Acting on the Margin - Arts as a Social Sculpture” (AMASS) H2020 The project will address the specific funding theme “Societal challenges and the arts”. The principle investigator for AMASS is Professor Satu Miettinen and the project manager is senior researcher Dr Melanie Sarantou. Nacer researchers Professor Mirja Hiltunen and senior lecturer Dr Maria Huhmarniemi are part of the project team. Artistic experiments that utilise service design, art education and arts-based methods play a central role in the AMASS approach to addressing societal challenges in the European margins. The consortium members include Charles University in Prague, Corvinus University in Hungary, Paco Design Collaborative in Milan, University of Leeds in the UK, University of Borås in Sweden and Associação de Professores de Expressão e Comunicação Visual (APECV) of Portugal, University of Malta. https://www.ulapland.fi/news/Service-Design-Research-Group-achieved-success-in-the-Spring-calls-of-the-H2020-Programme-“Transformations”-/
The Arctic innovative and exploratory teaching -project (ArkTOP) The project focuses on developing expertise on education in Lapland and meeting the needs of teachers' career development. The art education section of the project is coordinated by the art education departments of University of Lapland and Aalto University. The activities focus on developing distance and multiform teaching and learning concentrating on the Arctic visual culture. Professor Mirja Hiltunen is the leader of the Art Education workpagage, lecturer Annamari Manninen and Elina Härkönen are part of the project team. https://www.ulapland.fi/FI/Kotisivut/Arktinen-uudistava-ja-tutkiva-opettajuus
TaPaMa project TaPaMa project is focusing on the development of new art-based tourism services for museums and art galleries in Lapland for summer periods. With these stakeholders, the local artists and art and design students in TaPaMa collaborate to create site-specificart-based services for more sustainable tourism. Lecturer Maria Huhmarniemi is the project manager. https://www.ulapland.fi/FI/Yksikot/Taiteiden-tiedekunta/Tutkimus/Projektit/Taideperustaisia-palveluja-matkailuun Living in the landscape (LiLa) The ‘Living in the landscape’ (LiLa) is a three-year project aiming to develop long-term multidisciplinary operational Summer Schools in collaboration with 4 universities (UoL, Syktyvkar State University, Arctic University of Norway, Uppsala University) led by prof. Jokela. It is designed to meet the emerging challenges on environmental, population and economic life issues in the Arctic caused by climate change and globalisation. Elina Härkönen is using these summer schools as a frame for her research and gathering research data from the fieldwork.
The pedagogical turn to Art as research: A comparative international study of art education The International Network in Art-based research (The pedagogical turn to Art as research: A comparative international study of art education) is a three-year project aiming to build international network for arts-based educational research (NABER). It creates long term collaboration in art based research and supports internationalisation of doctoral training in art education. The project is funded by `Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada and coordinated by Associate Professor Anita Sinner Concordia University, Montreal, prof. Jokela is the Finnish coordinator and Härkönen is a member of the PhD student group of the network
Arctic Handmade 2017 The ‘Arctic Handmade’ project produces exhibition ‘Interwoven’ to Rovaniemi and Reykjavik. The exhibition includes works by artists associated with four universities in the Arctic region; the University of Lapland, the Sámi University College, Bergen University and Iceland Academy of the Arts. Sustainability, crafts and culture form the starting point of all the works in the exhibition. The project is funded by Nordic Culture Fund. Maria Huhmarniemi and Antti Stöckell participate the exhibition. Galleria Napa
ArtGear – Two-Way Integration of Young People 2016-2018 The ‘ArtGear – Two-Way Integration of Young People 2016-2018’ project meets the challenges of increased immigration. Art-based methods, such as community art, applied visual arts and performative art are used jointly with social work to support the integration of young people in Finnish Lapland. The project is run collaboratively by the faculties of Art and Design and Social Work in the University of Lapland, the Artists´ Association of Lapland and the Cross-art Collective Piste. The project is funded by the European Social Fund and th ELY Centre. Mirja Hiltunen is researching some of the results of the project . Facebook
The Pedagogical Turn to Art as Research: A Comparative International Study of Art Education The ‘pedagogical turn to Art as research: A comparative international study of art education’ is a three-year project aiming to build international network for arts-based educational research (NABER). It creates long term collaboration in art based research and supports internationalisation of doctoral training in art education. The project is funded by `Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada and coordinated by Associate Professor Anita Sinner in Concordia University, Montreal. Timo Jokelais the Finnish coordinator and Härkönenis a member of the PhD student group of the network. Jokela, Hiltunen and Huhmarniemi have written to the book of the project and participated some of the meetings.
High Value Products from industrial residues enabled by participatory design and geopolymer technology, GEODESIGN In this TEKES-funded project, industrial side streams, such as ash, slag and tailings are utilized as aesthetic, high value products by participatory design and geopolymer technology. GEODESIGN-project combines the latest methods of material research with art and design. Project is carried out in co-operation between University of Oulu, Unit of Fibre and Particle engineering and University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design. Salla-Mari Koistinen is gathering research data from the project.
Environmental Art for Tourism Environmental Art for Tourism is a cooperation project of the University of Lapland’s Faculty of Art and Design, The Artists' Association of Lapland, and the four tourism SME that aims to support the participating companies’ tourism environment development and introduction of new technologies. The project will increase the use of environmental art in nature tourism destinations and in development of tourist services, produce high-quality nature tourism environments. The development part of the project will pilot the involvement of local participating groups and service-users in the planning process. Thus the project will generate new information about user-orientation in the development of tourist services. The project partners are the Lapland tourism enterprises and organizations: Hullu Poro in Kittilä, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselkä and Snowflake (Arctic SnowHotel) in Lehtojärvi and the Ranua Zoo. The project will develop environmental art plans for the companies' and the use of new technology. The project has got funding from EU (EAKR). Timo Jokela is resposible for the project, Christa Haataja works as a project leader and Antti Stöckell, Elina Härkönen and Maria Huhmarniemi are involved with the sub-projects in it.
The Creative Connections The Creative Connections (2012-2014) was a three-year collaborative research project involving six partner universities and 25 schools form six European countries. Creative Connections aimed to explore and develop ways of increasing understanding of European identity and citizenship through contemporay art among children and young people in primary and upper secondary schools. The project was financed by the European Commission under the Comenius scheme. http://creativeconnexions.eu/ Mirja Hiltunen was the national coordinator (Finland), and superviser the art education students conducting research for master thesis and for doctoral study in the project. Annamari Manninen was researcher in the field constructing the artwork database, co-operating with the teachers and cathering the data for her doctoral thesis.
Magenta The Magenta ( 2011-2013) aimed to to enhance the employment of visual artists in Lapland through continuing education, international operations, and development of arts management. The project employed artists to pilot projects carried out in companies and municipalities. It was a collaboration of the Artists' Association of Lapland, the Education and Development Services and the Faculty of Art and Design in the University of Lapland, and the Arts Council of Lapland. It was funded by the European Social Fund and th ELY Centre. Timo Jokela and Maria Huhmarniemi participated the management and the research of the project. Salla-Mari Koistinen worked as a research assistant.