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Open Call for exhibitions at the Iso Gallery at Kunsthalle Turku for 2023 and 2024 is open! Send in your proposals by 1.7.2022


Kunsthalle Turku is calling for applications for exhibitions at the Iso Gallery for 2023 and 2024. The application period is open 3.6. – 1.7.2022. The selection and production of the exhibitions for the Iso Gallery is done by the Turku Artists’ Association. To celebrate the approaching centennial of the Turku Artists’ Association, the emphasis of the exhibition programme will be specifically on artists, artist groups and collectives working in or otherwise connected to the Finland proper region.

We are looking for proposals that have not been seen in Turku before, and the call is open for all visual artists working as professionals. We would especially like to see proposals for both traditional as well as interdisciplinary and unconventional art pieces. 

You can also propose sideline participatory and alternative events as part of the exhibition. These could be, for instance, performances, concerts or discussions connected to the exhibition, as well as different kinds of interdisciplinary productions. The sideline productions may spread out also outside Kuntshalle Turku. 

Be bold in sending us proposals for your own extra programme. Or send in an application without it. 


The available exhibition periods for 2023 are as follows:

5.5.- 23.6., 7.7.- 27.8., 7.9.- 29.10., 10.11 – 10.12.

The available exhibition periods for 2024 are as follows:

17.5.- 21.6., 5.7.- 25.8, 6.9., – 29.10., 10.11.- 10.12


Services and technique

Exhibitions and any exhibition-related arrangements in the galleries of Kunsthalle Turku are free of charge for the artists. The exhibition periods range from 5-7 weeks.

Openings are usually held on the Thursday preceding the first day of the exhibition. The artist is responsible for the installation and transport of the pieces, for the transport and exhibition insurance and their personal travel expenses.

The Turku Artists’ Association provides the artist with the following services:

  • Exhibition space and surveillance thereof during the exhibition period
  • A fee of 250€ will be paid for arranging extra programme in connection to the exhibition.
  • Designing and printing the exhibition visuals
  • Proofreading the exhibition text and list of works, as well as their translations to Swedish and Finnish
  • Sending a press release and an electronic invitation to the mailing lists of Kunsthalle Turku
  • Advertisements on the Kunsthalle website and social media as well as in various event calendars
  • Recording the number of visitors and following the media coverage
  • Arranging the opening
  • Mediating the sales of the artworks and related materials (30% commission)

Artists may use the technical equipment of the Kunsthalle free of charge. If the equipment required for the exhibition is not available at the Kunsthalle, the artist is responsible for its acquisition and costs. The artist is responsible for the production of the exhibition and any technical support needed for installing the equipment.

The Turku Artists’s Association keeps applying for funding for artist fees, and will start paying the artists as soon as an increase in the Association’s subsidies or separate funding makes it possible.

The exhibition space: the Iso Gallery at Kunsthalle Turku

Kunsthalle Turku is located in The Old Town Hall, by the Old Great Square in the heart of Turku. The Iso Gallery at Kunsthalle Turku is an exhibition and event space run by the Turku Artists’ Association, and it is located on the second floor of Kunsthalle Turku.

The Iso Gallery consists of a 112 m2 rectangular space with a row of windows facing the square on one side; there is a lot of natural light in the space. The gallery contains unusual elements for an exhibition space, such as wide gray floorboards and a tiled fireplace. The exhibition space is suitable for both two-dimensional artwork hanging from the walls, as well as for various types of installations. The walls with the windows are protected, the other walls have special walls for installation. The protected walls have suspension rails for installing artworks. The ceiling features gallery-quality LED spotlights. The space can also be darkened

The ground plan and pictures of the Iso Gallery can be found here. More photos of the Kunsthalle Turku´s exhibition spaces and the ground plan can be found here


The open call process will be handled electronically. Fill in the application form here and attach your CV (PDF) and an exhibition proposal (PDF) that must include:

The open call process is digital. If needed, we also accept applications on paper (read more below). 

Digital application:

Fill in the application form here and attach your CV (PDF) and an exhibition proposal (PDF, max 1mt. ) that must include:

  • an exhibition plan (name of the exhibition, more information on the size and technique of the pieces)
  • images (5–10) of the pieces or examples of previous production; for media art, please submit a link to Vimeo, for example.

Please send in your proposal by Friday 1.7.2022 23:59 (GMT +2).


For applications sent by email use the subject line: OPEN CALL / Your name. 


For applications on paper, write OPEN CALL / Your name on the envelope. The envelope needs to bear the postmark of 1.7.2022 at the latest. Applications that arrive after the deadline will not be considered. 

Postal address: Turun Taiteilijaseura, Vanha Suurtori 5, 20500 Turku, Finland.


The Exhibition selection

The exhibition committee of Open Call consists of artist members of the Board of the Turku Artists’ Association.

The committee will review the proposals in autumn 2022, after which all candidates will be informed of the result via e-mail by September.

Read the introduction of the exhibition committee here

The Turku Artists’ Association is the largest and oldest association of professional visual artists in the region. It will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2024. In addition to arranging exhibitions the artist-run association provides art for private customers and companies through the Turku Artoteque as well as arranges its active membership. The strategic objectives of the association include developing new modes and models of action for the visual arts’ field. It aims to further accessibility for visual art as well as equality and diversity in the artist community, and to create procedures and new practices together with artists and artist collectives so that the arts’ field was a safer space for everyone to work.

By accepting to hold an exhibition at Kunsthalle Turku you agree to adhere to the values of our association: communality, transparency and equality, as well as to follow the principles of safer space.

Further information on the open call: