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:

  • 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

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 network has released a number of publications. See this page for the full list.
  • A master level course is being planned in collaboration with University of Lapland, Iceland Academy of the Arts and Sámi University College.
  • Call for papers and artworks to Relate North 2016: Practising Place: Art & Design for Creative Communities.  Symposium and exhibition, Moray College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, November 2016
  • UArctic Congress 2016, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • TN ASAD, TN NETESDA and Environmental Humanities research group collaboration planning meeting in Rovaniemi, February 2016
  • ASAD Thematic Network’s  joint doctor degree exhibition by doctor candidate Ásthildur Jónsdóttir; Valo Gallery, Arktikum building, Rovaniemi, Finland. Collaboration with University of Lapland, University of Iceland and Iceland Academy of the Arts
  • Participatory Art Intensive Course for Master students in cooperation with Iceland Academy of the Arts and the University of Lapland, 13 – 17 March 2016, in Rovaniemi. Teachers Ásthildur Jónsdóttir & Elina Härkönen
  • Participatory Art workshop for Master students and local school teachers in Westfjords, in cooperation with Iceland Academy of the Arts, the University of Highlands and Islands and the University of Lapland, 8-14 August 2016, Iceland. Teachers Roxane Permar, Susan Timmins, Ásthildur Jónsdóttir & Elina Härkönen 
  • New publication in preparation: Relate North: Culture, Community, Communication