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