Mickaëlle’s road book

French artist Mickaelle Delame participated in Peat symposium held in Kankaanpää Finland, spring 2018. Check out her amazing road book video!


Creative workshop and exchange experiences from Kankaanpää, Finland

From August 19 to 22, representatives of the Rural Partnership Lielupe, Music and Arts Schools of Jelgava Local Municipality and Salgale in Ozolnieki Municipality (Latvia) participated in the events of the Art Week within LEADER International Cooperation Project “Rural Art (He-A.R.T)” and the experience exchange trip to Kankaanpää, Finland.

The “Buzz and happenings in Kankaanpää” event is organized by the local action group Pohjois-Satakunta in cooperation with Satakunta University of Applied Sciences.

During the visit the participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of the partnership Pohjois-Satakunta, which covers 11 municipalities’ territories (including 3 cities) with 41 733 inhabitants. We visited Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and the Art School Gallery, a recreation place in Karvia created by the famous Finnish singer Anne Mattila, where there is a cafe, a concert venue and a nature trail with various attractions and where there are singer`s paintings exhibited. We were also introduced with the various village community projects, fishing places created by municipalities, active recreation and sports facilities, as well as the Unesco Geopark project https://www.lauhanvuoriregion.fi/ and the Sandbox educational game in geography.

Teachers Anda Silgaile and Anita Antoņeviča organized and managed a creative workshop for children and young people from schools in Kankaanpää.



Even a small rural town needs its social sculpture

Finnish community artist and project researcher, Saija Mustaniemi from Satakunta University of applied sciences visited in June 2018 He-art partners in northern Italy.

Mustaniemi executed applied public art workshops for children, elderly people and for special groups. Mustaniemi also lectured about public and participatory art and its best practices from the region of Kankaanpää, especially themes connected the collection of public art in Kankaanpää, the Circle of art, Taidekehä.

The community artist also gathered material and information for to execute an installation later on in the theme of social sculpture.

Social sculpture is a term of Joseph Beuys, which means of expanding the notion of sculpture to the whole community, for example, the city’s activities. Social sculpture can also refer to a work of art that determines meeting place and brings people together.

A good example of such a work is city well or a fountain. For the original purpose, city well has offered a lifeline to citizens, by handing out clean water. Later, city wells have gained aesthetic and position-definable meanings. From the very beginning, city well has been a notion of urbanism, social comfort, and a symbol of wellbeing.

Within the framework of International Circle of art (he-art) -Leader project, Saija Mustaniemi traveled to Italy in early June 2018, to visit this promised land of city wells and fountains. Also, to explore the best practices of Italian project partners and to explore more deeply symbols and locations of social art.

In the Italian small, rural towns, the Finnish community artist realized repeatedly that Kankaanpää is truly a city of rural art. In Kankaanpää there are a school of art, an art museum, an art gallery, more than 100 public work of art. There are development for participatory art, guiding art, well-being art, art education going on, but a social sculpture, people gathering city well or fountain is missing.

Can a city be a true art city without such a clear and historic monument of urban culture?  Where do people gather, and what can they announce as a common meeting place? Can the city be a true art city without its socially bubbling centerpiece?

Rome has the Fontana di Trevi, Havis Amanda is in Helsinki, the world’s highest fountain can be found in Saudi Arabia, and it sprays water over the Red Sea.

Fountains have always had and still have the potential to bring people together, exert political power and astonish people with new technological innovations.

The story of more social, public art will exceed and continue in rural Kankaanpää…

  • Saija Mustaniemi, community artist, project researcher, SAMK, Fine Art Kankaanpää

Ilona Tala and Santa Jankovska at Emergence Marmande (France) 4th, 5th and 6th may 2018

Ilona Tala, is a young artist just graduated from the Kankaanpää University of Applied Arts (SAMK). She came to Marmande to participate with Emergence and to present her work. For her it was an adventure : the first time she had travelled alone and the first time she participated as a professional artist and not like a student. And it’s probably just a beginning because she’s an emerging artist. During her stay two buyers were interested in pieces exhibited in a gallery in Helsinki.

Santa Jankovska is from Jelgava in Latvia and she is a choreographer. Dancer and choreographer. She manages a group of dancers that performs in Latvia but also in the whole world, so she travels often. She has danced in Italy, France, Germany and even in China. As she is semiprofessional she devotes another part of her time to her work of physiotherapist. It was her first visit to Marmande and she presented a research work to Emergence’s professionals, a choreography in the process of being created.

The group who organize Emergence is constituded by professionals and local cultural actors. They want to share their passion with young amateurs and help them to find their way. The purpose of this action is to allow young people to present their work on stage in optimal conditions and to have advice, criticism and encouragement of professionals from the artistic world.

