Overall Goal

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.

Leader professor

SIG leaders:

Main Activities

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, 

Past Activities