Monday, 19 September 2011

Helsinki, KUVU, Turku

I am back from my trip to Finland, and it was as beautiful as I remembered but a lot warmer than when I was there back in January! I flew into Helsinki and stayed for a couple of days, then travelled onto Turku to see the "Alice in Wonderland Exhibition."

Helsinki was as wonderful as ever and I couldn't believe the difference the warmer weather makes to a city, many more people and a cafe culture I hadn't seen before. I met up with some friends from the Finnish Museum of Photography and went for an excellent, traditional Finnish meal at the fantastic Sea Horse, some say this is the authentic Aki Kaurismaki Helsinki experience, the interior is stunning and an atmosphere to match, many thanks to Anna-Kaisa and Tiina! As I wondered around the city, there was an abundance of antique shops with truly beautiful things, and lovely little bars, the image above demonstrates the lovely little/ and rather large finds you can seek out.

Then onto KUVU, (The Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts) to lecture. What a great environment to study and with a small department of only 200 students across all the Fine Arts, the students are very lucky! Then it was onto Turku.

I arrived in Turku to see the exhibition and take some more installation shots when there was now more than 6 hours of daylight! The show looks great and it was lovely visit the places I had been before and not forgetting to act as a tour guide for my parents. The trip was very enjoyable and what a great end, sitting drinking wine in one of my favourite restaurants Tintå , a stunning little Finnish wine bar overlooking the Turku River, great food, great wine and even better company - thank you!

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