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Join the 14th ELIA BIENNIAL CONFERENCE in Florence, Italy!
30 November - 3 December 2016 Florence, Italy

Registration Open Now!

TURN MIRRORS INTO WINDOWS |30 November-3 December 2016| Florence, Italy

ELIA is delighted to announce the 14th ELIA Biennial Conference Turn Mirrors Into Windows, that will take place 30 November-3 December 2016 in Florence, Italy. Host of this years’ biennial is Palazzo Spinelli, in partnerschip with many other arts and higher arts education institutions of the city.
Register now to join us in Florence!

The ELIA Biennial Conference is the largest conference on higher arts education worldwide, drawing an audience of approximately 500 directors, artists, lecturers and thinkers. 
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. 
The programme provides a platform to discuss the questions that are raised by these developments and to consider the role we as artists, arts educators and arts education institutions have in the creation of tomorrow’s society. In addition to plenary discussions, research presentations, best practices, networking events, mobile workshops in the city and much more, high profile keynote speakers such as multiple award winning social designer and artist Daan Roosegaarde will initate the debate. Florence, as a beacon of European cultural heritage and with its turbulent political and artistic history, is the ideal city to have this conversation.
Please find here more details on the programme and practical information.

Planning on staying longer to visit Florence its finest cultural and historic venues?  
For your convenience and to make most out of your trip, we have arranged a selection of tours and visits on Saturday 3 December or Sunday 4 December to Florence its most popular sightseeing destinations you can book in advance. Please go here for more information and booking. 

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


EQ-Arts is pleased to inform you that the application for a Strategic Partnership within the European Commissions Erasmus+ KA2 Programme, has been submitted. Six partners, together with EQ-Arts, agreed to be part of the SEQuAL-project: five of these partners are ELIA members. EQ-Arts is hoping to receive a positive reaction from the Swedish Agency and is looking forward to working with: Stockholm University of Arts (applicant), Merz Akademie Stuttgart, University of the Arts in Belgrade, University of Winchester, Universidade Católica Portuguesa and the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Besançon/Franche-Comté.

The SEQuAL project aims at establishing a clear understanding of definitions and approaches to Quality Assurance (QA) within the field of Higher Arts Education, in order to develop a framework for subject-specific standards for QA and a robust methodology for transnational QA reviews. 

If you have any questions please contact Sally Mometti at s.mometti@eq-arts.org.


NXT and NEU NOW 2016 : new visual identities by Osmo Nadir

ELIA is proud to announce that the NE©XT Accelerator project went through a process of rebranding and will be known as NXT from now on. The new visual identity is more representative and lends itself well to the multi-faceted nature of the project. The tagline 'Making a Living from the Arts' evokes the main purpose of the project.
This new visual identity for NXT along with the NEU NOW 2016 logo (see post below) was designed by Osmo Nadir. Osmo Nadir was one of the emerging artists showcasing his work at NEU NOW 2015. Now he is a successful multidisciplinary avant-garde artist and designer. 


NEU NOW 2016: Celebrating Europe’s Emerging Talents

Save the date: NEU NOW’s 2016 edition will return from 14 – 18 September to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. Discover the most recent, remarkable work by an emerging generation of artists advancing from art academies towards their professional careers. Connect directly to the makers and take part in an extensive programme including performances, music, film, lectures and much more.

Take a look at the NEU NOW Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest developments. 


NXT artist residency update: introduction week 

The 5 artists that are part of the NXT Residency arrived in Amsterdam at the beginning of April to start their 3 month stay in cooperation with Pakhuis de Zwijger and Europe By People project. Their first weeks in Amsterdam were focused on orientation and exploring the city.
During the week of the ELIA board meeting (7-8 April) the artists had mentoring sessions with Nancy de Freitas and Ben Hurkmans. Nancy, an ELIA board member from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, sat down with them to discuss their ideas and give them advice on the practicalities of realizing their conceptual proposals. Later, the artists joined the ELIA board and staff on a boat ride around Amsterdam where they could mix and mingle.

At the moment, they are working on their projects on and off the Fabcity campus. Fabcity is a temporary, freely accessible campus between 1 April and 26 June, at the head of Amsterdam’s Java Island in the city’s Eastern Harbor District. Conceived as a green, self-sustaining city, FabCity comprise some 50 innovative pavilions, installations and prototypes.
Regular updates on their progress will be posted on our Facebook page. If you have any questions about NXT project and the residency, please contact Barbara Revelli at barbara.revelli@elia-artschools.org


Diversity and Culture Research Survey 

Venu Dhupa, Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University, School of Art and Design is currently engaged in an important new piece of research that will help us improve our understanding of the views around the growing diversity in Europe. She is interested in perceptions in the cultural sector and our views about the skills and value of diversity and the potential impacts on our public services.  She has invited us to encourage our members and contacts to engage with her work and you can do so by completing an online survey which is open until 5 June. 
You can find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/UnderstandingDiversityandCulture
Please join in as the results will influence a new position paper on Understanding Diversity which will be available to many European networks and forums. 

If you would like to contact Professor Dhupa to request a copy of the paper you can do so on int.art@btinternet.com

Welcome To Our New Members!

We would like to welcome our new members and we hope that they will be active, ready to network and reap the benefits of what ELIA offers. 

Click on the logo to learn more about the institutions.

Taipei National University of the Arts

Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Design


Our banner photo for April 2016 is a photograph entitled “Interior I (Miner’s Changing Room)”, from the series “Coal Story" by Darek Fortas. He showcased his work during the 2011 edition of the NEU NOW festival. Fortas’ research interests include politics, aesthetics, distribution of power in the state and role of the photographic image allied to Jacques Rancière’s notion of dissensus.
Fortas’ photographs have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Take a look at his amazing work here: www.darekfortas.com . For limited edition fine art prints please enquire at info@darekfortas.com


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.

Registrations for Biennial Conference

Five ELIA members in EQ-Arts partnership

NXT and NEU NOW 2016

NEU NOW 2016 Save the Date

NXT Residency: update

Diversity Culture Research Survey

New ELIA Members

Banner Artist of the Month: Darek Fortas 



Upcoming events

Prague, 17-19 April 2016
EQ-Arts Experts Training

Nottingham, 28 April - 1 May 2016
In This Place Conference

Barcelona, 12 -13 May 2016
CulturalBase: Stakeholder's Conference

Niš, 20 -22 May 2016
4th International Student  Piano Competition

Styria, Austria 2-9 July, 2016
International Summer School of Physical Theatre

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14th ELIA Biennial Conference



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