Seminar: Perspectives on a Work of Art

Hanasaari, Espoo

10.9.2021 10:00 - 16:00

The Artists O, Hanaholmen Cultural Center and the Cultural Foundation for Sweden and Finland are organizing a seminar on the concept of works of art on 10 September. at 10 to 16 on Hanaholmen. Sign up now!

The seminar is part of the program in connection with the inauguration of the exhibition Länk – Link – Linkki. The language of the seminar is English, and it is open to everyone. The participation fee is 35 € is paid upon registration.

The participation fee covers lunch and coffee service in the Hanaholmen restaurant PLATS.

The seminar presentations consider the concept of a work of art in contemporary art, with a special focus on material-based and industrial art. The content of the work of art is also examined from the perspective of public art. What is the current relationship between a work of art and a craft? How does urban planning and architecture perceive a work of art? In the seminar program, artists will share experiences of collaborative processes, and there will be time for discussion. The list of participating artists and speakers will be completed later.


Seminar speakers

Adjunct Professor Martta Heikkilä, Ph.D., works as a researcher in aesthetics at the University of Helsinki. Her areas of interest include current theories of art and in particular post-phenomenological and structuralist philosophy of art. In recent years, Heikkilä has been particularly interested in the concept of artwork and it’s transformations, which is the theme of her current research project. Heikkilä’s presentation focuses on the relationship between materiality and conceptuality in contemporary art.

Jewellery artist and project manager in Ornamo Art and Design Finland, B.Des, Bachelor of Culture and Arts,  Anna Rikkinen will talk about the role of arts and crafts in build environment. Nowadays, exhibitions, thoughts and works of art are more and more digitally accessible. Is there a place for handmade and materiality in public space? What is art in the built environment and what is craft in contemporary public art?

Aalto University professor Maarit Mäkelä, A.D., looks at a work of art in material-based visual art.

The seminar speeches will be recorded and they will be available on Hanaholmen’s website after the seminar.

Länk – Link – Linkki is a joint exhibition by Artists O och Fiber Art Sweden (FAS) in Hanaholmen’s gallery from 9 September 2021 to 30 January 2022. Members of both associations are active in visual arts, design and crafts, and all have a strong connection to the material, which often defines the works’ concrete and conceptual content. The theme content of the exhibition has been created in collaboration between the artists. Many of the artists in the exhibition work with the theme of lightness in their works. The works of art are separate, but the interactive work between the artists has guided the process.

The artists of the exhibition:

  • Hugger Mugger working group: Maria Hägglund, Catarina W. Källström and Elinor Ström (SE) – Piia Lieste (FI)
  • Sonja Löfgren (SE, FI) – Veera Tamminen (FI)
  • Working group Lotte Nilsson-Välimaa & Inger Bergström (SE) – Paavo Halonen (FI)
  • Gunnel Pettersson (SE) – Elina Laitinen (FI)
  • Maria Sandstig (SE) – Virpi Vesanen-Laukkanen (FI)
  • Ellen Skafvenstedt (SE) – Riikka Peltola (FI)


Register by filling out the form below. Please note that registration is binding and that the participation fee is not refundable. If you get an obstacle, your registration can be moved to another person.

The registration ends on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 16, after which we unfortunately cannot receive registrations. So secure your place and register in time!

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Image: Paavo Halonen: My Skin is Soft, 2020.

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