Art and Museum Centre Sinkka

Summary in English

Art and Museum Centre Sinkka, which opened in 2012, is home to the Kerava Museum and the Kerava Art Museum. Sinkka showcases works from the designers of the Keravan Puusepäntehdas cabinetmakers factory and the lamp and light-fixture factory Orno interlaced with contemporary art and the latest trends in visual arts. In addition to the exhibitions and events Sinkka’s guests can enjoy the Museum Shop and Café or book private events from small-scale meetings to large functions.


Yarn Visions

Yarn Visions 26/11/2016 – 19/3/2017

Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Jenni Haili, Liisa Hietanen, Hyäryllistä-group, Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir, Elina Juopperi, Sanna Majander, Niina Mantsinen, Melek Mazici, Annukka Mikkola, OLEK & Michelle P. Dodson, Kaija Papu, Ulla Pohjola, Sonja Salomäki, Noora Schroderus, Suvi Solkio, Minna Soraluoma, Daina Taimina, Tuija Teiska, Timo Tähkänen, Sanni Weckman

The Yarn Visions exhibition focuses on knitted, crocheted, tufted and embroidered works of art. Contemporary artists generate new spirit into old handicraft traditions. One of the most famous artists in the exhibition is New York based Olek (Agata Oleksiak, b. 1978). Together with refugees, immigrants and local women she wrapped a whole house with pink crochets in the centre of Kerava. Since the beginning of August Our Pink House has reminded of the importance of home, hope and dreams.

Other international artists are Russian Tanya Akhmetgalieva (b. 1983), Icelandic Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir (b. 1962), and Latvian mathematician Daina Taimina (b. 1954) now holding a professorship at Cornell University. Taimina has crocheted hyperbolic forms to make geometric equations more understandable. The White cloud, carried out with the assistance of Latvian volunteers, is accompanied by beautiful pink forms crocheted by residents of Kerava.

Finnish artists also have a strong hold on yarn-based visual arts. Niina Mantsinen’s (b. 1986) graffiti rugs with bold, street art expression are accompanied by Kaija Papu’s (b. 1980) crocheted police car. Papu has searched material for her latest needlepoint works from the adult entertainment pages on the Internet under “romantic love”. Liisa Hietanen’s (b. 1981) impressive, near hyper-realistic “Villagers” blend in with the public. Her portrayal of everyday commodities is striking.

The Yarn Visions exhibition includes a strong participatory aspect. After the completion of Our Pink House the capable hands of the volunteers have crocheted for Daina Taimina and created a harvest installation of yarn. Textile design students from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences invite the audience to supplement their Baltic Sea installation and to raise marine pollution awareness.

The exhibition is curated by Doctor of Arts Minna Haveri.


Upcoming exhibitions

Green Earth – Blooming City 1/4/2017 – 2/7/2017

Jennifer Steinkamp, Botanic 2, 2016, digital animationFor our forefathers living on the savannah greenery meant food, water and protection. Our cells “remember” this even if we now live in a city. All of us need bird song, flowering trees, life-bearing greenness. According to research artificial plants also bring pleasure. Nature relaxes and alleviates anxiousness even in the form of an image on a screensaver. Kerava Art Museum’s exhibition for the centenary of Finland’s independence celebrates the beauty of nature and its healing powers.

Green Earth – Blooming City presents American installation artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s breathtaking plant animations alongside other artists observing the beauty of nature. The exhibition features installations made of live plants, video projections, photographs as well as more traditional works.

Guided tours in Finnish
Join us for lectures and events on green art during the exhibition.
Image: Jennifer Steinkamp, Botanic 2, 2016, digital animation (still image)

For the Love of Freedom 5/8/2017 – 29/10/2017

Rakkaudesta vapauteenThis exhibition is the first museum exhibition in Finland focused solely on graffiti art – at least according to the artists who feel graffiti art has previously been overshadowed by street art and other art forms. Kerava Art Museum’s exhibition For the Love of Freedom presents around 20 graffiti artists and deciphers the concept, style and background of street calligraphy.

Guided tours in Finnish.

Workshops, lectures and artist-led tours of the exhibition for adults and youth during the exhibition.

Along the highway – Kerava 100 years ago  11/11/2017 – 14/1/2018

Born on loam soil, Kerava at the time of Finland’s independence in 1917 was a small community on the side of the railroad, a countryside building its first factories, shops, villas and other settlements.

Kerava Museum’s exhibition transports the viewer along the Old Highway past old settlements and the borough founded in 1924. The historic milieu also expands into Kerava city space to be read on mobile devices.

Guided tours in Finnish
A series of lectures called Shared Heritage will take place during the exhibition, program TBA in spring 2017.

Discover Sinkka, just 20 minutes from Helsinki

Kultasepänkatu 2, 04250 Kerava (main entrance at Sampolankatu)
+ 358 40 318 4300

Kerava is located about 30 kilometers from Helsinki city center. You can access Kerava by local trains K, N, R and Z (from Helsinki), by R (from Tampere), by Z (from Lahti). Sinkka is about 600 meters from the Kerava Train station.

All rooms open to public are accessible for persons with disabilities, and there is a free car park behind the building. The café and museum shop follow the same opening hours as the museum.

Opening hours:
Tue, Thu, Fri 11am–6pm
Wed 12am–7pm
Sat, Sun 11am–5pm
Mon Closed

Exceptions to opening hours:
Jan 1st closed
Jan 6th 11am-5pm
March 6-17 closed
April 30th 11am–4pm
April 14th closed
May 25th 11am-5pm
June 23-25 closed
July 3 – Aug 3 closed
Oct 30 – Nov 10 closed
Dec 6th closed
Dec 22-24 closed
Dec 31 11am–4pm

Adults: €5
Students, seniors, unemployed persons: €3
Children under 16: free
We accept the Finnish Museum Card, Museokortti.
Please note that admission is free on the first Sunday of the month.

Bookings for guided tours and rooms for functions

You can book an english speeking guide for you or for your group.
Guided tours:
Tue–Fri 11 am–4 pm €35,  after 4 pm €60
Sat–Mon €60

Sinkka is also available for private functions such as meetings and parties. For more information and bookings please contact + 358 (0)40 3184300 / sinkka(a)

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Heikkilä Local History Museum

The Heikkilä Local History Museum demonstrates typical living conditions in the province from the mid- 19th centure up to the 1930s. The verdant Museum gardens are in strak contrast to the urban hustle and bustle of Kerava town centre and a reminder of the slow and self-sufficient lifestyle of the past centuries.

Heikkilä Local History Museum is open in the summer and for groups by appointment.

Open in the summer 18.6.–13.8.2017
Tue-Thu 12am–5pm
Sun 10am–3pm (closed 25th of June)

free admission

Heikkilän kotiseutumuseo
Heikkilä Local History Museum
Museopolku 1, 04200 Kerava

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