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NEW NOW 2015
9-13 September
Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

NEW NOW supports Europe’s emerging artists. It presents the work of those advancing from art academies towards their professional careers, and provides them with a framework for further development.

We are delighted to welcome ELIA members to all festival events and to extend an invitation to the opening happening on Wednesday 9 September at 18.00 - find your invitation here.

The annual NEW NOW festival showcases the work of 65 artists from all art disciplines, with works ranging from music and dance performances, photography, video, painting and film, to typography and sound installations. Themes explored in this year’s pieces include myth, language, space, identity, death, society, economics, food and gender.

During the five-day festival, the artists are invited to participate in a professional development programme consisting of coaching sessions, lectures and workshops. This is designed to encourage collaboration and future opportunities. The public, promoters, curators, cultural entrepreneurs and producers are invited to attend a full festival programme of exhibitions, film screenings, performances and talks.

NEW NOW 2015 will be held at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek from 9 –13 September.

For the full programme visit www.newnow.eu

Previous editions of the festival went under the name of NEU/NOW and were held in Vilnius, Tallinn, Nantes, Porto, Amsterdam and Glasgow. The festival has returned to Amsterdam as NEW NOW, where it has found a permanent home.

NEW NOW is an initiative of ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts, an independent network organisation for Europe’s higher arts education.

NEW NOW 2015 is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Westergasfabriek, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), the Performing Arts Fund NL, the Spanish Embassy in The Hague, the Czech Centre The Hague/Rotterdam and BeamSystems.


Limited Hotels - Book Now!

Join DOMINANCE // DIVERSITY // DISRUPTION taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, 1-4 December 2015.


Hosted by the African Arts Institute, the ELIA Leadership Symposium brings together influential leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe for an important and timely discussion on current issues in leadership in higher arts education.

Post-apartheid South Africa is a laboratory of social transformation. Working within this context we will address this changing world and reflect on how key notions of aesthetics, standards of excellence and ‘the canon’ play out in a culturally diverse world. How do leaders of institutions - themselves in the process of transformation - disrupt, reinforce or nuance the tensions between the economic, the political, the cultural and the artistic dimensions? 

Intrigued? Register Now!
To secure your spot visit the registration portal to apply.

To ensure an optimal level of interaction, representation, focus and collegiality, participation will be limited to leaders and key decision makers. Delegates will be senior figures from a diverse but representative set of higher arts education institutions throughout the world. 

To create an intimate and professional frame for discussion the Leadership Symposium is limited to a maximum of 100 delegates on a first come, first served basis.

Go Deeper
Visit the Leadership Symposium website and read the registration brochure to find out more.

Contact ELIA Conference Manager Marte Brinkman at marte.brinkman@elia-artschools.org

PHExcel conference ‘Striving for Excellence in Higher Education:
Bringing Education and the World of Work Together’ 

18-19 November 2015

Register Now!

Join us in London for the PHExcel conference ‘Striving for Excellence in Higher Education: Bringing Education and the World of Work Together’ at the Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK, on 18-19 November 2015. 

We will present the outcomes of 2 years of: researching quality tools in Europe, developing a framework for excellence, testing this framework in pilot assessments, and validating it with consultations and surveys. Join us for this free-of-charge event to:

+Discuss excellence in higher education, especially how to achieve excellence in bringing higher education and the world of work together, a key feature of professional higher education throughout Europe;
+Exchange ideas on the barriers and challenges to assessing and recognising excellence;
+Debate with experts and representatives from many sectors, including the arts, music, business and language studies and nursing education, what excellence means to them and how to achieve it across various sectors in Europe;
+Engage with colleagues from quality assurance agencies presenting the outcomes of their own research on delivering excellence in higher education;
+Meet participants from the four pilot assessments that PHExcel conducted and experts who contributed to the development of our quality framework and assessment process.

For more information visit the PHExcel conference website.

NE©XT Accelerator - New European Creative Talent

ELIA is one of the 16 winners of the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission (2015 larger scale cooperation projects - Cat 2).

The project NE©XT Accelerator supports emerging artists to initiate successful international careers, improving their capacity to make a living from their artistic production.

Besides supporting the next three editions of NEW NOW – Europe’s Emerging Artists (www.newnow.eu), ELIA and the 20 partners of NE©XT Accelerator, will support the development of an international network and platform for cultural entrepreneurship.

NE©XT Accelerator has already started and ELIA would like to invite all its members and partners in supporting our work. The ELIA Office and the project partners are working on an initial research phase, in which cultural and creative incubators, hubs, start-ups and other forms on cultural entrepreneurship initiative will be identified and invited to join the network.

The main aims of the project are to:

- Support the career development of emerging artists and facilitate their international mobility;
- Connect young artists with cultural and creative sectors and (creative) business;
- Make creative incubators and hubs more sustainable and build an international incubators network in Europe to facilitate international exchange and collaboration;

In the course of the next three years, ELIA plans to organize in the frame of NE©XT Accelerator in collaboration with its 20 project partners, its members and stakeholders:

- 3 NEW NOW editions
- A cycle of trainings for emerging artists, cultural entrepreneurs and incubators managers
- 3 international conferences

A web platform will be developed to distribute and share the digital learning materials and to support networking between artists, cultural entrepreneurs and professionals.

ELIA Members will receive in the future a questionnaire for possible involvement in the project and for sharing information on their cultural entrepreneurial activities.

For more information, please refer to the Detailed Project Description or contact ELIA Head of Communications and Membership, Barbara Revelli at  barbara.revelli@elia-artschools.org

This newsletter is funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views of ELIA and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

NEW NOW 2015

ELIA Leadership Symposium Cape Town - Hotels Limited!

PHExcel Conference London

NE©XT Accelerator



Upcoming events

Gothenburg, 5-6 November 2015
1st PARSE Biennial Research Conference

Ghent, 9-11 November 2015
DARE 2015: International Conference on
Deleuze and Artistic Research

London, 18-19 November 2015
PHExcel Conference 

Cape Town, 2-4 December 2015
7th ELIA Leadership Symposium




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