Top: KK Dundas, RCS Bridge Week Project
2013. Bottom: Ting Cheng,
M.Des Fashion + Textiles, Blossomball, 2014.*

October 17, 2014

13–15 November 2014

Registration deadline: 31 October 2014

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 
2 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow G2 3NY
United Kingdom


ELIA is pleased to announce that the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Glasgow School of Art are hosting the 13th ELIA Biennial Conference in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Glasgow from 13 to 15 November.

The ELIA Biennial Conference is the largest conference on higher arts education worldwide, drawing an audience of approximately 500 directors, artists, teachers and thinkers.

This year’s conference theme focuses 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” will explore 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 have been identified to address more specific issues:
– Identity/Diversity
– Regionalism/Globalism
– Homecoming/Nomadism
– Economy/Culture

The Biennial offers a diverse range of programming in a dynamic atmosphere that stimulates intellectual exchange and professional networking.

Highlights of the programme include:

Plenary sessions: presenting high-profile keynote speakers from around the world, among them Pier Luigi Sacco, professor of Cultural Economics; Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Director of the AHRC, Cultural Value Project; Josette Bushell-Mingo, theatre director and actress, co-founder of the PUSH festival and Director of The Swedish National Touring Theatre ensemble; Martin Boyce, Scottish sculptor and multimedia installation artist and Turner Prize winner.

Panel sessions and thematic sessions: opening dialogue on key issues in higher arts education between field experts and delegates.

Mobile sessions: exploring and engaging with the creative heart of Glasgow.

Table talks: fostering close connections between delegates through small group discussions on the major conference themes.

A ‘Blind Date’ dinner: creating an informal space for networking with matchmaking facilitated by conference organisers.

Pecha Kucha and Open Space presentations: providing a forum for delegates to disseminate their own work.

The programme is also accompanied by a series of cultural events including ELIA NEU/NOW LIVE, an innovative international platform for talented graduating and recently graduated artists, giving delegates the chance to see firsthand the work of emergent artists from across Europe and beyond.


The deadline for registration is 31 October.
To register, visit the Biennial Conference Registration Portal.


Please direct all questions and enquiries to Interim ELIA Conference Manager, Marte Brinkman: [email protected].


About ELIA
The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), based in Amsterdam, is the primary independent network organisation for higher arts education. Founded in 1990, ELIA represents over 300 member institutions in 47 countries on the European and international levels. ELIA forms unique bodies of knowledge and facilitates dialogues, mobility and activities between artists, teachers, administrators, senior managers, key decision makers and more than 300,000 students from all art disciplines. For more information on ELIA and its many initiatives, visit our website or e-mail [email protected].

*Images: top: KK Dundas, RCS Bridge Week Project performance, 2013. Courtesy of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Bottom: Ting Cheng, M.Des Fashion + Textiles, Blossomball, 2014. Courtesy of The Glasgow School of Art. Design by D8.


"LOCATION/AESTHETICS": the 13th ELIA Biennial Conference hosted by the European League of Institutes of the Arts in Glasgow

October 17, 2014

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