As the organisation in charge of regional art museum work, Oulu Museum of Art and the parent body Museum and Science Centre Luuppi provide services and assistance to cities, municipalities, museums, communities and private citizens in Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu in matters of visual art and visual cultural heritage.
In practice this means research and recording of visual art and other artistic activity in the region as well as the development and maintenance of regional, national and international networks in collaboration with the relevant parties. The museum in charge of the regional art museum work also produces touring exhibitions, mini art showcases aimed for day-care centres, and online exhibitions. We make visits to municipalities, arrange training and offer professional assistance in matters such as inventorying and maintenance of municipal art collections as well as matters related to servicing of artworks, intellectual property rights and exhibition agreements.
Oulu Museum of Art has provided regional services since the 1980s. Regional work is developed together with the Finnish Heritage Agency and other museums in charge of their respective regions. We currently provide regional art museum services for 38 municipalities. There are two art museums funded by the state in the region: Oulu Museum of Art and Kajaani Museum of Art. Local art museums in the region are the Vilho Lampi Museum in Liminka, Galleria Oskari Jauhiainen in Kiiminki and the Kyösti and Kalervo Kallio Museum in Nivala, maintained by the cultural services units of the respective municipalities with associations and volunteers.
Two employees, a regional art researcher and a conservator, are currently employed for the regional art museum work. Other professionals of Oulu Museum of Art and Museum and Science Centre Luuppi also provide assistance on a case-by-case basis.
The aim of regional art museum work is to increase the visibility and accessibility of visual art within the region. Key considerations in this work are openness, collaboration and dialogue.
Tuija Visuri, regional art researcher
+358 44 703 7453
Guidance and advice are provided free of charge.