About us

IHME Helsinki – Mission

IHME Helsinki wants to promote art in an ecologically sustainable, democratic society as an important part of people’s lives and everyday existences.

Each year, in collaboration with an artist and Finnish and foreign partners IHME produces a work of art in public space in Finland and abroad. IHME generates new, experiential knowledge and produces discussions related to the themes of the artwork. IHME shares the content of the art that it produces with new audiences and through that content takes part in debates in society.

IHME Helsinki’s starting points are in contemporary art and one of the main contexts for its work is scientific collaboration. Contemporary art is a constantly changing activity: art does not just mirror the world, it also creates and shapes it. IHME Helsinki supports art and changes in the concept of art, it reshapes the idea of publicness and promotes sustainable operating models.

IHME’s operations are international and aimed at everyone who is interested in cultural and ecological reconstruction.

The Finnish word IHME means “miracle” or “wonder”. However, it is in daily use in a variety of phrases meaning something strange, weird, something that wakens curiosity.

IHME’s values

The freedom of art within a framework of life-sustaining systems (being ecological)

IHME Helsinki has its starting points in the visual arts and in the expertise of the invited artist. The core of IHME Helsinki is the annual commissioned artwork, which is based on the artist’s proposal and created in dialogue with IHME Helsinki. Productions will employ solutions that are as far as possible sustainable, low-emission, or where possible, emission-free.


In its operations IHME Helsinki implements its own equality strategy drawn up in 2017. The enactment of equality is taken into account in all decisions related to the production of the work and the event. (liite)


IHME Helsinki commits to being honest and open in its operations and communications.

High-level professional skills/quality (continual learning)

Each year, IHME Helsinki aspires to a high standard and high quality in its implementation, and that applies artistically, to production, and in its marketing communications. The measures used to assess activities are tailored to suit each production and the assessment spans a wide range of viewpoints, including interest groups, the goal being continual learning. IHME Helsinki is run in line with the principles of good foundation administration.

Willingness to take risks

IHME Helsinki takes conscious risks in focusing on producing a single work each year, in producing new, previously unrealized artworks, and in testing out new production solutions that share the spirit of ecological reconstruction.

Accessibility (new audiences)

IHME Helsinki’s goal is to make contemporary art more accessible than it is at present and to bring art within reach of new audiences. This goal is facilitated by the public(-space) operating context and solutions tailored for specific audiences.


IHME Helsinki has perseverance built in. Perseverance is required both by the collaboration needed to create a new artwork and by science as one of the artwork’s operating contexts.

Ecological Sustainability

Read more of our policy here.


IHME Helsinki / Pro Arte Foundation Finland
Kalevankatu 4, 2nd floor
00100 Helsinki, Finland


Billing information

Pro Arte Foundation Finland has electronic processing of invoices. More detailed instructions here.

Our electronic invoice addresses are:

Electronic invoice address: 003721485721
Operator: Maventa (003721291126)

Pro Arte Foundation Finland’s business ID (Y-tunnus) 2148572-1


Executive Director Paula Toppila

IHME Helsinki Commission / Collaborations / Management

tel. +358-45-1240096, paula.toppila(at)ihmehelsinki.fi


Cultural Producer Päivi Matala

Communications / Events / Audiences

tel. +358-45-2350080, paivi.matala(at)ihmehelsinki.fi


Eco-coordinator Saara Korpela (Mon – Wed 9:00 – 15:45)

+358 (0)45 6326267, saara.korpela(at)ihmehelsinki.fi

Advisory Board

The advisory board of IHME invites the IHME artist to conceive the Project, and also plans the programme around the Project.

The advisory board of the foundation is Ute Meta Bauer, Hanna Johansson, Antti Majava, Jussi Parikka and Paula Toppila (chair).


Pro Arte Foundation Finland is funded by a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Alongside Pro Arte Foundation Finland, Kone Foundation has been a supporter since 2015, and Saastamoinen Foundation funds IHME in 2020–22.

Data Protection and Privacy Statement

Pro Arte Foundation’s data protection and privacy statement for the website and newletter can be found here.

Data protection and privacy statement for collaborators and journalists can be found here.