Artist Talk by Charlotte Walentin on Wednesday 21st of March at 6pm

My work is process based, generally somewhere in between painting and object although I often use drawing as a starting point or a reference. I am interested in the surface of painting, how it may relate to the body and the rest of the room, but also its ability to carry traces of time and process.

I generally try to create a situation there form or concept is put against process.  By using a distinct form or structure, I establish a border or boundary in order to test, bend, disintegrate or undermine it. This strategy is a bit similar to the dramaturgy of horror movies; you need to establish the idyllic setting to be able to  stir it.

I have especially taken an interest in using textile materiality in order to locate a place in between the personal and the artificial, body and object, and, if one wish, the familiar and the strange.

The Unwoven I+II, 2016, Dyed fabric, acrylic glass (1)155 x ø 20 cm (2) 90 x ø 30 cm

You have the opportunity to meet Charlotte during her Artist Talk on Wednesday 21st of March at 6 pm. Very welcome!


Artist Talk by Riku Riippa on Wednesday 14th of March at 6 pm

Riku Riippa is a sculptor from Kälviä. He is a former student of the Nordic Art School and has graduated from Academy of Art in Helsinki 2003. He has exhibited all around Finland.

                                       Ceramics, 2015                                     Plaster, 2013

You are very welcome to meet the artist on Wednesday 14th of March at 6 pm.

Link to web-page: Riku Riippa


Artist Talk by Meri Linna and Tilda Dalunde on Wednesday 7th of March at 6pm

PROJECT RETREAT 10th - 19th of February 2018

- Retreat is a project that examines the absence of light through the context of visual art -

During 10 days at the Retreat in the Nordic Art School, the Swedish artist Tilda Dalunde was examining how the absence of light was affecting the use of her language in writing. 

Tilda wrote down some thoughts before entering the room:
How will my thinking and writing be effected by the absence of light? Who am I without everything my eyes let into my brain and the safety of being able to judge my surroundings with sight? What will want to be written? What will come after the boredom, that I’m sure comes first, as a result of the absence of distractions: no computer, no phone, no book, no knitting, nothing to see? Who am I in that situation? With only a pen and a paper in the dark.

You can read more about Tildas thoughts on going in to the room at www.minnesbeta.wordpress.com

At the Artist Talk on the 7th of February Tilda and Meri will tell about, and go through the details of the accomplished project.

You are very welcome!


Artist Talk by Sonia Hedstrand on Wednesday 14th of February at 6 pm

Sonia Hedstrand is a Swedish artist who works with video, photography, text and performance.  Alumn from Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, 2012. Master in Fine Arts from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm 2011. Takes part in several artist run initiatives and collaborations such as Nollywood Hustlers, The Drinking Brothers, The Unsecurity Principle and 0s+1s Collective. Freelancing writer in the essay format, as well as a teacher and lecturer at several art schools and universities in Sweden and abroad. www.soniahedstrand.se

You have the opportunity to meet Sonia during her Artist Talk on Wednesday 14th of February at 6 pm. Very welcome!


Viikonloppukurssi: Piirustus ja kollaasi

3 viikonloppua: 23-25.2, 2-4.3, 10-11.3
Kurssimaksu 90€

Artist Talk by Tilda Dalunde on Wednesday 7th of February at 6 pm

Tilda Dalunde (SE) is having her Artist Talk on Wednesday 7th of February. Warmly welcome!

Artist Statement:

I see art as a negotiation with reality; a way of understanding, but also the realisation that understanding always brings up more questions. My work starts as a way of questioning the world of today and where we humans fit into it. I often let historical events and scientific theories form a base when I investigate what is, and what could have been. I'm interested in the balances between beauty and disgust and the balance between obvious and vague.

Through subjects as diverse as the global natural disaster of 536 CE, Charles Darwin's relationship with islands, and my grandmother's disappearance into the world of dementia, I want to tell stories by presenting fragments. I'm fascinated by the idea that these fragments can be put together as a whole inside of a observer, that this is the creation of the finished artwork and that it only exists there, inside that particular observer.

I use a variety of materials and techniques, but my way of working always originates from exploring, rather than inventing meaning. An important part of this exploration is to approach and get to know new materials. I usually choose materials quite early in the process and the materials thereby become part of the limitations I give myself, but it also makes them co-authors of the story I tell. During research and experimentation new questions and thoughts emerge that in time will form the new base for my next project.

Artist Talk keskiviikkona 31.1 klo 18: Juhani Järvinen

Juhani Järvinen on Helsingistä lähtöisin oleva kuvataiteilija joka 1970-luvulla opiskeli nykyisessä Kuvataideakatemiassa. Häntä kiinnostaa taidehistoria ja tämä kiinnostus näkyy ainakin viitteenomaisesti hänen tekemisissään kautta aikojen.

Juhani lähti Helsingistä heti koulutuksen jälkeen, koska ei pitänyt ajatuksesta, että suhdeverkostolla olisi merkitystä taiteen tekijälle. Myöhemmin hän on kuitenkin huomannut, että taiteilijan ammatti on sellainen professio, jota on vaikea ymmärtää ilman kontakteja muihin.

Grafiikka, Italian arkkitehtuuri

Veistos, Goottilainen pyhäinjäännöslipas

Juhanin tapaat keskiviikkona 31.1, jolloin hän pitää Artist Talk -luennon klo 18:00 Pohjoismaisessa taidekoulussa. Tervetuloa!

Linkki kotisivuille: Juhani Järvinen


Artist Talk keskiviikkona 24.1 klo 18:00: Sofia Wilkman

Sofia Wilkman, syntynyt 1956 Helsingissä, työskentelee ensisijaisesti taidemaalarina. Hänen töitään löytyy keskeisimmistä suomalaisista kokoelmista mm. Kiasma, Amos Andersonin taidemuseo, Suomen Valtio ym.

 Room III, 2005, 160x180cm acrylic

Sofian tapaat keskiviikkona 24.1, jolloin hän pitää Artist Talk -luennon klo 18:00 Pohjoismaisessa taidekoulussa. Tervetuloa!


Artist Talk keskiviikkona 17.1 klo 18: Sandra Flores

Sandra Flores asuu Meksikossa mutta on tällä hetkellä Artist in Residency -jaksolla Kokkolan Drake Art Centerissä.

Sandra on arkkitehti joka on opiskellut antropologiaa pääaineeksi. Tämä yhdistelmä on saanut Sandran tutkimaan ja paljastamaan kaupunkiympäristöjä. Hän havannoi kaupunkialueita ja luo kirjontaa näiden kulttuuristen näköhavaintojen tuloksena.

Teosten dynamiikka toteutuu kävelemällä näillä alueilla, tarkoituksena muistaa aistikuvia ja  yksityiskohtia paikoista. Nämä graafiset yksityiskohdat ja muodot ikuistetaan kirjoamalla ne kankaille.

Sandran tapaat keskiviikkona 17.1, jolloin hän pitää Artist Talk -luennon klo 18:00 Pohjoismaisessa taidekoulussa. Tervetuloa!