Hannele Färm, born in 1952, lives and paints in Seoul, South Korea. She has worked in marketing with Orion Pharma, among other companies. In addition to a Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration, she acquired the Qualification of an Art Weaver at the Wetterhoff School of Handicraft and Home Industry. Färm has three children and two grandchildren. Her husband’s work has taken her to different countries, such as The United States, Australia, Sweden and now South Korea. Färm studied painting in the Open Art School in Helsinki from 2009 to 2013.
Marja-Leena Koivisto, born in 1966, lives and works in Lahti, at the moment. In addition to visual arts she has studied stone sculpting, art and cultural education, and LogoArt art therapy. She studied in the Open Art School in Helsinki from 2009 to 2012.
Koivisto is interested in the different manifestations of art and creativity, and in functional dialogue. In addition to art workshops, Koivisto has been one of the founding members of community galleries in different settings, for example in Tampere in 2000 and Mikkeli from 2004 to 2008. She studied under sculptor Erkki Alajärvi and participated in staging the opera Käärme, “The Snake Opera”, in Äkäslompolo in 1999. She staged and costumed the Kiveen ikuistettu, “Set in Stone”, musical in Ristiina in 2004.
As a visual artist, Koivisto has mainly participated in group exhibitions in Finland and the medieval villages of Portico di Romagna and Bocconi in Italy.
Kati von Zansen, born in 1969, lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from Rovaniemi Institute of Art and Craft with the degree of a Bachelor of Culture and Arts (Crafts and Design) in 1993 and worked in the film industry in production and arts until the year 2005 when she started her studies for the qualification of a Visual Artisan in the Hyvinkää School of Art.
During her studies, von Zansen participated in two group exhibitions in Hyvinkää. In the first one, she studied her own history from childhood to the present day in her painting series. The painting series in her diploma work exhibition studied the interaction of colour and movement in large oil paintings, again.
She set up her first own exhibition Puita kuin muita, “Trees Like Men”, in Kajaani in Galleria Sisu in 2009. In addition to paintings, there were also drawings with the themes of trees and their humanlike dimensions.
Von Zansen continued her studies of visual arts in the Open Art School from 2009 to 2012. She begins her studies at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
Tuomo Railo became known as a choreographer. He was born in 1967 and graduated from the Finnish National Opera Ballet School in 1987. Railo has created choreographies for dance theatre ensembles, television and theatre as well as commissioned works for festivals in Finland and abroad. Railo has also worked as a teacher of choreography and dance, as a producer and an actor.
In 1999, Railo founded the Dance Theatre Glims & Gloms in Espoo with his partner, choreographer Simo Heiskanen. Since then, it has become known for its visually strong and memorable performances. In 2009, Glims & Gloms received the State Award for Dance Arts.
As a visual artist, Railo has had two exhibitions of his own in Galleria Espoonsilta in Espoo, in 2009 and 2011, and participated in a group exhibition in Galeria Colorida in Lisbon in 2010. He studied visual arts in the Open Art School in Helsinki from 2009 to 2103.