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 2021–2023

DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE AND INFLUENTAL 

Mission

We create positive change by connecting people through culture, knowledge and art. We highlight the connection between living a fulfilling life and being able to express oneselves. We secure and allocate resources in order for Finnish arts and society to flourish internationally.

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. We are especially known for our cross disciplinary approach and strong minority agenda.

Values

Our work is based on equality, accessibility and transparency. We carry out ambitious, transdisciplinary projects that have a positive impact. We promote an anti-racist culture.  

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 and engaging cultural events and projects. We support Finnish artists, researchers and social and cultural actors. We act passionately and courageously embracing overall wellbeing, self expression and individualism in every action. We promote equality and the diversity of Finnish culture and strive to diversify research and science globally. We run two programmes: Arts and Society 

BOARD

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