BELOW ZERO FINNISH ART AWARD 2025 Application Portal opens

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Below Zero, the unique UK-based contemporary art award for Finnish artists emerging on the international scene, returns to Beaconsfield, London in association with the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland and Serlachius Museums, Mänttä.

The Below Zero award is open to Finnish and Finland-based artists. Candidates will have studied art to degree level or equivalent in Finland or internationally and will be eligible for a visa in the UK. Selection is focused on artists who the jury feel would most benefit from a major commission and its solo exhibition in England and Finland.


7 March – 22 April 2018

Emerging from Finland into the international arena, JONNA KINA is the first recipient of BELOW ZERO, a new contemporary art prize for emergent Finnish artists.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö

salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears
Nastja Säde Rönkkö

Residency: 23 January – 15 March (open by appointment)

Exhibition: 16 March – 6 May (Wednesday – Saturday, 12-5pm)

Nastja Säde Rönkkö, the third recipient of the Below Zero Finnish Art Prize, investigates relationships between the digital era, power, humanity and the future of our planet. For this commission she will develop three new moving image works on site, produced with Beaconsfield under the working title salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. Beaconsfield is in ‘Factory’ mode, with sculpture construction complete, the artist’s script in progress followed by Nastja filming (in the gallery and various sites across London) late February and installation leading up to the exhition opening in mid March.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö

Residency: 23 January – 15 March (open by appointment)
Exhibition: 16 March – 6 May 2023 (Wednesday – Saturday)
Below Zero Finnish Art Prize UK Residency & Exhibition