Opening the Nordic Art Sector – Seminar #StopHatredNow

Opening the Nordic Art Sector – Seminar #StopHatredNow

Where: Hanaholmen, Espoo When: 16.5.2019 09:30 – 16:00

This seminar is open for everyone interested to discuss projects dealing with the situation of foreign-born artists and cultural workers in the Nordic countries.

The seminar is part of the program of #StopHatredNow

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Foreign-born art workers in art and culture institutions

How do arts and cultural institutions open their doors to people of different backgrounds not just as audiences, but also as active agents/makers?

In many of the Nordic countries there are ongoing projects, working towards a better inclusion of foreign-born art and cultural workers in the field of art and culture of the society. This seminar gives the participant an opportunity to access results achieved, share best practices and new ideas that can be applied in one’s own line of work or within the organization.

The seminar is a collaboration between Globe Art Point, Hanaholmen, Cupore, Culture for All and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), and supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. The event is part of the #Stophatrednow festival 2019 program. The seminar will be held in English.


9:00 – Coffee and registration

9:30 – Welcome – Gunvor Kronman, CEO, Hanaholmen

9:35 – Artists’ talk and presentation of Globe Art Point
Daniel Malpica (writer, graphic designer, producer) and Sepideh Rahaa (visual artist, Researcher and DA candidate Aalto University)

I PART Finland, AVAUS/Opening project

09:50 – Martina Marti, Culture for All, Diversity Educator
Avaus project: What? Why?
Process and Results.

10:20 – Emmi Lahtinen, Project Researcher, Cupore Center for Cultural Policy Research
Cupore´s results & process in the Avaus project

10:45 – “And now what?” Avaus’ project steering group talk
Pasi Saukkonen (researcher, political scientist, City of Helsinki Executive Office, Urban Research and Statistics Unit), Ceyda Berk-Söderblom (cultural manager, producer, curator, MiklagardArts), Maija Lummepuro (counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture)
Moderator: Marjo Mäenpää (director, Cupore Center for Cultural Policy Research)

11:05 – Open questions

11:30 – LUNCH

12:30 – Keynote: ARTS COUNCILS: “How could we include?” Simon Strömberg (project manager ‘Creative Places’, Arts Council Sweden)

II PART “Opening” on a Nordic level

Projects tackling the situation of foreign-born artists and/or cultural diversity within the Nordic arts & culture institutions

12:45 – Konsten att delta programme
Ola Öhlin (Project Manager at Konsten att delta, Artists’ Association of Sweden) SE

13:15 – An inclusive cultural sector in the Nordics project
The Norwegian Ministry of Culture & Critical Friends
Thomas Prestø (Head of Critical Friends and Artistic Director) NO

13:35 – N.E.D.N.A.C. Nordic network
Sacra Rosello (IMMART – International Migration Meets the Arts) DK, Fairooz Tamimi (Intercultural consultant, The Icebreaker) SE

14:00 – Questions / Open discussion
Moderator: David Kozma (actor-director, European theatre collective)

14:30 – Workshops and coffee (1 h), please pre-register for one workshop

  1. Inclusion without exclusion – Sacra Rosello(DK) – In this workshop, we shall share experiences and different approaches to inclusion and consider whether or not it is possible to have inclusion without exclusion. Participants will be asked to contribute to a conversation about how they use language to promote and avoid one or the other concept. Representative of IMMART – International Migration Meets the Arts, Sacra Rosello, will start the conversation by sharing the story of how the debate about inclusivity manifested itself in the naming of the initiative.
  2. Not without us – Thomas Talawa Prestø (NO) Diversity is only diversity if someone was missing. In this workshop, we talk about recruitment and inclusion with the aim of equity. Early involvement, low threshold and high quality as markers for success.
  3. Racialisation on stage – Julian Owusu (FI) The stage, be it a theatre stage or media platform, is reflective of societal norms. In addition to being reflective of reality, the stage also creates reality. It breeds new norms. It has the potential to normalize as well as question and dismantle existing norms. Existing norms create blind spots that enforce said norms on stage, which in turn enforces said norms in society. This workshop will explore some tools to shed light on blind spots around racialization on stage.
    “I have a theory. An audience doesn’t need to get wrapped up in blackness every time they see a black actor. And a movie doesn’t have to be about race just because there’s a black person in it.  – Jim Brown”
  4. The Museum of Movements (SE) In this workshop you can contribute and learn more about how the Museum of Movements (MoM) in Malmö, Sweden is planning to work together with civil society to broaden the concepts of migration and democracy, by developing new ways of collaboration in a space for story-telling, artistic expressions and knowledge production. MoM aims to accomplish this by creating a more democratic museum practice. Meet team members behind the development of The Museum of Movements. Presenting: Armando Perla and Rena Baledi

