Atelier Eivor started a supported art activities at the Art Factory in February 2018.
An artist in need of special support needs guidance and assistance in order to be able to do his or her artistic work. Support includes practical assistance with materials and equipment, as well as artistic activities such as guiding you through exhibition times and scholarships. In addition, the dedicated artist needs support for collegial dialogue and engagement with the support network.
In her art, Ylva Holländer deals with the questions of existence in a playful way and is open to experimenting with different materials in her works
Gallery Street in the old town of Porvoo is one of her many projects. She has made public works with sculptor Kirsi Kaulanen. She also makes short films with film director Marjaana Rantama. Together they form the SIKT artist group.
Holländer studied at the School of the Arts from 1974 to 1979.
Suvi Härkönen's large installations consist of strong sculptural elements, light and sound. The works can be thought of through experientialism - the emphasis is often on the entity formed by the parts, the viewer and the empty space. The installations draw from minimalist design language entice you to meditate on a relaxed look.
Härkönens installations have been on display since 2011 both in private and group exhibitions and through various collaborative projects.
Katja Kaulanen, Marko Ruotsalainen - Theater Taruma
"The body carries immense wisdom, by removing the limitations of the mind, it is an opportunity to come into contact with something old and ancient."
Taruma Theater is a traveling professional theater. We produce high-quality theater performances for all ages and for different audiences. We also organize a wide range of educational services, including: for different work communities, for amateur groups, for dancers and for actors.
Katja Kaulanen and Marko Ruotsalainen are founding members of Taruma. They have professional expertise in physical theater, applied theater and dance.
Anne Lihavainen - Puppet Theater Ofelia
"Look around, listen and wonder".
Puppet Theater Ofelia is Anne Lihavainen's own traveling solo theater, which she founded in 2006. Warm presence, visuality, joy of life and strong stories are the backbone of Puppet Theater Ofelia's program. The presentation is always structured in cooperation with other professionals in the field. For each new presentation, a new working group is formed. In her own theater, Anne is an actor, puppet builder, stage designer, screenwriter, trainer and producer. There have been performances all over Finland and abroad. Art education and working with special groups is a particularly important part of Anne's work.
You can book puppet theater workshops from Anne. Each workshop is designed according to the wishes and needs of the group. Anne is also a member of the Kantajat work group. The Kantajat has conducted several multi-sensory art exhibitions based on a strong relationship with nature and natural materials.
"My paintings come from the interface between man and nature, abstraction and form, light and darkness. The ascetic world that I seek for in my paintings originates from all kinds of sensory experiences, and is not based solely on visual perception. Likewise, I hope it comes to life in the viewer, as a bodily experience".
"Painting is the attentive exploration of reality through uncertain senses. My job is to seek out rather than express myself. I seek for what is underneath, all that remains when all layers and features are torn off from the anonymous heart. The end result is not so much what is born, but what is left".
“At the moment, I find it especially important for me to make pictures of nature. Human values have become cruel and indifferent to our planet and its biota. I hope my photos are small stories and statements about nature, yet with a positive spirit”.
Nelli Nio graduated as a visual artist from the Tampere School of Art and Communication in 1998. Her main technique is water colors, but she also works in installations and sculptures made from recycled material.
In her paintings, Nelli discusses her relationship with nature. The forest has always meant peace, beauty, inspiration and a treasure trove of imagination. Animals, birds, and plants are her favorite subjects rather than humans or the built environment.
Several professionals and amateurs work on the second floor of the Art Factory at the Porvoo graphic art workshop.
The graphic art workshops are open to all. Metal graphics courses, wood drawing and serigraphy courses are carried out continually. You can also subscribe to an individual course for a company, community, or school.
The association organizes an annual Christmas exhibition and a sales exhibition in the spring.
"I’m a filmmaker and production designer. Film is about storytelling and collaboration between artists of different disciplines. At its best, film is like shared play. As a filmmaker I’ve been able to see the world and meet people who I didn’t believe could exist. This fits well with my curious nature. I like having the story and the creative process as a starting point, and having no preconceived ideas about materials or what’s right or wrong or good or bad".
"Once the film is ready, the set will be disposed of. As a production designer, the projects are never about my art alone; they are about creating a joint work and being present for the moment. I see art as communication that involves the artist, the work and the audience. Film as a medium resonates with my artistic approach, as I am a social hermit, a holdout, a questioner of things, a ponderer, perhaps an anarchist in essence".
The illustrator and visual artist Jenni Tuominen graduated in 2001 as an Artist from the Turku Academy of Arts and in 2004 graphic artist Designer from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. She works in art and design in Finland and internationally.
In 2017, she was awarded the State Prize for Illustration. She won Design, Meet the User competition organized by Marimekko! in 2006 and has been designing patterns ever since.
She has been exhibiting since 1999 at home and abroad. Tuominens molded pottery figures have found their customer base in Japan. In addition, she co-writes and illustrates the Gang Book series
with her illustrator Jukka Pylvä.
“The key things in my work are the experimental and bold approach, the open-minded use of diffetent materials and techniques, and the joy of happiness and self-confidence in what I do.”
Sari Vuorenpää specializes in multicolored wood drawings.
“As a technique, woodcarving allows colors to glow. The topics I am working on are issues that require reflection in my life or my environment at any given time. Biodiversity is my greatest source of wonder, admiration and interest, the beginning of my art and the intertwining of different topics. The themes of my works live and change with me. ”
Sari Vuorenpää has worked as a visual artist since 1991, when she graduated as an art graphic artist from Kankaanpää Art School. She graduated in Fine Arts from Lahti University of Applied Sciences in 2004–2006 and since 2017 Vuorenpää has studied at the University of Turku in the Degree Program in Landscape Studies. Sari Vuorenpää has held several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous joint and group exhibitions at home and abroad.
"Imagination and force of nature, bringing joy to the viewer. I am an artist in many directions sprawling, and express myself with clay and pictures. In my works are often present testimonials to nature."
Tiina Wallius paints pictures and designs unique ceramic sculptures and reliefs from clay. Often, the starting point is memories of living life, fueled by nature experiences and imagination.
Tiina Wallius has lived in Porvoo since 2003. She graduated from the Kuopio Academy of Design in 1992 as an artisan in the field of ceramics. She has held several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions. She designs public works for companies and private homes. Art workshops are also created on request.
Lotta Åberg - Studio Pieni
Lotta Åberg is a Porvoo based photographer and graphic designer, which is also largely reflected in her photographs. Lotta gorgeously captures the feeling of her images and brings out the personality of her unique subject. With her original, even slightly jagged and timeless style, she portrays portraits and art prints.
As a photographer, Lotta always strives to discover the moment that authentically tells something about what is being photographed and about the shooting situation itself. He believes that a picture can tell more than a thousand words.