Pirkko Nukari: Eurasian Pygmy Owl, 2008

 

The Finnish Art Society presents thirteen major awards annually.

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DUCAT PRIZE
Painter Essi Kuokkanen (b. 1991, Pieksämäki), Helsinki

Ducat Prize, founded in 1858, is the oldest art award in Finland. It is presented by the Art Society annually to a young Finnish artist under 35 in recognition of special merit. The awarded sum is €16,000. More about the Ducat Prize >

Essi Kuokkanen, I Like the Way It Stings, 2018

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sculptor Pirkko Nukari (b. 1943, Helsinki), Helsinki

The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to older artists in recognition of significant life’s work. The awarded sum is €10,000. More about the Lifetime Achievement Award >

Pirkko Nukari, Eurasian Pygmy Owl, 2008

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WILLIAM THURING PRIZES

The William Thuring Foundation’s main prize (€14,000) and nine other designated prizes (à 6,500) are given to mid-career artists between ages 35 and 45. On principle, the prizes are awarded annually, and the funds to be awarded are included in the Foundation’s annual donation to the Art Society.

Iiu Susiraja, Lovely wife, 2018


 
WILLIAM THURING MAIN PRIZE
Visual artist Iiu Susiraja (b. 1975, Turku), Turku

WILLIAM THURING PRIZES

1. Erik Creutziger (b. 1982, Helsinki), Helsinki; painting
2. Eeva-Riitta Eerola (b. 1975, Siilinjärvi), Helsinki; painting
3. Ilmari Gryta (b. 1979, Kraśnik Lubelski, Poland), Tervakoski; sculpture
4. Otto Karvonen (b. 1975, Helsinki), Helsinki; sculpture, installation, performance
5. Anni Leppälä (b. 1981, Helsinki), Helsinki; photography
6. Tiia Matikainen (b. 1975, Kitee), Helsinki; sculpture
7. Nina-Maria Oförsagd (b. 1975, Helsinki), Helsinki; media art
8. Eeva Peura (b. 1982, Orimattila), Helsinki; painting
9. Antti-Ville Reinikainen (b. 1980, Turku), Helsinki; sculpture, painting, installation

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EDVARD RICHTER AWARD
PhD Nina Kokkinen (b. 1978, Seinäjoki), Vanhalinna

The Edvard Richter Award is given to art critics and writers who write about art. Nina Kokkinen was presented the award for the book Totuudenetsijät: Esoteerinen henkisyys Akseli Gallen-Kallelan, Pekka Halosen ja Hugo Simbergin taiteessa (Vastapaino). The awarded sum was €10,000.

HONORARY MENTIONS

PhD Juha-Heikki Tihinen (b. 1975) for excellent essays on artists in Päivikki Kallio: Havaintojen näyttämöt (Parus Verus) and Susanne Gottberg: Kolmas tekijä (Parvs).

Art critics Matti Tuomela (b. 1990) ja Petteri Enroth (b. 1985) for their project Seiskan pojat (https://seiskanpojat.home.blog/).

PhD Harri Kalha (b. 1962) for the book Sukupuolen Sotkijat: Queer-kuvastoa sadan vuoden takaa (Parvs).

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YOUNG ARTISTS’ GRANTS

Thirty young artists were given a grant worth €6.000. The Finnish Art Society received 269 applications this year. The grant can be applied for annually in May-August by artists who are 35 years or under and have a professional degree in art.

1. Aatos Sampo (b. 1984, Helsinki), Helsinki; installation, sculpture
2. Ala-Ruona Jyri (b. 1986, Stockholm, Sweden), Helsinki; painting, sculpture
3. Dahlberg Laura (b. 1991, Jyväskylä), Helsinki; installation, sculpture
4. Elnyg Rag (b. 1993, Annecy, France), Karjalohja; media art, performance
5. Haarla Siiri (b. 1986, Espoo), Helsinki; painting, writing
6. Heikkilä Johannes (b. 1986, Rovaniemen mlk), Rovaniemi; woodcut, painting
7. Humberg Paula (b. 1983, Jyväskylä), Jyväskylä; photography, eco art
8. Hyvönen Joonas (b. 1990, Helsinki), Helsinki; media art, installation
9. Immonen Ida (b. 1992, Heinola), Oslo, Norway; textile art, sculpture
10. Javits Alisa (b. 1984, Saint Petersburg, Russia), Helsinki; video, media art
11. Kopkina Natalia (b. 1984, Saint Petersburg, Russia), Helsinki; photography, writing
12. Korpijaakko Kastehelmi (b. 1984, Lohja), Helsinki; photography, installation
13. Kumpulainen Ville (b. 1988, Rovaniemi), Helsinki; photography, installation
14. Liesinen Peetu (b. 1988, Tenhola), Helsinki; painting, sculpture
15. Lintunen Aino (b. 1990, Jyväskylä), Helsinki; painting, sculpture
16. Luiro Markus (b. 1985, Rovaniemi), Pori; drawing, painting
17. Peura Emma (b. 1988, Kauhava), Helsinki; printmaking, media art
18. Pääkkönen Maria (b. 1988, Riihimäki), Helsinki; drawing, installation
19. Råst Hanna (b. 1986, Saarijärvi), Helsinki; photography, video
20. Saarekas Tuuli (b. 1988, Helsinki), Helsinki; sculpture, installation
21. Sedlerova-Villanen Kristina (b. 1987, Kohtla-Järve, Estonia), Helsinki; installation, sculpture
22. Siri Marianne (b. 1985, Inari), Lahti; sculpture, installation
23. van Son Marloes (b. 1991, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Helsinki; sound, sculpture
24. Strömberg Astrid (b. 1990, Helsinki), Helsinki; painting, installation
25. Sysi Suvi (b. 1990, Nilsiä), Helsinki; installation
26. Torikka Iina (b. 1985, Joensuu), Kotka; painting
27. Valja Pinja (b. 1984, Espoo), Helsinki; video, media art
28. Valkonen Iida (b. 1989, Helsinki), Helsinki; drawing, installation
29. Wiking Kristin (b. 1987, Gävle, Sweden), Helsinki; sculpture, installation
30. Välikangas Ville (b. 1983, Kirkkonummi), Kerava; painting

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Suvi Sysi, GLEAM, 2016

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EDVARD RICHTER GRANTS

The Edvard Richter Grant for art critics is intended to support applicants familiarizing themselves with the contemporary art scene abroad. The total sum of €10,000 was shared between eleven art critics this year.

1. Karhunen Saara (b. 1983), Helsinki / €400 / The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA)
2. Kuumola Leena (b. 1958), Helsinki / €800 / Tallinn, Estonia
3. Laaksonen Esa (b. 1956), Helsinki / €800 / Venice Biennale of Architecture
4. Mäki Mikko (b. 1978), Helsinki / €1,400 / São Paulo Art Biennial, Brazil
5. Pasanen Anu (b. 1983), Turku / €1,200 / Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
6. Poutiainen Viivi (b. 1984), Helsinki / €1,100 / Manifesta Biennial, Marseille, France
7. Ryynänen Max (b. 1972), Helsinki / €900 / Sharjah Biennial, Koch, India
8. Rönkkö Jaakko (b. 1947), Helsinki / €900 / St. Petersburg, Russia
9. Rönkä Eeva (b. 1982), Helsinki / €800 / Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels
10. Sandell Valter (b. 1990), Helsinki / €800 / Paris Photo, France
11. Sorjonen Olli (b. 1981), Joensuu / €900 / St. Petersburg, Russia

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