Arts in Action

Urgencies in Art

and Art Education

New date:
8 - 10 June 2022
University of Agder,
Kristiansand, Norway 

The International Arts in Context Symposium

Three Days of Sharing in the Arts
8 - 10 June 2022
How can art make a difference in a contemporary world dominated by complex and intense political, economic, environmental challenges and conflicts? What can happen if art and arts education become dominated by a socio-political rationale? 


The interdisciplinary research platform Arts in Context (KiK) at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder (UiA), in collaboration with Fluks - Centre for Young Art (UiA) and ArtEZ University of the Arts invite artists, art educators and researchers within – and across – the disciplines of music, theatre and visual arts to share their practices and research agendas in relation to these questions. 

For three days we will investigate how we can maintain the integrity of art production, art education and research - while simultaneously act in globally responsible and ethical manners. Contributions from symposium participants will act as points of departures to shed light on the possibilities in art and art education engaging with contemporary urgencies and changes in comprehensions, attitudes and behaviours to such agendas. The symposium will also explore the potential pitfalls of instrumentalisation and hence marginalisation of the arts as meer tools that deliver on other social aims.


The symposium will challenge regular formats of conferences and symposia by using University campus surroundings and the city of Kristiansand as venues: parts of the symposium will take place in the forest within a short walking distance from UiA. Both the tribune and the hike offer opportunities for discussions and explorations related to people and surroundings. Hence dialogues will emerge and new understandings will be gained between humans and the environment. 

Even though the current situation regarding COVID-19 is a bit uncertain, we are optimistic about the summer and hope it will be possible to realize Arts in Action: Urgencies in Art and Art Education as a physical event in June 2022. This is our plan A.


However, if restrictions make it impossible to realize a full-scale symposium as planned, we will go for plan B) which is to make the symposium into a hybrid event where it will be possible to present a limited number of papers online. Note that those presenting papers online will not be able to join more than the online session one is placed in. There will be a reduced registration fee. 


If the situation prevents us all from gathering, then we go for plan C) which means there will be a downscaled online symposium event, also at reduced cost. We confirm that Arts in Action will take place in some way or another!


More information about this will follow on this website before the date for registration 31 March 2022.


Call for contributions

Symposium participants are encouraged to relate their contributions to the following questions or similar issues. Additionally we aim to develop further relevant questions from our contributors.


  • How do artists, art-educators and -researchers relate their practices to urgencies of the world? 

  • How can art, democracy and politics interconnect in aesthetically and sustainable ways? 

  • How are autonomy and instrumental justifications of the arts reflected in our practices?

  • How are artists and art educators affected when inclusion, participation and outreach become the cultural policy?


Contributions may be related to one of four research groups within the KiK platform: Art and Conflict, Art and Social Relations, Art and Young People and Reconfiguring Early Modern Performance. The research groups are responsible for the parallel sessions in the symposium.

Art in Context (KiK) is one of two research platforms at Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder, and comprise four different research groups and one PhD specialization. 


Some contributions may be invited to publish in the journal and platform APRIA (ArtEZ Platform for Research Interventions of the Arts)



April 1st 2020 
April 1st 2020 


February 15th 2022 

Invited Guests & Speakers

Contributions from international artists, researchers and educators

Symposium Partners

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About // Information

Organising commitee

Lisbet Skregelid

Department of Visual Art and Drama // Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Agder

Randi Margrethe Eidsaa

Department of Music // Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Agder

Inger Margrethe Stoveland

Fluks - Centre for Young Art // Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Agder

Lene Dalgård 

Sørlandet Art Museum 



Conference fee:
NOK 1500

The University of Agder has an agreement with Scandic Hotel Bystranda in Kristiansand. 

Price pr room, pr night: NOK 1.320,-

Booking code: BUNI070622