KUNO in Tromsø 2019
to Oct 19

KUNO in Tromsø 2019

Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing (UiT) in Tromsø is the host of the KUNO 2019 annual events.

All events take place at the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing, Grønnegata 1. Exception is the dinner on Friday, which will be held at Storgata Camping, right across form the academy.

Thursday 17 October


Agenda for meeting

16.00-17.00 Internationalisation at Home: Why, what and how?

Presentation by Anne M. Møgster, Senior Adviser at the Oslo Metropolitan University on the experiences of working with Internationalisation at Home including internationalisation of curriculum at the OsloMet. Click the title above for abstract.
-We encourage all who have arrived to join this session: coordinators, leaders and teachers.

17.00 Tour of the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing

19.00 Welcome dinner at UiT

Friday 18 October


Agenda for meeting

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.30 Border As a Place

Presentation of a KUNO/Nordplus intensive course that took place in Narva, Estonia last August. The intensive course was a collaboration between EKA Tallinn, IUA Reykjavík, UiT Tromsö and KUVA/UniArts Helsinki.

13.30-15.40 KUNO Pre-Seminar

Led by Kjell Magne Mælen , UiT Tromsø

Topic I: Research Based Teaching.
Presentation by Hanne Hammer Stien - Associate Professor and Vice Director for Education and Artistic Research at the Academy of Contemporary Fine Art and Creative Writing, Tromsø.

When calls for professors at our academies nowadays are announced it is more likely that artists with a Ph.D. in artistic research or the equivalent are requested. The applicants are probably also asked to describe their plans for artistic research and more important, they must define how they will apply their artistic research into their teaching modes. What does it mean to teach based on artistic research? How does the change towards research based teaching affect our academies? What kind of expertise do we want our teachers to have? What do we want to teach our students? These are questions that will be discussed in this panel.

-Breakout group discussions and sharing.

Topic II: Professional, Personal, Private.
Presentation by Arne Skaug Olsen from the Academy of Contemporary Fine Art and Creative Writing, Tromsø.

-Breakout group discussions and sharing.


Meaningful/-less internationalization within higher education of Fine Art

Welcome and Introduction to theme by Markus Degerman

Keynote 1: Hanna Horsberg Hansen from the Academy of Contemporary Fine Art and Creative Writing, Tromsø.
Title: International networks and collaborations from a Sami perspective
Bio: Hanna Horsberg Hansen is associate professor in art history and theory at the Academy of Arts in Tromsø. Hansen has conducted extensive research about Sámi art, exploring the frictions between art history as a Western, hierarchic, linear Eurocentric discipline and Sami art as something excluded from this history. Her research comprises historical, as well as contemporary art and the institutionalization of Sami art since the 1970's


20.00 Dinner at Storgata Camping

Saturday 19 October


Reflection on theme by Markus Degerman

Keynote 2: Robel Temesgen from Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University.
Title: Reflections on international aspects in arts education
Centering the conference theme, “internationalization” Robel Temesgens’ keynote speech will look into scarcity and abundance based on his journey of studying, research, production and exhibition throughout the years to question ‘how much of scarcity politics is adequate to making a career’.
In such a way, Robel walks through his projects, studio work and teaching position, by engaging the following questions:
How does internationalization understand privilege? Has it been created out of scarcity or abundance? When do these two concepts manifest?
In the Art Academy structures: where do scarcity and abundance situate? How does scarcity for specific vicinity become abundance elsewhere and what are the making elements? 
Hopes: what are the institutional promises of access for student/emerging artists and how to maintain? Robel will discuss the questions above through his personal and institutional experiences as testimony.

Bio: (b.1987, Ethiopia) received MFA in Contemporary Art from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing, University of Tromsø, Norway (2015) and a BFA in Painting from Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University (2010). His practice focuses on painting and encompasses elements of performance, installation, newspaper and collaborative projects. Temesgen’s works have been exhibited in numerous platforms internationally. Currently, he is based in Addis Ababa working between studio and lecturing at the Department of Painting, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University. 

Breakout-groups discussion 10.45-11.30
Sharing from groups 11.30-12.00

Sum-up and closing of the KUNO meeting 12.00-12.30


The Tour includes stops at various sights and museums. After that there is the possibility to visit the Northern Norwegian Art Museum, which has an exhibit about Betzy Akersloot-Berg, one of the first nordic maritime explorer/painter women artists at the turn of the last century.

Saturday night is free for networking.

KUNO pays an extra night in the hotel for those staying until Sunday.
A list of nearby restaurants will be given to participants. It is important that you make a reservation early for your group.


Here you will find information on the teachers who have signed up for the KUNO events in Tromsø.



The Tromsø airport is only 5 km from the city of Tromsø. Airport bus takes 10 min and costs 9€. Taxi costs approximately 24€, depending on the time of the day.


List of restaurants

Tromsø weather forecast (notice the 0 degrees!)


Hotel The Edge

Reserved rooms at reduced rate will be held until Oct 1. and should be booked directly at the hotel – see below. 
Rates: Single per night NOK 1240, double 1340, including breakfast. The rates are valid 17-20 October.

