Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.
Oksasenkatu 11 is an artist-run gallery and an artist collective located in the district of Töölö in central Helsinki. The collective consists of nine artists with diverse practices but with a shared interest in working outside of the established and institutionalised art world. Today there is a growing need of gaining a certain sovereignty back to the artists themselves, and Oksasenkatu is our humble attempt for this direction. In this sense Oksasenkatu tries to maintain a critical distance and independency, and to focus instead in collaboration. The object is to create a space for conversation and offer artists an opportunity to react to what’s happening in their surroundings and get their thoughts and works visible more easily in the current conditions.
Since 2011, Ptarmigan has partnered with Oksasenkatu, based on their common sentiments regarding cultural dialogue in Helsinki. Ptarmigan is now a project of Oksasenkatu 11, which is now a project of Ptarmigan. The physical space has served as a location for Ptarmigan-curated events as well as a merging of the two communities.