Join the next TransCultural Exchange conference in Québec, Canada

Join the next TransCultural Exchange conference in Québec, Canada

TransCultural Exchange’s 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons is soliciting proposals for presentations from artists, residency organisers, arts professionals, administrators, biennale organizers, cultural attachés, high level critics, curators and grant makers.

The 2018 conference will take place in Québec City, Canada from February 22nd to 24th. The academic host is the Laval University, with panels, tours and presentations also taking place throughout Québec City – the 2016 Culture City of the Year.

Proposals need not conform to traditional panel formats. Papers can be submitted for consideration as individual (20 minute) presentations or panel discussions. They can also be submitted as Pecha Kucha sessions, small workshops, demonstrations or round tables on narrower focused topics, such as ones that encourage participants to share new techniques, or teach relevant online tools, archival methods or grant writing skills. The guidelines for each format are listed here.

Proposal Deadline: February 20, 2017; 5:00 p.m. EST

2018 Conference Overview

What constitutes a studio practice, an artwork, the art market and the role of art today is expanding in ways never before imagined. Relatively new terms such as artistic research, trans-disciplinarily and the creative industries are now commonplace. Digital technologies have become standard tools in an artist’s arsenal, fabrication and outsourcing are readily accepted and a PhD in the arts is gaining ground in some countries while the arts are completely omitted from the education system in others. Meanwhile the traditional support mechanisms for artists – such as a gallery or patron – continue to be out of reach for most, while artist-run initiatives and artist-in-residence programs are gaining in popularity, popping up around the globe in hospitals, schools and social services.  What does all this mean for today’s artist and their practice?

To consider these developments and help artists navigate this exciting new terrain, TransCultural Exchange invites submissions for its three-day conference Exploring New Horizons. Submissions can take the form of talks, roundtable discussions, posters or workshops.

Scope of Topics

Picking up where the last Conference Expanding Worlds left off, the Conference Committee is soliciting presentations that promote opportunities for today’s artists. For instance, speakers might present various residency programs, offer practical advice (such as resources for funding, new technologies or managing a studio practice), address social or political interventions or promote collaboration with other disciplines, such as medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. Presentations on current trends in art and new research in other fields are also encouraged. (In the past, papers on topics outside the arts have been among the most popular, because they inspire artists to think in new ways.)

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