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KUNO in Helsinki 2018

The Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki is the host of KUNO 2018 annual events.


Deadline of registration was 1st October. Please contact for further information.

Thursday 18 October

Location of the Coordinators meeting: Academy of Fine Arts, UniArts: Elimäenkätu 25 A
Please find instructions on how to get there at the bottom of this page.

11.00 - 16.00   COORDINATORS MEETING  - click here for programme
                       Bus transfer to hotel at 16.00

16.50               KUNO meet up at the hotel
17.00 - 19.00   Guided museum tour to Amos Rex, HAM and Kiasma.
Please, sign up! (KUNO registration form)

20.00              KUNO Welcome dinner at the Radisson Blu Seaside hotel 

Friday 19 October

Location of meeting and teacher seminar: Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36, inner yard (10 min walk from hotel)

10.00 - 12.30   KUNO NETWORK MEETING - click here for programme

12.30 - 13.30   Lunch

In this session, we will look at what can we gain as KUNO institutions? We will hear about funding possibilities and listen to examples of past mobility and projects, finishing with Q&A.
-Teacher Mobility
-Tallinn Noir IP (intensive course)
-Development projects
-Joint Study programmes

16.00 - 18.30   Launching of the 2018 KUNO TEACHER SEMINAR - click here for programme

MATERIALISING THOUGHT - Art, Material and Action
An overarching quest for the seminar is to probe how conceptual art can be reinterpreted, re-contextualized and revitalized at a point when institutional as well as artistic practices are in flux and under pressure.
-Welcoming words by representatives of the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki
-Keynote speaker: Prof. San Keum Koh, Ewha Womans University
-Presentation by researcher Jyrki Siukonen

20.00   KUNO dinner at Löyly
Löyly is within 15-20 min walk from the Exhibition Laboratory.
Address: Hernesaarenranta 4.

If you wish to use the SAUNA facilities in Löyly before or after dinner (sauna is available between 13.00 - 23.00) , please make your reservation at:

Sauna is at your own cost. A 2-hour slot in sauna costs 19 euro and includes a towel, seat cover, shampoo and soap. Please bring your own swimming suit (renting swimwear costs 6e / 2h). There is a possibility to dip / swim in the sea (for courageous ones!).

Saturday 20 October

Location of teacher seminar: Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36, inner yard (10 min walk from hotel)

10.00 - 13.00   TEACHER SEMINAR continues and closing of KUNO meeting
-Keynote speaker: Johann Arens
-Panel discussion led by Pontus Kyander
-Discussion in groups + sharing from groups
Conclusion of the meeting. Presenting the new KUNO Steering group and announcing the location of next annual meeting.

13.00 - 14.00   Lunch (with take-away option)

14.00 - 18.00   OPTIONAL PROGRAMME

Romantic Geography - Jussi Kivi 
Guided tourist tour to the dark and wild suburban forest with dramatic caves, ruined fortifications and peripherian activities: remains of outsider camps, such as: the site where the Eremit of Black Mountain once lived, the camp site of former moonshine gang…
-Bus transportation leaving from the hotel and returning to the hotel at 18.00 at the latest. Please dress up warmly with good shoes and be prepared to get a bit dirty.
-MAXIMUM number of participants: 25, please sign up in advance! (KUNO registration form)
-In case of bad weather (rain) the tour is replaced by a lecture by Jussi Kivi taking place at the exhibition Laboratory

For a list of nearby restaurants CLICK HERE. For groups of several people we recommend making a table reservation in advance:



Hotel Radisson Blu Seaside, Ruoholahdenranta 3
To make reservation contact or +358 (0) 20 1234 700
Please, make a reference to "KUNO" when making the reservation for your group.
Deadline of reservation is September 17.
Price pr double and single room is about 113 € pr night.

!Note that each person/institution must pay for the room upon departure. Each school is responsible for booking and cancellation.


Kuno supports up to 3 participants to take part in the meeting: 1 coordinator, 1 teacher and 1 leader (dean/rector/head of department for network meeting). KUNO supports 3rd night for those choosing to stay in Helsinki until Sunday for the networking night.

What is reimbursed? Following the annual meeting, each participating school should send an invoice to KUNO for reimbursement of travel and hotel.
-Maximum refund for travel is 300 EUR pr. participant (except 600 from Iceland).
-Maximum refund of hotel is 3 nights each for 3 participants, depending on their length of stay (check rule above on IRC, leader and teacher).

How to invoice: Following the KUNO events in Helsinki, your academy should send an invoice addressed to Iceland University of the Arts / KUNO, Thverholt 11, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland. It should preferably be sent by email: / Reference: “KUNO Helsinki” . The invoice should include names of participants and receipts of the purchased flight tickets and hotel. The invoice should be sent no later than end of Dec 2018
Note that transport to/from airport is not reimbursed. 


From the airport to the Academy of Fine Arts: we recommend that coordinators arrive straight to the Academy  of Fine Arts on Thursday by taking the bus 615 from the airport and stopping at Mäkelänrinne / Backasbrinken bus stop. Elimäenkätu 25 A is a 2-minute walk from the bus stop.

From the airport to the hotel Radisson Blu Seaside: a Finnair bus, bus 615 or train to the city centre (railway station) and take tram number 6 to it‘s terminal stop Hietalahti / Sandviken.

From the hotel to the Academy of Fine Arts: tram number 7 to the direction of Länsi-Pasila / Västra Böle, stop at Mäkelänrinne / Backasbrinken (takes 30 minutes)

Please note also that the hotel is close to Länsiterminaali (Western harbour) in case you are arriving by ferry.

Route map:

Tram drivers don‘t sell tickets, so tickets can be bought from ticket machines, parking ticket machines and sales points (r.g. R-kiosks, please see


Earlier Event: October 19
KUNO in Gothenburg 2017
Later Event: October 17
KUNO in Tromsø 2019