Konstrundan, also known as The Art Circuit, is an open studio event that takes place every year during the first weekend of September. The event is free of charge both for the visitors and the participants opening the doors to their studios.
Enjoy a visit in the creative work space!
You have the chance to meet artists, artisans and designers all over Finland. Most of the participants are situated in the bilingual regions along the coast, and on the Åland Islands, but there are several participants also in Tampere, Hämeenlinna, Mikkeli and in Lapland.
The first art circuit was arranged in 2008 as part of the foundation Svenska Kultufonden’s centennial programme. The idea came from the similar events with long traditions in southern Sweden. The association Åbolands hantverk has been the mandatory of Konstrundan since the beginning.
The event has evolved from a mainly Swedish speaking event with about 80 places to visit along the coast, and on the Åland Islands, to a multilingual event with more than 230 open studios all over Finland. The demand for an open studio event is immense, both among visitors and participants.
The meeting between the visitor and the artist, artisan and designer is relaxed and permissive during Konstrundan. The studios heap with interesting discussions and creative moments. There is also the possibility to buy art and products directly from the artist during Konstrundan.
There is a lot of activities arranged around and during Konstrundan, both for visitors and participants. Often, the participants demonstrate their techniques or offer small workshops for the public. The visitors may participate in Konstrundan's art raffle. You get one raffle ticket per studio visited, free of charge. Konstrundan buys the prizes from the participants, and they are presented both on the website and in the newspaper prior to the event.
Participate in the art raffle or try different techniques in the studios.
The Art Friday is organized the Friday before the Konstrundan event. During the Art Friday there is educational programme, such as different workshops, for children and youth. The workshops are organized by artists, artisans, designers and educators, and is planned together with the Konstrundan team.
The programme for the participants vary from year to year. There has been seminars, group exhibitions and cocktail parties both before and after the main event. A permanent feature are the studio tours for invited guests. The guests are from the art and cultural field.