Professor Riitta Nelimarkka is a distinctive and versatile artist whose repertoire includes graphic art, animated films, paintings, art and poetry books, textile art, and extensive exhibition entities. Her art is characterised by brilliant colours and innovative irony. She has also been commissioned a great number of works, including the large-scale "Con Calore" wool carpets for the official residence of the President of Finland. Her artworks, illustrations and animated films have been presented at various international festivals and biennales. She has been awarded numerous prizes and honorary mentions for her works. Here are Riitta Nelimarkka's tips for summertime Helsinki.
OBSERVATORY HILL AND HELSINKI OBSERVATORY
A nicely guided info package that triggers a passionate curiosity.
The former fortress island of Suomenlinna is always an impressive place to bring friends visiting Finland.
WALKING TOUR EIRA - KAIVOPUISTO
The Eira district with its beautiful houses and the Kaivopuisto waterfront with its ice cream stands and cafés. Café Ursula is worth a mention for its highly charitable work, and Skiffer on the little island of Liuskasaari in front of Kaivopuisto is famous for its paradise-like pizzas.
A walking tour circling Mustikkamaa takes you to a fun, new café-restaurant called Bron, right by the new Isoisänsilta bridge ('Grandpa's Bridge').
RUNNING AND WALKING: MEILAHTI, SEURASAARI AND HIETANIEMI
Take a tour around Meilahti and Seurasaari all the way to Hietaniemi where you can find the stylish, newly renovated Pavilion. You can find my colourful glass art work on the facade. At 13 metres, it's the first and biggest "glassalle" in Finland.
Ateneum, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Amos Anderson, HAM and the Design Museum. All excellent museums of an international standard.