Prison Outside #2
21.-23 November 2018
Helsinki, Finland 


Thank you for being part of
Prison Outside #2! 

Prison Outside #2 is a cross-disciplinary discussion on artistic projects in and around prison. It took place on November 21st-23rd in Helsinki and will present speakers from Finland, Russia, Ireland, USA, Canada and Belgium. Our program included presentations, round table discussions, film screenings, and workshops. Free Translation, an exhibition of artistic and literary works on imprisonment will be launched during the conference. We discussed artistic practices in prison, and their effect on rehabilitation, understanding the histories of incarceration, and encouraging communication between people of different walks of life. Information about presenters and moderators:

p photography by Kirill Reznik


PUBLICS is a curatorial agency with a dedicated library, event space and reading room in Vallila Helsinki, known for its industrial working class histories and, more recently, for its influx of divergent artistic and academic communities.

Under the artistic direction of curator Paul O’Neill, with program manager and curator Eliisa Suvanto, PUBLICS explores a “work together” institutional model with multiple overlapping objectives, thematic strands and collaborations. PUBLICS is a constellation of practices, projects and productions. As such, PUBLICS proposes the term “Public” as always plural—as a concept; as a group of people (imagined, actualized or real); and as a contested spatio-temporal location/discourse in the world. The on-going project strands of PUBLICS are: PUBLICS Library; PUBLICS Talks; and PUBLICS Events and Performances. These initiatives will evolve in time and in parallel with the project’s longer-term curatorial programmes, PUBLICS Public Art Commissions.

Art School MAA was founded in 1986. The school operates in Suomenlinna Island, in the premises of old army barracks. The activities of the school have also extended to the mainland with an experimental gallery MAA-Tila. The school has active contacts with the actual international as well as the local contemporary art fields and its teachers are practicing art professionals.

Art School MAA is a private art school with approximately 90 students annually, and is run by its support association. It receives support for its operation from the City of Helsinki and the Ministry of Education. Anyone over 18 years of age can apply for the day programme, which offers the qualification for artist’s profession. The selection is made in the entrance examination which is held annually in May. The evening course is for anyone over 16 years of age, interested in fine arts, aiming at further studies in an art school and beginners.

Harjun nourisotalo is located on Aleksiskivi Street in Kallio, just a stone's throw from Sörnäinen. The history of the house is very colorful. The house designed by architect Albert Nyberg was completed in 1922. The house was built as morgue where the deceased were washed, placed in chests and loaded on a dead-end corpse behind the house that carried the corpses to the cemetery in Malmi. The morgue ceased operations in Harju in the mid-1950s, after which the house served about 20 years as a storage for paint.

Nowadays, Harju offers great facilities for all types of young-minded events and helps in organizing them. The primary principle of action is that young people think and organize and we help! Get in touch with all the ideas in the house staff, so put the events together.

Kone Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation with a mission to make the world a better place by advancing bold initiatives in research and in the arts.