GalleriaKONE, Ars-Häme Ry - Hämeenlinna



Contact Person:

Sirpa Taulu

GalleriaKONE, Ars-Häme ry
Culture Centre Verkatehdas
Paasikiventie 2
FIN-13200 Hämeenlinna, Finland



GalleriaKONE, Ars-Häme Ry is an independent artist initiative. Originally founded in the early 1970s by artists and curators, the association has since its inception focused on developing programs that stand for inclusion and diversity, building on the idea of open access. The premises are located in the cultural and congress center Verkatehdas in Hämeenlinna, Finland.
GalleriaKONE, Ars-Häme ry aims to organize, develop and implement cultural, multidisciplinary and intercultural projects in the social, artistic and educational fields. The aim is to promote local, national and international activities by working with public and private institutions and involving artists and the general public.

Specific activities include the organization of exhibitions, the running of an art library and the provision of numerous artist studios. From the year 2020, the establishment of an Artist in Residence program will be included.

Ars-Häme annually organizes exhibitions with its members abroad as well as Art Week in Hämeenlinna together with other cultural actors.

  Possibilities of cooperation

Ars-Häme Ry as an artist association offers artists and artists opportunities for exhibitions and a studio in Hämeenlinna. From 2020 an annual artist resident in Hämeenlinna will receive a one-month stay at the Künstlerhaus Lukas and an artist from the program of the Künstlerhaus Lukas a one-month stay in the Finnish city of Hämeenlinna. The scholarships are initially intended for the fine arts.

Hämeenlinna offers an interesting cultural life due to its location as an important cultural center in southern Finland. In a former factory, the Verkadethus, there is an attractive concert hall, a theater, galleries, the Sibelius Music School, clubs and coffees. Immediately adjacent is the Art Museum, not far from the birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Hämeenlinna is located in a scenic landscape of lakes and immediately adjacent to the city is the first city park in Finland.

Scholarshipholder from Hämeenlinna at Künstlerhaus Lukas:
Kukka Pitkänen (2019)

  Concrete room situation

In Hämeenlinna the guest apartment of the theater can be used for living at the cultural center. A spacious workroom in the studio house, which is about 2 km away, will be provided free of charge for this period. It is possible to get in touch with and use the nearby small graphics workshop, also operated by artists. All graphic printing techniques are possible. A bicycle is available for easy use between accommodation and workplaces
It is thus always possible to get in direct contact with the local artist scene. The stay is scheduled for the month of June.