15:30 – Presentation “results/ideas” from workshops & Suggestions for next steps

15:50 – Final words: Kemê Pellicer (visual artist, poet, cultural agent)

16:00 – Visit to the gallery: Exhibition of the artist Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole
Drinks (wine and non-alcoholic drinks) in the Wine Bar, first floor
Informal mingle, time to get to know each other!

Welcome to learn, share and connect!

Directions to the venue: here

Accessibility of Hanaholmen

Entry to the seminar rooms is accessible, there is an accessible toilet on the first floor. Assistant dogs are welcome. Opportunity for Finnish sign language interpretation. If you have a wheelchair or other mobility aids, it is recommendable to arrive by taxi or a car, as the front yard of the building features irregular stones. The walking distance from the nearest metro station Koivusaari to Hanaholmen is approximately 1,1 km.

Meet our speakers

Sepideh Rahaa, Visual artist/researcher.

Sepideh is a multidisciplinary artist based in Helsinki. In her practice, she is focused on womanhood and resistance, migration and representation. In her doctoral research at Aalto University, she investigates the concept of identity and its transformation with a critical and analytic view on representation, how female bodies become politicized in society and in contemporary art. In her artistic research, she aims to initiate methods within contemporary art to bridge from individual perception to the social perception by creating spaces for dialogue. Her works have been exhibited in Asia, the Middle East and in Europe. Rahaa holds an MA in art and research from Shahed University in Tehran and an MA in Fine Arts and contemporary art, Aalto University.

Daniel Malpica, Writer, graphic designer, producer, publisher

Daniel is a Helsinki based writer, graphic designer and producer. He is the author of the poetry books ‘Paréntesis’ (2007), ‘Marduk: Senectus Signum’ (2009) and ‘Ex-Aether’ (2012). Since 2006, he has been invited to several international festivals of literature a multidisciplinary art. As a multimedia artist, Daniel has directed and designed more than a dozen of experimental lit events on a European and Mexican scale for places such as Kiasma Museum, Helsinki Book Fair, Lettrétage Lit House Berlin, Nordisk Sprogfest, Vuotalo, Casa del Lago UNAM and more. He is current’s vice chair of Globe Art Point and a member of the Finnish PEN.

Martina Marti, Diversity Educator, Culture For All Service

Martina has been working at the Culture For All Service since 2017. In her work as a Diversity Educator, she draws on her own experiences with diversity and her professional background in theatre. Previously, she worked as a theatre director, producer, dramaturg and curator, as an international project manager particularly in the field of cultural mobility and as a translator of plays. As a theatre practitioner, she works with different art forms and challenges traditional ways of encountering audiences. She holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and an MBA with a focus on Arts Management from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK). She was born in Switzerland and has been living in Finland for 12 years.

Emmi Lahtinen, Researcher in the Center for Cultural Policy Research (Cupore).

Emmi has in-depth knowledge in issues concerning arts and culture participation, equality and diversity, as well as art education and design practice. She has previously worked as a project coordinator in the Ministry of Education and Culture. While working in the Culture for All Service she studied arts and culture accessibility and participation among sexual minorities. Lahtinen has also worked at the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Design Museum Finland, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow and Jyväskylä Art Museum. She also has a master’s degree in textile design and works as a freelance pattern designer.

