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18.01.2021 – 07.02.2021

Feminist Leadership 2

Open call


UrbanApa continues with the platform for feminist leadership

The Finnish art field suffers from inequality and discriminatory structures. Structural change is slow and difficult, many actions must be at the same time. One way to advance inclusion, equality and diversity of the arts is to move towards feminist leadership.

In spring 2021 UrbanApa produces the second edition of the platform for feminist leadership. The platform is based on peer learning and it aims to support participants in their own work and attempts to practice feminist leadership. The frame for learning consists of six workshops that intend to allow broader contemplation on feminist tools, leadership and structures. The goal is to summon artists to share and discuss, to empower, to increase understanding of structures and their limitations, and to provide tools for more feminist and inclusive practices, as well as to collectively dream about potential futures.

We all have know-how to share. By gathering, and bringing that know-how forth, we create the platform for feminist leadership together.

The workshops will be held once a month (Feb-May 2021, one weekend in Fall 2021). The duration of each session is five hours (incl. lunch break), which consists of a lecture, a primer or introduction of the topic, and the follow-up exercises and discussions. The participants shall also reserve some time for independent work outside the workshops (reading articles and reflecting); either individually, or together with other participants. We hope that the participants commit to attending the platform.

The platform is facilitated by Sonya Lindfors, Olga Palo and Aliisa Talja. In addition the sessions will have guest lecturers and facilitators.

Tentative topics

Tentative topics include:

What is feminist leadership? How to redefine leadership?

  • Frictions and fictions – How to work in more feminist ways within hierarchical structures?
  • Power and responsibility – influence and wellbeing
  • Conflicts and solving them
  • Taste and vision – whose vision guides collective work?
  • Facilitation – how to create circumstances for learning and collaboration?
  • Inclusivity and diversity – safer spaces
  • Leadership and dreaming – what could the future art field be like?
  • Communication as leadership – what could feminist communication culture be like?

Are you interested?

We are searching for a diverse group of artists, who work with directing, facilitating, curating or leadership in one way or another, and are interested in feminist ways of working. In case we receive loads of applications, we aim to choose participants who form a diverse, multivoiced group and prioritise applicants who don’t have access to similar content at the moment.

Send a CV + a short motivation letter (max. half A4), where you tell:

  1. What are you working with and how?
  2. Why/how are you interested in feminist ways of working?
  3. What kind of tools do you need and how do you hope to make use of the platform (for example for networking, as a support in a specific process, to internalise specific knowledge…)?
  4. Do the workshop dates suit you? Note! We hope that the participants can attend at least five out of six sessions.

Title your email PLATFORM FOR FEMINIST LEADERSHIP II / OPEN CALL double check that all attachments have your name and content info on them.

Send your application to by 7.2.2021

You will hear from us by 21.2.2021.

Participation fee is 50€. Note! It is not possible to enroll to just one/few workshops.

(If the fee causes trouble, don’t hesitate to let us know! Let’s think of a solution together.)

Apply by 7.2.2021
Send your application to

Where and when?

The platform starts as an online-meeting in Zoom, but we will try to meet irl as soon as possible. Venue TBA (in Helsinki).


The first meetings will be held remotely. There will be more information about the accessibility of the spaces once the venues have been confirmed.


Dates for spring 2021:

Sun 28.2.2021 11am — 4pm (orientation) | Zoom

Sat 20.3.2021 11am — 4pm

Sun 18.4.2021 11am — 4pm

Mon 17.5.2021 (Stop Hatred Now) evening, TBA

Sat 22.5.2021 11am — 4pm

Dates for autumn 2021:

One weekend, TBA during the spring meetings.

UrbanApa is an anti-racist and intersectionally feminist art platform whose purpose is to create space for multivoiced feminist and communal art making. Multivoiced feminist working means that we do not aim at a consensus. There must be space for new viewpoints and experiences, but the atmosphere must also remain respectful, safe and inclusive. Read the ethical guidelines of the platform here:–k16ZQfgs5YLS-T43d/view