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Photo: Maria Huhmarniemi, Twistmas in the Nordic House, 2017

The project received funding because:

Strong academic partners:

  • Faculty of Art and Design at The University of Lapland as the project leader,
  • Iceland Academy of Arts,
  • Sámi University of Applied Sciences
  • Bergen Academy of Art and Design and
  • Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design (ASAD) network

and exhibition spaces

  • The Nordic House in Reykjavik
  • Gallery Napa (the Artists´Association of Lapland)
  • university galleries in the University of Lapland during the Arctic Design Week 2017 in Rovaniemi

have joined forces to produce a curated touring exhibition, seminars, workshop “Teach me Something” and a catalogue in the spirit of HANDMADE. This project will teach us all something!

The applicant wrote about the project:

The exhibition will include a variety of methods and materials used in arctic art and design and Sami duodji. The exhibition will be shown in Nordic house in Reykjavik and in Arctic Design week in Rovaniemi. The artists of the exhibition are chosen by Gunvorm Guttorm, Timo Jokela, Ásthildur Björg Jónsdóttir and Hilde Hauan Johnsen. The curator Ásthildur Björg Jónsdóttir works with artists and does the exhibition design. 

Seminars will be arranged in connection to the exhibition. The artists and other invited experts will give talks about the themes of the project. In Rovaniemi the seminar will be arranged as part of the international Arctic Design week.

The workshops are run as a part of a workshop concept “Teach me Something”. The main focus is to find ways to collaborate and to share local handmade knowledge and Nordic knowledge, and artistic experience. The process focuses on generating knowledge through experience and improvisation, some passed on from our past generations. From the common knowledge and from openness to new knowledge, on ways to make things, ontologies and ways of life. Participants of the workshops will be artists, art students and general public in Reykjavik and Rovaniemi. The participants will create installations and sculptures in groups.

A catalogue will be produced to present the project.


When talking about the traditional knowledge and skills connected with duodji, we also refer to the skills and information which were earlier part of “traditional society” but which have been passed on to modern time and have now also acquired new content. The use of the term tradition and heritage can often be considered as static: “nothing changes”, and there is no innovation. Here, we find new material in new contexts, or people and artists using new material and fabrics in a way that also changes the result or the outcome. In our opinion, innovation is always included in a tradition and heritage – as part of the working process.


North and the Arctic environments and social-cultural settings can work as a laboratory for innovative research of contemporary art and art education and act as an arena for the development of context-sensitive and practice-based methods. That is not targeted only for the North but also for the rest of the world that observe the special conditions of the rural and semi urban places outside the cities and culture centers.



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