News Archive: 2020


Northern Photographic Centre will be closed from 1 December 2020 to 18

The City of Oulu Management Team made decisions on the measures for the spreading phase of the coronavirus epidemic in Oulu. Due to the high infection risk, the public premises managed by the City of Oulu will be closed from 1 December 2020 to 18. Cultural Centre Valve and Northern Photographic Centre will be also closed from 1 December 2020 to 18.


Supplemental open call for artist groups between May 5th and June 10th 2020: Korpúlfsstaðir, Iceland

Due to COVID-19 the planned residence programme to Korpúlfsstaðir, Iceland in August 2020 has been postponed to be organized in June 2021. Northern Photographic Centre, the Arts promotion centre Finland and SÌm reopen the open call for group residence in Korpúlfsstaðir, Iceland. Already submitted proposals are taken into account.

Artist-in-residence program is focused on groups of two to three artists who are based in Northern Finland or artists that identify themselves to the North or whose work has a strong connection with the Northern Finland. 

Organizers encourage artist from different fields to apply to the artist-in-residency program. Proposals needs to be based on photographic art and at least one of the participants need to be photographer. The project can also be between photographers.

The Selected artist group will receive 1500 euros for a month long residence. Residence program will also cover the travel costs and provide the accommodation and workspace.

Please, include on your application in English:

  1. Schedule of work and cooperation.
  2. Abstract of resume for each member.
  3. 3-5 sample images of the project or previous works. 

Applications are asked to be submitted in one .PDF file with a maximum size of 8M. The Applications must be submitted by e-mail to .

The Open call closes on June 10th at 4 pm (Finnish time). 

The artist-in-residence program candidates are selected by the Northern Photographic Centre and the Icelandic artist organization SÍM. The candidates will be informed in August 2020. 

Project that increases artists mobility is a part of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s project between artists residencies. The aim is to provide accessible residency programmes to artists and by that increase internationalizion. Artist-in-residency pilot together with Northern Photographic Centre provides a residency in June 2021 from Korpúlfsstaðir, Iceland.

SÍM is an artist organization based in Iceland. They coordinate two residencies in the country and the A-i-R program together with the Northern Photographic Centre is located in Korpúlfsstaðir 10km from Reykjavik. The whole residency is reserved for the selected artist group in July 2021 (three bedrooms, kitchen and studios).

More information about the residency:


More information about the open call:

Alla Räisänen
Northern Photocraphic Centre

+358 40 7272 135

More information about the residency

Malla Alatalo
Arts Promotion Centre

+358 295 330 859


Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte is exploring potential futures during her residency

Visit of photographer Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte is part of cooperation between the Northern Photographic Centre and Street Level Photoworks Gallery in Glasgow. Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte is spending four weeks exploring Finland. Kotryna was selected for the On the Edge residency program last autumn, organized by Street Level Photoworks gallery. The project is funded by the British Council’s ‘Scotland and Europe’ strand. The residency program aims to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between Scotland and other European countries.

During the residency, Kotryna is exploring the themes of ecologies of the North and potential futures in the context of climate change. She will use video, photography, and writing to reflect on interspecies relations. Kotryna is spending three weeks in Oulu and will visit for one week in Aska Artist residency run by Kaija Kiuru and Timo Helle in Sodankylä. In Aska she will work with the shapes of snow and this performative process will be captured on video. In Oulu, she concentrates on research and writing and she will use the photographic studio at Villatehdas to photograph still-lives made with seaweed.

Kotryna will talk about her recent works at Northern Photographic at Centre Cultural Centre Valve on March 12 at 5.30 pm. Artist talk is part of the guided tour called Kiertelemättä. In the evening Kotryna will show a short moving image piece called Amateur Botanist and her recent photographic works.

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte is a Glasgow, Scotland based artist. She works with photography, moving image, objects, archive, and sound, exhibiting internationally. Alongside her artistic practice, she also teaches, curates and coordinates art events and exhibitions, as well as works on photography and moving image commissions. Her latest video work, Amateur Botanist was screened in CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) in Glasgow and Digital Diaspora screening at Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm last year. Her latest solo show Impossible Colonies was exhibited at An Talla Solais Gallery in Ullapool, Scotland. Kotryna has also been part of group exhibition PLATFORM displayed at the Old Fire Station at the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2017.