Ceyda Berk-Söderblom is a Turkish born independent art manager, curator, festival programmer and entrepreneur specialising in change management; and has 20 years of background experience in the arts. In 2015, she founded MiklagardArts, a facilitator and connector promoting transnational collaborations between Finland and the dynamic art scenes worldwide. She is interested in forms of artistic intervention and activism. She has initiated projects with the established institutions of Finland - such as the National Museum of Finland, HAM, Amos Rex, Musica nova Helsinki, Aalto Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, Helsinki Philharmonic etc. She has also curated projects abroad, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, China, Israel, Belgium, Turkey. One of her projects, a collaboration with the Finnish National Museum, Studio Aleppo [Helsinki], has been awarded the "Production of the Year-2017" by Taku ry–The Finnish Art and Cultural Professionals Trade Union. Her professional career is driven by curiosity and boldness to challenge the norms. Her current non-profit work (Globe Art Point 2017- 2019 board member; 2019-2021 Chairperson) has been centred on public advocacy focusing on policies, practices, norms, and institutions. In 2020, she was a member of a working group on cultural policy, immigration and cultural diversity appointed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture to prepare policy guidelines: Art, Culture and Diverse Finland Report. She is one of the founding members of UNTITLED, a social imagination and experimentation process initiated by Demos Helsinki to bring together pioneering thinkers and doers to reimagine society. Ceyda is one of the founders and a member of the Executive Committee of the Experience Research Society (EXPRESSO) - a global network of experience-researchers and professionals across disciplines and aims to increase the scientific and societal impact of experience research and well-being. Ceyda holds a "Bene Merito" honorary distinction from the Ministry of International Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Audience development, outreach • Producer •
Curating • Installation •
Classical / art music •
Photo: Johannes Romppanen
Uusimaa (other than capital city area) •