30.9.2021 - 30.9.2021

AARG – Art and the Rural Gathering

Various environments



AARG is a gathering hosted once a year. It concentrates on themes and phenomena around contemporary art and the countryside.

AARG 2021

AARG 2021 is part of the exhibition programme of Gustafsson & Haapoja exhibition Pigs. The gathering discusses how the legislation enables the invisibility of the animal industry and what kind of ways it could be changed. Invited speakers are activist Kristo Muurimaa, researchers Birgitta Walhberg and Galina Kallio. Moderator Laura Gustafsson.

Gathering is live broadcasted on the 30th of September at 1.30pm to 4pm. The link will be on this page.

For questions about the event contact art producer Pii Anttila.

AARG 2020

AARG was a platform for discussion and a place of coming together for art institutions, curators and other art professionals whose work is concentrated in the countryside. The program guidelines of the Kunsthalle Seinäjoki draw from the questions and phenomena arising from the countryside and urban-rural interface. The Kunsthalle run the rural art development project Mullistaja in 2017 – 2019, in which models of co-operation were molded and have been later developed. AARG continues the work that began in the project. Networking, sharing of concerns, development and mutual support by building up productive relationships is the overall plan of the AARG.Learning from others what’s new in the countryside and in the rural arts creates more creative area development planning and perhaps even new funding models for contemporary art in the rural areas.

The first AARG was hosted as a live broadcast on December 10th 2020 in collaboration with the Finnish Art Promotion Centre, Frame Contemporary Arts Finland, Viborg Kunsthal (DK), Havre Magasinet (SE), Morning Boat (UK), Askeaton Contemporary Arts (IR), Rejmyre Art Lab (SE), curator Taru Elfving and curator Yvonne Billimore.