VIVI-MARI CARPELAN, M.A. (Helsinki)

Born on the 30th of June, 1966 in Helsinki, Finland. Resident in Mid-Wales, UK, since 2010.

TECHNIQUE AND MEDIUM:

Mixed media on paper, collage, photography, film, music/sound art

EDUCATION IN THE ARTS:

1993-94 Portsmouth College of Art and Design, UK (6 week undergraduate exchange program)
1991-94 L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Caen, FRANCE (Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Arts)
1990-91 L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Perpignan, FRANCE (Fine Arts Foundation)
1985-86 'The Country House Course', Mayfield, UK (Diploma – Interior Decoration, Architecture, Antiques and Art History )
1986 Art A-Level, Grade A (University of London School SEB), UK 

ACADEMIC STUDIES:

1986 History of Art, Grade C (The Associated Examining Board, Mayfield College, Sussex), UK
1987-1999 The University of Helsinki, Faculty of Humanities (FINLAND) - Master’s Degree in ComparativeReligion (minors Practical Philosophy, Art History with the languages Chinese, Russian and German). My MA thesis dealt with the ontological status of creativity within new spiritual movements.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015 Disability Arts Cymru Annual Exhibition, Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Gwynedd (UK)
2015 Disability Arts Cymru Annual Exhibition, Arts Central, Barry (UK)
2015 Disability Arts Cymru Annual Exhibition, Urcheldre Centre, Holyhead (UK)
2014 BIG-i International Open - honourable mention ("Resonating Resonance"), (Japan)
2014 MOMA Wales Open Summer Exhibition ("Myself"), Machyntlleth (UK)
2014 Open Photography Exhibition, ("Monochrome"), Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth (UK)
2014 Powys Art Month Open, Mid-Wales Art Centre (Maesmawr), UK
2014 SHAPE Pop-up Gallery, Stratford, London (UK)
2014 SHAPE Open (tour), Lewisham Arthouse, London (UK)
2014 SHAPE Open (tour), LCB Depot, Leicester (UK)
2014 Disability Arts Cymru@30 Open (tour), Subterranean Basement Gallery, Newport (UK)
2014 Disability Arts Cymru@30 Open (tour), The Beaufort Gallery, Llandrindod Wells (UK)
2014 Disability Arts Cymru 30th Anniversary Open, The Norwegian Church, Cardiff (UK)
2013-2014 SHAPE Open (tour), The Chocolate Factory, London (UK)
2013 SHAPE Open ("Disability Reassessed"), The Nunnery, London (UK)
2013 MOMA Wales Open Summer Exhibition ("The Garden"), Machynlleth (UK)
2013 OIW, Somerset Museum, Taunton (UK)
2012 OIN, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (UK)
2012 MOMA Wales Open Summer Exhibition ("Movement"), Machynlleth (UK)
2012 Short listed for the photography competition "Democracy in Action, Wales", The Welsh National Assembly Senate Building, Cardiff (UK)
2011 Powys Arts Engine Open Art Exhibition (Powys Art Month), Radnorshire City Gallery (UK)
2011 MOMA Wales Open Summer Exhibition ("Feeling"), Machynlleth(UK)
2011 The Shrewsbury Photography Month Open, Shrewsbury Coffee House (UK)
2010 The Art Affair, Mid Wales Art Centre, Maesmawr (UK)
2009 The Visit of the Five Open; Hanko City Art Gallery, Hanko (Finland)
2008 Nudes, Hanko Library Art Gallery, Hanko (Finland)
2008 Artists Of Hanko Taking Over The Gallery - Open Exhibition, Hanko City Art Gallery (Finland)
2009 With brushes and ladles – the artists are cooking - Open Exhibition; Mini-Lilium Art Gallery, Hanko – publ. book of artists' recipes (Finland)
2007 Joint photography exhibition, “Primordial Energy”, Hanko Library Art Gallery (Finland)
2007 My Beloved Hanko Open Exhibition, Mini-Lilium Art Gallery, Hanko (Finland)
2006 By the Seaside – At the Pier – At Sea - Open Exhibition Mini-Lilium Art Gallery, Hanko (Finland)
2003 Art 3 - Open Exhibition, Tammisaari Library Art Gallery (Finland)
2002 Guest Exhibition of The Hanko Art Society at Halmstad City Gallery, Halmstad (Sweden)
2002 The Visit of the Five - Open Exhibition; The Kässä House Art Centre, Lohja (Finland)
1998 The Visit of the Five - Open Exhibition;  Gallery Allina, Riihimäki (Finland)
1998 The 20th jubilee of The Hanko Art Society, Gallery Fokus (City Art Gallery), Karjaa (Finland)
1998 Flora&Fauna;  The 20th jubilee of The Hanko Art Society, Gallery Kukkatar, Hanko (Finland)
1997 Erotica I ("Erotic Art");  Gallery Timppa, Lahti (Finland)
1994 Group Marginalia, Hanko City Art Gallery, Hanko (Finland)
1993 Guest exhibition of The Hanko Art Society at Gallery Fokus (City Art Gallery), Karjaa (Finland)
1992-2010 The Hanko Art Society annual and summer exhibitions, Hanko City Art Gallery, Hanko (Finland)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2015 Radnorshire Museum, "Visible/Invisible", Llandrindod Wells, UK
2015 Wye Side Art Centre, "The Wait", Builth Wells, UK
2013 Art Cafe, Llandrindod Wells (UK), "Mindful" – charity sales exhibition for Mind
2012 The Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff (UK), "The Art of Becoming Human" - Self-Curated Retrospective, 10 years of Collages
2011 Open studio & pop up exhibition (Powys Art Month), Llanidloes (UK)
2011 PH Salon & Gallery, Newtown (UK)
2010 Compton’s Yard Art Venue, Llanidloes (UK)
2010 The Academic Bookstore (Stockmann Department Store), "The Journey Home", Helsinki (Finland); 
2009 Gallery Zebra Photo Gallery, "The Petrified Trees", Karjaa (Finland)
2009 Hanko Library Art Gallery, "Twists of Fate" (Finland)
2009 Billnäs Plant Nursery Café-Gallery, Karjaa (Finland)
2008 Douglas County Law Library, "20 Visits To Clinton Lake", joint photography exhibition, Kansas (USA)
2006 'Luckan', The Information Centre for Culture in Helsinki, "No Boundaries" (Finland)
2002 Hanko City Art Gallery, "Catharsis" (Finland)
2000 Gallery Kukkatar, Hanko; "Living-space"  (Finland)
1999 Gallery Philippa, Helsinki; "The Play of Opposites" (Finland)
1999 The International Cultural Centre 'Caisa', "Encounter Engenders Life", Helsinki (Finland)
1998 Gallery Kukkatar, "The Tears of Samsara", Hanko (Finland)
1998 Women's Room Gallery at the Women's Centre, "Vibrations from Silence", Helsinki (Finland)
1997 Gallery Karaija, "When Heaven met Earth", Inkoo (Finland)
1997 Gallery Kukkatar, Hanko, "When Heaven met Earth" (Finland)
1997 Gallery Rikhart, "Eve’s Eye", Helsinki (Finland)
1994 Hanko City Art Gallery, "Directions and Choices", Hanko (Finland) 

