Founded in 1986, Taidekoulu Maan kannantusyhdistys ry (Art School Maa’s support association) maintains Art School Maa in Suomenlinna and the project space Maa-Tila in Sörnäinen, Helsinki.
A private educational institution in close proximity to the field of contemporary arts
Art School Maa offers versatile art education. Its study programme is unique in Finland emphasising interdisciplinarity, artistic thinking and the study of new forms of contemporary art. In addition to visual art methods, the study plan includes e.g. performance, sound art and critical theory. Teachers are professionals in the contemporary arts scene. At Art School Maa, you can study in a 3-4 year full-time day programme and on open evening courses. Maa organises art activities and events in the Helsinki Metropolitan area and internationally both in the context of the school and within the framework of Maa-Tila.
Art School Maa has also published its history book "Maan uumen" in 2022, where you can read more about the school. You can buy “Maan uumen” directly from the school, from Maa-Tila or online, for example here.
Art School Maa follows equity guidelines against any form of discrimination. Please read our equity guidelines here.
Experimental project-space Maa-Tila
Maa’s support association has maintained Maa-Tila project space since 2006. Maa-Tila is a project space for discussion, encounters, and spatial experiments. Maa-Tila focuses on presenting experimental, discursive, messy, critically engaged, and underrepresented practices. The space in Pääskylänrinne in Sörnäinen started to operate in early 2017.
Maa’s support association is run by a board, which consists of long-term supporters of Maa. The board is selected at the annual meeting. The current board includes:
Joakim Pusenius, chairperson
Freja Bäckman, vice-chairperson
Meri Linna, deputy member
You can participate in Maa's activities by becoming a full member of the support association. As a member, you can participate in annual meetings, where you can also use your right to vote to participate in Maa’s decisions. The personal membership fee is €10 per calendar year.
You can also support Maa's activities by becoming a support member of the support association. A supporting member can be a person or organisation that supports Maa in the background. Supporting members do not have a voting right. The support membership fee is 10-50 € per calendar year.
You can become a member by filling in the form below or letting us know you're interested by sending an email to info(at)taidekoulumaa.fi. The board decides of the approval of new members at their meeting. After that, you can confirm your membership by paying the annual fee. You are warmly welcome to join Maa’s activities! 💙
Maa’s annual funding
Art School Maa is a private educational institution. The support association applies for funding every year in the same way as freelance artists do in Finland. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) and Helsinki City Kulke have financed and thus enabled Maa's activities with annual operational grants. Maa-Tila has received three-year funding for the years 2022–2024 from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Websites and visual appearance
Art School Maa's original logo was designed by Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikoski. It shows the outlines of Suomenlinna's Susisaari and Kustaanmiekka as a filled, blue surface. The location of Maa is marked by a white gate. The arrows direct the gaze in the direction of Maa.
The visuals of the current website are designed by Tanja Becher. There is the blue colour of the original logo, the pink colour of the trans flag and the yellow colour of sunlight. Hand-drawn graphic elements bring vivid dynamism to our digital pages. Grok It Oy was responsible for the implementation of the website.