Call for Applications: Open Portfolio Submission for Turku Biennial 2017 Exhibition

Posted on 13.4.2016

The Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum organizes the eighth Turku Biennial in 2017 in collaboration with Turku Artists’ Association (link is external). In Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, the Turku Biennial exhibition will be on display from November 2017 to the end of February 2018. In Turku Artists’ Association’s Gallery Å, four briefer biennial exhibitions will be presented during the same time period.

Application time for Turku Biennial 2017 begins on 13th of April and ends on 8th of June 2016 at 11.59 PM. The instructions for applying and the registration form can be found from

Fourteen Finnish artists or artists working in Finland will be chosen for the exhibition. Four of the chosen artists will execute a work in the space of Gallery Å and ten artists in Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. The choice will be made in August 2016 by the freelance curator Pirkko Siitari, Turku Artists’ Association’s executive director Riina Kotilainen, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova’s work team and a representative of the public jury..

The artists have free rein

Change is a constant part of contemporary art and Turku Biennial. The eighth Turku Biennial lives in a time interpreted by contemporary art. Diverging from the previous years, in 2017 the exhibition is not assembled around a particular theme. Turku Biennial makes room to what engages the makers of art at that very moment: the core of the exhibition is in works that embody the most interesting subjects, thoughts and deliberations of that moment. The exhibition provides a view on the state of the 100-year-old Finland in 2017.

In the winter of 2017, we will see art born for possibilities in an open-minded atmosphere. Turku Biennial 2017 open its doors to free thinking, doing and experimenting. The museum creates possibilities and connections. The artists have free rein.

Additional information:

Curator Eeva Holkeri
puh. 0207 181 644
s-posti eeva.holkeri(at)

Curator Laura Ruohonen
puh. 0207 181 641
s-posti laura.ruohonen(at)