Open Call for Artist Portfolios to create a mural in Oulu, Finland

20.4.2022 | GENERAL, NEWS

Oulu2026 and Upeart invite professional artists to participate in an open call for visual artists worldwide. We are seeking international artists to realize a mural in Rajakylä, Oulu, in August 2022. The global Open Call is accepting portfolios from individual artists or teams until 9th May 2022.

The artist invited to create the artwork will receive a fee of 12 000 €. The fee includes travel to Oulu and fee for the sketch. Upeart will provide and cover expenses for all needed production during the visit to Oulu and creation of the artwork for the artist. (Lift, paints and other equipment, housing in Oulu etc.)

Rajakylä was the winning location with over 1,400 votes. Each voter was able to share a story or a memory from the area. These are made available for the artists to seek inspiration.

Background for The Open Call 

The city of Oulu, together with 32 municipalities from Northern Finland, has been selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2026. The aim of Oulu2026 is to bring culture, well-being and vitality to the Northern region of Finland. Through Cultural Climate Change the Northern region will also bring art and culture to the forefront in city planning. Oulu2026 region will become a vital cultural driven area that is known for its soulfulness, benefiting its residents from a lively city with a diverse range of cultural offerings, that attract visitors and new residents.

The open call searches for an artist to realize a unique mural. Residents of Oulu have an opportunity to participate, as they will choose the locations for the murals in an annual vote. Each year an artwork will be created into the residential area with the most votes.

Open Call criteria and application here (apply before 9th May)

For more information 

Tel +358 50 468 6521

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