About us

The Finnish Institute is an expert on Finnish culture and society, working in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The Institute supports the internationalisation of Finnish contemporary art and helps artists, researchers and social and cultural actors to create international networks. The Institute was founded in 1991 and it is a non-profit, private foundation funded by The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

The Institute builds partnerships between Irish, British and Finnish organisations. We do this by identifying signals of change in the fields of art, culture and society and supporting new perspectives to contemporary issues. The Institute encourages cross-disciplinary and cross-border collaboration by creating networks and building new partnerships.

The Institute is one of the 17 Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes. The Institutes oppose racism and discrimination. We promote equality and the diversity of Finnish culture and strive to diversify research and science globally.

The Institute is also a proud member of EUNIC London, network of the EU national cultural institutes in London.

STRATEGY

CULTURE HAS THE POWER – STRATEGY FOR THE FINNISH INSTITUTE IN LONDON 2020

Mission

We create positive change by connecting people through culture, open knowledge and art.

Vision

We are the most interesting expert on Finnish culture and society in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and a desirable international partner.

Values

Our work is based on equality, cultural accessibility and transparency. We carry out ambitious, transdisciplinary projects that have a positive impact.

How we do it

We recognise signals of change in the fields of art, culture and society. We seize opportunities and create possibilities for new collaborations and present relevant cultural events and projects. We support Finnish artists, researchers and social and cultural actors. We act passionately and courageously with perseverance and can do-attitude.

FOCUS AREAS

We run two programmes: Arts & Culture and Society & Culture.

Our focus theme for the year 2020 is inclusion.

BOARD

Tommi Laitio, Chairman
Leif Jakobsson
Mari K Niemi
Marianne Saarikko Janson
Jeremiah Tesolin
Rebecca Walton