AARG live broadcast about the current role of contemporary art in the countryside 10.12.2020 at noon till 4 pm

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The first exhibitions of the year 2021 have been announced

The exhibition year presents contemporary art by both local and international artists.

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AARG Gathering Live Broadcast

Thursday 10th of December 2020 at 12.30 to 16.00

Come and join the art and the rural gathering by watching the live broadcast!

Kunsthalle Seinäjoki host a gathering on the concept of art institutions developing and researching the rural areas and countryside. AARG is a meeting space for art institutions to make new productive relationships. On the co-delivered program we will hear key note speakers, case studies, artist talks and panel discussion. AARG wants to support the development of geographically dispersed network of art institutions and productions. Networking, sharing of concerns, development and mutual support by building up productive relationships is the overall plan to launch AARG gathering as a meeting place for art professionals. Learning from others what’s new in the countryside and in the rural arts creates more creative area development planning and perhaps even new funding models for contemporary art in the rural.  Presentation: AARG_gathering_2020

AARG Gathering

Programme, Live broadcasted event in English. At 12.30 until 16.00

Welcoming words by Kunsthalle Seinäjoki, exhibition coordinator Elina Teitti

Artist talk, Artist Matthew Cowan will tell about his practise and concept behind
the exhibition Wildness Makes This World. Interviewed by Taru Elfving.

Case Study: Art Producer Pii Anttila, Kunsthalle Seinäjoki developing
the countryside with artistic collaborations.
Case Study: Professor at the Art University, Daniel Peltz. Rural Contextual Practice at Rejmyre Art Lab’s Center for Peripheral Studies
Case Study, curator Yvonne Billimore: Re-centring rurality: a site for collective learning and exchange.

Kaspar Wimberley & Susanne Kudielka, Morning Boat, Jersey, UK, Bodil Johanne Monrad, Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark,  Michele Horrigan, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Ireland, Mariangela Mendez-Prencke, Havre Magasinet, Sweden

Panel Discussion Contemporary Rural Agencies, moderator Aura Seikkula
Participants Taru Elfving, Pii Anttila, Daniel Peltz, Yvonne Billimore, Jussi Koitela,
Kaspar Wimberley and Susanne Kudielka

Presentation AARG Gathering

Collaborators: Art Promotion Centre Finland, Frame Contemporary Arts Finland, Viborg Kunsthal, Havre Magasinet.



Mysteries of nature take over the Kunsthalle

Kunsthalle Seinäjoki opens on May 1st 2020. The current covid-19 outbreak has affected the exhibition program. Notes by Petra Koivisto is extended until the 1st of August. Also the Nice to (finally) meet you! exhibition is open until the August 1st.

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SoS Bunkers Live Stream Art Event

Kunsthalle Seinäjoki presents SoS – Bunkers as part of the off time program Taidehalli välittää. The live stream art event is co-produced with Pixelache Helsinki.

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SoS Bunkers live stream & art event

Kunsthalle Seinäjoki presents SoS – Bunkers as part of their off time program Taidehalli välittää. The live stream art event
is co-produced with Pixelache Helsinki and features process-based art from the artists Elina Vainio (FI), Mari Keski-Korsu (FI), Alan Bulfin (IE) and Charli Clark (UK). The event explores sustenance as a way to expand our social and ecological bonds and interdependencies. Alan Bulfin, a Seinäjoki-based Irish artist, is responsible for the event production. The event is funded by Taike, Finnish Art Promotion Centre. The event is a sequel to SoS-station event as part of ‘Breaking the Fifth Wall’ Pixelache Festival 2019, which was presented in the old firestation in May 2019. Due to changes as a result of the “COVID-19” outbreak SoS Bunkers will be co-produced together with Pixelache members project Bunkers, facilitated by Alan Bulfin and Mari Keski-Korsu. Bunkers is a series of interviews about care for the environment in the cities and how art and green care psychology combine to create new paths of thinking and forms of public care. The broadcast production is facilitated by Pixelache Helsinki. SoS Bunkers event is broadcasted and showcase online over 3
days. Locations are Alajoen perinnealue Ilmajoki and old bunker in Seinäjoki. Mari Keski-Korsu will broadcast a participatory performance from her home in Helsinki. The format will be a live broadcasts, video workshops, site-specific art and interviews, lasting 2 hours every day. The event is in English and partly in Finnish.
Broadcast links will be shared on the websites of Seinäjoki Kunsthalle and Pixelache Helsinki and in their social media channels.
Read the full programme of the event here: PRESSRELEASE SoS-bunkers_ENG.


