OAF open call 2024 avoin haku
OAF open call 2024 avoin haku
OAF teippi keltainen


Outsider Art Festival (OAF) invites all artists working in the field of outsider art to join us for the fifth edition of the festival! OAF will take place in August 2024 as part of the Helsinki Festival.

Open call for the 2024 festival will be open during 1.11.-30.11.2023. In addition to applying for the festival, artists can also apply for OAF Academy and the International Artist Residency. All application instructions can be found on this page.

OAF is a multidisciplinary art festival with a strong independent voice. OAF organises exhibitions, concerts, talks, workshops, residencies and other art events in Helsinki and online. OAF gives artists freedom to use their own voice and their own power to define for themselves what outsider art is – or to not define it at all. OAF reclaims space, employs people and enables new encounters between different people. OAF brings together marginalised artists and international art audiences, cultural actors and influencers. Equally, together.

The 2023 festival was described as inspiring, collaborative, diverse, fun, different, and joyful. OAF 2023 featured 20 live events and 11 online and radio events, reaching almost 30,000 people. Event venues included the National Museum, the Huvila Festival Tent, Semifinal, Pertti’s Choice, Oodi, HAM, G Livelab Helsinki, Radio Helsinki and OAF Online Stage.

Check out OAF festival activities from the years 2021-2023 on the festival website, Facebook and Instagram!

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Apply for the 2024 Outsider Art Festival! Performers will be selected through an open application process. The call for artists is open 1.11.-30.11.2023 for artists working the fields of visual arts, music, film, performing arts and literature. The call is open to all outsider artists living in Finland. You can apply for one or more art field categories. Decisions will be communicated to the applicants in March 2024 and the festival programme will be announced in April 2024.

You can apply by filling in the application form below. Please read the terms and the the privacy policy carefully before submitting your application. The selection criteria for each art genre are explained in detail in the application forms.

OAF is developing an inclusive curatorial model that enables outsider artists to participate and influence the art field on equal terms. The festival is produced by Pertti’s Choice. The organisational partners are the Autism Foundation Finland and Kukunori. The selection of artists is made by OAF’s artistic team, which includes outsider artists and artist mentors from various fields.

OAF 2024 artistic team: Sami Helle, Riikka Hänninen, Felix Lybeck, Henry Saarikko, Anne Naukkarinen, Emmi Vainio, Sanni Purhonen, Aleksis Salusjärvi, Johanna Konttinen, Jaana Miettinen, Jani Leinonen, Silja Pasila, Pekka Elomaa, Panu Palm, Ilona Ahti.

If you have questions about the open call please contact the festival’s production team by email info@outsiderartfestival.fi. The artistic team will not answer any questions related to the selection process.

If you have questions, OAF Open Call info meeting is held remotely via Zoom on Monday 6.11. and Monday 13.11. On both days there is Finnish info at 13.00-13.30 and English info at 13.30-14.00. If you wish to attend please send a message in advance to tuomas@pertinvalinta.fi. We’ll provide you with a link to the meeting beforehand.


Outsider Art Festival is looking for an international artist for artist residency. The admission process is open 1.11.–30.11.2023. The aim of the residency is to support international collaboration in the outsider art field. Any outsider artist can apply, regardless of their art field. The works of the residency artist will be showcased at the festival in 2024.

The duration of the residency is three months in total. It is possible to complete the work period either entirely in Finland, partly remotely and partly in Finland or completely remotely. The time of the work period can be decided by the artist. Please present a project plan and explain how you intend to use the 5 000 € budget (fee, travel, accommodation).

OAF is developing a model of inclusive curation that enables outsider artists to have equal involvement and influence in the arts field. OAF wants to be as flexible as possible in terms of implementation and gives the artist the freedom to implement the working period as they wish. The selection of the artist in residence will be decided by the OAF artistic team and the OAF production team.

Find out more about the experiences of participants in the 2022 and 2023 residencies here.


OAF Academy is looking for new artists for 2024 and 2025! OAF Academy is a new art program that supports the employment of outsider artists in the fields of visual arts, performing arts, music, film, literature and media arts. The program is intended for outsider artists that are active in Finland. OAF Academy is produced by Pertti’s Choice and funded by Kone Foundation.

The theme of OAF Academy is power. Applicants should explain how the theme of power relates to their artistic work. OAF Academy provides six artists with a 6-month working period, a grant of €15 000, the support of a mentor and the coordinator of the program, and a workspace at Pertin Valinta, Hakaniemi. The working periods of the artists will result in six commissioned works from different artistic disciplines and six different stories and visions related to the theme of the program. The works will be presented as part of the Outsider Art Festival programme in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Read more about OAF Academy and the experiences of the first artists of the program, Kalle Salonen and Myrtillius Kauria here.

How to get involved in the program?

OAF Academy artists are selected through an open call or by invitation. The artists are selected by OAF artistic team and OAF production team. OAF Academy is for artists who have special talent, experience or vision in relation to the theme of the program, and the ability to work on the project for 6 months, either independently or with support. Only those selected for the program will be informed of the outcome of the selection.

If you know of a suitable artist for the program, you can submit a proposal using the form below. This could be a self-taught young artistic genius who is influential in your community, a friend with ambitious artistic plans but no power or resources to realise them, an old artist who has been working on the fringes for a long time and deserves recognition or an acquaintance who produces eccentric masterpieces just for their own enjoyment. You can also apply to the program yourself.

For more information on the program, contact OAF Festival Director Heini Merkkiniemi  heini@pertinvalinta.fi and OAF Academy Coordinator Tuomas Vaahtoluoto  tuomas@pertinvalinta.fi