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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

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

13.00-15.40 KUNO Pre-Seminar

Topic I: Research Based Teaching.
Presentation by Hanne Hammer Stien from the Academy of Contemporary Fine Art and Creative Writing, Tromsø.
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 Degeman

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 Degeman

Keynote 2: Robel Temesgen from Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University.
Title: Reflections on international aspects in arts education
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 interesting 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.


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 
Please supply the following information:

  • Reference/booking code: PM 24405 UIT

  • Date of arrival and departure

  • Name and phone number

  • 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


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.


Link for registration. Registration deadline is 1st October 2019. Please, contact the KUNO coordinator if you wish to register after the deadline.


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: / 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.

Earlier Event: October 18
KUNO in Helsinki 2018