News Archive: 2021


OPEN CALL Pictures of the Month

Pictures of the Month program by Northern Photographic Centre (NPC) and Fotonordic announces open call for the time period May 2022 and December 2022. Open call 27.12.2021–26.1.2022

The call for Pictures of the Month program is now open. Four week exhibition slots are available free of charge in our Lobby Gallery in Cultural house Valve between April 2022 and December 2022. The call is open for both professional and amateur photographers.

NPC advocates for equity within the field of contemporary photography. representing the diversity of the field. We especially encourage applications from photographers belonging to linguistic, cultural, and other minorities (race, gender, disability, sexual orientation...), and of various ages and genders. All information will be processed confidentially. Pictures of the month program will be selected by Veera Uutinen from Fotonordic, Taija Jyrkäs from NPC and visiting curator, artist Eriz Moreno. Eriz Moreno is an Oulu based photographer originally from Bilbao (Spain). His artistic practice is mainly related to historical-political contexts and their effect on a specific population or landscape and with a work format based on the installation and/or publication.

The exhibition space has a wire hanging system and there is a possibility to exhibit works digitally without pressure of printing. There is camera surveillance in the exhibition space. The exhibiting artist is responsible for the possible production costs as printing and framing of the exhibition. NPC provides the exhibition space free of charge and provides the artist help in planning, hanging and marketing the exhibition and covers the costs of the opening.

The deadline for applying is on January 26, 2022. Send your application via Google Form. The application should include an exhibition plan, an artistic resume and images of the submitted photographs. We hope to receive the application in English.

More information: Taija Jyrkäs, / +358 40 1281 150


Open search for northern Finnish artists - Material Light

Finnish Light Art Society FLASH, Northern Photographic Center and the Artists' Association MUU are organizing the second part of the event Material Light at the Northern Photographic Center in Oulu in November 2021. The event focuses on light art in it´s many forms. The exhibition is also part of the LUMO light festival.

We invite northern Finnish artists from Northern Ostrobothnia, Kainuu and Lapland to propose an art work with the Material Light theme. The artist must live in the area or have a strong connection to Northern Finland.

How does light itself feel, what does it mean, tell and convey in an artwork? Artists from various fields, from performance artists to painters, from video artists to light artists, and from sculptors to sound artists, are welcome. The theme can be approached on many different levels, from concrete light as material to it's more conceptual treatment.

We are also interested in ideas for an online or virtual light art work. Can a light art work be viewed online, is it possible to send it from one computer to another, or sense it from a cell phone screen?

In connection to the exhibition, artists will also be offered a residency in the AiR Oulu residency program for 1-3 weeks. The residency is free of charge for the artist, and in addition, the Northern Photography Center reimburses the artist for reasonable travel expenses incurred in participating in the residency program. 1-2 artists will be selected for the residency program. The Northern Photography Center also provides mentoring support for artists selected. The residence apartment is located in the center of Oulu and can be accommodated alone or as a group of two people. The program also provides the artist with a workspace.

The exhibition will be held at the Oulu Northern Photographic Center from November 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022. We are building the exhibition on November 16-19, 2021. The opening will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5 pm.

The Northern Photographic Center has to offer AV-technology to the artists participating in the exhibition: 3 HD projectors, 3 audio players, 4 media players.

We hope that the artists will obtain other necessary materials and equipment themselves. Artists will be paid an exhibition fee of 400.00 for participating in the exhibition.

The artists of the first part of the exhibition are Alexander Salvesen (1990), Jenni Eskola (1982), Michal Czinege (1980), Anna Björklund (1991), Oulu-based Heidi Stålnacke (1980) and the Artists' Collective KUNST. The artists are also involved in the second part of the project. The event is curated by visual artist Anu Raatikainen.

Online applications at:
The open call ends on 06.08.2021 23:59
The selections will be announced to the artists by the end of August.


