"Socially Engaged Art, Virtual Connectivity and Education" at Relate North 2017: Art and Design for Education and Sustainability. 6th annual symposium & exhibition

Activity: Talk / Presentation / Podcast / WebinarInvited talk


Virtual connectivity is valuable in relation to the educational potential of art and design as well as issues linked to northern sustainability.  This presentation considered virtual connectivity as a tool for developing sustainability for small and remotely situated communities through socially engaged art practice in higher education. Social practice in art is well suited to addressing northern issues, facilitating creative engagement with a range of issues linked to economic, cultural and social development. The University of the Highlands and Islands holds unique expertise in the use of virtual education methods and since 2013 has extended its application into the field of socially engaged art. The virtual environment facilitates innovative learning experiences alongside greater connectivity among those engaged in these practices in the region as well as nationally and internationally. Virtual study allows universities located in these regions to extend their range of specialisms, attract new students, develop collaborative networks and increase opportunities while establishing innovative approaches to creative community engagement. 
Period10 Nov 201713 Nov 2017
Held atUniversity of Lapland, Finland
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Virtual Connectivity
  • Socially Engaged Art
  • Higher Art Education