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Call for applications for the seventh Lönnström Project is now open

The Lönnström Art Museum in Rauma has opened a call for the seventh Lönnström Contemporary Art Project. The call is open to all visual artists working in Finland. Once again the museum is looking for an ambitious project which will involve sustained collaboration between the museum and the artist, and which will gain new audiences for contemporary art.

The Lönnström Art Museum has pledged up to 70,000 euros for the production of the new work, and its creator will receive an artist fee of 30,000 euros.

As the museum does not have a dedicated space for the display of art, the project proposals are not constrained by any existing space. We encourage artists to propose a work of their dreams: something that would be meaningful for the artist, for the museum and, above all, for the public.

Applications must be submitted no later than on 16.4.2023. The members of the selection panel for the seventh Lönnström Project are director Silja Lehtonen and curator Arja Roivainen from the Lönnström Art Museum, and head of exhibitions Kati Kivinen from Helsinki Art Museum HAM. The final decision is made by the Lönnström Art Museum’s Board. The next Lönnström Project will be announced in June 2023 and its production will start the same year. The expected duration of the project is about two years, depending on its content and manner of implementation.

The creator of the next Lönnström Project can be an individual artist or a group. The submission must be a work of art that has not been produced previously in the proposed form. Proposals submitted in previous years, or modified versions of them, can also be considered.

The digital application form, the entire call for proposals, as well as application instructions can all be found at

Conversation Park – Book Presentation and Launch

In cooperation with PUBLICS, Lönnström Art Museum and Studio Kalleinen will present and launch the English version of Conversation park; a book exploring the unique artistic experiment in transforming an abandoned plot of land into a public park in Rauma.

The event will be held on Tuesday 30 August, 5–7 pm at PUBLICS, Sturenkatu 37–41 4b, Helsinki.

The book is written by artist duo Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, and co-edited by artists, curators and researchers Miina Hujala and Arttu Merimaa.

In the book the artists describe their original intentions when designing the game and share their insights gained whilst working on Conversation Park for four years. The book touches on core questions with regards to engaging citizens in designing urban public spaces. It is an attempt to open-source the project so it can be analysed, modified, and replicated. It is an invitation to learn about the many factors which must be considered when designing a participatory project – whether it takes place in art, urban planning or politics.

At the book launch in PUBLICS, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen will introduce Conversation Park project followed by response from two researchers on participation, providing additional commentary and insights with respect to their expertise on participatory art and participatory urban planning. The invited speakers are Robin Lybeck, researcher at the sociology department of Åbo Akademi  University and educator, art historian Kaija Kaitavuori.

The event is free and open to all. Welcome!