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.

Open call: Wednesday 7 February 2024.

Application deadline: Monday 8 April 2024.

London commission: January–April 2025.




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’s 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.

For further information please email