2009 Palermo

Paradox Conference September 2009

Transition and Progression in Fine Art Education and Research

hosted by Accademia di Belle Arti Palermo, Sicily

Over a hundred delegates from all over Europe attended this Conference.

Break Out Groups:

Reports of the 4 breakout groups:

Curriculum Development: chaired by Sean Cummins and Maia Mancuso

Exchange and Collaboration: chaired by Andres WieCheRink

Professional Practice, External Connections: chaired by Emilia Telese

Research and Doctoral Level study in Fine Art: chaired by Kevin Atherton

Sharing differences and considering them a resource has been one of the aims and challenges of Palermo conference, putting on the table the ‘hot’ issues of this particular moment of ‘transition and progression in Fine Art education and research’ in Europe and establishing specific working groups.
 The reports from the strands indicate the complexity of the discussion, where participants shared experiences, recommendations or simply their vision.
 Rather than give solutions, the reports introduce us to open perspectives and this can be considered part of the richness of the work in itself, that’s why most of the reports use an interrogative form:

How do we maintain traditional skills and improve in the same time non-traditional knowledge?

How do we help students be self-directed and responsible for their own learning?

What are the strengths of current practice in your institution?

How is art practice and research related? Is the research of an artist ‘untranslatable’?

How can we evaluate and ‘measure’ artistic knowledge?

How do we teach art as research (Research and Doctoral Level)?

How does academic study and research relate to the art ecosystems?

What are the attitudes of art graduates to society?

Is it possible to have different forms of exchange within or without the Erasmus programme?

How might we make student exchange more focused in a social and foreign environment?

How do we implement staff exchange and interaction (Exchange and Collaboration)?

In publishing the Palermo conference proceedings, PARADOX aims to show a possible path for shared action of the European network of art professionals, researchers and educators in Fine Art.

Download Full Report (Word Document 1.7MB)


Student residency workshop: Urban Fabric Palermo


A project by students from some of different participating colleges ran as a adjunct to the conference coordinated by Andres WieChiRink from Utrecht Utrecht School of the Arts, Fine Art Department. Delegates were able to see the students work and watch a film of the students’ experience.

Urban Fabric Project was as a way of linking students to the Biennial Conference.

Urban Fabric Student Project is a parallel event to the Paradox Biennial Conference that has proved very popular at previous conferences, highlighting the most important part of a Higher Education in Fine Arts the students, tracing a line the creation of art and research in Fine Art.

Student Project Palermo 2009