UmArts is the Research Centre for Architecture, Design and the Arts at Umeå University in Northern Sweden. The centre aims to create an exciting interdisciplinary research environment in the visual arts, architecture, design, and creative educational studies, in partnership with Bildmuseet and within the regional context of Northern Sweden as well as nationally and internationally.

UmArts aims to develop critical knowledge in art, architecture and design, by supporting interdisciplinary research between artistic and other fields, with high quality public dissemination and engagement. UmArts works across four departments: Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå School of Architecture (UMA), Umeå Institute of Design (UID), Department of Creative Studies in Education, and Bildmuseet.

In 2022 UmArts was awarded the WASP-HS Guest Professorship for Dr Sarah Cook undertaking research in Art and AI. The project will include two new postdoctoral fellows which will be advertised in 2023.


Ele Carpenter UmArts Director

Bodil Formark Deputy Director

Jon Svensson Research Co-ordinator

Maria Bylund Finance Administrator


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