Woodsculpting Symposium in Kemijärvi since 1985
The purpose of Kemijärvi Woodsculpting Association is to promote the means of sculpting, international exhibitions, education and cultural travelling. To achieve this goal it arranges various events concerning sculpting and takes an interest in publication.
During the last 21 years, there have been 18 Symposiums with about 250 participants from over 50 different countries. The sculptors are selected based on their applications, to get the widest possible international range and standard. The artists originate from very different civilisations, which ensures that different cultures interact and show a diversity of technique and style.
The Woodsculpting Symposiums in Kemijärvi has a high international profile; there are always more applicants than can be received. Finland and Kemijärvi represent the northern extension to international artists, which is an inspiring source of creation. The materials for carving are Nordic pine and other materials as metal, glass, stone, fluids and different mixtures of these.
The Kemijärvi Woodsculpting Association possess a very extensive collection of sculptures. The International Art Centre Puustelli, which contains selected sculptures from the beginning of the Symposiums, is open throughout the year (more information: www.kemijarven-kuvanveistoviikot.fi ). Some of the sculptures have been placed outside Puustelli and around the town.
In the exhibition there is a wide collection sculptures from 15 previous Woodsculpting Symposiums. For groups the exhibition is open throughout the year by agreement. The Association can also arrange exhibitions in other towns and communities.
The Ministry of Education, Kemijärvi town, local and national communities and companies have supported Wood sculpting Symposiums in Kemijärvi.