Nuoret 2023 (Young Artists) is an exhibition of today’s young contemporary artists, which will be held from 22 April to 4 June 2023. The exhibition will be seen in seven different exhibition spaces including Kunsthalle Helsinki, Galleria G, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre, Gallery Sculptor, tm•gallery and HAM Corner.  

Nuoret 2023 (Young Artists) will challenge and reform established production and exhibition practices in the field of visual arts. The project will contribute to a future world in which visual arts will be valued by society, visual artists can earn a decent living with their work and wider audiences will enjoy visual arts.

Artists selected for the Nuoret 2023 (Young Artists) Exhibition - a record number of applicants

The artists were selected through an open call with a record number of 658 submitted applications. The jury, led by visual artist Emma Ainala, selected a total of 35 artists or artist groups for the exhibition.

Ten of the applicants were selected on the basis of their work plan to create a new work for the exhibition. The selected artists are hired by the Finnish Artists' Association for a 1-3-month employment relationship, in which the artists receive a monthly salary and separate production support. For the first time, the artists' employment relationship will be piloted in the exhibition.

The other 25 artists were selected based on their proposals for finished works. All artists will be paid an exhibition fee and exhibition remuneration.

The Nuoret 2023 jury selected the following 35 artists and artist groups for the exhibition:

The Artists selected for employment relationship:

Samira Elagoz, Rag Elnyg, Hanna Hyy, Kihwa-Endale, Maisa Majakka, Iida Pii, Oskari Ruuska, Elsa Tölli, Anna-Karoliina Vainio, WetAbyss (Mai Pesonen & Julia Strandman)

The Artists selected with finished works:

Kristoffer Ala-Ketola, Timo Andersson, Anna Anundi, Dora Dalila Cheffi, Shia Conlon, Amy Gelera & Domi Fleischmann, Pauliina Heinänen, Sadet Hirsimäki, Pilvi Hyväri, Joonas Hyvönen, Matti Hyvönen, Nayab Ikram, August Joensalo, Ulla Kokki, Karoliina Korvuo, Iisa Lepistö, Heinä Loukimo, Zagros Manuchar, Jenni Niskala, Anni Porrasmäki, Kerttu Saali, Emilia Tanner, Alma Tuuva, Man Yau, Haliz Yosef

The jury included visual artist Emma Ainala as chairperson, Jade Kallio, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, photographer Heli Rekula, and Nina Toppila, CEO of Helsinki Art Hall.

The jury's chairperson Emma Ainala was delighted with the high quality of the proposals.

-      The quality of the submissions was very high. Despite the large number, we discussed each application carefully, and after a thorough process, it is easy to stand by the choices we made together as a jury. The exhibition will be amazing! Many of the works proposed and selected addressed questions and issues of identity. Several powerful, deeply personal works reflecting family background and relationships were selected for the exhibition. The pandemic and the era of isolation following it may have contributed to this, Ainala recalls.

One of the aims of the project is to strengthen the working life skills of young visual artists. The employed artists will have an opportunity to collaborate with the Praxis curator students of the Academy of Fine Arts. Collaboration with a curator is voluntary for the artist.

The project, led by the Artists' Association of Finland, involves a diverse group of visual art exhibition and expert organisations: The Artists' Association of Finland and its member associations MUU, the Association of Finnish Sculptors, the Association of Finnish Printmakers, the Finnish Painters' Union, the Association of Photographic Artists and the Union of Finnish Art Associations as well as Kunsthalle Helsinki, the Helsinki Art Museum HAM, Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the Praxis Master's Programme in Exhibition Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts.

The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Culture, Gerda and Salomo Wuorio Foundation and Pro Av Saarikko Oy. The Maecenas Guild’s young artist prize is awarded in conjunction with the exhibition.

Further information:

producer Sofia Suomalainen / Artists’ Association of Finland
tel. +358 50 3222 118