For this first edition, a dozen young people presented performances of theatre, singing, music and dance. They prepared their presentation, identified the place, they made a rehearsal or balances with the theatre technicians, then, they waited their turn in the backstage as professional artists would have done before a show. They came on stage with apprehension or enthusiasm, some of them with stage fright. Then they revealed their personal universe, through a theater scene, some songs or a choreography. After the show, professionals kindly gave some advice, criticism or encouragement.

It was Ilona Tala who opened the afternoon presenting her work about the place of art in public places at a digital time and how she divert the 3D representation in her sculptures. Her work and her consideration were appreciated. To the question about the use of technology and digital technology in her preparatory approach, she answers that she is at the very beginning of this process, for the moment she represents 3D and modelism physically and figuratively in her sculptures (the lines and points form triangles that join together represent a subject). The next step of her approach is to integrate a 3D software from the start of her research work.

When Santa Jankovska a showed her choreography, the mood was calm, deep and peaceful. She presented a series of movements, a preparatory research of her future show. The professional choreographer noticed immediately the peculiarity of her performance and he entered in a technical discussion with Santa. This contribution was very enriching for the young artist.

In the end of the presentations a discussion was organized, the young artists expressed themselves on this new experience. Santa and Ilona shared their opinions with other young people and professionals. Even if as guests they had a place a little apart, with different pressure and purpose as the other participants, but like all the actors of this first edition of Emergence they were happy to participate and to share around their discipline.

The next edition is already in preparation, and it will always be open to young people from the territory but also to the partner territories of the LEADER He-art cooperation project.


In french…..

Ilona Tala, jeune artiste tout juste diplômée de l’Université d’arts appliqués de Kankaanpää (SAMK) est venue à Marmande pour présenter son travail dans le cadre d’Emergence. C’était la première fois qu’elle voyageait seule et la première fois qu’elle intervenait en tant que professionnelle. Et ce n’est probablement qu’un début car c’est une artiste émergente. Lors de ce séjour elle a eu la surprise de répondre à des sollicitations de deux acquéreurs pour deux de ses pièces exposées dans une galerie d’Helsinki.

Santa Kanceviča, elle, est originaire de Jelgava en Lettonie, elle est chorégraphe. Danseuse et chorégraphe. Elle a l’habitude de voyager car elle est à la tête d’une troupe de danse qui se produit en Lettonie mais aussi dans le monde entier. Elle a notamment dansé en Italie, en France, en Allemagne et même en Chine. Semi professionnelle, elle consacre une autre partie de son temps à son activité de physiothérapeute. C’était sa première visite à Marmande et elle a présenté un travail de recherche aux professionnels d’Emergence, une chorégraphie en cours de création.

Emergence a été organisée à Marmande par un collectif de professionnels et d’acteurs culturels locaux désireux de partager leur passion avec de jeunes amateurs et de les aider à trouver leur voie. Permettre à des jeunes de venir présenter leur travail sur scène dans des conditions optimales et de repartir avec les conseils, les critiques et les encouragements des professionnels du monde artistique était le but de cette action.

Pour cette première édition, une dizaine de jeunes a présenté des prestations de théâtre, chant, musique et danse. Ils ont préparé leur passage, repéré les lieux, ils ont fait un filage ou les balances avec les techniciens du théâtre puis ils ont attendu leur tour dans les loges, comme l’auraient fait des artistes professionnels avant un spectacle. Ils sont montés sur scène avec appréhension ou enthousiasme, certains avec le trac. Ensuite ils ont révélé leur univers personnel, à travers une scène de théâtre, une série de chansons ou encore une chorégraphie. Puis c’est avec bienveillance que les professionnels ont dispensé quelques conseils, critiques ou encouragements.

C’est Ilona Tala qui a ouvert l’après-midi en présentant son travail sur la place de l’art dans les lieux publics à l’heure du tout numérique et comment elle détourne la représentation 3D dans ses sculptures. Son travail et sa réflexion ont été appréciés. A la question sur l’utilisation de la technologie et du numérique dans son approche préparatoire, elle répond qu’elle est au tout début de cette démarche, pour l’instant elle représente la 3D et le modélisme de manière physique et figurative dans ses sculptures (les lignes et les points forment des triangles qui réunis entre eux représentent un sujet). La prochaine étape de sa démarche est d’intégrer l’utilisation d’un logiciel 3D dès le démarrage de ses travaux de recherches.

Lorsque Santa Jankovska propose sa chorégraphie, l’ambiance est posée : calme, profonde et sereine. Elle a présenté une suite de mouvements, une recherche préparatoire à son futur spectacle. La particularité de sa prestation a été remarquée immédiatement par le chorégraphe et un échange assez technique s’est engagé entre eux. Cet apport est très enrichissant pour la jeune artiste.