More information:

Anu Raatikainen
Finnish Light Art Society FLASH
040 544 9469

Taija Jyrkäs
Northern Photographic  Center
040 1281 150


Apply for Northern Photographic Centre and Street Level Photoworks Artist Residency until 15.5.2021

This open call to Finnish photographers or artists working with photography is for a 35-day residency which will take place in Glasgow and the surrounding areas between September and October of 2021.

Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Coast and Waters 2021’ celebrates and shines a spotlight on Scotland’s beautiful natural environment. Nature is gaining a momentum with people expressing a desire to experience rural and especially coastal destinations. However, at the same time, temperatures are soaring and storms are raging. According to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Glasgow in November 2021, if we do not act quickly, every single one of us will be affected. Northern Photographic Centre in collaboration with Street Level Photoworks are inviting artists to react to the urgent global climate situation and engage Scotland’s natural environment in a responsible way.

Through this programme Northern Photographic Centre and Street Level Photoworks are opening up opportunities to explore, amongst other things, contemporary cultural and economic links, landscape, coast and water, remoteness, as well as environmental interdependence.

The residency is aimed at artists who identify with the North and aforementioned themes, are from Northern Finland, or have a strong connection to Northern Finland. The residency is supported by Northern Photographic Centre, Street Level Photoworks, and Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland.

Read more about the residency program. 
Residency application form. 

photo: opening of Oscar Marzaroli exhibition, courtesy Street Level Photoworks, 2020


OPEN CALL Kaunas Photography Gallery residency program

Kaunas Photography Gallery is pleased to announce an open call for its 2021 residency program. Photographers and artists, curators, critics and art historians who work with photography are invited to apply. A number of residencies are available. These usually last from 4 to 9 weeks and are held within the period 1 March–20 December. The deadline for all applications is 31 January 2021. Applicants can be of any nationality but must be based in Nordic–Baltic countries other than Lithuania (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland, Latvia and Estonia).

Description: We are looking for candidates with an original approach, one which displays an attentiveness and sensitivity to Kaunas’s identity and culture, and its environmental characteristics. We hope to receive some compelling and ambitious proposals. Applicants will be evaluated through criteria including the artistic or professional excellence of their work, the quality of their proposal, and the extent to which the residency will contribute to their progress and be consistent with their creative goals and professional development.

Kaunas Photography Gallery will cover travel expenses and provide accommodation in an apartment or guest house in Kaunas city centre, a per diem and a €425 scholarship. Basic materials and equipment can also be provided.

Successful applicants are expected to give at least one informal public audio-visual presentation about their work and/or take part in some other kind of event during the residency.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should fill in the residency application form and send it by email to the address listed on the form, together with visual supporting material and a reference.
General information
Kaunas Photography Gallery residency was established in 2012. It provides a great opportunity for persons working in the field of photography to develop ideas and projects within a fully supportive working environment. In addition, residents often bring a unique outsider’s perspective to the subject of Kaunas and its environs.

Applicants can propose projects on any theme, but the topics of Kaunas modernism, contemporary humanist photography, and future visions of Kaunas will be specially welcome and have the potential to be included in future publications and projects. However, this is not an essential requirement.

Successful applicants will be given access to Lithuanian photography archives, a library of photographic publications and direct contact with Lithuanian photographers and the most relevant arts institutions. As we accept very few residents at a time, this enables a unique experience where introductions and assistance are specifically adapted to the residents’ own interests and practices.

Deadline for residency applications:  31 January 2021.
Dates and duration of residencies: From 4 to 9 weeks between 1 March and 20 December 2021.
Please email your application form to by 31 January 2021. Due to an expected high number of applications, only selected applicants will be notified.
Regarding Covid-19 restrictions
Kaunas Photography Gallery is hoping that by the spring of 2021 it will be safe for residents to travel to Kaunas. However, there may be some schedule changes due to the pandemic. Please follow the latest information regarding the Covid-19 situation in Lithuania:
Kaunas Photography Gallery residency program is supported by Nordic Culture Point and Lithuanian Council for Culture.