Picture:    Mara Balls & Kalevi Helvetti– Together we see more

Picture: Mara Balls & Kalevi Helvetti– Together we see more


Outsider Art Finland

In Finland Outsider art is reaching new audiences every year. The Finnish tradition of Outsider art is relatively young. But we are good at mapping, cooperation and creating networks. In Finland you can find and visit hundreds of fascinating outsider art environments, private homes and art studios. Welcome to explore these places and exhibitions, that will lead you to new worlds.

Outsider art is a rather broad concept, that covers art created outside the established art scene. In Finland Outsider art refers mostly to self taught (ITE) contemporary folk artists and artists with learning or mental disabilities.


Outsider art is self-expression and a creative way of communication. Outsider art often refers to visual art, but it can also be music, theatre, performances, dancing, films. Within Finnish outsider art we are also utilizing the latest technology and embracing new audiences. Finding outsider art can start an adventure, that gets you astonished and hooked.

Welcome in.


Inside Outside Finland

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Inside Outside Finland is a virtual art work showcasing the history of Finnish outsider art, the artists and artistic environments as an interactive 360° video experience. The artist Jani Leinonen acts as a guide for the art work leading the spectator on a virtual visit to artist Enni Idi’s home in Padasjoki, Veijo Rönkkönen’s Parikkala Scuplture Park, Autism Association Finland’s studio in Helsinki and Kalevi Helvetti’s live performance.



Travel Agent of Art

Welcome to explore Outsider Art From Finland! Travel Agent of Art, Sami Helle, shortfilm by Klaus Welp, produced in collaboration with Kukunori, Lyhty ry and Pertti’s Choice Outsider Art Agency.

Association for Rural Culture and Education

Finnish contemporary folk art is called as ITE Art (I-T-E Itse Tehty Elämä = Self Made Life). Surveying, archiving, exhibiting and collecting ITE Art has been done from 1998 by the Association for Rural Culture and Education (MSL), with its networks. MSL also owns the largest ITE collection in Finland and manages the database of ITE Art.

More information:
#itetaide #iteart

Mail: raija.kallioinen@msl.fi

Pertti’s Choice

Pertti’s Choice is an Outsider Art Agency founded by a famous Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikka’s Nameday (Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät). www.pkn.rocks. Pertti’s Choice promotes cultural diversity with a punk attitude and runs the Agency from a shop and Outsider Art Gallery in the new Outsider Art district Konepaja, Helsinki. Pertti’s Choice is the first social enterprice founded by people with disabilities in Finland.


Mail: heini@pertinvalinta.fi

Lyhty Ry

Pertti’s Choice produces high quality cultural programmes and projects in collaboration with Lyhty Cultural Workshops. Lyhty ry is a non-profit association founded in 1993. Lyhty provides supported housing services, a learning unit for young adults, workshops in craf work, maintenance, gardening, music, media and cafeteria and a cool radio station called Radio Valo. More info on website www.lyhty.fi

#pertinvalinta #outsiderartfinland #perttischoice

Mail: teuvo.merkkiniemi@lyhty.fi

Donkey Hotel

Donkey Hotel is not in fact a hotel, but a studio of audiovisual story telling in Helsinki, Finland. Founded and operated by award-winning filmmakers, writers and producers, and collaborating with the best of talent Donkey Hotel creates worlds that have been never seen before, and tells stories that should be heard by everyone.


Mail: sami@donkeyhotel.fi

Autism foundation Finland

Autism Foundation Finland currently operates in 18 locations throughout Finland to help deliver independent and meaningful living for people in the autism spectrum. Autism Foundation Finland has an art studio in Helsinki, where dozens of established and aspiring painters and sculptors work daily.

More info on website: www.autismisaatio.fi

Mail: synnove.jokelainen@autismisaatio.fi


Kukunori is a think tank and civil and human rights NGO championing social welfare for all, aiming to  develop new and innovative solutions to challenges in the mental health and cultural sectors.

More info: www.kukunori.fi

Mail: markus.raivio@kukunori.fi


The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) is a funding agency providing expertise and services for the promotion of the arts. Ethnomusicologist Esa Vienamo (MA) has been appointed regional artist for outsider art. The role of the regional artist for outsider art is to promote the artistic work opportunities of outsider artists, reinforce the structures for these activities, and engage marginalised artists.

More info: https://www.taike.fi/en
#outsiderartfinland #artistscreate #taikesupports

Mail: esa.vienamo@taike.fi



Outsider Art Finland website connects Finnish Outsider Art, artists, cultural professionals, organizations and brands to global audience. The website is hosted by Pertti’s Choice Outsider Art Agency and funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland.

Pertti’s Choice:

Heini Merkkiniemi, Arts Management

Pertin Valinta
Aleksis Kiven katu 49
00510 Helsinki