Below Zero Finnish Art Award 2025 

Application Portal


Key dates:

  • 7 February 2024: application portal opens
  • 8 April: application portal closes at 22.00 UK / 23.59 Finland) 
  • 6 May: shortlist announced to develop a full proposal
  • 6 June: submission deadline for shortlist proposals  
  • 17 June: shortlisted artists interviewed
  • 20 June: Below Zero 2025 winner announced
  • Week of 28 October: suggested artist research trip
  • January - April 2025: London residency & exhibition
  • 2026: exhibition at Serlachius Museums with optional residency


Please press the submit button below to enter the application portal - however do not press the submit button on the main application page until your application is finalised - thank you. 

The context for Below Zero

Below Zero, the unique UK-based contemporary art award for Finnish artists emerging on the international scene, returns to Beaconsfield, London in association with the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland and Serlachius Museums, Mänttä.

The Below Zero award is open to Finnish and Finland-based artists. Candidates will have studied art to degree level or equivalent in Finland or internationally and will be eligible for a visa in the UK. Selection is focused on artists who the jury feel would most benefit from a major commission and its solo exhibition in England and Finland.

Below Zero offers

  • 6-week London residency January-March 2025, followed by solo exhibition between March and May 2025 commissioned by Beaconsfield.
  • Solo exhibition of the Below Zero commission at Finland's Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, in 2026 with costs covered and optional residency.

The award is worth over £20,000. This includes up to £12,000 earmarked for production (based on an agreed cost budget) and £5,700 to cover artist fee and subsistence. In addition, the artist is offered a mentored residency in London, international travel, accommodation and exhibitions in London and Mänttä. A catalogue in both languages will accompany the Mänttä exhibition.

Below Zero offers something different. Artists are invited to propose a project that critically engages with an issue of our time; a project that will benefit from residency in London and might not otherwise be possible. Beaconsfield commissions are unique in their collaborative nature. Mentored residencies support artists to be brave and take risks. An objective of this creative support is to make the excitement of innovative practice accessible to all: an ambition that matches the founding principle of Serlachius Museums – that culture should not only be the privilege of those in capital cities. 

Below Zero 2025 Jury

David Crawforth, Co-director Beaconsfield London, Karoliina Korpilahti, Programme Director Arts, Finnish Institute UK+Ireland, Naomi Siderfin, Co-director, Beaconsfield London, Pauli Sivonen, Director, Serlachius Museums, Hannele Tilles, Independent Curator.

The Selection Process

Artists are invited to submit an initial proposal (not more than 1000 words in length) that scopes an ambitious project that will develop their practice with the support of Beaconsfield: together with a CV and up to twelve visual components that may include still images, video or audio-works.

Five shortlisted artists will receive £500 each to develop their proposals over one month, after which the jury meet again to decide the winner.

The Beaconsfield residency and exhibition

The winning artist is invited to work within Beaconsfield’s tradition of outward facing, public residency. We encourage artists to respond to the unique physical character of the venue and the distinctive creative identity of Beaconsfield. The winning artist is invited to use Beaconsfield’s Upper Space as a studio to develop new work, with mentoring and curatorial support from Beaconsfield’s founding artist-directors David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin. During the Making Phase of the residency, the studio/gallery may be open to visitors on advertised days as agreed with the artist. During the Exhibition Phase, either the Upper Space or Arch Space will be available to show the commission.

Key dates:

  • 7 February 2024: application portal opens
  • 8 April: application portal closes at 22.00 UK / 23.59 Finland) 
  • 6 May: shortlist announced to develop a full proposal
  • 6 June: submission deadline for shortlist proposals  
  • 17 June: shortlisted artists interviewed
  • 20 June: Below Zero 2025 winner announced
  • Week of 28 October: suggested artist research trip
  • January - April 2025: London residency & exhibition
  • 2026: exhibition at Serlachius Museums with optional residency


To start your application fill in the form below. By pressing the Save Draft box at the bottom of the main application page you can save your draft and return to complete your application by the deadline of 22:00 UK time/ 23:59 Finland on the 8 April 2024.

Only press the Submit box at the bottom of the main application page when you have finalised your application. Once submitted you cannot return to the form or make any further changes.

Please note - we accept applications in English only.
 

Below Zero Finnish Art Award 2025 Application Portal