The Art & Cartography commission aims to:
1. Explore the art element of cartography. Art in cartography means much more than designing aesthetically pleasing maps. Exploring the interaction at large between art and cartography entails: developing an inclusive approach of artistic mapping expressions; facilitating and encouraging interaction between cartographers who work with the Art aspects of cartography and artists who produce cartographic artefacts; and developing conceptual elements about the relationships between art and cartography.
2. Facilitate interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation of ideas and practices. Cartographers, artists, researchers from the humanities need to work collaboratively in order to redefine the contours of the relationships between arts and cartography. Real interdisciplinary activities call for special measures, such as developing a common language and a mutual understanding; promoting the development of hybrid cartographic practices; and promoting diversity in terms of activities and outcomes (e.g. workshops, festivals, public lectures, performances, exhibitions, screenings, etc.).
3. Produce and disseminate knowledge and artefacts emerging from the interaction of art and cartography by facilitating installations with associated annotated catalogues, developing multiple forms of expression (e.g. blogs, exhibits), publishing special issues of journals, developing and publishing books.