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Signe Tandefelt Grant


The grant named after Signe Tandefelt is targeted at visual art critics and individuals who write about art. The purpose of the grant is to offer the applicant an opportunity to write a review or to engage in a project that increases their expertise as a critic. All successful applicants will receive their grants in December.


Applicants will need to include the intended use of the grant and the amount applied for in their application. The grant is awarded for projects carried out in 2024. Finnish Art Society requires that grant recipients submit a report on the use of the grant.

Apply by filling in the online form. A link to the form will be available HERE as of 1 August. Further information: info (at)


Signe Tandelfelt grants are awarded to art critics and other art writers for projects that facilitate their writing work and enliven Finland’s overall writing culture. There were 22 applications this year.  A total sum of 10,000 euros was awarded to eight applicants.


  1. Ahokas Kukka-Maria (b. 1987, Vantaa), Vantaa / €1,000 / for a collection of articles targeted at young readers featuring interviews with visual artists who deal with the climate crisis in their work

  2. Hagman Henri (b. 1974, Oulu), Rovaniemi / €1,000 / for finalization of an anthology of essays about art policy and art theory

  3. Helenius Elisa (b. 1981, Helsinki), Helsinki / €1,500 / for travel to attend the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea

  4. Hänninen Ville (b. 1976, Jyväskylä), Helsinki / €1,690 / for writing for a book of essays about comic art

  5. Kangasvuo Jenny (b. 1975, Helsinki), Oulu / 1,000 € / for four reviews in Kulttuurilehti Kaltio covering art events in North Ostrobothnia

  6. Kihlman Asta (b. 1977, Turku), Turku / €1,500 / for travel to study the New York art scene and attend Frieze New York

  7. Mustekala ry / €1,560 / for art reviews and essays, editing costs and writers’ fees

  8. Uoti Jaakko (b. 1987, Helsinki), Helsinki / €750 / for travel to attend the RIBOCA3 triennial and explore the contemporary art scene and galleries in Latvia and Lithuania

SIGNE TANDEFELT (1879–1943) was an artist and a critic who worked as an art critic for the Nya Pressen newspaper since 1912. She was a critic for Hufvudstadsbladet from 1917 until her death in 1943. Tandefelt studied visual arts at the Finnish Art Society’s drawing school and painted reproductions of prominent individuals’ portraits for the Helsinki City Museum.

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