FINLANDart centre Saksala ArtRadiusSaksala ArtRadius is a shrine to living artistsKaren Kerkhoven – art in motion - Australia • artist-in-residence • AllaprimA MuseuM • FOAM sculpture park • art projects • symposiums • forest-LABYRINTH • art education centre • children’s forest • art courses and workshops • virtual art gallery • gallery AbOVO Rural Retreat, Utopian Revival, Urban Incubator
location of the art centreFinland is the northernmost country of the European Union and has a long border with Russia.The population is 5.500.000 and the size is 338.000 km² (3x Ohio)Finland is wellknown by its high technology, the excellent education system and is one of the least corrupt countries of the world.Finland has an industrial economy based on abundant forest resources, capital investments, and high technology. Traditionally, Finland has been a net importer of capital to finance industrial growth; in recent years it has become a net exporter of capital. Finland has one of the best performing economies in the EU and Europe. (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3238.htm)The art centre is in the Eastern part of Finland about 200 km from the Russian border (400 km from St Petersburg and 250 km from Helsinki)The so called ‘lake district’ has about 87.000 lakes and Haukivuori is situated near Lake Kyyvesi.The village Haukivuori has 2.300 inhabitants and since January 1st 2007 it is part of the regional capital Mikkeli (40 km South)The art centre is situated on Saksalanharju a ridge on top of the biggest monolith of Europe. The area is fruitful and already early in history people start to settle.Saksala area was owned by the Russian officer Hjalmar Bondsdorff, he sold the area in 1913 to the municipal of HaukivuoriThe main building is build in 1920 as a rural old people’s home.In 2003 the Dutch artist Marja de Jong has started the art centre Saksala ArtRadius in the old buildings.Around the art centre are fields, orchards, forests and the distance to lake is about 4 kilometres.This rural area has no heavy industry.Agriculture and forestry are the main activities.Mikkeli is the governmental centre and there are universdities, Higher Vocational Education and other education.The cultural level is high and during summer there are many festivals in the field of music, opera, ballet, theater and art exhibitions.The summer is warm and sunny with long days.The winter is cold and there is always snow.
The ridge Saksalanharju is situted on the biggest monolith of Europe.Rregistration number:MOR-Y06-049Types: drumlinHeight: 168 meterLength: 5 499 meterWidth: 1 600 meterSaksalanharju is together with the originalvillage of Haukivuori = Haukivuori kirkonkyläan official protected nature heritage,because of the drumlin, the landscape andthe historical value.The area on the monolith and around is full ofswamps and still peat cutting is important.The swamp fields are remarkable areas inthe landscape. When the roots of old treesare put on piles it gives a mysterious feeling.In the swamps in Tuulimiemi are the anualvolleyball games.Agriculture and forestry are the mainactivities on Saksalanharhuju.The hill is one of most fruitfully of the area.
CONCEPT OF THE ART CENTERCONCEPT OF THE ART CENTER PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY ART EDUCATION ART ARTISTS FREE TIME SYMPOSIUMS ART CULTURAL EXHIBITIONS ART & BUSINESS TOURISM
CONTENT OF THE ART CENTERCONTENT OF THE ART CENTER FLY IN THE SKY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE OpeArtEdu TAIDEKIRPPUJEN YÖ student-in-residence NATURALLY ART HAUKIVUORI MUISTOISAMME SOJOURN IN WHITE MASTER CLASSES AND CONCERTS & RECITALS CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU RESIDENCIES ART AND PUPPET THEATRE ART EDUCATION TRIANGLE ROCK CULTURAL EXCHANGE SCHOOLS PAINTING COURSES LESS IS MORE AGAIN VOCAL WORKSHOPS ARTISTS HOMO ERECTUS CERAMIC ORKSHOPS LABYRINTH ART & DANCE FESTIVAL VISITORS FINNISH FOREST SOURCE OF ART PAINTING FESTIVALS CHILDREN’S LABYRINTH SNOW SCULPTING ART ARS•NATURA CHILDREN’S FOREST HK 62º LATITUDE ABC VIA•ARS•NATURA ALLAPRIMA MUSEUM ART-BUSINESS the way to art and nature FOAM SCULPTURE PARK RURAL ART VILLAGE forest-LABYRINTH CONNECTION SAKSALANHARJU ART RENT TRAINEE PLACE
art centre• atelier • AllaprimA MuseuM• building • symposiums • residence• main room
atelier (attic) outside area work spaces library room withwork spaces (basement) wireles internet access
around the art centreLABYRINTH SCULPTURE PARK in the front yard SCULPTURE PARK in the fields
lucien den arend behrouz rae -basement marie-julie jacquet behrouz rae - attic jolanda schouten ilse van den berk kiril prashkovsojourn in whiteilse van den berkbehrouz rae jaak hillen exhibition space jean-christophe piette roland de jong-orlando eva häkkinen
meetings with local community and officialsprogram & activities meetings with experts concerts and recitals winter events excursionsmeals together meetings with regional artists
