Acme Studios — Niko Hallikainen

Supporting Artists since 1972

Niko Hallikainen

Mind the Gap Residency

Niko Hallikainen is a performance poet and novelist born and based in Helsinki. He writes prose in Finnish and performance poetry in English. In his intense and transgressive solo shows, Niko observes the ambivalent intersections of class, sexuality and spirituality, while reading his lyrical writing against ambient soundscapes. Niko’s most prominent performance piece Black Mercedes (2021) is a 5-hour poem written and performed to the televised broadcast of Princess Diana’s funeral. Niko has premiered works in the programmes of Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Flow Festival and Baltic Circle International Theater Festival in Helsinki.

Mind the Gap Residency

Hosted by Acme as part of our 50th anniversary year, the Mind the Gap residency is intended for a Finnish or Finland-based artist facing additional barriers to their artistic practice, and whose practice is aligned to - and would benefit from attendance at and participation in – the 2023 Res Artis conference, Mind the Gap: Designing residencies for everyone.

The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland supports the internationalisation of Finnish contemporary art and helps artists, researchers and social and cultural actors to create international networks. The Institute was founded in 1991 and it is a non-profit, private foundation funded by The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.