The 14th ELIA Biennial Conference will take place in Florence, Italy the 30 November - 3 December 2016, hosted by Palazzo Spinelli in partnership with higher arts education institutions and cultural authorities of the city.

13th ELIA Biennial Conference

Glasgow, 13 - 15 November 2014
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Photographs, videos and other goodies documenting the 13th ELIA Biennial Conference in Glasgow are now live, take a look now on the Videos and Photos page!

We would like to thank the nearly 300 Biennial delegates, the Biennial keynote, thematic, open space and pecha kucha presenters, our partners and dear friends The Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, their dedicated and delightful staffs and the city of Glasgow for a phenomenal week.

So as the Scots say, 'haste ye back' and stay with us here,on facebook at and on twitter via #ELIAglasgow @ELIAartschools.

About the 13th ELIA Biennial Conference   

Following the success of the 2012 ELIA Biennial Conference in Vienna (hosted by Die Angewandte – University of Applied Arts Vienna), ELIA, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Glasgow School of Art hosted the 13th ELIA Biennial Conference in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Glasgow from 13-15 November 2014.
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 of events included high profile speakers, plenary discussions, networking events, mobile cultural sessions and much more.


The 2014 conference theme focused on the relationship between the creative and the city and the dynamic interplay between place, culture, creativity and the artist.  Recognising that the arts are both the most local and the most international of activities - proud of their traditions and identity, but at their most exciting when they break down barriers and cross borders, LOCATION/AESTHETICS explored the cultural, social and economic role that creative individuals and institutions play in creating and transforming a city, regional or national identity and place in the world.

Four sub-themes were identified to address more specific issues:


The conference saw Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as its main venue, located in the vibrant heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and its creative hub, and close by the city’s art schools, galleries, museums, national performing arts companies and cultural venues.


The strong partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Glasgow School of Art as hosts of the 13th ELIA Biennial Conference provided a fantastic opportunity for staff and students from two of the world’s finest small specialist intuitions to work alongside the globally renowned arts practitioners from ELIA member institutions.

In addition to the conference programme, the NEU NOW Festival ran simultaneously providing delegates with an unrivaled experience of both the business networking and learning opportunities of the conference as well as the chance to see firsthand the work of emergent artists from across Europe and beyond.


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