The network aims to identify and share contemporary and innovative practices in teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange in the fields of arts, design and visual culture education. The Thematic Network (TN) Arctic Sustainable Arts & Design (ASAD) seeks to:
- Promote cooperation and collaboration between universities, institutions and communities focused on Northern, Arctic issues in the field of arts, design and visual culture.
- Improve arts, design and visual culture education amongst the members of the University of the Arctic (UArctic).
- Identify and share contemporary and innovative practices in teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange in the fields of arts, design and visual culture education.
The TN consists of two Special Interest Groups (SIG):
- Arctic Arts and Visual Culture Education (AAVCE)
- Arctic Sustainable Design (Design)
The member institutions may participate in the network activities through one or both SIGs depending on their own interests.
- Timo Jokela, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland
- Design professor Satu Miettinen, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland
- Arts and Visual Culture professor Glen Coutts, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland
To support the realization of the annual goals, ASAD will:
- Host a biannual symposium on arts, design and visual culture education in the Arctic;
- Support joint presentations at national and international seminars and congresses
- Initiate collaborative workshops and seminars for students, teachers and researchers across the Arctic
- Promote educational collaboration in the fields of arts, design, visual culture and craft education, for example through joint educational programmes
- Instigate exhibitions, events and publicationsInitiate and oversee joint research projects
- Support the development of context-sensitive research methods and arts & design practices in the Arctic
Current and Planned Activities
- The ASAD Thematic Network has released a number of publications. See this page for the full list.
- Encounters of Art and Design, symposium and exhibition, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, November 2017. The event is held in collaboration with Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit conference.
- Panel (art & design) discussions at the Arctic Spirit Congress Rovaniemi, Finland, November 2018,
- Seminar What does it mean to teach art?, January 2017 at the University of Lapland and Rovaniemi Art Museum
- Arctic Design Week on Arctic transition - how do we improve living and business, and how can we be prepared for the change in the arctic February 2017, Rovaniemi
- Interwoven exhibition in Rovaniemi 22 February – 9 March, and in Nordic House Reykjavik 4 – 30 April 2017.
- Art and Design session in ICASS IX 9th international congress on Arctic social sciences, Umeå Sweden, June 2017
- Living in the Landscape (LiLa), a summer School arranged in collaboration with TN NETESDA, University of Lapland, Syktyvkar University, UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Uppsala UniversitySyktyvkar, Russia, June 2017.
- Participatory Art Intensive Course for Master students, Rovaniemi, Finland, November 2017. The Course will be arranged concurrent with the RELATE NORTH 2017 symposium.
- Participatory Art workshop for Master students in cooperation with University of Lapland and University of Nordland, Nesna, Norway, April 2017
- New publication: Relate North 2016: Culture, Community, Communication, January 2017
- The Thematic Network’s joint doctor degree defense, doctor candidate Ásthildur Jónsdóttir; in collaboration with University of Iceland and University of Lapland