Hello Art Lovers!
I am raising funds for an educational trip to Finland, what is known as an artists residency. For me to meet other artists, make connections, and grow as an artist.
I am Helen Wand, a largely self taught artist who lives near Aylesbury in the U.K.
I make work that is political, amusing, thought provoking and hopefully entertaining!
Since 2016 I have been sending 'free art' to a number of countries around the world, via institutions and other artists. As part of the global art project #freeartfriday and my own version #AdoptAnArtist.
So far I have sent work to Ethiopia, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, a number of parts of the United States, Canada, and several locations in the U.K.
I intend in the future to also send work to Russia, Iceland and Japan.
In January this year, the year of Finland's 100th birthday, I sent 20 pieces of art to the Vanha Paukku Arts Centre in Lapua, Finland. The idea being that other artists could take a piece of my art and replace it with a piece of theirs. Thus began the Great Finland Art Swap 2017. Which I'm hoping will become huge! And will soon be featured on the Finland100 website, which celebrates 100 years since Finland became an independent country.
As a result of this project I have been invited to take up a residency at the Vanha Paukku Arts Centre in Lapua in May 2017.
During this residency I intend to make 2 or 3 pieces of interesting, amusing and highly original art, related to the 100th anniversary of Finland, Finland100. I hope to also have my making of this work filmed. As a piece of performance art!
This will be posted on YouTube and be available as a DVD, to those of you kind enough to fund me.