This June under 24-hour daylight, 170 artists, arts residency operators and cultural workers from around the globe will gather for the first conference held in the Arctic by Res Artis
The conference, Exploring Sustainability Under the Midnight Sun, will be hosted by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the City of Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland from 18-20 June. The meeting celebrates the 25th anniversary of Res Artis which, over the past two and a half decades, has become the largest worldwide network of arts residencies in response to exponential growth in the field.
The conference theme of sustainability is divided across a three-day programme focusing on indigenous residencies and ethical tourism, and intersections with science and technology. The programme comprises around 30 local and international speakers, including indigenous representatives from Finland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with Sami culture and undertake excursions to nearby arts residency centres, the Arctic Circle, and even visit Santa Claus!
This meeting aims to introduce participants to the dynamic arts and culture of the Arctic region, and to discuss best-practice approaches that result in meaningful cultural and artistic exchanges. Leena Vuotovesi, President of Res Artis was born in Rovaniemi and says: “I complete my term as President and eight years serving on the Res Artis Board by proudly welcoming you to my home town for a face-to-face discussion about professional, sustainable, and diverse world encounters. Together we will make the world mobile again.”
Res Artis Birte Gehm Communications and Operations Manager
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Arts Promotion Centre Finland Katja Rakkolainen Coordinator
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Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov: Arktikum in the Midnight Sun, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland