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Art and Social Communities / long-term


Collaboration, Dialogue and Trust
The Danish Arts Foundation and Arts Council Norway are working together on a research programme to stimulate research into the role of art in society, with particular emphasis on the public aspect of art, on different forms of social structures and the value and impact of art at the level of the individual and wider society. In announcing the availability of funding for research projects, the programme seeks to promote Nordic research collaboration and studies in view of the Nordic art scene.
The programme’s objectives
The programme is intended to generate new knowledge and new perspectives on how art works in society, how art manifests itself in social communities and itself helps to establish different forms of social community, and how the social significance of art can be understood within a Nordic context. The programme is based on an open-ended and differentiated concept of art, comprising various types of art practice. Social communities are understood in this context as gatherings, interactions, networks, groups and audiences/publics in the social contexts on which art acts, functions in or is part of. Audiences/publics can be understood in various ways, such as intentional and non-intentional users, people with similar experiences and emotional ties, particular sections of the population, organized groups (members of art associations, supporters, activists), or as imagined communities.
The programme is intended to help bring research results into contact with artistic and cultural environments and cultural policy’s decision-making system. The programme’s activities and results should be disseminated via established channels of communication, (publications, seminars, conferences, etc.) and in other, innovative ways.
The programme aims to contribute to strengthen research on artistic and cultural life in the Nordic region and collaborations between Nordic researchers across research traditions.

The project is developed by:
Peter Berliner, Professor of Community Psychology at Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) and visual artist Tina Enghoff in collaboration with University of Greenland.
Gitte Adler Reimer, Head of Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland)
Gestur Hovgaard, Head of the department for Social Relations, economy and Journalism at Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland)
Mette Sandbye, Professor in Photography and Art Critic, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at Copenhagen University.
Louise Wolthers, ph.d. Researcher in photographic art history and theory at The Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden
For more information contact:
Peter Berliner:
Tina Enghoff: