IHME School


  • Nuorten avoin IHME-paja, Mätäjoen Armada, kutsuu nuoret rakentamaan kaarnalaivoja taiteilija Antti Laitisen johdolla Kannelmäen nuorisotalolla keväällä 2018. / Open Mätäjoen Armada workshops invites young people to build bark boats with artist Antti Laitinen during spring 2018 at the Kannelmäki Youth Centre. Kuva / Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

  • Mätäjoen Armadaa rakennettiin kaarnalaivoja veistäen nuorten hiihtolomatapahtuma Reaktorissa 2018. / Barked boats where made during the Mätäjoen Armada workshops at the Reaktori event targeted for young people. Kuva / Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

  • Meidän IHME-tilaisuudessa kuultiin vuoden 2017 IHME-kouluprojektista, jossa Englantilaisen koulun 8. luokkalaiset tekivät oman museon. / Our IHME -event in 2017 presented the IHME School project, The Museum of Freedom, which was made by the 8th grade pupils at the English School. Kuva / Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

  • Mitään mieltä? -työpajoissa tuunattiin siirrettävä pop up -teltta nuorten omaan käyttöön. Kuva: Veikko Somerpuro / The IHME Workshop comprised a series of workshops in which a mobile pop-up tent was jazzed up for young people to use. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Vuoden 2017 Mitään mieltä? -pajoissa, Kannelmäen nuorisotalolla, tuunattiin telttaa. Teltan seinään syntyy kankaanpainannalla teksti: "Elämä on vaikeaa". Mitään mieltä? -workshops at the Kannelmäki Youth Centre. Kuva/ Photo: Titus Verhe

Welcome to IHME School!

The annual IHME Festival brings you face to face with contemporary art in urban public space every spring. IHME publishes tasks for schools (in Finnish) and runs the Our IHME event for teachers. IHME School also includes extended art-education projects and public programmes staged with its various partners in collaboration. We mainly work together with children and young people, but we aim to take up the residential district as a canvas to be acted on, too. The six-year history of IHME School has emphasized long-term development through feedback. Our main partners are Helsinki Youth Department and the visual-art-education course (Master’s degree) at Aalto University’s Department of Art.

All IHME School events and materials are free of charge.

For more information about the partnership and upcoming events for schools, please contact Cultural Producer Päivi Matala paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi. You may also subscribe IHME’s bulletin for teachers by sending us your contact info (name, school, email address).

The Festival’s annual publications 2012-2017 also include details of IHME School events. View previous publications

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THE BEETLE film screening and meet-the-artist

 – Event for secondary school students

Wed 16.5.2018 at 10-11.30, Korjaamo Culture Factory, Helsinki

THE BEETLE film puts the spotlight on an endangered Vantaa-resident, the less-than-a-centimetre-long halavasepikkä beetle. By observing this tiny bug the Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson shifts our attention away from the conventional star of films, i.e. the human being. By clearing the trees inhabited by these beetles so as to make a landscape that is pleasing to the human eye, humans have made the halavasepikkä a species that is living onto its own small protected area at the bend in the Mätäoja Ditch. The film prompts us to think about the relationship between humankind and the environment, and about news of extinct living species. It also provides a basis for contemplating what actions anyone can take for the benefit of nature diversity.

The artist Henrik Håkansson will be present at the film premiere and you can ask him questions in English or Swedish. The first groups to register will have a chance to take part free of charge in STOP IT –workshops – each about an hour long and run by art-education students at Aalto University before and after the film. All groups can also visit LUOMUS to view the halavasepikkä glass-case display in the entrance hall and to take an in-depth look at observations of the behaviour of the human species in the Change in the Air exhibition (entrance fee payable).

The film is a commissioned work for the IHME Contemporary Art Festival and will be completed in April 2018.

Target groups: 7th to 9 th graders

Price: Free

Registering for Helsinki workshops and film screenings for schools by 7.5.2018: Päivi Matala, IHME Festival, paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi, +358 45 235 0080


STOP IT! Workshops for secondary school students

Fri 4.5.2018 at 9-10.30, 10.45-12.15 ja 13-14.30,AIMO School of Visual Arts, Keinusaarentie 1, Hämeenlinna

Tues 8.5.2018 at 9-10.30, 10.45-12.15 ja 13-14.30,Villa Arttu Art Centre for Children and Young People, Kankurinkatu 4-6, Hyvinkää

Wed 16.5.2018 at 9-10 ja 10.45-12, coinciding with the screening of THE BEETLE film, Korjaamo Culture Factory, Töölönkatu 51 a-b, Helsinki
In the Aalto University students’ art workshops the insect revolution will become a reality. What could insects have to say? What kind of nature-conservation campaign would insects themselves run? How can we face sometimes worrying environmental news with hope in our hearts? These workshops aimed at secondary school students will use the stop-motion animation technique to consider environmental issues from the viewpoint of members of other species. The IHME School project workshops will be based on the 2018 IHME project and run as a collaboration between the IHME Contemporary Art Festival and art-education students at Aalto University.

Target group: 7th to 9th graders
Duration: 90 min (Korjaamo’s workshops 60 min)
Group size: max. 25 pupils

Price: Free

Contacts and enquiries: Hämeenlinna and Hyvinkää workshops by 16.3.2018:  Mikko Myöhänen, Aalto University student group: mikko.myohanen[at]aalto.fi. Registering for Helsinki workshops and film screenings for schools by 7.5.2018: Päivi Matala, IHME Festival, paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi, +358 45 235 0080


What is IHME School project?

