News Archive: 2016


Open hour exceptions during Christmas time

There are some exceptions in the open hours of Cultural Center Valve and The Northern Photographic centre in December:


6.12. Independence Day: Valve is closed

19.–23.12. Gallery open daily 10-16

24.12.–1.1.2017 Christmas/ New Year: Cultural Center Valve is closed

Except: Cultural Centre and the gallery are open on New Year’s Eve 31.12. 17-20.


No exhibition call for the programme 2017!

The Northern Photographic Centre will turn 30 years in the year 2017.

There will be a special exhibition programme for the next year, and no open call for exhibitions 2017. 

The next open call for exhibitions will be arranged in 2017.

More information: alla(at)


Chocolate Restaurant in the gallery May 21st!

On International Restaurant Day (May 21st 2016) there will once again be a Chocolate Restaurant in the gallery of The Northern Photographic Centre.

In Chocolate Restaurant you can buy dark quality chocolates to be enjoyed either on site (tasting pieces) or at home (whole tablets). Note that the amount of whole tablets is very limited.

The range of chocolates will be different from the previous Chocolate Restaurants. Come and experience what real dark quality chocolates taste like. They contain only the necessary ingredients of delicious dark chocolate: Cocoa and sugar. You won't find this kind of chocolates in any stores!

Chocolate Restaurant is open between noon (12) and 4 p.m. but will close earlier if we run out of quality chocolates (this has happened before). Don't be late!

We accept cash money (euro) but also most debit and credit cards. We do not accept 50€ or larger bills.

Price list:
2€: Single tasting piece
5€: Three (3) tasting pieces of your choice


Gallery closed during Easter

Cultural Centre Valve and the gallery of the Northern Photographic Centre are closed from Friday 24th to Monday 28th.



The visual artist of the year for Oulunsalo Chamber Music Festival 2016 is Santeri Sarkola

Santeri Sarkola is the visual artist of year for Oulunsalo Chamber Music Festival 2016. 

Sarkola's works will be exhibited during the Oulunsalo Chamber Music Festival in the library of Oulunsalo in August 2016.

The Visual Artist of the Year exhibition is arranged in cooperation with Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Mucis Festival, Oulun Juhlaviikot and the Northern Photographic Centre.

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Santeri Sarkola: