Arctic art institutions and organisations will host a variety of sessions from academic, artistic and development perspectives. This will include panels, round table discussions and facilitated workshops aimed at solving shared problems and preparing new initiatives. Representatives from all eight Arctic countries will be involved in debate under the main themes.
09:00–12:20 Sessions, University of Lapland
13:30–16:50 Sessions, University of Lapland, bus transportation to Lappia Hall after the sessions
17:30–18:45 The Arctic Soiree of Ruska Ensemble in Lappia Hall, bus transportation to Valdemari Restaurant after the theatre play
19:00 Dinner, Valdemari Restaurant
Speed by rector Mauri Yläkotola, University of Lapland
Art Performances by Piste Collective
The main themes for the Sessions
Art in the Arctic or the Arctic in the Arts
These sessions explore the inter-relationship of art and the Arctic – a wide range of topics are discussed that touch on culture, craft and artistic practice and all are bound within the unique Arctic context. Speakers
Challenges and opportunities for the arts in the Arctic?
Film, architecture, urban design, collaborative practice, Arctic design and artistic agency are just some of the themes that will be discussed by panellists during these sessions. In different ways each session presents a series of challenges and opportunities. Speakers
What contribution can the arts make to the sustainability agenda? Cooperation, collaboration and crossing borders are common features of much art, craft and design practice in the 21st century, but what can we learn from the experience of artists, curators and cultural experts? Speakers
Artistic research, cultural research and the shadow of colonialism are just three of the key topics addressed here under the broad heading of ‘research’. What insights might be gained by participating in these sessions, each led by an expert from a University in Canada, Iceland or Finnish Lapland? Speakers
Education: Back to the Future?
What might be the future for arts (and art education) in the Arctic regions? How do the long traditions of ‘making’ embedded in many cultures across the arctic region align with contemporary practice in art? Community-based, socially-engaged art and activism all have at least some pedagogic dimensions. What have we learned and what might we learn from the range of artistic work going on across the Arctic? Speakers
Networking, Cooperating and collaborating: Creating powerful circumpolar infrastructures
Artists, museum directors, curators and experts in cultural policy explore a variety of related themes including the potential of network funding, curatorial policy and action research focused on social and ecological issue. Together, the topics of Arctic residences, curatorial issues and network funding point towards the potential for powerful, sustainable infrastructures. Speakers