free translation

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- deadline extended - new deadline - 31 October -

An open call by Prison Outside & Translation is Dialogue:

We invite submissions of artworks from incarcerated people, ex-convicts, and anyone affected by imprisonment. The multi-disciplinary exhibition Free Translation will showcase international works in November 2018 at MAA-tila Gallery in Helsinki and online.

This exhibition will make use of the translation process as we will interact and create new artworks in the gallery space. Your works on view will encourage the audience to prompt dialogue, inspire thoughts, and creatively activate the space. This call is open to all ages.

Invisible Neighbours, Helsinki prison, 2015

What to send:

  • Drawings, paintings, animation, photography, video, textiles, poems, texts, or art in any other medium.

  • Submissions can be sent by post or email.

  • On the artwork, please write your name or pseudonym, date and place.

  • Please include any special requests  on how you would like your piece to be presented.

As we have been kindly offered the office of Kone Foundation as the submissions' delivery point, please ensure your packaged artwork fits in a standard letterbox. To discuss transportation of larger works, please email
Please note that the artist is responsible for posting the artworks to be included in the exhibition. If you would like your artwork to be returned, please provide a pre-paid envelope for your artwork.

By sending us your artworks you give consent to putting them on Prison Space and Translation is Dialogue websites, social media outlets, and including them in the exhibition in Helsinki and online. If for any reason, you wish to be anonymous, please state that clearly. We reserve a right to exhibit a selected number of works.

Please feel free to pass this call to those who might be interested. 

Submission deadline: October 1st 2018.

Please send submissions to:

Re: Free Translation

c/o Kone Foundation

Otavantie 10

00200 Helsinki


Watercolour print workshop, 2016