art-design-education-exchange with Africa

Seminar at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki 13th to 15th of June, 2001



Papers presented at ADEEA Seminar
Project presentations
Master's thesis on Africa at UIAH
Contact Information
ADEEA Project presentations
Sign of Kunene Crafts Centre, photo Mari Bisi
Mari Bisi presented Kunene Crafs Centre ngo-project managed by Finnish-Namibia Society and Finn-Opuwo Women group in Opuwo which is located in Northern Namibia, Kaokoland. Aim of the project is establish a tourist cafe and sales point for local crafts products. Contact person for more information is Mari Bisi,
Tarmo Koivisto and Petri Hiltunen presented work of World Comics in development co-operation. They also presented a book produced in co-operation with Foreign Ministry of Finland. The book, which is written by Leif Packalèn and Frank Odoi, is meant for organisations and individuals, who are interested in using comics as medium in development work.
World Comics- Finland was founded by comics artists and aid activists in 1997. It has members and affiliates in a worldwide network. The main common interests are:
- local comics as a mirror of culture
- local comics as an information tool in development and human rights work
- comics as a medium for self-expression in small and alternative groups (e.g. immigrants)
World Comics arranges lectures, exhibitions, courses and comics workshops in Finland and abroad. Currently we have cooperation with organisations in Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Morocco and India. We have also invited comics artists from Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba and India to Finland and presented their work there.
Comics that are created outside the mainstream genres are of special interest to us. In our workshops we have also taught NGO-activists how to make comics. For more information contact:
Leif Packalén, Chairman, World Comics - Finland, (Maailman sarjakuvat - Världens serier ry.)
Vanamontie 4 E 156, 01350 Vantaa, Finland
telephone: +358-9-8736751 or cell phone +358-40-5318235
fax +358-9-8361619
Arja Okkonen presented GOIG project in Tanzania. Project has a crafts centre where one can learn handicraft skills in textiles and carpentry. Arja Okkonen will give more details:
Polar meets solar is a short film project where students from both Helsinki and Nairobi produce short films from their cities. Päivi Takala will give further information:
NGORU Art Education Project in Kenya is managed by the Department of Art Education, University of Art and Design, Helsinki. Project Started in 1997 and it focuses on visual arts and design education in Kenya. Pirkko Pohjakallio will give further information: