Call for submissions to Outsider Art Festival 2022

Outsider Art Festival invites artists in the field of outsider art to join the festival. OAF will be held in August 2022 as part of the Helsinki Festival. The admissions process is open until the 30th of November 2021.

Outsider Art Festival celebrates cultural equality and invites all artists in the field of outsider art to join the festival. OAF gives voice to the Finnish outsider artists by presenting a vibrant collection of music, visual arts, performing arts, films, literature and life stories. The full festival programme will be announced in April 2022.

In 2021 the festival hosted 11 live events and 10 online events that reached a total of 7,000 people. The events took place at Oodi Helsinki Central Library, HAM Helsinki Art Museum, G Livelab Helsinki, Kansalaistori Square, Music Centre, Hotel Klaus K, Pertti’s Choice (Pertin Valinta), Mad House Helsinki and Old Church.

Participants are selected by open call submissions. The admissions process is open until the 30th of November 2021.

You can participate in one or more art field categories. The arts involved in the festival are film, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts.

Apply to the festival – more information and links to the application forms can be found on the pdf-file below.

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Open call for OAF artist residency for international artists

Outsider Art Festival is looking for an international artist for artist residency. The admission process is open until 30.11.2021. Any insider or outsider artist can apply, regardless of their art field. The works of the residency artist will be showcased at the festival in 2022.

The duration of the residency is three month in total. It is possible to complete the work period either entirely in Finland, partly remotely and in Finland or completely remotely. The time of the work period can be decided by the artist. Please present a project plan and explain how you intend to use the 5,000€ budget (fee, travel, accommodation).

OAF is developing a model of inclusive curation that enables outsider artists to have equal involvement and influence in the arts field. OAF wants to be as flexible as possible in terms of implementation and gives the artist the freedom to implement the working period as they wish.

Apply for the residency here, admission is open until the 30th of November >