Open Call for exhibitions 2023
at Gallery Forum Box

The next Open Call for 2024 will be in autumn 2022. We will publish the exact dates for Open Call 2024 on this page. We will also inform about the Open Call in our newsletter and social media channels. Stay tuned!

The open call for exhibitions at Forum Box in 2023 is now closed. Thank you for all who applied! The results will be communicated to everyone in November 2021.

The Exhibition Committee, chosen annually from among Forum Box’s member artists, makes the selection for the exhibition programme.


The applying options:
– the entire gallery space (300 sq meters) for a solo or a group exhibition, project-specific exhibition or performances
– one of the three gallery spaces for a solo exhibition, project or performance.

The gallery space is divided into three different exhibition rooms. The space called ‘Permanto’ is on the right side when entering the gallery, ‘Monttu’ is on the left side and the space in the back is called ‘Parvi’. Please see the floor plan for more information. When applying for one of the spaces please use the correct name – Permanto, Monttu or Parvi. Please note that there might be three different exhibitions at the same time if you apply only for one of the spaces. The other exhibitions may include for example pieces with sound. All exhibition spaces can be darkened with the artist’s own curtains. However, the gallery’s windows should not be covered.

Permanto: This room has three solid walls. The room is approx. 65 sq metres and 6 metres high.
Monttu: is also 6 metres high and the size is about 70 sq metres. This space has stairs leading to the third room, ‘Parvi’.
Parvi: In this space the ceiling is lower and room height is approx. 4,5 metres. ‘Parvi’ is the largest space, 90 sq metres and has a variety of wall space available.


The standard exhibition time, including mounting and dismantling, is four weeks. For 2023 you can also apply for shorter periods of one or two weeks. The shorter slots are also total times including mounting, dismantling and the exhibiting time.

You can now apply for an exhibition time for:
– March through April 2023
– June through October 2023
– December 2023

(There are fewer than usual exhibition slots because of programme changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic)

– 4 weeks exhibition time
– 1–2 weeks exhibition or project time
– Other types of time proposals are also considered on a case-by-case basis
Other space and time proposals are welcomed and considered on a case-by-case basis. The basis for pricing is a special hourly rate for all art project venue rentals.

When applying for the whole space for 4 weeks the selected applicant will have the whole gallery space for their use excluding the Mediabox. In addition to the previously mentioned gallery spaces there is a small, independent media art space called Mediabox located at the gallery. The programme for this space is curated by Forum Box in cooperation with AV-arkki.

During solo exhibitions there won’t be any other exhibitions or projects at the gallery, but Forum Box’s multidisciplinary evening program, discussions and private events may take place.

For exhibitions taking up only one of the three main spaces, the Exhibition Committee will curate a fitting combination of several exhibitions.


Forum Box aims to gradually lower the exhibition rent and the first rent reductions were implemented in 2020.

4 weeks:
2 250 € whole gallery / 850 € one of the three gallery spaces (‘Permanto’, ‘Monttu’ or ‘Parvi’)
2 weeks:
1 400 € whole gallery / 700 € one of the three gallery spaces (‘Permanto’, ‘Monttu’ or ‘Parvi’)
1 week:
1 000 € whole gallery / 500 € one of the three gallery spaces (‘Permanto’, ‘Monttu’ or ‘Parvi’)

The exhibition rent for the gallery space at Forum Box includes marketing, communications, customer service for the exhibition and sales. The rent doesn’t include insurance of artworks, transportation nor catering for the opening. Forum Box withholds 40 % provision from the sales (+ tax 24 %).


Artists / curators / artistic groups can apply for an exhibition period at Forum Box with an open exhibition proposal. We will not review late applications.
Please note that from autumn 2020 onwards we have not accepted applications on paper anymore!

Send your application to haku[at] by Friday 1st of October 2021 at 5pm (Finnish time) at the latest!

The application should be one (1) max. 4MB sized pdf-file including the filled application form (that can be downloaded at the end of these instructions) and the required attachments.

The application pdf should be named as Firstname_Lastname_Open Call_2023 and the e-mail titled as OPEN CALL 2023.


The exhibition proposal should be delivered as one pdf file including:

  • Filled application form (application form pdf can be found at the end of this page)
  • Exhibition plan (max 2 x A4) including information of the preferred exhibition time, use of the space, the possible theme(s) of the exhibition or project and pieces to be exhibited. Please mention in the application any special arrangements, such as plans to darken the space or if there will be works with sound on display
  • CV of the artist / artist group / curator
  • Approx. 10 images of the applicant’s recent artwork(s) or projects, preferably in colour
    You may also include links to images or video works in the application.Note! We accept only applications that are sent via e-mail. If you have problems with application forms or any other questions about applying, please contact us: info[at] / +358 (0) 50 5241 781


The exhibition selection is carried out according to Forum Box’s strategic guidelines. The aim of our strategy is to improve artists’ working possibilities and to create an outstanding, multi-faceted, flexible exhibitions programme. The annually rotating Exhibition Committee together with the gallery’s executive director are responsible for the versatility of the exhibition programme. The team may also choose exhibition proposals outside of the open call, but the open call will remain the core of the yearly exhibition programme. The chosen artists are provided with additional support from Forum Box throughout the planning period of the exhibition if they so wish.

Forum Box contributes to improving the financial status of artists. The Board of Forum Box decided in spring 2019 to reduce the exhibition rent step by step, starting from the year 2020. Any possible new changes will always be personally communicated to the chosen artists.

All the applicants will be informed of the results by the end of November 2021.


Gallery’s ground plan

Application form 2023 in English (.pdf)
Application form 2023 in English (.doc)

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