International activities

EOA conference 2022

The Association for Rural Culture and Education is one of the founders of the international European Outsider Art Association (EOA) network, and it remains an active member. We have highlighted topics such as art environments created by self-taught artists. The contacts made through the network have helped us to spread information about Finnish contemporary folk art in international forums and resulted in collaborative exhibition activities.

We will be involved in the organisation of an EOA conference under the theme ‘Life Stories’, to be held in Hämeenlinna, Finland in 2022. The main organiser is one of our long-time partners, the Kettuki Association, a national organisation for artists with special needs. We have already hosted one EOA event when we organised the EOA international network meeting and symposium ‘Outsider Art: European Perspectives’ in Helsinki in 2011.

We are currently preparing an international exhibition of outsider and ITE art in collaboration with the Serlachius Museums to be held in Mänttä-Vilppula in 2026. We are bringing together experts and organisations from our international networks in the planning process.

ITE art in exhibitions

The Association for Rural Culture and Education has produced numerous ITE art exhibitions in collaboration with various art museums and cultural institutions across the world. To organise these exhibitions, we have used data on artists that we have collected in ITE surveys as well as from the Association’s ITE art collection, which is held in the K.H.Renlund Museum in Kokkola. There have also been several exhibitions of international outsider art and contemporary folk art in Finland.

Contact us

Do you need background information about ITE art, artists, art environments, surveys, collections, publications, international networks or the 20 years of ITE activities? Would you like to collaborate with us? At the Association for Rural Culture and Education, ITE art content is coordinated by Raija Kallioinen, our Coordinator for Cultural Affairs.