News Archive: 2022

22.06.2022

Exhibition call for 2023 is open

The Northern Photographic Centre (PVK) exhibition call for 2023 is open until August 2 2022 23:59 (Finnish time). Exhibitions will be selected by the NPC exhibition committee. Three to five exhibition periods are available for application in 2023. The exhibitions are for a duration of 5–8 weeks.

Northern Photographic Centre is profiled for high-quality, contemporary photographic art. The reputation of the centre is based on rigorous and long-term work to showcase high-quality photographic art in the northern regions. Northern Photographic Centre emphasises the long-term, ecological focus in its activities and choices, and actively promotes a responsible culture of contemporary art. It believes in transparency and free sharing of human capital. 

The gallery of Northern Photographic Centre is located in the Cultural Centre Valve in the town centre of Oulu, with free admission to the exhibitions. More than 35,000 visitors per year visit the gallery, and the gallery is open every day from 10:00–20:00. The gallery has seven rooms and has a total floor area of approximately 135 square metres. The premises have stone walls and a red brick floor. Two rooms have a screen and a video projector for the presentation of video works. The gallery is also ideal for team exhibitions. 

You can find out more about the premises here.

The Northern Photographic Centre provides productive support and pays a two-month salary for an artist as part of a special grant from the Kone Foundation. The remuneration is exhibition-specific and equal for all. 

Northern Photographic Centre organises the transfers of works to and from the exhibition, the insurance of works during transport and exhibition, travel, and accommodation costs to the grand opening of the exhibition, information, and opening ceremony. 

Northern Photographic Centre encourages applicants to offer a wide range of challenging and lens-based media-based sets of photographs that are fresh or relate to current issues. The utilisation of the premises as part of the exhibition is considered to be an advantage. Northern Photographic Centre hopes for exhibition proposals from photographers belonging to linguistic, cultural, or other minorities, and encourages people of all ages and genders to submit applications.  All exhibition proposals will be assessed confidentially.

  

The exhibition application must include:

1.    A exhibition plan containing a description of the exhibition theme (statement).

2.    Images to support the application. 

3.    CV(s) (artist groups must append each artist’s CV)

 

The exhibition application shall use the Artorio platform.

Floor plan and images of the rooms of the premises can be found here.

 

Further information available from:
Taija Jyrkäs
taija@photonorth.fi
+358 40 1281 150 

 

08.03.2022

The Northern Photographic Centre's Pictures of the Month exhibition program has been selected for 2022

In 2022, the Northern Photographic Center particularly encouraged minority photographers to apply for the Images of the Month program. The open call for the exhibition was strongly promoted in English so that the open call would be accessible to photographers of all languages. The open call interested photographer all over the world and almost half of the applications came from outside Finland. However, the exhibition jury sought to emphasize locality in its selections. A total of 30 applications were received for the 2022 exhibition open call.

A total of eight proposals were selected for the exhibition program for 2022. Inkeri Jäntti together with Inka Kuivamäki with their project tää ois, Mika Kiviniemi and Sirpa Heikkinen were selected from Oulu and photographer Susanna Selin and Ville Lehvonen from Southern Finland.

Northern Finland will be represented by Anssi Jokiranta from Rovaniemi and Atte Tolonen from Tornio. The international exhibition cavalcade was represented by the Dutch Charmaine de Heij.

The exhibition program for 2022 is thematically combined with personal experience and documentation.

The images in the Images of the Month programme were selected by Veera Uutinen, Chief Operating Officer of Fotonordic, Taija Jyrkäs, Producer of the Northern Photographic Center, Antti Tenetz, Executive Director, and Eriz Moreno, Visiting Curator. Eriz Moreno is a photographer from Oulu, Bilbao, Spain. His artistic work is mainly related to historical-political contexts and how they affect a particular population or region. The primary media used by Moreno are installations and / or photographic publications.

08.03.2022

The Northern Photographic Centre's Images of the Month exhibition program has been selected for 2022

In 2022, the Northern Photographic Center particularly encouraged minority photographers to apply for the Images of the Month program. The open call for the exhibition was strongly promoted in English so that the open call would be accessible to photographers of all languages. The open call interested photographer all over the world and almost half of the applications came from outside Finland. However, the exhibition jury sought to emphasize locality in its selections. A total of 30 applications were received for the 2022 exhibition open call.

A total of eight proposals were selected for the exhibition program for 2022. Inkeri Jäntti together with Inka Kuivamäki with their project tää ois, Mika Kiviniemi and Sirpa Heikkinen were selected from Oulu and photographer Susanna Selin from Southern Finland.

Northern Finland will be represented by Anssi Jokiranta from Rovaniemi and Atte Tolonen from Tornio. The international exhibition cavalcade was represented by the Dutch Charmaine de Heij.

The exhibition program for 2022 is thematically combined with personal experience and documentation.

