What is important to me and which things I want to affect?
The Finnish Museum of Photography, seven regional photographic centers and Pori Centre for Children’s Culture have carried out three extensive photography related workshop entities during the course of one year. The workshops monitored by art educators specialized in photography or pedagogically oriented photographic artists have been attended by children and young people between ages 11 to 19. The key aspect of the workshops has been to encourage the young people to think about What is important to me and which things I want to affect? The most important themes of the children’s works are nature, the future, friends and family. So far over 570 children and young people from different regions in Finland have participated in the workshops.
The project will culminate in 10th-18th November 2018 as a nationwide photography festival for children and young people will be arranged. The photographs taken by children in guidance of artists will be shown in public spaces, galleries, festivals and in the social media of The Finnish Museum of Photography and regional photographic centers under the hashtag #snapfest18.
Fotocentrum Raseborg and Photographic Centre Peri have collaborated closely and produced workshops for school children aged 11-12 years. The theme of the workshops is “handmade”. The workshops have given the children a chance to become acquainted with pinhole cameras, cyanotype printing and photo collages, art forms where random chance plays a part and the results are unimaginable. The workshops were organized in March 2018 in schools of Raseborg and Turku area. Participating schools were Nauvo (Kyrkbackens and Simonkylä) Kirjala, Billnäs, Pojo Kyrkoby, Pohjankuru, Höjdens, Hakarinne, Nummenpakka and Ilpoinen. They were lead by professional artists and art instructors Stella Tiisala, Jan Jämsén, Hans G. Hästbacka and Eva Tordera.
The art works made in the workshops will be seen at the SNAP-festival in November, when Photographic Centre Peri and Fotocentrum Raseborg will produce an exhibition of the children’s works in the Shopping Centre Plaza in Salo. The works will also be shown in digital form at Photographic Centre Peri and a selection of them on the LED-screen of Turku City Theatre and on digital screens in Karjaa and Tammisaari.
The SNAP project is funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation. In co-operation with SNAP in South-Western Finland and Raseborg are Shopping Centre Plaza in Salo, Turku City Theatre, Arnold’s Salo and Place 2 go Raseborg.
Festival opening is held on Saturday the 10th November 2018 at 2PM-4PM at Shopping Centre Plaza (Vilhonkatu 8, Salo, 2nd floor). Welcome!
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Anna Airaksinen, project coordinator, p. 050 577 5742, email@example.com
Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Suvi Kiukas, project coordinator, p. 050 542 3582, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fotocentrum Raseborg, Raasepori, Tanja Is, director, p. 044 748 7527, email@example.com
Photos from workshops in Kirjala school and Nagu school. Photos: Nayab Ikram.