The association

Rajataide is an art association founded in 1996 by visual artists and art workers from Tampere, Finland. Rajataide association runs a non-profit gallery space called Rajatila which focuses on contemporary art. In the same building as the gallery, Rajataide has a bookshop called Laitapuoti that sells works from self- and small publishers. Additionally, together with Tampere City Cultural Services, Rajataide maintains a gallery space called Muuntotila at the Lielahti Manor in Hiedanranta.

Rajataide is dedicated to improving the facilities for artistic work by organizing peer learning events and maintaining a media art work-space for artists’ use. Rajataide promotes the visibility of contemporary art and takes part in local, national and international projects.

In 2019 Rajataide is supported by the City of Tampere, Finnish Cultural Foundation and The Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Open calls

Our open call is currently open! Deadline 15th of December 2019.
We have applied for funding to cover the full costs for exhibitions in 2020. At the highest the exhibition fees in 2020 will be 685€ for the full space, 465€ for the space upstairs and 220€ for the space downstairs.

Gallery Rajatila is located in Hämeenpuisto, Tampere. The exhibition program consists of a diverse selection of interesting contemporary art. In particular we promote the visibility of artists that are in the early stages of their careers. The gallery consists of two exhibition spaces that can be used together or separately. The space upstairs (approx. 60m2) is bright and light with large windows. The space downstairs (approx. 30m2) has no windows and all of the surfaces have been painted black.

Instructions for applying
We will only accept applications via e-mail. Exhibiting artists are chosen by a jury comprising of members of the association. Fees for the space will be determined by the support we receive and will be kept as small as possible or removed completely.

Each exhibition period is three weeks excluding certain national holidays. We have reserved two days for setting up the exhibition. The artist is responsible for setting up and taking down the exhibition as well as for the costs of transport, printing a small amount of posters and vernissage. The gallery does not insure the exhibited artworks.

You can apply for an exhibition with an informal application. The application must include the following:

  • contact information (address, phone number, e-mail)
  • an exhibition proposal
  • which space you are applying for (upstairs, downstairs or both)
  • pictures or sketches of the artworks and the techniques, sizes and years of the pieces
  • 3-5 photos of your most recent works and the techniques, sizes and years of the pieces
  • alternatively a preview link for any video material
  • Resume
  • your preference for the time period of the exhibition

The application should be sent as one PDF document, maximum size 3MB. Please submit your application to: rajataide.haku (a) gmail.com, with the subject line “Application for an exhibition”.

Additional info
Floor plan of the space upstairs
Floor plan of the space downstairs
Pictures of the gallery
Our logos


Rajataide has worked for the benefit of contemporary art for more than 20 years. The association is a non-profit and its work is made possible by the volunteer work and support of its members, as well as grants, aids and donations. Rajataide offers two kinds of memberships: regular memberships for artists and cultural workers, and supporting memberships for other individuals and organizations.   

By participating actively as a regular member, you can influence what kind of projects and events we arrange, increase your knowledge on the art field and network with other artists. As a supporting member you will help to ensure that artists’ voices are heard and enable the realization of the events and projects that are not part of the core functions of the gallery.

Apply for a membership
For the regular membership, fill and send in the membership application that can be found below. When applying online, fill in the form on your computer and send it with your resume and 3-5 pictures of your works to pj@rajataide.fi with the subject line: MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION. 


When joining as a supporting member, you can send an informal application to pj@rajataide.fi with the subject line APPLICATION FOR A SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP. You can also send your application by post to the address: Galleria Rajatila / Rajataide ry:n hallitus, Hämeenpuisto 10, 33210 Tampere. You can also fill an application at the gallery. As a supporting member you will receive info about our ongoing projects and exhibitions, an annual greeting from the chair of the association and a 10% discount on purchases of artwork from the gallery.

Membership fees 2019
regular membership 25 €/year
supporting membership, private person 45 €/year
supporting membership, organizations 100 €/year
supporting membership, businesses 300 €/year

Further information about memberships


Raja-asema is a small work-space for visual artists suitable for video editing and layout making. The provided equipment and programs meet the basic requirements of a visual artist. Raja-asema can be reserved for an affordable fee. It is available during the regular opening times of the gallery (Mon-Fri 13-18 and Sat-Sun 12-16), excluding the periods reserved for setting up an exhibition and other occasional events. We do our best to ensure a peaceful environment for working, but occasionally there might be members of the association working in the same room.

You can reserve Raja-asema via telephone (+358 41 523 2992) or via email (yhdistys[a]rajataide.fi). A precondition for making the reservation is that you must have basic knowledge on how to use the software and equipment. If there are any problems, you can get limited support from us, but this is only offered according to our available resources. The fees can be paid by card or cash at the start of your rental period.

Rental fees
Members of the association: 10€ per day and 35€ per week
Non-members: 15€ per day and 55€ per week

Contact us

Hämeenpuisto 10
FI-33210 Tampere

Chair of the board

Exhibition secretary

Applications for open calls


Laitapuoti -bookshop