AREFS taide ja kulttuuri ry
AREFS art and culture association

  • Savon Radan ryhmä organizes activities along the historical Savo line


AREF taide ja kulttuuri will start with an experimental artist-in-residence 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 at the time will be invited to stay, work and contribute with their work to the community of Hiirola.

map of railway in Finland 1906

railway station design Knut Nylander - Finnish National Archive Helsinki


floor plan of Hiirola station in 1889 - 1934 - 1952 - 1980 - 1987 - details maps - Finnish National Archive Helsinki
there were also changes in 60-ies and 70-ies, from these are no plans available (yet)


1955 or later - one chimney is missing, the other chimney is old


1980 - the platform is still there

2011 - the building was not longer in use and closed until 2011


the railway station as a sleeping beauty between trees and bushes, closed and an interesting place for youth and homeless people

the railway station after cutting trees and bushes and cleaning the surrounding, the windows are open and glassed 

the first winter with lights and burning ovens, the beginning of a new future

The place is inviting for experimental artist-in-residences. AREFS is planning to start in summer 2014 with the first residencies in the program THE NEXT STATION.











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