Mikkeli Centre of Photography is located in a beautiful, cultural historical building.


Mikkeli Centre of Photography was established in 1989, being one of the oldest centres of photography in Finland. We celebrate our 30th jubilee in 2019. Mikkeli Centre of Photography is a contemporary and versatile Finnish art centre, which houses five separate gallery spaces: Hall, Gallery I, Gallery II, Gallery III and Lounge Gallery. In these galleries there are constanty changing exhibitions showing contemporary Finnish photography, and in Gallery III photographs of the local cultural history and heritage. There is also a small, high quality library of photographic books for the audience in the Lounge as well as an Information Service Desk.

The Centre promotes photography and visual arts on regional, national and international level. The Centre organises high quality art exhibitions, conducts photography, art and media education, is an expert in publishing photography books and houses a Digital Photography Workshop and design workshop space Kultura for artists' work, education and research. We work in cooperation with the Cultural Services of Mikkeli City and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


The exhibitions of Mikkeli Centre of Photography are open as follows:
Tuesday-Friday 12am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sundays and Mondays closed.

As an exception to normal opening hours, the centre is closed on Bank Holidays, during weeks 51,52 and Midsummer, and when there is a construction period of new exhibitions.


Admission fee: 5€.
Students and pensioners: 3€.
Children and youth under 18, press, members of Mikkeli Photography Centre: free admission.
Educational groups with a teacher: free admission.

The centre and the exhibition spaces are fully accesible to individuals using a wheelchair.

EXHIBITIONS 11.4.-11.5.2019

AINO KANNISTO: A little nightmare and other imaginations

Photograph: Aino Kannisto

Aino Kannisto has taken photographs together with her family and children. A child or children are the protagonists of the artworks and they have also cooperated in the artistic process with their ideas. Children's games and fantasies have become entangled to the memories and imaginations of the artists's own childhood. The photographs seek the moments
of joy and display fantasies, imaginary worlds and notions related to childhood.

Aino Kannisto
lives and works in Helsinki. She is an artist photographer, whose artworks have been publicly exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. The unique reality of photographs has not ceased to be fascinating to Kannisto, even though she has worked with staged images for more than two decades. The artist is still inspired by the possibility that we can share the things and ideas that touch us, because then we are not alone in the world.

Gallery I
PIA KOUSA: The complexity of seeing

Photograph: Pia Kousa

Pia Kousa's artworks have been inspired by the period of optical inventions, stereoscopes, panoramas and peep boxes. These inventions often combined scientific research and entertainment, expansion of the boundaries of seeing and ways of showing images, and scientific observations concerning the sense of sight and function of the human brain.

In Kousa's artworks, inventions borrowed from early media culture and archaic 3D-technology blend with contemporary mediums of producing images. The motifs fluctuate between three-dimensionality and two-dimensionality, transforming, as the artworks consist of several layers of images.

Pia Kousa lives and works in Espoo. Kousa has graduated from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Fine Arts (BA) and from Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (MFA 2008). She teaches at Pekka Halonen Academy in Tuusula. In her artworks Kousa has studied the relation between three-dimensional images, illusion and imitation. Her artworks have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions in Finland abroad.

Gallery II
VESA VUORELA: Time, place, atmosphere

Photograph: Vesa Vuorela

Vesa Vuorela has photographed moments in time in various places, in Finland and abroad. The artworks represent the variables of light, time and atmosphere in relation to the changing environments. The exhibition shows a personal dimension and relation towards photography as a means of communication.

Vesa Vuorela lives in Mikkeli and he has taken photographs for 40 years. He works as a photographer in the local newspaper, Länsi-Savo.


From the Historical Mikkeli -collection: A horse is kept motionless with a rope. Mikkeli, Sairastalli, 18.3.1943. Photographer: military officer Lars Börje Johnsson, SA photo.


Johanna Pahalahti

Kimmo Räisänen

Jaana Kautto

Matias Lampinen

EXHIBITIONS 31.1.-2.3.2019

Juha Metso
Taina Värri
Derrick Frilund
Timo Villanen

© Juha Metso: Iggy Pop, Flow-festival, Helsinki, 2016.

© Taina Värri: Radio City's editor-in-chief Juha Tynkkysen's Christmas meal in the studio in 1986.

© Derrick Frilund: On the Road [Matkalla], 1983.

© Timo Villanen: Tanzania, 2015.