About 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.

Since 2013 Catalysti has produced more than fifty art events driven by transcultural artists.
Catalysti stands for diversity in the art and cultural field, aiming to shift and shake the borders between native and foreign in Finnish society.

All art fields are represented and welcome. Catalysti creates networks and possibilities for transcultural artists in the Finnish art field, gathering at the moment more than 170 members.

According to the Taiteen Edistämiskeskus’ survey 2013, there are over 2000 artists of non-Finnish origins living in Finland.

The two years program Diversity in Art: Art in Diversity, supported by Kone Foundation (2019-2020), aims to enrich multicultural life and create bridges between the different communities, in Helsinki and around Finland. To do so, it proposes a large scale of art events, in easily accessible locations, open to everybody. Diversity and multidisciplinarity are a constant for Catalysti since its very beginning.

The two-year program Catalysti 2.0—a new vision, supported by Kone Foundation (2021-2023), focuses on reconfiguring the organizational structure of Catalysti by hiring a team of two people per year from the membership pool to act as the artistic directors. Each year, the artistic directors will organize one exhibition and a series of workshops hosted by artists for the general public. The program also seeks to create new possibilities for collaboration for Catalysti members between various domestic and international art associations and institutions Catalysti has partnered with.

Catalysti combines multidisciplinarity, various media and often technology. It includes artists from different communities, which can be important for second-generation immigrants, as examples of integration. Through art practices and workshops, it aims to foster a better integration into Finnish society.

The pool of artist profiles is at the core of our association: by knowing each other and our artistic activities, we can get a stronger and clearer voice in cultural affairs in Finland.

What is Catalysti doing?

– creating a network of transcultural artists

– offering information and advice about possibilities for artists in Finland

– promoting transcultural activities and events

– dealing with cultural policies

– maintaining this website and archive, spreading information via social media

– organising workshops about portfolios, grants, and other useful matters

Who are we? 

Artists, researchers, curators, educators and cultural workers representing a broad spectrum of practices within the arts.

We value and share fair practice codes: https://fairpracticecode.nl/en


Download a PDF of our activities since 2013 HERE!