Eeva, a Finnish women’s magazine, published an article (page 48) on Alison, her travels, her family and her art-work.
Following the excitement and heart-warming event of her retrospective exhibition, Alison took a relaxing break, to reconnect with her childhood roots in Portugal. The journey began in Porto with an exploration of this historic city, the winding Douro River, as well as magnificent flower-filled landscapes and medieval stone cottages in remote villages.
Article about the exhibition has been published in HBL newspaper. The piece can be read here.
“Alison Wiklund: An Artist’s Journey” has also video documentation available on Youtube.
Preparations are ongoing for the distribution of a book and a retrospective exhibition – both entitled “Alison Wiklund: An Artist’s Journey” at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland – from 22nd March to 10th April 2023. The retrospective exhibition of Alison’s art-work, spanning over 6 decades, as well as her book – will reflect the evolution of her artistic output, her travels and the influence of Oriental cultures.
Both Alison’s book and the exhibition will also emphasize the importance of including art, as a subject and tool, in environmental education. A central theme in the exhibition is also the role of Alison’s sketch-book which has always been an essential part of her personal hand-bag. Whether living in Finland or during her many travelling expeditions, her sketch-book has been a powerful tool and a talisman. It is a simple means to communicate, share ideas and cultivate friendships with all cultures.
The exhibition will also include 2 workshops with two Helsinki High Schools: Tolo Gymnasium High School (Swedish-speaking) and Helsingin Kuvataidelukio (Finnish-speaking Visual Arts School, founded in 1925). These 2 workshops will focus on making hand-made paper, using organic waste. Alison’s former students from Malawi and Nicaragua will be leading these workshops. Furthermore, the public will have an opportunity throughout the exhibition to learn how to creatively recycle.
October 2020 – Grönqvist Stiftelse Award
Alison is deeply honoured to have been awarded a stipend in recognition of her artistic production from the Helene & Walter Grönqvist Foundation which has helped make this exhibition possible.