Welcome to the Hjelt Foundations
The three Hjelt Foundations were created because of very important events that have considerably influenced my life.
Having lost a child due to Spina Bifida, a most traumatic experience that no family should have to go through, the Bo Hjelt Foundation for Spina Bifida in memory of Madeleine Hjelt was set up to aid research into its’ prevention.
The Bo and Kerstin Hjelt Foundation for research into Diabetes II was set up because, being a diabetic myself, I wanted to contribute to research in this field as it is increasing rapidly worldwide.
Finally, The Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation was created in honour of my parents. I wanted to return to Finland some pieces of art that my Finnish-born father had collected; and to create the Falsterbonaset Open Air Museum in memory of my mother’s happy times in Falsterbo (five bronze statues by the Swedish sculptor Gudmar Olovson).
The Hjelt Foundations’ main objectives are to support scientific research and to work towards the internationalization of Finnish art life.
Design Treats Lecture at Design Museum: Renowned journalist and Decorative Arts Editor of Architectural Digest (AD) Mitchell Owens talks about career, writing and his relationship with Finnish design and architecture. Read more…
The Diabetes Foundation: The application period for next year’s research grants is 15 October to 1 December. Research grants are awarded to applicants at the Medical Faculties of Lund University, Sweden and Geneva University, Switzerland. Read more/apply
Noted New York-based photography critic A.D. Coleman explores his journey into photography at Yrkeshögskolan Arcada in Helsinki. Read more