workshops in secondary school Haukivuori artist cassie thornton -future unincorporated - OpeArtEdu – school project art education artist and art teacherartists meeting with Marja de JongMatti Karttunen director Mikkeli Museums different schools in MikkeliKirsimaria Törrönen-Ripatti chairman regional Arts CouncilprojectSOJOURN IN WHITEartistsIlse ban den BerkBehrouz RaeClaire WatsonThis project is selected intoTransCultural Exchange Conference in Boston 2009shows of this project are in Finland, Australia, USA, theNetherlands and other countriesNew artists can be invited to participateSaksala ArtRadius has started cooperation with Russian art education symposiums in cooperation withart and art education organizations regional Arts Council and international artistsexhibition St. Petersburg Russiascale models Lucien den Arend art symposiums with international artistis winter evenings with the neighbors of Saksala ArtRadius
Environment as Inspiration projects and programs artist-in-residence symposiums forest-LABYRINTH sojourn in white crossroads SAKSALANHARJU RURAL CROSSROADSMASTER CLASSES AND RESIDENCIES ART AND ART EDUCATION VIA.ARS.NATURA, the way to art and nature ARS.NATURA - Mikkelipuisto RURAL ART VILLAGE SAKSALANHARJU OpeArtEdu taidekirppujen yö children’s forest children’s LABYRINTH
artist’s reflection on rural environment claire watson – australia ilse van den berk – the netherlandsmelanie fitzmaurice – australiajean-christophe piette – franceshona macpherson-uk tiina mielonen - finlandpedro jaime riva - argentina hanrie van heerden – south africatessa androutsopoulos - greece marijke bongers – the netherlands
symposiums less is more 2005brigitte sasshofer austria behrouz rae fereshte moosavi iran janina rudnicka poland source of art 2008 kiril prashkov bulgaria jaak hillen belgium veli blakçori kosovo varol topaç rumen dimitrov bulgaria ton kalle turkey the netherlands homo erectus 2006 varol topaç turkey marijke bongers yildiz guner turkey the netherlands mari shields usa/nl roland de jong-orlando the netherlands louche rumenia
forest-LABYRINTHulrika sparre sweden irene anton germany a place for unexpected artistic experiences for artists, visitors and children irene anton germany varol topaç turkey marijke bongers the netherlands behrouz rae iran
global project Here, There and Everywhere: Anticipating the Future of Art sojourn in white international collaboration project artist-in-residence accepted into TransCultural Exchange Boston USA martti karttunen director mikkeli museums kirsimaria törönen-ripatti chairman regional arts council curator claire watson australia artists behrouz rae iran shows ilse van den berk the netherlands 1.-31.5.2008 AllaprimA MuseuM art centre Saksala ArtRadius Haukivuori - Finland 1.11.-7.12.2008 Cowwarr Art Space Cowwarr – Victoria - Australia 13.12.2008 - 24.1.2009 Maffra Exhibition Space Maffra - Victoria – Australia artists at work April 2009 Trans CulturalExchangeThis project has been funded by Saksala ArtRadius, TransCultural Exchange USA, AllaprimA Foundation NL Boston USA
RURAL CROSSROADS collaborative project for international artists and residenciesMAIN OBJECTIVES-co-operation between art residency partners from different European countries at site specific, rural rock environs-European network to investigate and exchange, collaborate and produce international multidisciplinary dialogue-cultural knowledge and understanding of peripheral regions through new forms of art based on authentic landscapevalues and cultural diversity-cultural rural identity in a globalizing and urbanizing world-transnational collaboration and new forms of expression and communication-share, exchange and strengthen cultural identity of youth in these regionsTURKEY SPAIN FINLANDThe environment of Cappadocia (Central The natural environment of the high Catalan The national heritage SAKSALANHARJU-Turkey) is part of the Silk Road and a unique Pyrenees Mountains - defined by woods with both KIRKONKYLÄ, located on the biggestshaped landscape with historical decorated conifers and deciduous trees, hay fields, steep monolith of Europe, is an ancientrock churches and pigeon houses cut in pastures and craggy rocks - combines with the settlement site. Saksala is an oldvolcanic tufa stone. Cappadocia is an authenticity of the cultural, architectural and neighborhood with tranquil landscape,UNESCO world heritage site with open-air social heritage. Farrera is the highest village in designed with fields, forests and lake.museums like underground cities and the Coma de Burg and the first of many written The authentic rural area has a pure andauthentic historical villages, where references to Farrera’s existence dates back over traditional culture, based on agricultureinhabitants still live the farmer life of 1,000 years, but the original human settlement and forestry. The main village Haukivuorihundreds of years ago. was undoubtedly founded well before then. has now a days a multicultural mix ofhttp://www.arefs.org/projects/triangle-rock-project.html inhabitants.
