In brief

Vaste principles

There are variables and invariables in the formula of how Vaste operates. The variables are the members of the co-operative and the art forms they work with, the clients and the collaborator. Also the contexts and interest groups change and vary a great deal. The set invariable is the idea of a better world with value base built through art and arts-based thinking by the wide-ranging expertise of the artists.  

Background and experience

VASTE is in the year 2016 established co-operative of Lahti based artists and creative practitioners. VASTE offers art, art pedagogy, applied art and communication services, commissioned art, context art and transformative design services. The value principles of the coop’s operation are ethical sustainability, creating meaningfulness and sharing experiences by action and interaction between people. In Finnish language “vaste” means “support”, “reaction”, “counterpart” or “correlation”. These terms describe aptly the nature of partnership VASTE aims to offer. The coop gets its aspiration from a scenario where the world is equal, unobstructed, tolerant, broad-minded, humane and creative.

The objectives of VASTE are described in the official rules of the cooperative as follows:

  • Art and culture co-operative VASTE practices trade on various fields of art and culture in order to advance and promote the employment of artists.
  • The main sectors of trade activity are artistic creating, providing and marketing cultural services, applying art to non-artistic industries, knowledge creation and research.
  • In addition to above VASTE offers advice, expertise and training on pedagogy, exhibition and event activity, sales of artwork and publishing on the areas of artistic and creative work.
  • Operation of VASTE may also be any other legal trade.

From the year 2019 to now VASTE has executed 28 projects and during its existence 132 projects in total. The projects range from art policy consultation to commissioned artworks, art courses and workshops for all age groups, art methods for action research and academic projects, applied arts in health care units etc. The clients vary from the public sector (City of Lahti, Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing) and governmental sector (National Board of Education), institutions (regional Art Museums of Lahti and Jyväskylä, Lappeenranta Technical University) to private sector companies and private people.

In October 2020 VASTE had 14 members and a reasonably wide network of external collaborators in the Päijät-Häme region and Helsinki metropolitan area. The experience of VASTE is based on its members and on the immaterial capital of them. 

Full legal name: Taide- ja kulttuuriosuuskunta VASTE
Acronym: VASTE
National ID: 2759859-1
Address: Hollolankatu 9, 15110 Lahti, Finland
Email: osuuskuntavaste@gmail.com
Telephone: +358 40 515 3693

Vaste Response, correlative, counterpart, reaction