WELCOME TO ART CENTRE SALMELA
We are a summertime art gallery and cultural festival in Mäntyharju, Finland. Salmela’s annual exhibition showcases visual art by recognized veterans of modern Finnish art as well as young, upcoming talent. The largest visual arts festival in Finland, Art Centre Salmela welcomes you to the 33rd annual exhibit June 11th – August 14th, 2022. We are open from 11am to 6pm every day. The exhibition lineup will be announced in January.
In addition to visual art, Salmela is the venue for a yearly series of concerts played at our own outdoor stage and inside the historic Mäntyharju church across the street. The 2022 concert schedule will be announced soon.
The setting for our exhibits is a stunning and historically significant cultural milieu. A mid-19th century parish house functions as the main gallery. Across the water, the exhibit continues in a lovingly restored old apothecary, postal office, and auxiliary buildings that offer a peek into the residential and commerical history of the area. Our waterside sculpture park, restaurant Kesäheinä, and collection of beautiful gazebos make up the rest of the extensive exhibition space.
VUOHIJÄRVI HOUSE OF NATURE AND CULTURE
Our second location, the Vuohijärvi House of Nature and Culture, houses a large gallery, a gift shop, and a café serving the world’s best cinnamon rolls. Right down the road from Repovesi national park, the exhibitions draw inspiration from nature – both local and universal.
The building, completed in 1966, originally served as a church. The serene space is a standout example of Finnish modernism in architecture and a great setting for displaying art. A beautiful sculpture garden is nested in the middle of the multi-level structure, offering a place to rest and reflect.
The summer 2022 exhibition lineup will be announced in January. Opening times are 11am – 5pm daily June 11th – August 14th.
LOCATIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Mäntyharjuntie 25, 52700 Mäntyharju
A two-hour car ride from Helsinki, Art Centre Salmela is located in the heart of southeastern Finland. You can also easily reach us by train: the Mäntyharju station is just a few kilometers away.
For more information on the town of Mäntyharju for travelers, click here.
Näkkimistöntie 1, 47900 Vuohijärvi
Be sure to also visit the Vuohijärvi House of Nature and Culture, a scenic 40-minute drive from Salmela.
Phone: +358 50 3388 114