Pasi Saukkonen, Political scientist, City of Helsinki Executive Office, Urban Research and Statistics unit. Previously he has been working as Senior Researcher and as the Director of The Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (Cupore) and in different positions at the University of Helsinki. He holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Helsinki (political science) and at the University of Jyväskylä (cultural policy). He has published widely on nationalism and national identity, integration policies and politics in a multicultural society.  During his career, he has also done research on the Finnish political system, on politics and society in Belgium and in the Netherlands and on Finnish local and national cultural policy. His positions of trust include memberships in the Finnish National Commission for Unesco and in the Advisory Board of Language Issues (Kieliasiain neuvottelukunta).

Ceyda Berk-Söderblom,Cultural manager, curator.

Ceyda Berk-Söderblom is a Helsinki based independent cultural manager, producer and curator with more than 18 years of experience, mostly working as the programmer of international festivals with close ties to the world-known institutions, orchestras, and artists. Ceyda is the co-founder and CEO of  MiklagardArts, an innovative platform, a facilitator and connector for promoting transnational collaborations between Finland and dynamic art scenes. Ceyda has worked with diverse cultures and have specialist knowledge in programming, curating, cultural branding, co-creation, fundraising and sponsorship. She leads MiklagardArts’ development by focusing on internationalisation, inclusiveness, innovation, bridge building and initiates new artistic expressions arising from creative clashes between cultures.  In 2014, Ceyda Berk-Söderblom was awarded the medal of “Bene Merito” by the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Poland.

Marjo Mäenpää, director of the Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (Cupore). She is former director of Division of Art Policy in Ministry of Education and Culture (2013-2015) and former director of Arts Promotion Centre (2013). She has been professor of Media Management in the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (2006-2012), Dean of the Department of Art and Media (206-2009), publisher, and multimedia producer. She has been working as a consultant and trainer for digital media projects as well in governmental as private sector. Marjo Mäenpää is the founder and managing director of Publishing House Taifuuni Ltd. Her dissertation for University of Turku for digital culture is about narratives people create with mobile applications: Co-Created Mobile Narrative (2013).

Simon Strömberg

Development manager for widening participation at the Swedish Arts Council.

Simon started to work at the Arts Council 2015 to establish and later run the strategic funding program Kreativa platser/Creative Places.The grant Creative Places is part of a government initiative to encourage cultural activities in residential areas with socioeconomic challenges. Swedish Arts Council has been allocating SEK 100 million over the period 2016–2018 to projects across Sweden that carry out cultural activities based on the needs of local residents and in collaboration with local stakeholders. The goal is to enable more people to choose, create and enjoy culture where they live.

Simon Strömberg has previously worked for the City of Stockholm and Stockholm School of the Arts as development manager. He was also the founder of the media and democracy center

Unga Berättar/Speaking Youth, which he has been running for over 10 years.

Ola Öhlin Artist, painter and project manager.

Since 2005 I have been developed the project Konsten att delta (the art to participate). A project that make it easier for foreign-born artist (both newly arrived and people who have been in Sweden a long time) to become a part of Swedish culture. Until today we have created opportunities for art and design creators from different backgrounds to make connections with each other and the art scene, now we will expand the project so we can afford this opportunity to include all kind of professional artists and cultural workers. Konsten att delta started as a local project in Nyköping, today we work nationally with collaborations with 10 regions, museums, authorities and more than 400 participants.

Sacra Roselló  has a bachelor in Sociology and a PhD in Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. After a teaching career in the US, she relocated to Denmark where she held a research fellowship at the Center for Medieval Literature. She has taught at Syddansk Universitet and Aarhus Universitet in the areas of Comparative Literature and Culture and Communications. She works as project coordinator for IMMART and is liaison for NolitchX in Copenhagen. In her research, she studies life-writing as an in-between history and literature mediated by gender, and also about multilingualism and the formation of literary canons. She will be presenting the organizations she works for and their part in the network NEDNAC, she will be also facilitating a workshop on Inclusion without Exclusion.  

Fairooz Tamimi, Intercultural consultant. Sweden-based award winning author and columnist. Moved from Jordan to Sweden six years ago. An entrepreneur working towards diversity in culture as well as in business. The founder of the ‘Immigrants Stand Up Comedy Network Scandinavia’ and ‘the Icebreaker; the International Artists and Cultural Creators Hub’.

