How I Came to Run an Art Gallery in Helsinki

I was engrossed in Google Maps the other day, looking for an art gallery I wanted to check out but could not find anywhere. Finally I looked up, and there it was. I was standing right outside.

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Lokal describes itself as 72% art and 28% coffee, which is a pretty good blend to me. It specialises in local, independent artists and designers and holds themed exhibitions.

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The current exhibition is ‘Never Never Land’ and features playful pieces from various artists, including some of the most stylish miniature houses I’ve ever seen.

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The store is full of gorgeous design objects, with more available online and worldwide delivery.

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I had a really nice chat with owner Katja Hagelstam, who opened Lokal in 2012. A courier came in as we talked and when she had to leave for a few minutes to give him a parcel she looked at me and said, ‘You’re in charge.’

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Unfortunately not much happened. I didn’t even get to sit in my cool new office or make anyone an espresso.

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But nothing got broken and Katja seemed very relaxed when she got back. Lokal is moving ten doors down at the end of this month and as I left there was no mention of me being in charge of packing or carrying boxes so I assume my contract is over. It was good while it lasted.

LOKAL – now at Annankatu 9, Helsinki

12 thoughts on “How I Came to Run an Art Gallery in Helsinki

    • Grazie Marjo! I was just thinking of you yesterday. I hope you are well & that you are still enjoying Italian lessons. Now that I have stopped to focus on learning Finnish there are three Italians in my Finnish class. Hyvää viikonloppua!

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  1. How wonderful! ThisIsFinland website brought me here and I’m so glad it did! Love your blog–will keep an eye out for your posts in my Reader from now on.

    Jess, A Canadian girl living in Helsinki. 😉

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