Pro Artibus Foundation is an expert organisation for contemporary art. We manage an art collection and run two exhibition spaces: Gallery Elverket in Ekenäs and Sinne in Helsinki. We support artistic practices, and work with and for a wide audience.
Pro Artibus Foundation seeks to promote the development of Finnish-Swedish culture and art in Finland. We own, administer, expand, and facilitate access to a collection of 1300 artworks consisting mainly of works by Swedish-speaking Finns. Three areas form the core of Pro Artibus’ work: art collecting, supporting artistic work, and facilitating access to art.
Pro Artibus Foundation engages in wide-ranging information and education work on visual art in the form of exhibitions, publications, public occasions, collaborative projects and other art events. The Foundation operates throughout Swedish-speaking Finland, but with three centres: Vaasa, Ekenäs and Helsinki. The old power plant in Ekenäs houses an office and exhibition spaces, along with a conservator’s studio. In Ekenäs Pro Artibus also has an artist’s residence, Snäcksund, with two separate residency venues: The Villa and The Croft. Pro Artibus runs Sinne, a space for contemporary art, at Iso Roobertinkatu 16 in Helsinki. In Vaasa the Foundation has an artist’s residence and an art-education collaboration with the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies at Åbo Akademi University – Vasa. Furthermore, the Foundation arranges travelling exhibitions in Finland and the other Nordic countries.
The Foundation is a member of the Finnish Museums Association, KULTA ry – a Central Organization for Finnish Culture and Arts Associations, Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations, and Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).