VIA.ARS.NATURA, the way to art and natureOBJECTIVES-develop new facilities and actions in the countryside-develop a network of people living near old (historic) routes in the hinterland of the main roads-co-operation with professional (international) artists- (international) visitors and travelers with cultural and ecological interests lucien den arend - dordrecht - nl VISION -nationally and internationally significant artworks along old (historic) routes and paths in the countryside -art works grown or made from the ingredients/elements of, or specifically related to the landscape and geology of the area -use of different components, like forests, plants, peat, earth, rock(s) and water tovisualize the characteristics of nature and authentic roads in South-East Finland -improve bio-diversity and to create new habitats and utilize green and sustainable processes for procurement and methods of working -strategy to strengthen the cultural and natural image of the rural area - executed in different parts over a period of years http://www.arefs.org/projects/via-ars-natura.html This project will be part of the RURAL ART VILLAGE SAKSALANHARJU development
ARS•NATURA– pilot project MIKKELIPUISTO and SAKSALANHARJU -MikkelipuistoMikkelipuisto Park is an entity under construction right near the centre of Mikkeli, and the aim is to turn it into theleading centre for horticultural tourism in Eastern Finland. In the park join the areas varied nature, the recreationareas and the model gardens planned and built by companies. Together these will constitute a high-class visitingattraction for amateurs, professionals, and tourists. The total area of the park that will develop on the lands of thetown amounts to 42 hectares. Kari HuhtamoSaksala ArtRadiusArt centre Saksala ArtRadius has the expertise for organizing art symposiums, art commissions and art programs forprofessional artists. There is a growing international network of art organizations in which Saksala ArtRadiusparticipates. The art centre is also a pioneer of innovative art and cultural tourism. The organization is developing acombination of programs, tenders, projects and events in the field of art and culture for a range of target groups ofdifferent cultures and ages. The location on Saksalanharju is becoming a unique cultural area and a meeting point forlocal and regional people and international visitors for involvement with art, artists, and art activities. The art centre iscreating the tools for improving the cultural reputation of the whole region. http://www.arefs.org/projects/mikkelipuisto-saksalanharju.htmlThis project has started in 2009 and will continue in 2010
OpeArtEduinternational art education project in cooperation with Mikkeli schools partners: Etelä-Savon Taidetoimikunta FIN education department Mikkeli city FIN art centre Saksala ArtRadius FIN CKV de KUNSTLINIE Almere NL OpeArtEdu is a project to increase the professional artistic skills of teachers, educators and consultants and to develop the curriculum of art education. In the project are art education symposiums –NATURALLY ART-, a program with teachers of Mikkeli schools and a lecture and workshop program in cooperation with CKV de KUNSTLINIE ALMERE NL artists in the artist-in-residence program can participate in the project This project has been funded by Etelä-Savon Taidetoimikunta, the AllaprimA Foundation NL, Mikkeli Kaupunki (dep education)
TAIDEKIRPPUJEN YÖ annual art fair HAUKIVUORI The TAIDEKIRPPUJEN YÖ is an annual art fair in Haukivuori. The program is based on a various offer of artistic presentations in the field of visual art, music, performances and theater for all ages. Artists in the artist-in-residence program can participate in the program. MAMI WATA LABYRINTH DISCOVERING ANCIENT BEAR CULTThis project has beensupported by MikkelinKaupunki, Haukivuorenluejohtokunta, Etelä-SavonTaidetoimikunta BLUE TRANE JAZZ BAND
children’s forestThe children’s forest is a developing area in the yard of Saksala ArtRadius. Onseveral places children can build their own constructions to play in it. The intentionis to create a world where children of different cultures can exchange theirexperiences of building. The children’s forest will be a permanent area to play, towork, to change and to construct.Together with artists new ideas can develop.Artists in the artist-in-residence program can participate in the project.This project has been funded by Arts Council Finland,
CHILDREN’S -LABYRINTHdavid kochavi - israel mark walter - canada blue-grey part = location children’s labyrinth nadia zubareva - russia workshops during the symposium rumen dimitrov - bulgaria
• tourism in cooperation with artists cooperation• Etelä-Savo • Mikkeli Polytechnic Arts Council in cooperation in the field projects with of technology art and art education State Art and Design • cooperation and Academy St Petersburg exchange between -Russia and Finland• the local school in • MAAKUNTALIITTO cooperation support in the field of with artists the development cultural tourism • RurACT Cross-border• Mikkeli rural interaction Municipal in between South-East cooperation Finland and with art St.Petersburg region education, tourism, and sculpture park • cooperation in the artist- in-residence project with the School for• AllaprimA Higher Vocational Foundation Education with art education
PUBLICATIONS.Books published by art centreSaksala ArtRadius, and availableby the web and in the art shop.In production the catalog:CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU.It is the intention to publish morebooks about projects whichhave taken place in the artcenter.