Significant social, cultural, economic, ecological and climatic changes are taking place around the world, but the pace of change may well be faster, and the impact more keenly felt, in the Arctic than many other areas. The panel will discuss how artists and designers are responding to changing circumstances in the Arctic. For example, many engage with social, political and environmental issues as part of their work. If contemporary artists and designers are tackling such issues, what might be the implications for art education and education more generally? Members of the panel will present short case studies of their work in these areas. In doing so, the aim will be to discuss key questions relating to the interrelationship of art, design and education: How are artists and designers tackling difficult social, cultural or environmental issues? What might be the educational potential of artists’ and designers’ work in the Arctic? What should art education look like in the early years of the 21st century? What should be taught in university art and design schools?