November 16, 2011

5th annual ELIA Leadership Symposium—W/Here: Contesting Knowledge in the 21st Century

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) and Emily Carr University of Art + Design present the 5th annual ELIA Leadership Symposium: “W/Here: Contesting Knowledge in the 21st Century”. The event will gather leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe to Vancouver, Canada for an important and timely discussion on the changing role of art education in the 21st century.


With registered participants from over 20 countries, W/Here will serve as a studio experience for leaders in the fields of higher arts education who are interested in understanding how to meet the challenges of the changing context of learning.




A combination of presentations and facilitated discussions with artists, designers, musicians, educators, administrators and cultural workers with a commitment to the role of higher arts education will take place over three days. Select speakers include:


Douglas Coupland, Writer, Artist, Designer, Cultural Commentator
Lawrence Butch Morris, Trumpet Player, Educator, Revolutionary Conductor
Dylan Brown, Creative Director – Pixar Canada
Claire Doherty, Curator, Educator, Senior Research Fellow
Alexander Samuel, Social Media Expert
Kevin Thompson, Director – Hong Kong Academy of Fine Art
Chris Wainwright, Artist, Curator, Head of Colleges – University of the Arts London
Meredith Davis, Designer, Academic Leader, Innovative Educator




The symposium will address the following key themes:


Have We Ever Been Modern: The Transformation of the Learning Space
Dispersed Learning: Knowledge and Expertise in Arts and Design
Open Source: Leading Through Access


Delegates will be able to participate in mobile workshops taking place at various Vancouver cultural spaces to experience how these themes manifest in the configurations of arts organisations today. Select workshops include:


First Nations Culture and the Digital Turn: Museum of Anthropology
A Creative Commons for the City: W2 Community Media Centre
Building a Dance Community: The Dance Centre
Alternative Models of Creation: Progress Lab 1422


For a complete list of speakers, bios, full programme and to register go to



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