The IHME School project is a partnership scheme begun in 2012 between IHME and Master’s degree students on the visual-art-education course at Aalto University. It is intended is to develop art-education activities in schools based on the contents of the annual IHME Project, to bring out the children’s and young people’s ideas by means of art, and to explore and make visible the interfaces between contemporary art and art education. The School project offers the students running the project the experience of planning and carrying out a pedagogic project based on contemporary art.

On 2018 the IHME School project will be held in Hämeenlinna, Hyvinkää and Helsinki where the STOP IT animation workshops are being held in local cultural venues. The project is lead by students Leena Fredriksson, Noomi Ljungdell, Mikko Myöhänen, Riina Näsi and Kirsi ”Nanna” Saarhelo. Teacher-in-charge at Aalto University is Lecturer Marja Rastas.

The IHME School project has been carried out in the following educational institutes: The European School of Helsinki, Tölö specialiseringsgymnasium, Forssa Keskuskoulu Primary School, Die Deutsche Schule Helsinki, Helsinki Diakonia College, Rauma Freinet School, Arabia Comprehensive School, North Tapiola School, Porolahti Elementary School and English School Helsinki.


Environmental anxiety and art education

– Workshop for teacher, student teachers and art educators

Fri 25.5.2018 at 10-13, Korjaamo Culture Factory, Kasvihuone space

Environmental problems awaken a variety of feelings that have to be dealt with by taking a comprehensive approach. Workshop participants will be introduced to various manifestation of environmental anxiety, and share their thoughts and experiences of dealing with difficult environmental issues in their teaching work. What avenues do art-based methods open up for thinking about environmental problems? The multidisciplinary workshop will further address themes raised by the IHME Project, such as the relationship between humankind and other species, and breaking down anthropocentric thinking. The workshop will be run by the multidisciplinary environmental researcher Panu Pihkala and environmental art-education researcher Henrika Ylirisku.

Target group: Student teachers and those interested in education work, art educators and audience workers

Price: Free

Language: Finnish

Registration and enquiries by the end of 14.5.2018 Päivi Matala, IHME Festival, paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi, +358 45 235 0080


IHME Workshop for young people

IHME Workshop 2018 is being planned and directed by Antti Laitinen (b 1975). Laitinen is the IHME Workshop’s second resident artists, and will work at the Kannelmäki Youth Centre during the spring in series of workshops. The artist will invite young people and other residents to open-access workshops to build bark boats. The Mätäjoki Armada project will end in festive event when the boats are send to conquer the world from Mätäjoki River. More detailed info of the workshops is available in the beginning of the year.

Open workshops at the Kannelmäki Youth Centre, Klaneettitie 5, Helsinki:

Thu 19.4. 18-20, at Värkkäämö

Thu 26.4. 18-20, at Värkkäämö

Thu 3.5. 14.30-16 (for 9-12 years old), 18-20, at Värkkäämö

Thu 17.5. 18-20, at Värkkäämö

Sun 27.5. (time will be announced later) The Mätäjoki Armada launch at the Mätisfestari event in Kannelmäki

Read more of the Mätäjoki Armada >

Follow the Facebook page of IHME-paja > #ihmepaja and #ihme2018

The goal of the collaboration between IHME and the City of Helsinki Youth Division is to bring out young people’s ideas and viewpoints, and to create a sense of community using the means of contemporary art. The project IHME Workshop (IHME-paja) staged annually in youth centres particularly seeks to reach young people who are not very familiar with contemporary art in advance. At its centre are the young people themselves; the work is done listening to them, in open dialogue. The threshold to participation is kept low: there is no need to sign up in advance, and people can take part in more than one project event, or just drop in.

The project leaders are artists, so that participants also get to know an art discipline from a professional standpoint. The themes of each year’s IHME Project inform the content of the Youth Centre projects. Since 2012, the following artists have worked on IHME and City of Helsinki Youth Division projects: Meiju Niskala, Otto Karvonen, Sasha Huber, Kari Cavén, Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kamanger.


Cultural Work Experience at IHME

The idea behind Kulttuuri-TET (Cultural Work Experience) is to give young people a chance to spend time getting to know about working life, during which they are involved in developing the operations of a cultural institution or some other organization in the sector. Small groups of young people come in for periods of 1–2 weeks and are given their own project for the duration.

Salla Siira, a ninth grader from the Veikkola School, was IHME’s work-experience trainee in spring 2018. Her project was to evaluate the usability of the IHME’s website and write about her experience. She also got to know about IHME’s everyday routines, Festival preparations, and the Festival team’s jobs.

“During the week, I was given very varied tasks, such as taking part in meetings, attending a #Helsingintekijät network meeting, making a questionnaire, meeting artists, and writing social-media texts. There was a lot to do, but not too much,” Siira describes her week at the IHME office.

If you would like to spend your TET period at IHME or you are a tutor for potential TET trainees, get further information about Kulttuuri-TET at IHME from Cultural Producer Päivi Matala (paivi.matala[at]ihmefestival.fi, +358 (0)45 235 0080).

Read Salla Siira’s news article about Kulttuuri-TET at IHME >