A la fin des présentations un bord de scène s’organise, les jeunes s’expriment sur cette expérience. Santa et Ilona partagent leurs avis avec les autres jeunes et les professionnels. Même si en tant qu’invitées elles avaient une place un peu à part, avec une pression et un but différent, mais comme tous les acteurs de la première édition d’Emergence elles ont été heureuses de participer et d’échanger autour de leur discipline de prédilection.

Le collectif organisateur prépare d’ores et déjà la prochaine édition, elle sera toujours ouverte aux jeunes du territoire mais également aux territoires partenaires du projet de coopération LEADER He-art.


  • Catie Sarnel, Val de Garonne Agglomeration


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Peat and encounterings in Kankaanpää

The first Art Week of the Kankaanpää was held in May 2018. The Art Week was produced in cooperation with the city of Kankaanpää, the Circle of art -project (HEART) and Kortteeri project (SAMK).

There was a common interest for all actors to increase the multifunctional use of urban space and participatory art.

Feelings from the event week are remaining positive. The program was plentiful and reached a large number of citizens in different age groups, in different situations and locations.

The idea for the week was born in Kankaanpää’s Fine Art projects and in the city’s cooperation. New Kankaanpää Art Week consisted of Fine Art students projects, Satakunta University of applied sciences teaching, research and development activities and projects and of course visiting, foreign artists.

This time one visiting artist from the Circle of art -project was Mickaelle Delame from France. Mickaelle stayed two weeks in Kankaanpää, exploring public art and the rural, near by surroundings. Mickaelle participated to the Peat symposium, which was held during the week of art. Mickaelle was in touch with peat for the first time as a material for art. She had also the chance to explore peat in its real natural surroundings in a swamp sauna, Lauhavuori region.

Totally, during the art week a little bit more than ten peat sculpting were made. A Finnish company Kekkilä was willing to support the symposium with materials.

Also during the Art Week, it was possible to test, among other things, a virtual art gallery, experiment and participate to performances and hear music at the Fine Art premises. An open lecture and a peat workshop was held for the public.

This was a fresh new opening where event of art students, citizens and international visitors became visible.  It was fine event, which emphasized equality.  All events were free of charge and open to all public.

The event got a positive publicity also. For example, the editor of YLE made a straight radio interview with an art student directly from the peat igloo.

  • Saija Mustaniemi, project researcher, SAMK, Kankaanpää Fine Art

Heli Ryhänen in Pays Val de Garonne Guyenne Gascogne 2017 September 19th, 20th, 21th and 22th

The Finnish artist Heli Ryhänen was invited to France, by Pays Val de Garonne Guyenne Gascogne, within the framework of a European cooperation project of the Leader program. Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Kankaanpää (SAMK), she was chosen by the partner territory of Pohjois-Satakunta in Finland to take part in this exchange of artists.

She came to Lot-et-Garonne in September 2017 to discover our territory and to provide art workshops. The exhibition « ARTERE… Circulez ! Tout est à voir ! » (an artistic road with 11 outdoor pieces of art in 11 municipalities) brought her to discover the meaning of the project in which she was involved.

She visited several municipalities and discovered the architecture of our villages, so different to the wooden villages of the Satakunta area. She also met the mayors who administer these municipalities and who are involved in this project even if usually art is far from local concerns.

Heli works in La Taillade, a care unit for disabled people. During a two days period she suggested to a group of residents to take inspiration from nature so as to awaken their creativity. Their place of life being located in the heart of the forest, the theme was almost inevitable. It started with a long walk and a collection of leaves, branches and pebbles. Then, with advices and some technical demonstrations by the artist, the participants tried to paint, draw and model. Residents enjoyed these two days of activity with Heli Ryhänen and were able to keep a material memory thanks to the small clay subjects they modeled.

The artist also presented her own work, she showed them the importance of nature in her research and her creations, whether by the representation of the subject itself or by the colors that she uses or even in the details of the effects and the materials. She shared with them the music she listens to, that produces an atmosphere conducive to creation and inspiration. More than just an artist workshop, this experience was a privileged meeting between an artist and this small group.


Heli Ryhänen en Pays Val de Garonne Guyenne Gascogne

Les 19, 20, 21 et 22 septembre 2017

L’artiste Finlandaise Heli Ryhänen a été invitée par le Pays Val de Garonne Guyenne Gascogne (France) dans le cadre du projet de coopération européenne du programme Leader. Professeur à l’Université d’arts appliqués de Kankaanpää (SAMK), elle a été choisie pour participer à cet échange d’artistes avec le territoire partenaire de Pohjois-Satakunta en Finlande.

