The purpose for this ‘Call for Writings’ is to collect life stories for my Master’s thesis. I am a student of Cultural Policy in the University of Jyväskylä. My research entails collecting information about the positionality that artists with disabilities and Deaf artists have within art and culture field. The aim of my study is to get information about what people with disabilities are experiencing regarding potential career opportunities and challenges as it relates to their careers as artists. The purpose is to ultimately provide the community of arts at large with proposals for better practices and to promote the equality of artists with disabilities.

This study focuses on artists who live in Finland and their stories, derived from all fields of artistry such as; visual art, music, literature, theatre, circus, dance, performance art, comics and film. You can submit your story also if you are student in the arts sector and your aim is to work as an artist. In addition, you can send your story even if you have already stopped working as an artist. What is important is that you are either currently working, have worked in the past, or plan to work in the future primarily as an artist.

With this said, I kindly request for you to write a free-form story about how you became an artist and what it has been like to work as an artist. You can write it in English, Finnish or Swedish. If you can’t or prefer not to write, you can also send me a recording or a video in which you tell your story. I can also possibly arrange to visit with you in person and record your story or write it down. In this case, please contact me if you would like to tell your story by other means than writing.

Submit your story by July 1st, 2018 via online form:

Please also fill in the separate background information form:

You can read the whole Call for writings on

Please contact;
Outi Salonlahti
+358 40 584 2734
International Master’s Degree Programme in Cultural Policy
The University of Jyväskylä

The video is subtitled.

Thanks for Armi Javier and Eero Salonlahti for help!

Picture sources:

Papunet’s picture bank,
Sergio Palao / CATEDU, Paxtoncrafts Charitable Trust, Elina Vanninen, Sclera, Elina Vanninen, Emma Kulo, Heidi Ahlström & Sclera, modified by Ritva Hämäläinen Savas.

Pekka Piippo / Hahmo Design

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