Promising Young Artist Scholarship awarded to Lilli Haapala
Artist Lilli Haapala has received Art Foundation Merita’s “Young Promising Artist 2018” award of 22,000 euros.
In her art, Haapala (b. 1984) examines people’s relation to nature, and she participates in the post-humanistic discussion with her work. Haapala started her career as a photographer, and in the selection board’s opinion, she has developed dynamically in her art within a short period of time. Her wide-ranged work covers spatial art, moving pictures and publications. Haapala has taken the bio art sector in a direction where an exploring spirit and laboratory-like conditions become emphasised in an interesting way.
“Art Foundation Merita’s “Young Promising Artist 2018” award means an opportunity for me to continue my artistic work with themes that are important to me. External support and encouragement also strengthen my confidence in working as an artist today and in the future.” Says Lilli Haapala.
Jan Kaila, Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki: ”It’s brilliant that the award is addressed to the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts – it means substantial financial aid to one of our alumni and is an important symbolic gesture: Finland has a young generation of talented artists, and they deserve support!”
“The Young Promising Artist” award is part of the cooperation between Art Foundation Merita and the University of the Arts Helsinki's Academy of Fine Arts. Within the scope of the cooperation, the foundation grants an award to a newly graduated Master of Fine Arts in 2016–2018. The amount of the award is 22,000 euros and its purpose is to enable the artistic work of an artist who is talented and able to develop. The decision on the recipient of the award is made by the Art Foundation Merita's Board of Directors.
In accordance with the cooperation agreement between Art Foundation Merita and the University of the Arts Helsinki's Academy of Fine Arts, the award was now granted for the third time to an artist who has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. In 2016, the award was granted to Roma Auskalnyte and in 2017 to Restlessminds, artists Linda Al-Ghussein and Fabian Olovson.
The award-granting Board of Directors:
Heikki Hanka, Professor of Art History at the University of Jyväskylä
Anu Kehusmaa, Director the Art Foundation Merita
Jan Kaila, Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts
Annu Vertanen, Professor of Printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts
You can view the artist’s works at: www.lillihaapala.com
Photo: Lilli Haapala