7.2.–8.4. Below Zero Finnish Art Award 2025

7.2.–8.4. Below Zero Finnish Art Award 2025

Below Zero, the unique UK-based contemporary art award for Finnish artists emerging on the international scene, returns to Beaconsfield, London in association with the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland and Serlachius Museums, Mänttä.

The Below Zero award is open to Finnish and Finland-based artists. Candidates will have studied art to degree level or equivalent in Finland or internationally and will be eligible for a visa in the UK. Selection is focused on artists who the jury feel would most benefit from a major commission and its solo exhibition in England and Finland.


Below Zero offers:

> 6-week London residency January-March 2025, followed by solo exhibition between March and May 2025 commissioned by Beaconsfield.

> Solo exhibition of the Below Zero commission at Finland’s Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, in 2026 with costs covered and optional residency.

The award is worth over £20,000. This includes up to £12,000 earmarked for production (based on an agreed cost budget) and £5,700 to cover artist’s fee and subsistence. In addition, the artist is offered a mentored residency in London, international travel, accommodation, and exhibitions in London and Mänttä. A catalogue in both languages will accompany the Mänttä exhibition.

Below Zero offers something different. Artists are invited to propose a project that critically engages with an issue of our time; a project that will benefit from residency in London and might not otherwise be possible. Beaconsfield commissions are unique in their collaborative nature. Mentored residencies support artists to be brave and take risks. An objective of this creative support is to make the excitement of innovative practice accessible to all: an ambition that matches the founding principle of Serlachius Museums – that culture should not only be the privilege of those in capital cities. 

Five shortlisted artists will receive £500 to develop their proposal over one month, after which the jury will meet again to decide the winner.


Important dates in 2024

Wednesday 7 February: application portal opens.

Monday 8 April: application portal closes at 22.00 UK / 23.59 Finland.

Monday 6 May: shortlist announced and invited to develop full proposals (compensated by fee).

Monday 17 June: shortlisted artists interviewed.

Thursday 20 June: Below Zero 2025 winner announced.

Week of 28 October: suggested artist research trip.




Below Zero Finnish Art Award 2025 Jury

David Crawforth, Co-director Beaconsfield London, Karoliina Korpilahti, Programme Director Arts, Finnish Institute UK+Ireland, Naomi Siderfin, Co-director, Beaconsfield London, Pauli Sivonen, Director, Serlachius Museums Finland, Hannele Tilles, Independent Curator.

For further information please email karoliina.korpilahti@fininst.uk


Image credit: Nastja Säde Rönkkö, salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears, 2023. Image: Aake Kivalo. Below Zero comission

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