Displacement Working Group

The UmArts Displacement working group meets regularly to bring together researchers from different disciplines exploring the relationships between host and guest in relation to migration and displacement in the north of Sweden.  In 2022 their ‘Moving North’ project was awarded a New European Bauhaus / ArkDes Vision I Norr fund for developing proposals to increase social integration in the […]


Curatorial Research Group

The UmArts Curatorial Research Group meets regularly to discuss curating contemporary art as research process and as a form of knowledge production. The group includes curators and curatorial researchers, and focuses on developing critical frameworks for curatorial practice, new curatorial methodologies, and situating curatorial knowledge in the international field. The group will work strategically to […]


Forest Workshops

The Forest working group meets regularly to share their research across art, architecture, political science and landscape ecology. The group are exploring how to develop holistic and interdisciplinary understandings of the human / forest relationship that can represent multiple, overlapping and conflicting interests. They aim to develop a shared critical space for new collaborative artistic […]


Kitchen Jam Sessions

This is an invitation to become a performer in the Home Participatory Orchestra and be part of one or two (optional) rehearsal sessions with the theme – The Kitchen. In short, the Home Participatory Orchestra will perform music located in their homes, using kitchen objects, while making a fruit salad. This is an UmArts SVP-project, […]

Reading Group

The Mushroom at the End of the World

The Matsutake Reading Group is inspired by Anna L. Tsing’s multispecies feminist perspective, reading the world through the matsutake mushroom (Tsing, 2015). Rethinking the concepts and aesthetics of sustainability from new perspectives, the reading group aims to develop a critical dialogue between theory and practice, where both have equal agency, to find ways of empowering […]


Centring Arts Research

How do we support knowledge producing practices across the arts, design and architecture within, and in partnership with, university research structures? How can we rethink and expand the idea of the Arts Research Centre? What are the key questions and themes for artistic research today?  Interdisciplinary Arts Research Centres are setting up new infrastructures for supporting and […]


UmArts Embroidery Group

Brodera tillsammans!  Lena Liljemark and Emma Ewadotter will lead the UmArts embroidery research group. You are welcome to join the group at 6-8pm on the following Wednesday evenings:  November 3share thoughts and experiences  November 17 embroidering words UMA Architecture School Conference Room December 1new stitchesDept. of Creative Studies, L118 Vävsal January 19tie together Västerbottens muséeum Bring some embroidery you have started, or start a […]

About the Programme

The UmArts programme aims to strengthen and develop the artistic research environment at Umeå University to address urgent societal and environmental concerns. Interdisciplinary research themes provide starting points for discussion and research, including the Commons, Planetary Care, Nuclear Anthropocene, and Decolonisation. The programme includes social events, reading groups, workshops, symposia, exhibitions and field research.