Renewing society by art, creativity and design
Culture shapes our identities, aspirations, values and relationships. It also shapes the cities and living environments, and the lifestyles we develop.
Art, design, fashion, cinema, architecture, visual communication and games are crucial elements of everyday life and society.
Photo from: Unexpected Encounters exhibition (2016) Curated by Ksenia Kaverina, image: Mikko Raskinen
Art, creativity and design reform society: they challenge, question and produce new understanding.
The creative industries also generate growth and attractiveness. Already in Europe, the creative and cultural industries account for almost 5% of the GDP, making it the third largest sector in the European economy. Countries that invest in their creative sectors show a clear competitive advantage and offer long-term GDP growth.
We believe that the cultural and creative sectors should be integral, not separate, parts of the economy and society, as then the entire creative human potential and imagination is in use. This results in experience-driven and functional designs as well as in systemic solutions to wicked problems.
Aalto University has positioned high-quality artistic practice at the same level as research and education, and this profound multidisciplinarity makes us unique. Art, design and creative practices are not something that are added on to other disciplines and practices at a later stage: at Aalto University they are quintessential elements in each student’s studies and each researcher’s work, thus shaping the future in a fundamental and co-creative manner.
Aalto University’s Art and Creative Practices is the strategic initiative for increasing the visibility and impact of art and design in education, research and society - as well as on our own campus in Otaniemi, Finland.
Build excellence to position Aalto University as a global leader in high-quality artistic activities.
Increase the visibility, impact and value of creative practices in society.
Develop a broader, art-based offering for all students to expand their perspectives and skillsets.
Build mechanisms to integrate creative practices and design thinking with technology and business throughout Aalto University and its partner networks.
Aalto University promotes visibility and impact of art and creativity both in society and at our own campus. Aalto University uses one percent of building costs to fund art.
Renewing societies requires world-leading design-based practices. The Design Inside initiative ensures we will have the world-class ability throughout Aalto to shape and explore the world around us.
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ClimATE is an expanded exhibition and events programme at multiple sites and spaces across Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus, showcasing research, prototypes and works of art as well as workshops, readings and screenings that discuss climate change and food systems.
Water resources are limited and vulnerable in many places in the world. Design students and water researchers joined forces to visualise sustainable water solutions in the Fragile Water exhibition.
In the Artist-in-Residence position at Aalto University, the purpose of art is to arouse questions in a cross-disciplinary manner.
Art gives us an opportunity to rethink all forms of knowing and doing. To be able to experience great art in our premises – to have this opportunity to rethink on a daily basis – is a privilege.
How can we make space for unexpected ways of looking at the world? Galleries and exhibition venues are co-produced spaces for action, bringing together the knowledge, content, vision, and passion of different agents.