Restructuring of Taike’s arts councils continues – attend our open info briefing

This spring, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) have continued preparing for the restructuring of Taike’s arts councils. The background to the restructuring is the external evaluation of Taike (Agency Taking Shape) published in 2021, the related hearings and the opinion rounds held in autumn 2023.

The planned restructuring is in response to, among other things, the increased workload of the arts councils and the uneven distribution of work, as well as the need for greater flexibility and better management of situations involving conflicts of interest. International models of decision structures have also been investigated. The restructuring is part of legislative reform that will merge Taike and the National Audiovisual Institute.

In the new structure, all decisions regarding artists based on peer evaluations will be made within a single Arts and Culture Council instead of by separate arts councils. Grant decisions will be prepared by review panels assembled from a pool of experts that will evaluate applications and review applicants. Each pool of experts will comprise approximately 200 members, and the panels will be assembled on a case-by-case basis.

Ensuring decision-making based on peer reviews remains essential in the new structure. Peer reviewers will continue to both evaluate and decide on artist grants.

Participate in online info briefing

Taike organised three roundtable discussions for stakeholders in May and is organising an online info briefing on the subject on Monday 17 June from 12:30 to 13:30.

The restructuring is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2026. You can monitor the progress of the restructuring on the Taike website (in Finnish).

Further information

Henri Terho, Head of Arts Support, [email protected], t. +358 295 330 901