Living North

International Summer School "The Living North" will be held 14-20 July 2020 in Arkhangelsk, Russia organized by the Arctic Art Institute, Northern (Arctic) Federal University.

Participants of the Summer School will take part in a weeklong intensive training on Northern and Arctic arts, culture and design. They will learn more about the rich visual culture and crafts of the North and develop their skills in creating a new design based on the Northern cultural heritage.


The Summer School Team

A professional community involved in interdisciplinary projects in arts, design, crafts and scientific research on the Arctic culture involving professionals from the following institutions:

  • The Department of Cultural Studies, Northern (Arctic) Federal University;
  • Arctic Art Institute team;
  • Belomorskye Uzory, Crafts Company;
  • Arkhangelsk Museum of Local Lore;
  • Artists and designers in Arkhangelsk.


History and culture of the Russian North

Northern art, design and crafts: historical and contemporary approaches

Arctic design

Media art in the Arctic

Arctic culture and sustainable development


Interactive classes, lectures and workshops.

Meetings with designers and media art specialists from the Arctic region of Russia

Excursions to Malye Korely, Museum of Wooden Architecture, the Northern Maritime Museum, the Arkhangelsk Museum of Local Lore, the Maryin House Artist Residence

Workshops at the Belomorskie Uzory folk crafts manufacturing center


Send your CV and a motivation letter to until 15 March 2020.
Questions about the school: .
Questions about the Barents Plus scholarship: .


Arctic Art Institute managers will be helpful with the visa application and the travel logistics. The School is partly supported by the Prezidential Grant Fund of the Russian Federation. Participants from the universities in Northern Norway can have their travel expenses covered by the Barents Plus program.

Source: Arctic Art Institute - Photo: Ivan Mityushev, Ustina Yakovleva. Porato Basko exhibition. Arkhangelsk Museum named after Borisov. A video still. 2019.

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