AREFS taide ja kulttuuri ry
AREFS art and culture association

  • Savon Radan ryhmä organizes activities along the historical Savo line


After the closing of the art center in Haukivuori the art and culture association AREF will start with an experimental artist-in-residence program THE NEXT STATION in the rural environment of eastern Finland.
The new residency is located in Hiirola, 15 kilometers north of Mikkeli. In the old railway station one artist or a couple at the time will be invited to stay, work and contribute with their work to the community of Hiirola.

The railway station is situated on 5300 m² along the track. The railway is at the front of the building. At the backside of the building is the main road of the village.
The village Hiirola has under 500 inhabitants. There is a primary school at about 3 kilometers. The church is at 3 kilometers from the station.
On the road at the street side of the building is a bus stop (bus Mikkeli-Pieksämäki vv) and in Mikkeli is a railway station were the trains are stopping.

The new program starts in 2014 and the first series will take place in May, June, July and August. Artist can apply until January 31st.

main building - railway side

main building - road side

Overview of the yard at the street side and the north side.

The yard is situated along the main road of the village, the Hiirolantie. It was full of bushes, but it is now more or less 'empty'.

The yard seen from the Hiirolantie. It has great possibilities to start with art activities in it.

At the North is a large area which is partly open and partly covered with (big) trees.

The area at the North close to the building was covered with an enormous number of neglected bushes. It will stay as an open area.












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