KAIJA POIJULA

BIOGRAPHY
1963 Born in Pudasjärvi, Finland
1995 Master of Arts, Helsinki University of Art and Design
1993 Erasmus-scholarship, Gerrit Rietvelt Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1992 Nordplus-scholarship, College of Art and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
Educational visits: 1989 Tallinn, Estonia, 1990 Florence, Italy, 1992 Lodz, Poland
1992 Bergen, Norway, 1993 Paris, France
2003-07 Lived and worked in Ireland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 "Eine Kleine Wunderkammer", installation, Malmi Gallery, Helsinki
2012 "The Beauty of Misunderstanding", installation, Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Gallery Johan S, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Gallery Stoa, Helsinki, Finland
2010 Artist of the Month, The Internet gallery of Artists O, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2007 "Reflections" Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery, Limerick, Ireland
2006 "Fairies and Fallen Angels" Foyer, County Museum, Ennis, Ireland
2004 St Paul's Church Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland
"The Path of Bells" - Performance
The performance started with the ringing of bells in succession from four city churches.
Twenty ringers representing Christ Church Cathedral and St. Augustine & John`s Church
(John´s Lane) "rang the changes" from the following towers:
St. Paul´s, Arran Quay, 6pm
John`s Lane, Thomas St., 6.15pm
St. Audoen´s, Cornmarket, 6.30pm
Christ Church Cathedral, 6.45pm
… and again at 7pm in St. Paul´s, when the exhibition was formally opened.
These bells were dedicated to the bellringers, who rang the bells in St. Paul´s in 1843.

2004 Gallery of the Institution of Finland, Berlin, Germany
2003 Marktkirche, Essen, Germany
2003 Gallery Katariina, Helsinki, Finland
2000 Gallery of the Institution of Finland, Stockholm, Sweden
1999 Embassy of Finland, Washington, D.C, USA
1999 Gallery Into, Helsinki, Finland
1999 Performance on the Bay of Töölö, Night of Arts, Helsinki, Finland
1998 Kuhmo Chamber Music Festivals, Finland
1997 Performance on the Lake, Lahti, Finland
1996 Installation, Kamppi undergroud metro station, Helsinki, Finland
1994 Installation, The Main City Library of Oulu, Finland
Gallery Vanha, Installation, Helsinki, Finland
1993 Gallery Vanha, drawings, Helsinki, Finland
Pohjantähti, Drawings, Pudasjärvi, Finland

Since 1992 several group exhibitions in Finland, Sweden, Norway, England, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Japan, Ireland and USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 "Book-Art Object", Museum of Applied Art and Punctum for Art Experiment, Belgrade, Serbia
2016 ArtHelsinki/ Gallery Sculptor, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland
2015 "Secondary Meanings", Gallery, Pori, Finland
2015 Gallery Astley, Uttersberg, www.galleriastley.com, Sweden
2015 Purnu Art Center, www.purnu.fi, Finland
2014 XIX Mänttä Art Festival, www.mantankuvataideviikot.fi/ Finland
2014 Book Art Exhibition, Gallery Katariina, Helsinki, Finland
2013 "Artist's books", Herceg Novi, Montenegro
2013 "Book - Art Object", National Library of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia
2013 "The Wonderwater on the Baltic Sea Exhibition", Old Customs Warehouse, Helsinki, http://www.wonderwater.fi/
2012 "16 steps closer" Vilnius Academy of Art Exposition Halls, Titanikas, Lithuania
2011 "16 steps closer", Nordic Baltic designers event, Riga Art Centre, Latvia
2011 "Between tradition and future", Experimental craft and contemporary design from
Finland Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea,
2011 Collect, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery,
London, UK
2010 "Luxus -09" The Artothèque de Caen, France
2009 "Luxus", Design Forum Finland, Helsinki, Finland
2009 "Signals", Flow Gallery, London, UK
2008 PudArt, Pudasjarvi, Finland
2008 Gallery Laterna Magica, Helsinki, Finland (Haahti/Poijula)
2006 Tulca 2006, Galway, Ireland
2006 Normoyle Frawley Gallery, Limerick 2006, Ireland
2006 Works on Paper, Glor, Ennis 2006, Ireland
2005 The 175th Annual Exhibition 2005 (Royal Hibernian Academy), Dublin, Ireland
2005 National Group Exhibition 2005, Wicklow Town, Ireland
2005 Sculpture in Context 2005, Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
2005 OFFSIDE LIVE II, performance evening 2005, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1997 Gallery Maronie, Kyoto, Japan (together with Sato and Rokumura)
1997 Gallery Space 21, Tokyo, Japan (together with Sato and Rokumura)


AWARDS, GRANTS

2017 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Group Grant for exhibition costs
2016 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Group Grant for exhibition costs
2014 Arts Council of Helsinki Metropolitan Region, Working Grant
2008 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Group Grant for exhibition costs
2008 Project Grant (The Arts Council of Finland)
2005 Context Award for a large outdoor work of distinction, "Sculpture in Context"-exhibition,
National Botanical Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
2003 Project Grant (The Arts Council of Finland)
2002 Public Display Grant for Visual Artists
2000 The Arts Council of Helsinki Metropolitan Region
1999 Travel Grant (The National Arts Council) Finnish Cultural Foundation State Grant to Artists
1998 The Alfred Kordelin Foundation City of Helsinki Finnish Cultural Foundation
1996 The Alfred Kordelin Foundation City of Helsinki
The Scandinavian-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
The National Arts Council
Finnish Association of Designers, ORNAMO
Helsinki University of Art and Design

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
2000 Scandinavian Society of Art and Science in Rome, Italy
1996 The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York , USA

Since 1993 works of art in public, private, corporate and museum collections.

WORKS OF ART IN PUBLIC POSSESSION
2008 Kontio Loghouses, Headquarters, Pudasjärvi, Finland
2008 Kulosaari Church, Helsinki, Finland
2005 Cultural Centre in Bethlehem, Palestine
(Architect Juha Leiviskä)
2003 Tapulikaupunki Parish Hall, Helsinki, Finland
2002 Parish Councils Chapel, Helsinki, Finland
2001 Herttoniemenranta Chapel, Helsinki, Finland
1997 Harju Funeral Chapel, Mikkeli, Finland
(Architect Juha Leiviskä, Architect Rosemarie Shnitzler)
1995 Martela House, Helsinki, Finland
1993 City of Oulu Counselling Centre, Finland
1993 Senior Secondary School, Pudasjärvi, Finland

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
2003, 2009, 2011 State of Finland Art Collection
1996 Kunsthalle Szompathely, Hungary

MEMBER OF
Association of Finnish Sculptors
Helsinki Artist´s Association

ART TEACHING
2012 Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
2011 Institute of Adult Education in Vantaa, Finland
2006 Burren Collage of Art, Co Clare, Ireland