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ELIA

Founded in 1990, ELIA is a globally connected European network that provides a dynamic platform for professional exchange and development in higher arts education. With about 250 members in 47 countries, it represents some 300,000 students in all art disciplines. Its cross-disciplinary quality makes ELIA unique as a network. ELIA advocates for higher arts education by empowering and creating new opportunities for its members and facilitating the exchange of good practices. ELIA collaborates with international and national networks in the fields of education, arts, and culture. ELIA members are higher arts education institutions from all artistic disciplines. ELIA’s offer is inclusive and diverse—it serves the needs of arts schools throughout all levels, from academic staff and international officers to students and upper management.

The principal mission of ELIA is to represent higher arts education, to be an influential voice, and to advocate the interests of its members. In emphasising the value of arts education, ELIA is dedicated to enhancing the conditions in which higher arts education can flourish, nationally and internationally.

Our world today is dominated by financial uncertainty, global ecological challenges, and rapidly shifting political landscapes. ELIA’s mission is thus vital, urgent, and relevant.

ELIA's main objectives are:

  • to strengthen the position of higher arts education
  • to support the free development of education in the arts
  • to promote the arts as a central contributor to social and economic development
  • to encourage cultural diversity and foster communication between cultures

ELIA’s aims are primarily realised through:

  • Events: regular large conferences, small-size regional gatherings, professional development seminars and virtual meetings;
  • Projects: thematic initiatives, developing innovative practices in higher arts education, always involving ELIA members;
  • Services: advocacy, matchmaking for international projects, showcasing institutions, promotion and endorsement of members’ events;
  • Dissemination: publications, conference proceedings, a platform for regular updates on funding opportunities and job adverts.

Above: Workshop at ELIA Academy, London. Cesare de Giglio, 2017.