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Restaurant Day 19.5. in Napa Gallery and Courtyard: a bar, a kiosk and a bookshop!



Vappu is not over yet in Napa Gallery! On Restaurant Day the gallery will turn into a mead bar, offering new twists to this traditional 1st of May drink. On the menu you’ll find dandelion, mint, ginger and raspberry simas, as well as some sweet snacks.



On Restaurant Day Napa Books will open a courtyard kiosk serving new versions of Möttönen pies, and while enjoying your pies you can flick through a selection of books from the Berlin-based Motto Distribution. Both the pies & books are available only for one day! We’re on the courtyard behind Napa Gallery, Eerikinkatu 18, from 12-4pm.





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Napa Illustrations: Keltainen kaupunki 2. – 26.5.2012

Napa Gallerian toukokuun näyttely kuljettaa yleisönsä Keltaiseen kaupunkiin, joka näyttäytyy heille nelin erilaisin kasvoin. Tämä kaupunki on Helsinki. Neljä kirjailijaa ja kuvittajaa tekevät näkyväksi nämä kasvot, kun Keltainen kaupunki -näyttely aukeaa Napa Galleriassa 2.5.2012.

Näyttely pohjautuu kuvitusta ja kirjallisuutta yhdistävään Keltainen kaupunki  – Kuvitettuja tarinoita Helsingistä -kirjaan, jota varten 17 kuvittaja-kirjailija -paria loivat kukin yhden kuvitetun tarinan teemalla Helsinki. Projektin tavoitteena on esitellä yleisölle kuvitustaiteen luonnetta tilaustyönä tehtynä taiteenmuotona: miten toimeksiannon pohjalta syntyy kuvitus.

Vuoden 2012 aikana kirjan innoittamana syntyneet kuvitusteokset jalkautuvat kaupungille mm. seinä- ja ikkunamaalauksina, printteinä, digitaalisina kuvina sekä installaatioina. Napan lisäksi näyttelypaikkoina ovat mm. Annantalo, Skidit Festarit, Kauppakeskus Kamppi ja Lasipalatsin aukio.

Napa Gallerian näyttelyssä on esillä julisteprinttejä ja originaaleja Keltainen kaupunki -kirjan kuvituksista seuraavilta kuvittaja-kirjailija -pareilta: Christer Nuutinen & Pauliina Haasjoki, Jussi Karjalainen & Leena Parkkinen, Pauliina Mäkelä & Tiina Lehikoinen sekä Riikka Sormunen & Juho Nieminen.

Napa Gallerian näyttely on osa Keltainen kaupunki – Kuvitettuja tarinoita Helsingistä -näyttelysarjaa. Napa Illustrations -kuvitusagentuurin järjestämä näyttelysarja on osa World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 -vuoden virallista ohjelmaa.




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Fonttikävely – Fontwalk

Cities are full of visual stories. Signs and symbols, letters and numbers – their main purpose is functional, to give information. What if we looked at them from another angle: as something that, in addition to being informative, can be aesthetically pleasing or tell an interesting story?

Fontwalk is an independently taken stroll up and down the streets of Kamppi, pointing out details and exploring the visual role of graphic design in the streetscape. The route takes approximately 45 minutes to walk and is based on a map distributed free of charge at Napa Gallery. Thirty-one destinations illustrate the past and present of typography and graphic design, and also offer a glimpse of the micro history of the area.

The map is designed by graphic designer Camilla Pentti together with Napa Gallery and will be available at Napa Gallery from April 26, until the edition runs out.

With Fontwalk Napa Gallery wishes to encourage people to take notice of the many details we pass by daily without giving them a second thought.

Fontwalk is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 -program.

Find the event on Facebook here!

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Thank you everyone for taking part in the event!

Online version of the map can still be found in World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 pages under Font Walk!

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We decided to run a little competition and ask for people to share the treasures they find, that are not on the Fontwalk map, on the wall of Fontwalk Facebook-event. By the end of 2012 Napa Gallery will pick a winner who will receive a prize from Napa Books!

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New Napa books / Spring 2012

Two new books were launched on Friday 13th April at Napa Gallery!

Joost Stokhof: Sixty Seconds of Fame

On Saturday 19 March 2011 polar bear Knut died in his enclosure’s pool at the Berlin zoo. For this book Stokhof drew every second of the last minute before the fall. All drawings were made within one minute. Joost Stokhof is an illustrator based in Utrecht, Netherlands. This flipbook won the 2nd prize in the Napa Flipbook Competition 2011

Jenni Rope: Stills
This book contains still images and unused clips from Rope’s stop-motion animation “Tiikerimuuri”, 2011. The book also features a flipbook on the left-hand side pages. Jenni Rope is an artist & publisher of Napa Books, based in Helsinki.

And… Just a day before these, a great book by our friends at the Napa Illustrations Agency came out!

