FORUM BOX is a non-profit artist-run gallery and a co-operative society, which was initiated in 1996 by sculptor Kain Tapper (1930–2004). Its main purpose is to maintain an art space in Helsinki and thus enrich and support the Finnish cultural life. Currently Forum Box co-op has more than 80 artist members, all of whom are prominent Finnish artists and actors in the field of contemporary art.
The Forum Box building is owned by the city of Helsinki. Formerly a cold storage room, the space was renovated by the artists themselves in the years 1998–99. The renovation was designed by the architect and professor Juhani Pallasmaa. Forum Box was opened in June 1999 with an exhibition by Anthony Caro and Richard Serra organised together with Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.
Forum Box aims to be a space open for all forms of art. We present contemporary artists, both Finnish and international, established and emerging ones. Our open call is every spring. Each month an art exhibition is organized, plus several art and cultural events – meetings with the exhibiting artists, performances, live-art happenings and concerts along with theatre and dance performances.
The gallery space can be hired for private occasions such as weddings, birthdays, seminars, meetings and also for events (concerts, theatre, performances etc.)