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Soapstone sculpture Kare by Minna Vartiainen, 2021.
Minna Vartiainen’s sculpture Kare won the shared 1st prize last year. Kare belongs to the Town of Juuka and it is on display in the town hall.

International and Finnish Stone Carving Championships and Stone Sculpture Event

August 5–7, 2022 Juuka, Finland

Dear stone sculptors, enthusiasts and experts alike!

You are invited to The International and Finnish Championship Stone Carving Competition in the Juuan Kivenveisto 2022 Stone Sculpture Festival from August 5-7, 2022 in Juuka, North Karelia, Finland! The competition is open to everyone.

Juuan Kivenveisto 2022 – The Juuka Stone Sculpture Festival will bring together sculptors to carve soapstone and visitors to follow these art and skills. Come and show to other competitors the festival audience how Juuka’s own natural product, Mammutti Soapstone, bends in your hands!

The competition is an art competition and there is only one series in the competition, the solo series. There are three separate competitions: The Finnish Championship of Hand Stone Carving, The Finnish Championship of Machine Stone Carving and The International Stone Carving Championship. The participants of the international competition can choose the working technique (either hand sculpture or machine sculpture). Finnish citizens can at the same time choose for the national and the international competition.

This year the theme of the stone carving competition is Love

The main organizer of the event is Ellin Taitajat ry, a local cultural association. There is a wide range of local communities, businesses and volunteers involved. The sculpture material is Mammutti Soapstone donated by NunnaUuni Oy, a Juuka based company, internationally well-known for its high-efficiency wood burning fireplaces.

The maximum number of participants in each competition is 10 sculptors. The registration of competitors has expired. However, we still have places for a cuple of sculptors. Please, contact our Project Coordinator Tanja Rovio-Murto, if you wish to join the competition / competitions, contact information below.

For inquiries related to the competition, please contact:

Tuula Ikonen-Graafmans, Contact Person: tuula.ikonengraafmans(at)gmail.com, tel. +358 400 674 062 (SE, EN)
Tanja Rovio-Murto, Project Coordinator: ellintaitajat(at)gmail.com, tel. +358 50 563 0325 (EN)

Päivi Pennala, Board Member: paivi.pennala(at)juuka.fi, tel. +358 40 104 2410 (FI, EN, SE)
Tapio Vartiainen, Competition Director: twartsu@hotmail.com, tel. +358 50 522 0337 (FI)
Eija Meriläinen, Director of the Event and Chairperson of Ellin Taitajat ry: eijamerilainen@hotmail.com, tel. +358 50 541 8951 (FI)

Ellin Taitajat ry

Juuan Kivenveisto 2022

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