BROADCAST WORK:

2014 "Creativity Will Set You Free", BBC Radio Wales (Adam Walton Show), UK

OTHER:

Member of The Wild Angels Community Choir 210-2014 and photographer for the choir 2013-2014.
Attended "Noises of Art" three-day sound art conference, Aberystwyth University (2014)
Consulted on Participatory Arts for ArtWorks Cymru on behalf of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (2012). Consulted on the Arts Council of Wales accessibility (2014).
Lectured on the subject of creativity at the University of Helsinki, and given artist's talks, among others for Produforum, Finland (2011), Disability Arts Cymru, UK (2012) and Ceredigion Celf Art, UK (2014). 
Performed on National Radio & TV in Finland on a variety of topics. Had my own show on the radio in 2000 on interior decoration called "Vivi-Mari's Boudoir" with National TV and Radio - presenter Pia-Maria Lehtola. Contributed to magazines,  e-zines and online galleries with images and articles. Joint curator of three group exhibitions in Finland.

Included in the second edition (2012) of Lexikon der Fantastischen Kunstler (Dr. Gerhard Habarta)

MEMBERSHIP:

2011- Disability Arts Cymru, UK
2011- Outside In, Pallant House, UK
2011- Powys Art Forum, UK
2010- Arts Engine, Powys, UK
2010-2012 Produforum, Finland
1995-2010 The Hanko Art Society & National Art Organisations (UKJL, SKJL), Finland

REPRESENTED IN PUBLIC, CORPORATE AND OTHER COLLECTIONS:

2011 The Pain- and Fatigue Management Clinic, Bronllys (UK)
2010 Stockmann Department Store, 'The Academic Bookstore', Helsinki (Finland)
2009 Photo Gallery Zebra, Karjaa (Finland)
2008 Tammisaari City (Finland)
1998 Hanko City (Finland)
1998 Crisis Centre of Rape Tukinainen (Finland)
1997 Helsinki University; School of Industrial Design (Finland)
1995 Hanko City (Finland)