Prison Outside: Projects in Helsinki and beyond


Current Projects:


Let It Out - artistic collaboration that encourages exchange between young people affected by imprisonment in Russia and in Finland. This exchange will be facilitated using rap composition and translating techniques and result in a collaborative multimedia artwork. Young people in Russia and Finland are welcome to join ︎

Free Translation - Exhibition of artistic and literary works curated by Prison Outside & Translation Is Dialogue:
We invite submission 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. ︎

Interpreting Free Translations - art-making sessions where we view and discuss artworks received from all over the world in response to the Free Translation open call, and make creative translations of those. ︎


Past Projects:




2018 Prison Outside #2 
a cross-disciplinary discussion on artistic projects in and around prison. It took place on November 21st-23rd in Helsinki and presented speakers from Finland, Russia, Ireland, USA, Canada and Belgium. Our program included presentations, round table discussions, film screenings, and workshops.



2017 Poikkeus Tila, Martial Law - a collabortiave art project produced by M-Cult, based around common (his)tory between clients of Kriminaalihuollon tukisäätiö working on restoration of WWI trenches in Maunula, Helsinki, and local folk. ︎



2017 Art workshops in Redis, an open space for ex-convicts in the heart of Helsinki, managed by Kriminaalihuollon tukisäätiö, a Finnish non-govermental non-profit organisation supporting convicts, ex-prisoners, and their families.


2017 Prison Outside #1: a public discussion on artistic projects in and around prison. In this event international speakers will introduce collaborative practices that connect incarcerated people and the public outside the prison. We will discuss how we, as outsiders, view incarcerated people, and what can be done to challenge the negative relationships with current and ex-convicts, replacing them with empathy and solidarity. ︎


2016 Invisible in Seven Days - a continuation of Invisible Neighbours, exhibition and live art studio in Kallio Kunsthalle gallery. ︎



2015 Invisible Neighbours, with Annika Niskanen, Helsinki Prison and Esitystaiteen Keskus performance art center. ︎