The images in the Images of the Month programme were selected by Veera Uutinen, Chief Operating Officer of Fotonordic, Taija Jyrkäs, Producer of the Northern Photographic Center, Antti Tenetz, Executive Director, and Eriz Moreno, Visiting Curator. Eriz Moreno is a photographer from Oulu, Bilbao, Spain. His artistic work is mainly related to historical-political contexts and how they affect a particular population or region. The primary media used by Moreno are installations and / or photographic publications.

17.01.2022

CALL FOR PORTFOLIO’S AND IDEAS 2022: Regional exhibition 2022

For the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Northern Photographic Centre (NPC) in Oulu, Finland, NŌUA from Bodø, Norway, have been invited to curate the anniversary exhibition. Throughout 2022, the program at the Northern Photographic Centre will celebrate the diversity and versatility of photography with a Northern twist.

The curators are looking to invite a selection of artists that perform their ideas and themes through the use of new methods of photography and lens based art. The curators would like to give focus to the voices of artists who incorporate cultural commentary into their practice, and in particular narratives that are prevalent in the Northern regions (although this is not a requirement). They wish to use the exhibition as a survey to examine what the artists are concerned with in their thematic approaches, and will present a curatorial approach rather than a pre-determined thematic path once the artists have been selected. The final selection of work and presentation of it will be done in dialogue between the selected artists, the curators and NPC. 

In the curators’ work towards the exhibition, artists are invited to participate in a Call for Portfolios, new ideas and works in progress. NPC will pay an artist fee for each selected artist and will cover the costs of transportation, artist accommodation and travel to the opening. Productions will be supported by NPC.

 

WHO CAN SUBMIT THEIR PORTFOLIO?

The portfolio call is open for artists living and/or working in Nordic, Barents and Baltic Regions, or working with topics from or in the regions, or in other ways identifying with the Northern regions. 

NPC advocates for equity within the field of contemporary photography. We are hoping to receive exhibition proposals from photographers belonging to a language, cultural or other minorities. Also, we encourage applications from diversity of genders and ages. We welcome work from individual artists, duos or collaborative projects. 

All information will be processed confidentially. 

 

DETAILS ON THEME 

New takes on the photographic message are emerging as interactions between politics, technology and culture are becoming more prevalent with photographic artists. With new emphasis on surface and process, artists are consciously manipulating the photographic process to create a discourse on cultural and social themes through the use of new technologies, chemicals, three dimensional interference, collages and text. The resulting photographic imagery is re-contextualised and re-interpreted. For the exhibition we are looking for artists working on a range of thematic approaches, that share an interest in challenging the process and the platforms in which photography is presented, as a deliberate act in order to question and highlight cultural and social narratives.

The curatorial theme and focus point of the exhibition will ultimately be determined by the works we receive from the call for portfolios and we are open for all takes on themes, issues and concepts concerning artists around the northern areas today.

 

ABOUT NŌUA

NŌUA is an artist-driven institution for photography as contemporary art in Bodø, Norway. NŌUA collaborates with Norwegian and international artists, curators, writers and art historians to create a program that promotes conversations and innovative thinking around photography as contemporary art and presents relevant artistic productions and practices. Their program of lectures, exhibitions and artist talks is presented primarily in their space in Bodø, but often out of town and internationally in collaboration with external institutions. 

Through their public program, NŌUA wishes to promote relevant productions and innovative presentation of high-quality photographic art, with the idea that the public can actively participate in timely and relevant conversations about the issues and opportunities the photographic community is facing today.

NŌUA was established in 2017 by Marianne Bjørnmyr and Dan Mariner.

 

Instagram: @atelier_noua

Website: noua.no

 

Name of curators: NŌUA / Marianne Bjørnmyr & Dan Mariner

Venue: Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland

Dates for exhibition: 10.9.–16.10.2022 opening on Friday 9.9.2022 5pm

Occasion: Northern Photographic Centre, Regional exhibition 2022 - 35 year anniversary 

Open call period 17.1.2021–28.2.2022

 

Artists profile:

  • Name, e-mail, phone number

  • Bio 

  • Download: CV and pdf. Portfolio with previous work/installation shots.

  • Link to webpage:

  • Link to Instagram:



Portfolio:

  • Please enter images and installation shots (max. 3 projects) to the artcurator platform. The selection is based strongly on images. The portfolio is there to give a wider image of you/yours earlier works.

  • Short statement of the work (no more than 200 characters) 

  • It is possible to include links and pdf. files to emerge the project.

 

New ideas /  work in process / existing projects:

  • New ideas, work in process and existings projects are to submit as project proposals.

  • Please prepare visual research of your project idea. The visual research can contain text or proposed the theme of the project. 

  • Include short statement of the works. (no more than 200 characters)

  • It is possible to include links and pdf. files to emerge the project.



Enter your proposal in English here