A winner of ‘Göran Tunhammar’s Award for Entrepreneurship, Openness and Diversity 2016’. Finalist to H.M. Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Award for Entrepreneurship 2018.

Educated as an engineer and certified as professional project manager.

David Kozma, actor-director, European theatre collective.

David is Romania-Hungarian actor and theatre director. He graduated in 2001 from Babes-Bolyai drama department. In Romania, he worked as a permanent actor in the Andrei Muresanu Theatre and in the Figura Studio Theatre as well as performing in television. After moving to Finland in 2006 he has played among others in Ryhmäteatteri and in TV series and films. His latest direction is The builders by Nina-Maria Häggblom and Piret Jaaks at Teater Viirus will open in October 2018. As an actor, his latest work is in TV serial Nörtti 2 Dragonslayer666 which was premiered at YLE areena in October 2018. He established European theatre collective in 2007 and the R.E.A.D. Reading European Drama festival in 2014. David Kozma is Globe Art Point´s chairperson and a board member in Finnish Actor´s Union and Arkadia -seura of the Parliament of Finland.

Julian Owusu, Regional Artist , TAIKE, Co-ordinator for Youth Culture.

Julian Owusu is a professional dancer, who has worked prominently in the Finnish street dance scene as a dancer, teacher and choreographer since 2004. Within the street dance scene, Julian has won multiple Finnish championships over the years in addition to a long list of successful battle participation. He has also judged competitions in Finland and Sweden. In addition to his work in the street dance field, Julian has worked in productions for, among others, Jojo – Oulu Dance Centre, the Oulu City Theatre and Zodiak – Centre for New Dance as a choreographer, dancer and actor. Julian Owusu acted as chairman of the Northern Finland’s Streetdance Association from 2011 to 2015.

Julian has worked for the National Arts Promotion Centre as Regional Artist for Youth Culture in Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu since the year 2016. As Regional Artist, Julian’s work mainly focuses on projects that aim to create job opportunities for artists within the urban art community, ie. Hip hop culture and increase accessibility by creating forums where youth can take part in this culture and its art forms.

Armando Perla

Armando is Project Manager of Museum Development and Strategic Partnerships at the Museum of Movements in Malmo. He was also part of the founding team of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Armando has extensive experience conducting oral histories with activists, survivors, refugees and historically marginalized populations. His curatorial work includes exhibition co-developed with refugees, asylum seekers, migrant workers, Indigenous women and members of religious minorities. He has also worked in different capacities with organisations such as the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council in Canada, Covenant House in Guatemala, the Centre for Justice and International Law in Washington DC and Lund University Commissioned Education in Sweden. Armando was also an adjunct professor at the faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and at the University of Winnipeg. Armando completed his Bachelor of Laws at l’Université Laval in Canada and holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden.

Rena Baledi

Rena Baledi is project assistant at the Museum of Movements (MoM) in Malmo, Sweden, working in the development of the museum´s community outreach and public engagement strategies. She is currently working towards the completion of her bachelor’s degree focusing on critical diversity studies. On her thesis, Rena examines the intersection between racialization and sexual orientation and how this is experienced in Sweden by queer people of colour. Rena has an activist background and she has been involved with organizations working with anti-racist initiatives in Malmo. She sits at the board of the Swedish Queer Initiative (SQI), an LGBTQI+ organization for queer people of colour.

Kemê Pellicer,

Kemê is a Finland based visual artist and cultural agent working primarily with photography, performance, installation and text.

Kemê explores our nature and artificiality, the complexity of our construction and the constructions we inhabit, our role in it, through concepts like memory, representation, symbols, instability, the unconscious or tales. Her current artistic practice is focused in the intersection between, identity, art, community, intersectional feminism and the quality of myths as an open source

As a culture worker, her work is centred on cultural diversity, migration, antiracism, best practices and social justice in the art field. Kemê currently works in several initiatives dealing with those issues such as Globe Art Point (G.A.P.) as project coordinator, or the group Critical Friends, (project: “An inclusive cultural sector in the Nordics” led by Arts Council Norway).

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