Reservation by mail to cl.theedge@choice.no. 
Please supply the following information:

  • Reference/booking code: PM 24405 UIT

  • Date of arrival and departure

  • Name and phone number

  • Credit card number to secure the booking

  • Room category – standard or upgrade. Possible upgrades:

Superior room with view: +200kr
Deluxe room (incl. 180 cm bed and bathrobe): +500kr
Junior suite: price upon request


Kuno supports up to 3 participants to take part in the meeting: 1 coordinator, 1 teacher and 1 leader (dean/rector/head of department for network meeting). KUNO supports 3rd night for those choosing to stay in Helsinki until Sunday for the networking night.

What is reimbursed? Following the annual meeting, each participating school should send an invoice to KUNO for reimbursement of travel and hotel.
-Maximum refund for travel is 300 EUR pr. participant (except 600 from Iceland). As Tromsö is quite on the outskirts of the Nordic/Baltic region we will look into these reimbursement rates if needed.
-Maximum refund of hotel is 3 nights each for 3 participants, depending on their length of stay (check rule above on IRC, leader and teacher).

How to invoice: Following the KUNO events in Tromsø, your academy should send an invoice addressed to Iceland University of the Arts / KUNO, Thverholt 11, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland. It should preferably be sent by email: alma@lhi.is / Reference: “KUNO Tromsø” . The invoice should include names of participants and receipts of the purchased flight tickets and hotel. The invoice should be sent no later than end of Dec 2019. 
Note that transport to/from airport is not reimbursed. 

Do you wish to bring more teachers to the meeting and need support?

KUNO members who would like to bring more than one teacher to the meeting in Tromsø and need support are welcome to use KUNO teacher mobility for support. Please, contact the KUNO coordinator for further information.

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KUNO in Gothenburg 2017
to Oct 21

KUNO in Gothenburg 2017

NEW! KUNO CONFERENCE GUIDE - Full programme for Gothenburg 2017

Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg is the host of KUNO 2017 annual events.

Thursday 19 October 2017

13.00 - 16.30 Coordinators Meeting at Glashuset, Valand Academy

16.30 - 17.00 Guided Tour of Valand Academy (optional)

18.00 - 20.30 Welcome Dinner at Valand Academy  (all participants)

Friday 20 October 2017

09.00 - 12.00 Parallel sessions

  • Network Meeting at Cinema Hall, Valand Academy (for leaders)
  • IP Workshop "Realising Ideas" at Glashuset, Valand Academy (for teachers)

12.00 - 13.00 lunch

13.00 - 17.00 Teachers Seminar

Art schools propose a fundamentally important and highly specific critical space for wider society. In part, they have been enabled to do so by operating in relative autonomy with respect to a mainstream culture of university technocratic reform. Whether we are speaking of stand-alone historic academies or art schools that are contained within larger university-type institutions, we are faced with traditions of artistic pedagogy rooted in the autonomy of students’ individual processes of art making, unfolded in exclusive dialogue with artist-educators.  Considerable challenges are being raised towards these conditions and assumptions. The teacher’s seminar offered by Valand for KUNO 2017 asks what are the potentials for art education when we imagine desegregation within our societies.
-Further Info and Schedule can be found in the Programme/Guide above.

Keynote speakers: Ram Krishnan, Sarah Tuck, Nav Haq and Andrea Phillips

19.30             KUNO Dinner at Avalon Hotel

Saturday 21 October 2017

10.00 - 11.30  Teachers Seminar continues

11.45 - 12.15  Lunch with a take-away-option for those leaving for airport

12.15 - 16.00 Bus tour of GIBCA Programme (optional).
                      See programme/guide at top of this page!

Registration for the meeting

Deadline for registration was 1st October. Please, contact alma@lhi.is if the deadline has passed and you need to register.

Book your Hotel

Hotel Avalalon: Avalon Hotel is situated in the city center. You can go by tram 3 or 7 from Drottningstorget next to the Central station and get of at Kungstorget. Or take the flight bus from the airport Landvetter and get of at Kungstorget.

To book your hotel please send an email no later than 19th of September to guestservice@avalonhotel.se and state "KUNO" in subject. Price pr night is 1500 SEK. 

KUNO support for Travel and Hotel (Reimbursement info)

KUNO supports 3 participants from each member institution to take part in the meeting: 1 coordinator, 1 dean/rector/head and 1 teacher. 

Support: maximum amount of refund for travel is 300 EUR (except 600 from Iceland) pr participant. Additionally, KUNO pays for hotel, max 2 nights each. KUNO will pay for the allocated hotel nights pr participant on the spot. Those staying extra nights are expected to pay for additional nights upon arrival/departure. 

Reimbursemt of flight costs: Following the KUNO events in Gothenburg, your academy should send an invoice to Iceland Academy of the Arts, co. KUNO, Thverholt 11, 105 Reykjavík Iceland. Email: thorsteinn@lhi.is / Reference: “KUNO Gothenburg” . The invoice should include receipts of the purchased flight tickets and should be sent before end of Dec 2017. Note that transport to/from airport is not reimbursed. 


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