Open call

Open call for exhibitions spring 2018

Photographic Centre Peri is looking for interesting contemporary photography art for the gallery’s exhibition program in spring 2018. Particularly new, in Turku previously unseen contemporary photographic art productions suitable for Peri’s white cube gallery, as well as multi-artistic, experimental and artistic approaches to photography are welcomed to submit. Besides photography in the traditional meaning, the exhibition may deal with different views on seeing, perceiving, producing, archiving or using lens based images. Proposals can be made by artists using photography or lens based art, also work groups may apply. We invite applicants to propose creative, audience engaging programs in connection to the exhibitions.

We accept exhibition proposals for spring 2018 until 30 April 2017 (24:00 EET).


The gallery

Peri’s light exhibition space is located in the quarters of Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, by the river Aura in Turku, the culture capital of Finland. Peri shows around ten open call selection based and two invitation based exhibitions a year. The gallery has around 10 000 visitors yearly. Peri’s exhibitions are always free of charge.

The gallery is 102 squaremeters divided into two spaces separated by a partial wall. The rooms are 3,5m high and the wall area for hanging is between 135m2 and 165m2. The gallery has dimmable skylight windows and LED spotlights. The space is airy and light, wherefore video works or installations are best shown from a screen or in the smaller space. There is ventilation, temperature and humidity regulation, as well as digital surveillance all according to contemporary art museum requirements. A couple of smaller screens in an exhibition stand and a 60 inch information screen in the gallery lounge may be used for screening. A photo library with service desk is situated in the gallery lobby. The service desk is manned during events, at other times the closest staff is found downstairs at the WAM desk.

Gallery GROUND PLAN (pdf)

360 view
More images (from exhibition openings) showing the space are found on Peri’s Facebook page.

Engaging programs and Notes on the exhibition writing

Photographic Centre Peri has during the past few years called for artists to organize audience engaging events in connection to the exhibitions. The artist-led program may be, for example, a workshop, process presentation, open studio photography, music or other performance, city tour, conceptual café, market, blog, radio or podcast, photo booth, game, play, or other interactive event, happening or action associated with the exhibition, where the visitor gets a chance to meet the artist through participation . The artist will be compensated for organization the social program. Peri assist in the arrangements and takes care of the information of the event. The artist can also suggest more traditional programs such as a lecture, an artist meeting or a discussion event. In such cases compensation is provided only for travel.

Examples on previous artist initiated programs are:
David Wills / Wunderwall: Photo Grab 31.8.2014.
Minna Pöllänen / Nature Trail: Tourist Tour Turku (event information only in Finnish and Swedish) 6.9.2014.
Niclas Warius / Vanitas: Still life installation 4.10.2014.
Atelieri O. Haapala / Time travel: Open Studio 13.12.2014.
Milla Toukkari / Folding, enunciating: collage workshop 5.7.2015.
Milja Laurila / Magnetic sleep: walk in workshop 6.9.2015.
Discussion event on otherness with Jaakko Pesonen, Sara Heinämaa and Saara Ekström 19.2.2016.
Mari Hokkanen’s play with trash workshop 23.3.2016.

In addition to the artist’s media release, Photographic Centre Peri publishes a writing called Notes on the exhibition in connection to some exhibitionsThe texts are written by invited experts with the aim to familiarize exhibition visitors with the subject matter. The writing may relate to the exhibition theme or the artist’s working methods. The subject matter may also be expanded to complement the exhibition theme with the author’s own profession or research topic. The writings will be published in connection to the gallery exhibition, as well as on Peri’s web site. The artist may use the writing in unofficial presentations and applications, other publications must be agreed upon with the author. The following Notes on the exhibition examples have been written in Finnish, but the text can also be made in English or Swedish.
Jane Vuorinen: ”Abstraktin valokuvan ontologia”
Petteri Kummala: ”Hybridimaiseman kauneutta”
Tiina Salmia: ”Mitä jos metsässä kaatuu puu, eikä kukaan ole ottamassa kuvaa?”
Emilia Karjula: ”Saarella”

Exhibition fee and services

Peri does not aquire gallery rent from artists, but a part of the arrangement costs is covered through an exhibition fee. The fee for 2018 is 1 200 euros and will be payed by the artist in three instalments. Exhibition contract includes the following services and products:

  • Gallery rent and exhibition supervision during the exhibition
  • Design, printing and local distribution of appr. 100 (A4, A3, A2) exhibition posters of which 10 (A4) posters to the artist
  • Design, printing and distribution of appr. 1 000 spring- and autumn exhibition brochures of which 10 to the artist
  • Translations (Finnish/Swedish/English) of exhibition statement and list of works
  • Proofreading and compilation of press release, sending electronic invitations to Peri’s email lists (c. 1 750 ppl)
  • Publishing releases on Peri’s website and several online calendars
  • Updates on social media, including Facebook event with invitations and Instragram posting
  • Assistance with installing and dismounting the exhibition
  • Arranging, hosting and serving at the exhibition opening
  • Art sale and sale of supplemental material (20% provision)
  • Visitors statistics, media coverage and exhibition documentation

Artists are responsible for transporting the artwork, insurances during transport and exhibition duration as well as their own travelling costs.

Submit your proposal

Fill in our online proposal form and send us the requested files per email at the latest Sunday 30 April 2017 (midnight EET).


After filling out the form, send us the following files per email:

  • Exhibition plan including approximate size of works, material and installation technique (pdf, doc, docx, rtf, txt)
  • CV or professional resumé (pdf, doc, docx, rtf, txt)
  • Images (pdf, jpg tai zip)

Send the enclosed files in one single email to the address: Put “Näyttelyhakemus KEVÄT 2018 + Your name” in the message field. Please keep email size within 10MB. Submissions in other forms are not considered. All applicants will be informed on the selection results within 6 weeks after the submission deadline.


Further information:
Sanna Nikkilä, Exhibition Secretary
Harri Kemppainen, Exhibition Technician
phone +358 (0)40 3501954,