Elle est donc venue en Lot et Garonne en septembre 2017 avec comme programme la découverte du territoire et l’animation d’ateliers arts plastiques. Grâce à l’exposition « ARTERE… Circulez ! Tout est à voir ! » (un parcours artistique de 11 œuvres d’arts exposées en extérieur dans 11 communes du territoire)* elle a pu saisir le sens profond du projet dans lequel son intervention s’inscrivait. Elle a visité plusieurs communes et découvert l’architecture de nos villages incomparables avec les villages en bois de la région de Satakunta. Elle a également rencontré des élus qui administrent ces villages et se sont investis dans le projet artistique bien que les arts plastiques soient habituellement loin des préoccupations locales.

Heli est intervenue au foyer de vie de La Taillade, un établissement qui accueille des personnes adultes handicapées. Durant deux jours elle a proposé à un groupe de résidents de s’inspirer de la nature pour éveiller leur créativité. Leur lieu de vie étant situé au cœur de la forêt, la thématique était presque inévitable. Tout a commencé avec une grande promenade et une collecte de feuilles, de branches et de cailloux. Ensuite, avec les conseils de l’artiste et quelques démonstrations techniques, les participants se sont essayés à peindre, dessiner et modeler. Les résidents ont beaucoup apprécié ces deux jours d’activité avec Heli Ryhänen et ont pu en conserver un souvenir matériel grâce aux petits sujets en argile qu’ils ont modelés.

L’artiste a également présenté son travail personnel, elle leur a montré l’importance de la nature dans ses recherches et dans ses créations, que ce soit par la représentation du sujet en lui-même ou bien par les couleurs qu’elle utilise ou encore le détail des matières et des effets. Elle a partagé avec eux la musique qu’elle écoute pour se mettre dans une ambiance propice à la création et à l’inspiration. Plus qu’un simple atelier arts plastiques, cette expérience a été une rencontre privilégiée entre une artiste et ce petit groupe.

* intégrer le catalogue de l’exposition

-Catie Sarnel

Mechanical art

Frech artist, Olivier Louloum visited Kankaanpää Finland last fall 2017. Here’s an interview about Oliviers experiences.

Olivier Louloum is interested in the naturally produced energy. Wind and water are the natural elements in his artwork that produces movement and voices.  Natural energy gives you different kind of variation, apart from mechanical sound environments, says French artist who is exploring Satakunta region for one week.

Louloum is in Kankaanpää because attending a artist exchance project Sphere of art-that is run by Satakunta University of applied sciences, The Kankaanpää Art Association and the Kankaanpää museum. Sphere of Art is funded by Northern –Satakunta Leader, and it is aiming to increase participatory and collaborative art in rural areas. Sphere of art is part of an international project, which have partners from France, Italy and Latvia.

Louloum arrived to Finland last Monday and from Kankaanpää Fine art, Heli Ryhänen lecturer in sculpture left to explore French environmental art at the Garonne region. Ryhänen will stay in France a little less than a week and is bringing new ideas and models from very wide environmental art exhibition.

Louloum is a self-taught sculptor. In his art, he uses recycled material. His material is not random,  it has to have a certain connection to the area or a knowledge of the former user, says Louloum. – I always try to create something new, but paying attention and respect to the history. My sculptures are often water mills and own kind of moving theatre, my sculpture they breathe, sweek and scratch.

I often mix elements with contrast, for example old and new, explains Louloum.

The creator of these humoristic water-and wind installations is a carpenter from his early professional. The wood is still a part of his installations, in many works you can see poetical windows and doors, but those are also a reminder form the artists past. – I see art as a positive and communal element. With art, you can rise up themes from the present society, for example over consumption, explains Louloum.

–       I have travelled with my installations in Morocco, Burkina Faso, Israel and Kazakhstan, but I never thought that I’d come to this North.  Oliver half joked, that coming to this North would mean seeing Inuit and polar bears, but the reality was different from the imagination In Finland there was a lot of forest and quietness. – When the plane took off from Helsinki, all that I saw until Pori was woods and woods, laughs Louloum. I enjoyed greatly this big calm country, nice people and sense of space. – I find very amusing that in Finland, between villages, even between houses and people, there’s always a lot of space.

–       While his stay in Kankaanpää Louloum has already to get to know the art school, the circle of art the Art Assosiation  and the Kankaanpää museum. For Louloum it was very inspiring to see the exhibition at Kankaanpää museum, which was about immigration. As an artist, I am interested in the global themes, pounders Louloum.

–       During this week, in front of the art school, a mechanical installation will be build. Which elements from the history of Kankaanpää we will recognize from it, and what kind of sound and movement it will produce?  These questions the artist will not yet answer and invites all people in Kankaanpää to come and visit the location.

  • Saija Mustaniemi, Kankaanpää, Finland