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.


Finnish contemporary folk art is called as ITE Art. 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 ITE artists’ network.

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#itetaide #iteart, #contemporaryfolkart


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). 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.


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
#pertinvalinta #outsiderartfinland #perttischoice


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.

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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.

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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.

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#outsiderartfinland #artistscreate #taikesupports