Conference Theme

Building on the success of conferences in Poznan (2015), Granada (2013), Cork (2011) and Palermo (2009) the 2017 Paradox European Fine Art forum biennial conference will take place in London. Reflecting on the current social and political climate for artists and educators, and taking its cue from the diversity of its host city, the conference will examine how issues of difference, change, inclusion and prohibition are currently played out within the discipline of Fine Art and education across Europe. Drawing together researchers, educators, students and artists it will explore the issues most at stake within art practice and education, for those who teach and learn. We are calling for contributions, across a range of formats to be submitted to the following strands: knowledge, ethics, means and aesthetics. The conference plans to address a wide range of issues including the challenge of new technologies, austerity agendas, cross-cultural teaching, the impact or desire for diversified demographics and non-hierarchical forms of learning to contemporary fine art education, research and practice and curricula.

The conference calls for participation via a range of formats (papers, case studies, projects, performances, workshops, etc.) and abstracts should be sent, on the appropriate form, to for consideration by strand convenors. There will also be opportunity to submit presentations of fine art practices, research and pedagogy to poster and pecha kucha sessions. Please see the website for details of how to do this.

Paradox conferences are developed by artist educators and provide an international forum for arts and educational practitioners and their stakeholders to meet and discuss education, teaching, practice and research. We encourage academics, artists and students who have experience within fine art education to engage in the European discussion that Paradox facilitates.