The Åland Islands has a new regional contact

11.10.2022 hrs 09:00
This fall we welcome Therese Hjälmarstrand as our new regional contact to the Åland Islands. She takes over from Leila Cromwell-Morgan Lönnroth.

My home island is Vinön in Hjälmaren, Sweden, I was born and raised there. Via Örebro and Gothenburg me and my family ended up in Åland 16 years ago and here we will stay. I am a lifelong painter, I have always painted, as ABBA would have put it "I could paint before I could walk". In high school, I attended the arts and form major, but then life took me on a different path and eventually after ten years as a systems specialist, I decided to make a change and applied to the Handicrafts program here at Ålands folkhögskola. Now paints and brushes have been joined by shells, yarn, metal wire, clay and more yarn. I love to use many different techniques and like to mix, no rules and limits, just free creation.

A woman with glasses smiling infornt of a window, Therese Hjälmarstrand Konstrundan

Craft and art are expressions that are a part of the human being, it always has been, always. In the earliest human remains you find ornate objects and sculptures, we are art. The early people believed that whoever could make images was magical, it was magic to be able to make a horse on the cave wall. They were absolutely right, it is magic.

I myself like to use many different techniques in my creations and after taking the 2 year Craft program at Ålands folkhögskola, I can add different crafts to my toolbox. Right now I'm working on an exhibition here on Åland in November together with an artist colleague. There will be techniques such as watercolor, acrylic, ceramics, fabric and metal.

I am very much looking forward to being Åland's regional contact for Konstrundan and to being able to contribute to getting more art in to peoples lives.


Woman in a red dress

Konstrundan 2024 illustrator: Amanda Valkonen

This years illustrator is Amanda Valkonen från Åland Islands.
03.03.2024 hrs 18:00


It is now time for professional artists, craftsmen, and designers to submit their applications for the 2024 Konstrundan.The application period is 15.1-25.2.2024. The application form and more information can be found on
03.03.2024 hrs 16:35

Participants for the 16th Konstrundan have been chosen

Konstrundan is an established event organised annually in Finland since 2008. During Konstrundan, professional artists, artists and designers open their studios and workshops to the public.
27.03.2023 hrs 16:28


The first weekend in September Konstrundan was organized in Finland for the fifteenth time. Close to 440 artists, artisans and designers opened their doors to the public and invited visitors to talks and discussions, work demonstrations and energizing experiences. In total, they were visited by over 28,000 curious art lovers.
11.10.2022 hrs 11:24

The webinar recordings

Did you miss the webinar 2.9.2022. Now you can take part in the event through the recordings.
21.09.2022 hrs 19:42

Art Friday: Can you paint with coffee and berries?

You'll get the answer on Art Friday 2.9, when visual artist Anna Semerdjiev shows you how it's done!
26.08.2022 hrs 15:18

Konstrundan is just around the corner!

Konstrundan is an annual event that will be held for the 15th time in Finland this year! During the weekend of 3-4 September, around 450 artists, artisans, and designers from all over the country will open the doors to their workspaces.
24.08.2022 hrs 09:00
Human figure surrounded by nature and art elements, Konstrundan 2022


There are not many obvious " job openings" for artists to apply for despite a solid professional education in the art field. Own initiative and creativity are the hallmarks of the working artist. The question is how this is perceived by the individual artist.
24.08.2022 hrs 15:04

KONSTRUNDAN 2022 – a great mix of creativity and knowledge

During the first weekend in September, Sat–Sun 3–4.9.2022, you can visit 450 professional artists, craftsmen and designers across the country and get an insight into their work. The visiting points are open from 11am to 5pm both days.
21.06.2022 hrs 22:07