Day one
14.5.2020 12:00 – 14:00
Alan Bulfin presents:
Fidelity of Home
a DIY art-making day
Charli Clark presents:
Loads of Pollen
a DIY art-making day
Elina Vainio presents:
Site-specific work
Day two
15.5.2020 12:00 – 14:00
Alan Bulfin & Mari Keski-Korsu presents:
interview series
Mari Keski-Korsu presents:
Akantupakilla / Holding Space with Yarrow
participatory performance
Day three
16.5.2020 12:00 – 14:00
Alan Bulfin presents;
Fidelity of Home
a DIY art-making day
Charli Clark presents:
Loads of Pollen
a DIY art-making day
Elina Vainio presents :
Site-specific work


Kunsthalle Seinäjoki is closed for the time being

Kunsthalle Seinäjoki is closed based on the decicions of the Finnish Government. All events and group visits during this time will be rescheduled or cancelled. Art exhibition and other culture spaces will open gradually in the end of June 2020.

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Welcome to the opening!

Opening of the new Arts and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta is celebrated with a week-long opening program 11 – 21 March.

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Call for experimental video

Visual artist Aeon Lux calls for experimental video art and performative art for the Aeon Lux Performance Club: Troyan Horse at the art and culture center Kalevan Navetta 4th April 2020.

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Nice to (finally) meet you!

The first exhibition of the exhibition space Halli is “Nice to (finally) meet you!”.  The artists in the exhibition are Hanne Friis (NO), Sigurdur Gudjónsson (IS) and Julie Stavad (DK). The works in this group exhibition of three artists seen for the first-time in Finland explore the boundaries of material and form and take up the whole large exhibition hall. The exhibition unites dreams on many levels. The curator Laura Köönikkä has long dreamed of working with these artists, and the artists have also hoped to be performed in Finland. The exhibition, which unites professional dreams, is also the first step towards the dream of the Kunsthalle to present fresh Nordic art. The supplementary program of the exhibition discusses what kind of dreams we as a community need in this time.

Hanne Friis (born 1972) is Norwegian artist who works with textile art. They resemble almost something organic. Her work was chosen as the emblematic artwork of Révélations biennale 2019.

(Photo: Alette Schei Rorvik)

Hanne Friis

Sigurdur Gudjónsson (born 1975) is Islandic artist. His hypnotic video works take the the spectator to a state where the surroundings fade away. Gudjónsson was rewarded the Islandic Visual Artist of the Year in 2018 and he will represent Iceland in Venice Biennial 2021.

Sigurdur Gudjonsson

Julie Stavad (born 1987) is Danish sculptor whose works combine graphic shape and large, raw material surfaces. Stavad is a young and rising artist who also works with public art.

Julie Stavad

Laura Köönikkä is a curator and founder of Finnish Art Agency. Köönikkä has been consulting the Kunsthalle team and helping them to catch dreams for almost two years. Therefore she was also invited to curate the opening exhibition.

(Photo: Vuokko Salo)

Laura Köönikkä


Photo on the right: Isle Art Industries,  a detail of Hanne Friis’ work.


The opening program has been announced

Kunsthalle Seinäjoki will open in the Kalevan Navetta Arts and Culture Center in March 2020.The opening program has been announced. The program of the Kunsthalle Seinäjoki includes contemporary art exhibitions, public art and a diverse program of activities. Exhibitions are on display in the exhibition halls Halli and Vintti, located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Kalevan Navetta Art and Culture Center.

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