Visions for Art, Research and Collaboration from Northern Finland


ᐃᓗᓕᖏᑦ ᐱᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᓪᓗᓇᑎᑐᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ

A view of two performers holding hands on a stage, bathed in blue light, with musicians on percussion instruments at either side in the background.

This week’s spotlight showcases Finland, who hosted the Arctic Arts Summit in 2019. In this spotlight, Finland shares Indigenous Sámi art and work by other artists who work with Arctic themes, in support of Arctic sustainability. The University of Lapland is an active partner in the development and research of Arctic art and design. Various Finnish art institutions, as well as grassroots organizations led by artists, regularly collaborate with their Arctic friends and partners, and this spotlight also reflects various multinational projects and collaborations.

Photos from the 2019 Arctic Arts Summit by Janne Jakola and Kaisa-Reetta Seppänen.

A view of two performers holding hands on a stage, bathed in blue light, with musicians on percussion instruments at either side in the background.
Solju (Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman), who combine Northern Sámi language and traditional chant (joik) with new and innovative music. PHOTO: JANNE JAKOLA, ARCTIC ARTS SUMMIT 2019.
A person wearing a black suit and playing the accordion is seen from behind, performing for a group gathered at long tables in an outdoor setting.
Marjo Selin and Tatu Kentomaa from the Rovaniemi-based multidisciplinary collective Piste performing in the Arctic Arts Summit 2019. PHOTO: JANNE JAKOLA, 2019.

Highlights from the 2021 Young Arctic Artists Exhibition Series
Twelve young artists from neighbouring countries present works on family, history, heritage, language and news ways of seeing society.

Living in the Landscape
An international summer school course coordinated by the University of Lapland in Finland combines arts, humanities and natural sciences to foster greater understanding of Northern and Arctic communities.

Making Wooden Spoons Around the Campfire
Artist and scholar Antti Stöckell meditates on dialogue, handcraft-based art and sustainability.

Marja Helander
One of Finland’s leading artists explores environment, extraction, and the power of storytelling.

Relate North
A research network of 26 universities uses art and design to imagine Arctic futures.

Ruska Ensemble’s Arctic Trilogy
A Finnish performing arts organization collaborates with performers across the circumpolar North in a trilogy on Arctic identity, climate and culture.

Tanja Koistinen
A multidisciplinary artist melds research and socially engaged practice to interrogate relationships between humans and their surroundings.

The Story of Kirkkokuusikko
A monument to the Kittilä Forest Sámi village church intertwines architecture, heritage and community memory.

Performing Arts from the Northern Network for Performing Arts and Silence Festival
Two organizations supporting artistic development and collaboration in Northern Finland.


Each week, the Arctic Arts Summit Digital Platform spotlights an important region of the circumpolar North or organization working to support Arctic artists and their practices. Spotlights are an exciting introduction to the variety of perspectives across the circumpolar world and we invite you to learn more across the platform.