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Research and collaboration

Reflection and research develops quality and builds expertise.

Seanse facilitates constructive meeting between artists, children and adolescents, academics and politicians in several formats. Through this we open up for dialogue and debates on education in and through art.

Since 2008 Seanse has arranged 9 major conferences and seminars, including the First International Teaching Artist Conference in 2012, with over 120 participants from more than 20 countries. Through 7 art workshops with themes connected with art and children, we have explored topics ranging from The writing body to Art and the difficult topics. In 2012 we arranged what was probably the world’s first festival for art for children from 0-6 years of age.

Research is also carried out at Seanse. Marit Ulvund, leader of the centre, was one of the first in Norway to defend a PhD thesis based on practice led research, and she has over several years carried out research on art practices within an educational context. Artistic Leader Karstein Solli has, in addition to his own extensive artistic practice, broad experience from his work as a mentor, teacher and award leader at The Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad and at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Presently, Seanse is engaged in a research project on animation workshops and an international collaborative research project on Teaching Artistry. Appointed by The Norwegian Arts Council, Seanse also arranged INK2013, an exploratory project focusing on art for children and young people with special needs.

All of Seanse’s activities are followed up by intern evaluations. We study feedback from participants in order to find out how we can develop and make the next event better. Seanse has also been the subject of an extensive external evaluation, through a report from Telemark Research Institute (2012).