Pictures on participatory artworks made by playground children
Pictures on Art Prescription workshops
Cultural Association Lila project Art Prescription tours playgrounds in
Helsinki. The Art Prescription effect is based on participatory art. It is
distributed in doses of two week long intense workshop sessions which result
in an art work specifically designed for the local library. All visitors to
the playground from toddlers with their parents to primary school kids are
encouraged to participate in the workshops and everybody´s artistic
contribution is welcomed as part of the mutual community art piece.
The effective ingredients in Art Prescription are the joy of being creative
and the self-confidence boosting experiences of having succeeded in making
These influences from workshops are further boosted when the children see
an art installation which has been created as result of their own art
making in the local library in their own neighbourhood.
As side effects Art Prescription may encourage ideas about increasing
creativity and artistic activity in the everyday life of children both in
the playground and at home, as well as increasing the visibility of the
visual hand print of children in urban spaces.
A blue snowflake is being created at Taivallahti playground in February 2012.
So far Art Prescription has been administered to playgrounds Linja in
Kallio, Lahnalahti in Lauttasaari,
Taivallahti in Töölö in Spring 2011, and in Autumn 2011 playgrounds Lampi
in Kontula, Rusthollari in Puotila and Myllynsiipi in Myllypuro.
The last Art Prescription in 2011 went to playground Harus in Rastila.
At spring 2012, Taivallahti playground got its second Art Prescription, and the
next one will be Ruoholahti.
The Art Prescriptions have been taylor made to each playground, and all
installations are site specific. In Linja children created "glow fishes" for Kallio
library, in Lahnalahti they made ships and boats for Lauttasaari library,
in Taivallahti the theme was butterflies for Töölö library. In Kontula
library there are now treasures created by the children in Lampi
playground, in Rusthollari children made cow fly to Vuotalo library, and in
Myllynsiipi children created a cake shop for empty premises in the new
Art Prespriptions are doctored professionally jointly by visual and
community artist Tiina Hallakorpi and by social worker Tuija Salovaara.
Art Prescriptions have been supported by:
Spring 2012 - The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Helsinki 200 years as capital
Autumn 2011 - the Uudenmaa regional fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Ministry of Education and Culture
, City of Helsinki Social Services Department
Spring 2011 - Lauttasaari foundation, Lions Club Lauttasaari, City of Helsinki Social Services Department,
Lindell Staples, Oy Moomin Characters Ltd
Autumn 2010 - City of Helsinki Social Services Department