Decolonising Namibian Arts and Design through Improvisation

  • Melanie SARANTOU University of Lapland
  • Caoimhe Isha BEAULÉ University of Lapland
  • Satu MIETTINEN University of Lapland
Keywords: decolonising design, service design, improvisation


The research investigates the role of service design and improvisation as decolonising practice. It is based on case study research with a focus group consisting of Namibian artists, designers, artisans and arts organisations who participated in artistic and cultural exchange activities of the Art South-South Trust (ASST), a start-up Namibian not for profit (NFP) organisation. The goal of ASST was to increase visibility of the focus group members, enable global exposure and create an arena for multi-vocality. The paper creates a practical framework for decolonising practices in Namibian arts and design by drawing on reflective practice to analyse the activities of ASST alongside interview data collected from Namibian and Australian partner organisations and participants in the program. Critical thinking is used to evaluate the impact of realised activities and processes both in situ in Namibia and in exchange in Australia. This paper explores practices that can enable decolonising processes in Namibian arts and design spheres

How to Cite
SARANTOU , M., BEAULÉ, C. I., & MIETTINEN , S. (2019). Decolonising Namibian Arts and Design through Improvisation. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management , 2(1), 174–186.