Timo Jokela


Timo Jokela is a Finnish artist and art educator based in Rovaniemi, Northern Finland, whose work takes a site-specific and participatory approach in developing art and design projects and relationships with Saami communities.

Timo is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland and the Director of the University of the Arctic’s ASAD (Arctic Sustainable Art and Design) thematic network. Timo’s work has been exhibited widely and makes frequent use of natural materials (e.g. wood, snow, ice) and elements of local cultural heritage in an effort to unpack the relations between environment and aesthetic.

Timo’s academic contributions have tended to focus on the phenomenological relationship between art and nature, community-based art, and art education, and include Relate North – Practising Place: Heritage, Art and Design for Creative Communities (ed. with Glen Coutts, 2016). Timo also serves as a Visiting Professor of Environmental Art and Art Education at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.