omiin tapahtumiin. Kuva: Veikko Somerpuro / The City of Helsinki Youth Department rents the tent out to young people for their own events. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Kannelmäen nuorisotalon Mitään mieltä? -pajoissa syntyi teltta nuorten omaan käyttöön. Kuva: Titus Verhe.

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 25th and 26th May 2018 in Korjaamo Cultural Factory, Helsinki.

All IHME School events and materials are free of charge.

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 2012-2017 also include details of IHME School events. View previous publications

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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 materials targeted to schools (in Finnish)from previous projects.

The IHME Project 2018 is THE BEETLE by Henrik Håkansson. Schools will be offered an opportunity to participate in the art work. More detailed school programme for the spring 2018 will be announced in the beginning of the year.


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 was Rowan Lear, the Director of Engagement of Bristol Biennial, with topic: Artificial Joy: Arts Participation in the Age of Social Media. View Rowan Lear’s lecture on festival’a YouTube channel >

IHME Workshop for young people

IHME Workshop 2018 is being planned and directed by Antti Laitinen (b 1975). Laitinen is the IHME Workshop’s second resident artists, and will work at the Kannelmäki Youth Centre during the spring in series of workshops. The artist will invite young people and other residents to open-access workshops to build bark boats. The Mätäjoki Armada project will end in festive event when the boats are send to conquer the world from Mätäjoki River. More detailed info of the workshops is available in the beginning of the year.

Read more of the Mätäjoki Armada >

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The goal of the collaboration between IHME and the City of Helsinki Youth Division 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 reach 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 Division projects: Meiju Niskala, Otto Karvonen, Sasha Huber, Kari Cavén, Eero Yli-Vakkuri and Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kamanger.

IHME School project

“It was great, that we got to decide what to do and what’ll be the name of the museum.”

“It was cool that we could try out different kinds of materials, especially ones that we don’t normally get to test in school.”

“I learned that you can make art from a house.”

– 8 th grade pupils, The English School, Helsinki

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 was The English School in Helsinki with art teacher Päivi Huhtinen. The project was lead by students Tiina Hirvonen, Aino Kannisto, Milla Kuisma, Salla Laurinolli, Jemina Lindholm and Veera Varteva. Teacher-in-charge at Aalto University was Lecturer Marja Rastas. The Museum of freedom -project  was designed and executed into the school  by the pupils and with help of the Aalto university students. The museum presented the meaningful things by the pupils.

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.

Aalto ARTS projects

The collaboration between the IHME Festival and ARTS students at Aalto University focussed on the NoVA (Master’s Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education) course, also attended by students from other courses. The starting points for the students’ projects were IHME’s history and its archives, which gave rise to four student projects and artistic outcomes loosely linked to the IHME Festival and urban space. The projects were: Unknown Archive, which accumulates secrets; Public Art, which reorders urban space; IHME-toast Café, which listens out for everyday miracles; and the Suomenlinna group, who mirror the fortress island’s period of ascendancy in their own identities.

Project participants: Roee Cohen, Satu Hirvikoski, Outi Kallio, Parsa Kamehkhosh, Joosung Kang, Kadri Kõiv, Anton Krohn, Valeria Nekhaeva, Anne Pelkonen, Lari Rantalainen, Laura Rämö, Heidy Tiits and Silla Virmajoki. The course was led by art historian and art educator Kaija Kaitavuori.

View project presentations at Our IHME >

Cultural Work Experience at IHME

The idea behind Kulttuuri-TET (Cultural Work Experience) is to give young people a chance to spend time getting to know about working life, during which they are involved in developing the operations of a cultural institution or some other organization in the sector. Small groups of young people come in for periods of 1–2 weeks and are given their own project for the duration.

The main emphasis of IHME’s first Kulttuuri-TET period, in autumn 2016, was on social media. Three pupils from Latokartano Comprehensive  School gave presentations of media channels popular with young people and the way they use them. The pupils also designed and created content for the Festival’s social media channels, one innovation being the launch of IHME’s Snap account. At the same time, the work-experience trainees got to know about IHME’s everyday routines, Festival preparations, and the Festival team’s jobs.

If you would like to spend your TET period at IHME or you are a tutor for potential TET trainees, get further information about Kulttuuri-TET at IHME from Cultural Producer Päivi Matala (paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi, +358 (0)45 235 0080).

Read Maria Hiltunen, Jessica Markkula and Mimosa Mäkelä’s online news item about Kulttuuri-TET at IHME >