30 November-3 December 2016
Florence, Italy

Online Registration Open Now!
Please go to Registration to join the 14th ELIA Biennial Conference

The 14th ELIA Biennial Conference takes place in Florence, Italy the 30 November-3 December 2016. Host of this years’ biennial is Palazzo Spinelli, in partnerschip with many other arts and higher arts education institutions of the city.
The ELIA Biennial Conference is the largest conference on higher arts education worldwide, drawing an audience of approximately 500 directors, artists, teachers and thinkers. The programme features events including high profile keynote speakers, plenary discussions, research presentations, best practices, networking events, mobile workshops at cultural institutions in the city and much more. 


Europe has transformed almost beyond recognition over the past years. Thanks to technological evolution, globalisation and open border policies, we find ourselves working and living in close connection to the rest of the world. At the same time Europe’s self-conception as a place of tolerance, inclusion and prosperity is increasingly challenged by complex issues such as large migration processes, an ageing population, emerging radicalism and shifting economic powers.
What do we see when we look at ourselves, our institutions, and the world? To what extent do we adapt, make use of or even contribute to the challenges and opportunities presented? And how shall we move forward?
TURN MIRRORS INTO WINDOWS provides a platform for ELIA members to discuss these questions and consider the role artists, arts educators and arts education institutions have in the creation of tomorrow’s society. Florence, as a beacon of European cultural heritage and with its turbulent political and artistic history, is the ideal city to have this conversation.


You can register for this event from 15 April 2016 onwards, using our online registration portal.
Please go to registration for more information on how to register and fees.
Please contact ELIA Conference Manager Marte Brinkman at marte.brinkman@elia-artschools.org


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