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Open Call Oulu 2026

Oulu will be the European Capital of Culture 2026. Oulu2026 and Upeart invite professional artists to participate in an open call for visual artists worldwide for realization of a mural in August 2022.

The aim of the Oulu2026 project is to create and bring culture, wellbeing, and vitality to the Northern region of Finland. The open call searches for an artist to realize an unique mural in 2022 in Rajakylä. Inhabitants of the area had the opportunity to share their stories and memories about Rajakylä, which the selected artist can use as a basis for their design work and the realization. The selected artist will be invited to the city of Oulu in August 2022 for realization the mural and awarded 12 000 €. The mural should be finished during the first week of September.

Open call is aimed to all professional artists over 18 years of age. Artists can participate on their own or as a team. Applications can be submitted until 9 May. The selected artist or artists group will be notified of the selection by 15 June. More information about the Open Call Criteria can be found here.

Upeart is a platform for artistic realisation that have produced art projects for a wide range of environments, cities and clients. In addition to art coordination, the organisation designs art programmes, makes individual art installations and commissioned works, implements art events and coordinates two larger multi-year art projects.