GAP ART SUMMIT
On 21th and 22nd of April 2022, Globe Art Point, in close cooperation with Luckan Helsingfors, is organising a two-day art conference with an aim to create a fresh dialogue between all actors of the Finnish arts and culture scenes. GAP ART SUMMIT is a series of actionable, inclusive events and workshops, both in-person and online, focused on the livelihoods of artists, cultural workers and other creative professionals living and working in Finland. The emphasis of programming is on deepening the knowledge of the increasing diversity of the Finnish arts and culture scenes with a strong focus on cultural strategies, professional and career development, self-empowerment, and community building. Discussions will feature Finnish cultural policy makers and leaders from institutions as well as independent professionals representing associations and art and culture organisations. The programme will include talks, panel discussions and highly interactive sessions addressing many of the unique opportunities and challenges faced while building a more equal and inclusive art and culture scene.
GAP ART SUMMIT will be initiated by a session featuring representatives from ministries and municipalities as well as actors from the central funding bodies of the Finnish arts and culture scene presenting their coming strategies. The keynote session will be followed by a panel discussion on Education and Employment introducing the Talent Boost programmes by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Uniarts that work towards inclusion within the arts and culture sector.
Inclusion and equity are central themes in the Finnish and the Nordic employment legislation as well as in the cultural strategies. Cultural leaders have a central role and an obligation to promote these laws and strategies, and to create a strong, inclusive and sustainable field of arts and culture. In the panel discussion Towards Inclusive Leadership in the Nordic Art Field Nordic arts and cultural specialists and managers will discuss how directors can become changemakers for inclusion and diversity.
A highly interactive session Careers, Trends and Opportunities in Arts and Culture presenting Luckan’s Dörren Cultura is also scheduled to take place on the first day of the summit. Running simultaneously with the main programme, the summit attendees can visit a Diversity Agents Clinic run by the highly skilled Diversity Agents and Trade Fair Networking Session, a gathering of art and culture associations, unions, collectives and other organisations such as independent galleries, cultural spaces and other exhibition and event spaces based in the Helsinki Metropolitan area and beyond.
The second day of the summit will consist of panels on topics of children’s culture and fair pay as well as a participatory session Imagining Futures in Finnish Arts and Culture Scene. Parallelly with the main programme, the Ministry of Education and Culture will host a workshop presenting Diversity Cards, a dialogue tool that supports cultural diversity and sustainable development and in a separate session, Helsinki Cultural Houses will explain what opportunities they offer to artists and creatives. The programme will close with a musical performance by Mad Ice. The summit will also feature a number of live art performances and a solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Suva curated by Artists at Risk and Luckan (7.4.-29.4.).
GAP ART SUMMIT is the first in a series of art conferences organised by Globe Art Point in collaboration with the association’s partners and stakeholders. This year’s conference has been organise together with Luckan Helsingfors and supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and The Culture, Leisure Division of The City of Helsinki.