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TransCultural Exchange 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons

Event Dates: 22 – 24 February 2018
Event Location: Quebec City, Canada
Website: Link

Writing in Ashley Owens in the Quebec Daily Examiner, Ashley Owens provides an overview of what conference attendees can expect:

‘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, and yet to be concretely defined, terms such as “artistic research,” “trans-disciplinarity” and “the creative industries” are now common quoted rhetoric. 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 rising in popularity, popping up around the globe in hospitals, schools and social services. What does all this mean for today’s artists and their practice?

To consider these developments and help artists navigate this exciting new terrain, TransCulturalExchange’s 6th International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons will take place February 22 – 25 in Québec City with Université Laval serving as the academic host. This is the first time that the Conference is taking place outside of the nonprofit’s home base of Boston’


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