Art School Maa

Art School Maa, founded in 1986, offers versatile arts education in Suomenlinna.

In its teaching, Maa emphasises interdisciplinarity, thinking and new forms in contemporary arts. Alongside visual arts methods, Maa’s teaching includes e.g. performance, sound art and critical theory.

In addition to teaching, Maa maintains project space Maa-Tila located in Sörnäinen, and organises art activities in the Helsinki metropolitan region and internationally.

(photo of Vili Järvinen's work)

Welcoming new students!

🎈 Congratulations and a warm welcome to our new class of 2024–2027! 

New statements on Art School Maa’s situation

The cuts to the school’s operating grants endanger the future of Art School Maa – support diversity in art education.

Kela's planned discontinuation of the study support has been corrected. Kela is reinstating study support for all Maa students! Read more here (updated 10.6.2024).

Maa's students have independently written a public statement for the support of Maa. Read the students statement (11.4.2024) here.

Art School Maa students and staff visited Kitchen Lab Tarvo for a reading aloud session. 📻 Listen to the recording (4.4.2024) here.

Maa's board wants to inform you about the situation at Maa and more broadly in arts education. Read the board's full statement (6.3.2024) here.

HAA’s summer courses for adults

Helsinki Artists’ Association is organising summer courses, also for adults, again this year in Art School Maa’s facilities on Suomenlinna.

For adults, we offer extensively and diversely different drawing and painting courses. A summer week amidst art takes you away from everyday life, and creative making is refreshing.

Respond to our alumni survey!

Would you like your name to be mentioned in the alumni list on our new website? Would you like to share with us information about your experiences of how Maa's studies impacted your professional development? Answer the survey during June 💙


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