Arctic Arts Summit will be held in Rovaniemi on June 3-5, 2019. The event will be the second Arctic Art Summit: the first one was arranged in Harstad, Norway, in 2017.
The theme of this year’s summit is “The Arctic as a Laboratory for sustainable art and cultural policy”.
Artists and other actors of art and cultural sector and policy will attend from all of the countries that are members of the Arctic Council: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States. In addition, participants from countries that show interest towards the Arctic matters are invited: representatives of China, Japan and Scotland. International journalists are also invited.
The key aim of the Arctic Arts Summit 2019 is to support art and cultural sectors in the circumpolar collaboration.
Arctic Art Forum will be presented in several sections and co-curate exhibition Fringe.
The Fringe exhibition is jointly produced by University of Lapland, Sami Allaskuvla and Arctic Art Forum (RU). The curator is Ekaterina Sharova in collaboration with Maria Huhmarniemi and Ásthildur Jónsdóttir. The exhibition is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund, the University of Lapland and Sami Allaskuvla / Sami University of Applied Sciences.
The exhibition makes connections through art and crafts showing works by artists that have studied the themes of dialogue from various perspectives with handmade techniques. This Arctic context is diverse, including dialogue with: the nature; people in the Arctic region; aesthetic experience; different generations; traditions; indigenous and non-indigenous art and culture. All those aspects are important factors in the sustainable future of the Arctic art and culture.