Exploring ART

Fifty works of art placed in the environment will transform seven residential areas into a unique art path. Exploring ART brings art to neighbourhoods for anyone to discover in places, where it’s not expected to be. A significant part of these installations will remain in their urban environments, permanently.

Exploring ART culminates in the International Festival of Visual Arts. This major festival extends traditional forms of visual art exhibitions, museum performance conventions and audience interfaces beyond established visual arts venues into the urban space. The festival provides an engaging cross-section of a wide range of contemporary art. A highly inclusive programme connects the local and the global by combining local participation with the wider European artistic currents.

The artists will be selected internationally through open call by a team of curators formed around the project.

Producers: Oulu Artists’ Association (FI), The Union of Finnish Art Associations (FI)
Partners: Sculpture Network, The International Association of Art (IAA), ADKV – Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine (DE), bbk Berlin – berufsverband bildender künstler*innen berlin (DE), Sammenslutningen af Danske Kunstforeninger (DK), Norske Kunstföreninger (NO), Sveriges Konstföreningars Riksförbund (SE), Swedish artist society / Konstnärsalliansen Sweden (SE), Oulu Museum of Art (FI)
Where: Oulu River (7 districts): City centre, Pikisaari, Hietasaari, Toppilansaari, Toppilansalmi, Meri-Toppila and Tuira