Introduction to Kuvasto and copyrights for visual artists

Introduction to Kuvasto and copyrights for visual artists

Introduction to Kuvasto and copyrights for visual artists

What is Kuvasto? What are Kuvasto’s services for visual artists, and how to become Kuvasto’s client?

Kuvasto is a copyright society for artists working in the field of visual arts representing more than 2,700 Finnish visual artists and around 100,000 artists from other countries.

In her talk, the Communications Manager Kati Pelkonen will focus on Kuvasto’s mission and services for visual artists living and working in Finland.

Date and time: 1.12. 2020 from 3 pm to 5 pm

Place: Malminkatu 5, map

Language: English

The event is free of charge but requires pre-registration. If you wish to participate in person, please register by sending an email to by 29.11.2020.

The limit for onsite participants at G.A.P is 10 people. The event will also go live on Facebook.

COVID-19: G.A.P will be closed to the general public; please stay home if you are not well, and keep a safe distance in the space. G.A.P will provide gloves for touching shared materials, disposable masks, and hand sanitisers.

The event is organised in collaboration with Catalysti.

Catalysti is a new association, founded in 2013, to make artists of non-Finnish origin more visible and audible. It gathers transcultural artists living and working in Finland, and is also open to Finnish artists with a transcultural background.


You can find us at Malminkatu 5, 00100, Helsinki. When you enter Malminkatu from Runeberginkatu/Kamppi metro station turn right, G.A.P is at the end of the street on the right side, located in a pink building. Our facilities are accessible on the street level, assistant dogs are welcome, however, please note that there is no accessible toilet in the office space.


No one should make assumptions of or question someone’s background, gender or experiences.

Every person inside the facilities must be treated equally and respectfully. Discrimination and any kind of harassment, sexual or otherwise, are strictly forbidden. This includes language. It also condemned the use of discriminatory, subordinating, repressive or offensive terminology (different slurs and invectives), not even in examples or to describe something.

By using the G.A.P.’s facilities you commit yourself to be responsible for your behaviour and to follow these rules. The workers, members and facilitators of events inside G.A.P. are responsible for securing that every participant and guest are aware of them.

In conflict situations, the organiser of events as the team of G.A.P. has the right to intervene. If you witnessed or experienced any harassment inside G.A.P., please inform immediately to the team or to the event facilitator.

What is discrimination?

A simple definition of discrimination is that a person is treated unfavourably, or someone’s character is defamed in a way that is connected to at least one of the following grounds:


transgender identity or non-normative gender expression

cultural or ethnic background

religion or other conviction

functional ability

sexual orientation






Discrimination can be direct or indirect. Inadequate accessibility, harassment (sexual or otherwise) and instigation of discriminatory practices are also types of discrimination.

What is harassment/sexual harassment?

Everyone has the right not to be sexually harassed while they’re working, regardless of whether the harasser is a facilitator, employer, colleague, guest or another content producer. Harassment is an action that offends a person’s honour and is tied to one or more of the grounds of discrimination mentioned above.

Harassment can be holding someone up to ridicule, or demeaning generalisations that are connected to grounds of discrimination. Harassment can also by nature be sexual. In addition to comments and words, this can include unwanted touching, meaningful glances, groping, jokes, suggestions and sexual images. It can include sexually-toned language. It can also include unwanted compliments, invitations or innuendos. Sexual harassment differs from normal flirting in that the former is unwanted. The target of harassment determines whether or not the behaviour is offensive and defamatory.

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