Keltainen kaupunki / Yellow City (Illustrated stories from Helsinki) is a book combining Helsinki stories with top Finnish illustrations. For the book project, 17 illustrators invited their favourite Finnish author for collaboration.

All the books are available at the Napa Gallery & Shop in Helsinki and our webshop!

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Tea Party At Napa!

Napa Gallery welcomes everybody over for a Tea Party on Friday, Feb 3, at 12–6PM! We’ll be celebrating the closing party of January’s artist Yasushi Koyama (JPN) as well as the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 events by Napa. Over a cup of tea you will get to meet  Yasushi and Napa’s girls chatting and answering questions about up-and-coming projects!

Here’s a little taster of the WDC-year projects we’re doing:

Fontwalk/ Spring 2012

The starting point of the walk is the map available from Napa Gallery from 25th April 2012. The reader of the map does not know the finishing point and will be surprised during the route not only by fonts in the city, but interesting details often left unnoticed in our urban environment.

Yellow City/ All year

A series of exhibitions called ‘Yellow City – illustrated stories from Helsinki’ is based on a book with the same title combining illustrations and literature, to be published in early 2012. For the book project, 17 illustrators from Napa Illustrations Agency invited a Finnish author whose text they wanted to illustrate. ‘Yellow City’ is organised by Napa Illustrations Agency.

Bookies / April 2012

Bookies is a seminar on artist and designer-led publishing as a vehicle for artistic expression and mode of distribution of contemporary art today. By exhibitions, talks and discussions by key figures in the field, Bookies will give the audience a comprehensive idea of the current shifts in independent art publishing and its design that are shaping the ways we experience contemporary art. Napa Gallery will present exhibitions by Nieves (CH) and Scrollster (UK/CAN).

You can find more information on our WDC2012 projects here! See you next Friday!

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Call For Applications: Exhibitions in Napa Gallery / Autumn 2012

Napa Gallery presents art exhibitions ranging from illustration and photography to painting and graffiti. Napa is especially interested in exhibition applications that use the gallery’s unique space in a new way. Also we encourage ideas for additional workshops or happenings related to your exhibition.

Napa Gallery & Shop first opened it’s doors  in 2007. In 2011 we founded a non-profit gallery society to support the gallery. The exhibitions will be chosen by the Napa Gallery Society’s board: Tuovi Eskola, Marjo Granlund, Elsa Hessle, Saija Koponen, Anna- Kaisa Koski, Verna Kuutti, Katri Paakkanen, Ulla-Maija Pitkänen, Jenni Rope, Hanna Valle and Anna Virtanen.

Deadline for sending applications for July–December 2012 is February 29th, 2012. Applications must include pictures of the proposed work as well as an exhibition plan specifically made for Napa Gallery’s space. Please submit your application in a pdf-format via e-mail to: We do not accept paper applications. All applicants will be notified of the selection results via e-mail in one month’s time.

Exhibition Rent for 4 weeks is (incl. VAT 23%) 570 €. More information, including the  floor plan can be found here.

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Flipbook Competition 2011 winners!

The fourth Flipbook Competition results are here!

This year we received 42 flipbooks from 11 countries. The quality of the entries was very high so the jury decided to give three honorary prizes to those entries that came very close to the top three finalists.

And the winners are:

1. Terhi Ekebom: Sweet Home (Finland) / Prize: Publishing contract with Napa Books (December 2011)

The winning flipbook charmed the jury with it’s simple and imaginative storyline and a skilled, smooth movement. Sweet home is both traditional and fresh with a positive touch.

2. Joost Stokhof: 60 seconds of fame (Netherlands) / Publishing contract with Napa Books (Spring 2012)

The runner up impressed us with it’s beautiful and simplistic line drawings and a new approach to the flipbook as a medium. 60 seconds of fame is well-composed and conceptually fascinating. 

3. Tia Kim: Untitled (Australia) / Book prize

The second runner up was appreciated by the jury for it’s refined drawing and beautiful details. It’s storyline is simple but effective.

Honorary prizes:

4. Reiko Asai: Woolly-go-round (Japan) / Book prize

5. Amina Bouajila: Suis-je un saumon d’ē levage (France) / Book prize

6. Janna Añonuevo Langholz: Arrivals (United States) / Book prize

The jury members this year were: Marjo Granlund (agent for Napa Illustrations), Verna Kuutti (publicist for Helsinki Comics Center), Katri Paakkanen (exhibition coordinator at Napa Gallery), Ulla-Maija Pitkänen (artist), Jenni Rope (artist, publisher of Napa Books) and Hanna Valle (graphic designer).

All of the flipbooks that took part in the competition are exhibited at Napa Gallery until 21 December. The winning flipbook is available for purchase at Napa Gallery and Napa Books webshop in the beginning of December.

Congratulations to all winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part! 

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