Applied Visual Arts

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This chapter traces the development of applied visual arts (AVA), specifically in a program at the University of Lapland in Finland. It examines context‐driven model of art and arts‐infused education as it is practiced in Northern Europe. The title of the program – Applied Visual Arts – is indicative of its aims. Visual arts are applied in a context‐sensitive, ethical, and sustainable way. The core values of AVA include participation, engagement, collaboration, and innovation. In this model of arts education, training focuses on developing the ability to work with a wide range of collaborators, normally in community‐based situations. The chapter includes two examples of projects to show how AVA principles work in practice. It describes the background to AVA and discusses how it operates in a space of practice somewhere between art, design, education, and social work to consider how the operational methods developed by AVA may provide innovative tools for learning. It concludes with some thoughts about future directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Art and Design Education
EditorsRichard Hickman, John Baldacchino, Kerry Freedman, Emese Hall, Nigel Meager
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
Number of pages16
Volume3 - Pedagogy
ISBN (Electronic)9781118978061
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-97807-8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • contemporary art
  • Finnish art education
  • socially engage art
  • visual art

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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