One of the dimensions of community art is to include community members in the process. Not everybody needs to be an artist, but everyone can take part in art production under an artist's tutelage. Shared art production brings people together and inspires them, because it is a totally new and meaningful experience to most of them. Below we have examples for companies and communities showing suitable ways to involve people via shared art production.Portfolio 2007-2015
Community art can be used to produce unique art for a company's or community's own purposes, a particular space or situation. The work is produced on community's own terms together with its members. Community art initiatives are realised as projects, events or art workshops. The end result is a unique work of art for a community's own or for a public space. Community art project can be either a one-time art workshop lasting a few hours, in connection with the staff days for example, or a longer-lasting art project containing several events.
Projects aiming at environmental change produce concrete actions to change shared spaces. Community members exchange ideas and plan changes to the space under the artist's tutelage. Changes are also realised together. The end result can be, for example, an interior decor solution from an artistic viewpoint or a single space-changing work of art.
An art project is, by its nature, a longer-lasting process, which produces a work of art or several works of art in public space in line with the client's objectives. The location is an integral part of the work and acts as its subject. A site-specific art project gathers information, ideas or memories from the community. Documenting the gathered information and the different stages of work is an integral part of the final result. Community may also be involved in producing the work.
The group designs the artwork and agrees on allocation of tasks. After the individual or group tasks are finished, the work is assembled into a shared piece of work. Instead of artistic value of the work the emphasis is on acting together as a group. Group painting can create team spirit in working community training, work welfare events and recreational events. Group painting introduces new working groups to each other and allows people to familiarise themselves. Group painting is a different kind of an act in customer and interest group events, openings and special events.
Colour as an Experience event is a guided process where a working group produces and experiences colours under the artist's tutelage. The aim is to reach an understanding about the meaning, interaction and nature of colours through one's own activity and observation. The emphasis of the training can vary from educational aims to observing group dynamics. Colour as an Experience workshop is suitable for corporate events and meetings. This workshop can also be organised in a company's or community's own premises.
During the Art Lecture we learn about art styles, materials or colour theories through our own work. Art Lecture can be a single event or a series of lectures. The course is suitable for educational institutions as part of training programmes as well as for company's and community's own purposes. A short two-hour lecture with exercises invigorates the participants of a meeting and involves the event guests in a new way.
Public can follow the construction of the painting step by step during the working process. Participants can also take part in the process by commenting and giving ideas about the painting. The Painting Event is suitable for training or seminar events, for example.
Small groups can book a studio visit, during which they learn about the artist's methods and production of art under the artist's tutelage. Majbritt Huovila's studio is in "Taidetehdas" (Art Factory) in Porvoo. The Studio Visit is suitable for training or cultural events or seminars held in "Taidetehdas" or nearby.
The artworks for sale can be viewed in the studio in Taidetehdas in Porvoo (by appointment only). Ideas and timetables for customised works should be negotiated separately.