Photo © Emma Fält

How can an authentic art school operate publicly in the urban space and in an art museum?

For one month, HAM Corner at Tennis Palace will be used as a classroom by Art School Maa. Visitors will also have a chance to participate in the lessons. The project is designed to give the public an authentic real-life experience of art studies.

Art education is a vital part of modern society. The study programme at Art School Maa is geared to prepare students for work as professional artists. Teaching in Art School Maa is founded on a continuous dialogue between theory and practice. Theory lessons include assignments, some of which are completed as interventions or performances. The school does not train students just to make objects but to create situations, build networks, organise events and make a difference politically as well as socially. A case in point is Pekka Niskanen‘s course Processes of Perception for which HAM Corner serves as a laboratory by implementing student projects.

The public can follow Art School Maa lessons that are conducted at HAM Corner. From Monday to Friday, visitors can occasionally also participate in the lessons, chiefly by listening and discussing. During the weekend, open workshops are conducted in which the public can participate full-time: on Saturdays Emma Fält will conduct a workshop under the topic Drawing Is for Everybody, on Sundays Pekka Niskanen will give a workshop on Processes of Perception.

The museum will also be kept open late at night with Performance workshops on Thursdays and Video Performance events on Fridays. On Saturday nights HAM Corner will host a Performance Club and on Sunday nights the venue will feature an Art Laboratory.

Teachers at Art School Maa are internationally experienced practising contemporary artists working in Finland. Instructors at HAM Corner will include Pekka Niskanen, Emma Fält, Anastasia Artemeva, Panos Balomenos, Shinji Kanki, Karolina Kucia, Hannah Ouramo, Taneli Viitahuhta and Kari Yli-Annala. The workshops are in Finnish and English.