An artist, who has shown professional merit in either fine art printmaking or as a drawing artist can be chosen to be a member of The Association of Finnish Printmakers.
The application form, sample works, a list of works included (name of the work, year, technique and measurements) and a portfolio (max 15 pages) should be sent or delivered to the association’s office during gallery’s opening hours (Tue-Fri 11 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 12 am-4 pm) 22.-26.11.2017, 26 November at 4 pm at the latest.
If it is complicated to deliver sample works due to the large size of the work or for other reasons (e.g. installations) it is acceptable to apply membership with a portfolio.
A membership committee will review the applications. The committee consists of The Board of the Association and five members who have been chosen by the association’s annual autumn meeting. The membership committee chances every year.
The Association of Finnish Printmakers is for professional artists and therefore membership is for those who work in a professional manner as a visual artist.
The applying artist can be versatile in making of art and can cover other fields of visual arts besides printmaking or drawing. One of the strongest reasons for applying the membership, however, is the so-called printmaker’s or drawing artist’s indentity. Therefore it is important to let the jury know the reasons why one is applying the membership of the association. The reasonings should be written in the application.
Fill in the application form (pdf) with detail. Please write all the asked information down into the form instead of referring to you cv. Print the application form using this link: membership-2017.
List your participation in national and international juried or curated exhibitions. You can also tell the names of the jury members and curators. Exhibitions which are open for everyone to attend by paying a participation fee are generally not highly appreciated, although taking part in such exhibitions shows activity as a visual artist.
Let us know all of your most important solo and group exhibitions. You can also tell the names of the other artists in your group exhibitions.
Let the board know if you have done some other artistic work, e g. involvement in different work communities, multidisciplinary art events, art happenings or some other activities which you think are important in your work as a professional artist. Tell also about you future goals and work opportunities which are already confirmed.
The Association of Finnish Printmakers is a national organization and the activity of the applicant is going to be observed widely. Even though the applicant can be very active in his/her own residential area, it is not necessarily enough if the nationwide showcase is still missing. The applicant is going to be reviewed mainly based on the his/her current activity as an artist. If there has been a break from working, it is good to explain why so (e g. maternity leave).
Do not send art works which are very large or difficult to handle. Present such works in your portfolio. In case you feel the printed picture in your portfolio does not tell enough about the original art work you can add small samples of your proofs. Please take notice that the jury will go through all the sample works – the works will be handled in limited space. Even though the jury will handle the works with care, some unfortunate accidents may happen. Pay attention to the appearance of the sample works, they should be in neat condition. Old works should not be sent, but they can be presented in the portfolio.
Make sure that the portfolio is assembled with thought. Take notice that the pictures are good quality. The portfolio should also include overall pictures from exhibitions so the scale of the works can be seen. All the material in the portfolio should be neat and congruent. It is recommended that the information about a work is typed under the picture, not written by hand.
The address: Suomen Taidegraafikot ry, Pieni Roobertinkatu 10, 00120 Helsinki. Applications sent by Matkahuolto or mail should be delivered to the association’s office with the text ”perillekanto klo 11-17” on top of the parcel.
The applications will not be picked up from Post office or Matkahuolto. Applications arriving after the deadline will not be reviewed.
The handling fee for the application is 20 €, which is due by 22 November 2017. Please pay the fee to the association’s bank account:
FI77 3636 3002 8573 32
Add also the following information to the message field: Membership 2017/your name.
The results of the selection will be informed by mail to the applicants after the the jury has assembled. New memberships are valid from the 1 January 2017.The yearly membership fee is 155 € (in 2017).
All the included sample works and portfolios should be picked up during gallery’s opening hours Wed-Sun 29.11.-3.12. (Wed-Fri 11 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 12 am-4 pm). If the sample works are not picked up before the deadline, they will be returned after two weeks. The receiver pays the shipping fees.
Riikka Tuomarla, Exhibition Coordinator
tel. 09 700 28 501, email@example.com