It is with great pleasure that we invite you to be part of the InSEA 34th World Congress to be held 7 - 11 July, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Melbourne’s sporting and cultural icon has been purposefully selected as the venue for this triennial world art congress to provide a stimulating backdrop for exploring and examining the theme: Diversity through Art – Change, Continuity, Context.
Recent decades have seen the greatest transition in visual culture in history: the art object to the idea, the static to the ephemeral, Euro/American aesthetic ideals to exciting affirmations of nationally based visual cultures and especially the renewed appreciation of Indigenous art forms. The global movements of refugees and migration have changed the cultural mix in societies providing the visual arts and visual arts education with both challenges and opportunities.
How do we change to meet these new contexts? What should we preserve and why? What roles should the visual arts play in these changing contexts? Should the celebration of diversity be at the core of the visual arts in dealing with these challenges and opportunities? What are the implications for the way we teach and what we teach in schools and universities and for creative practice?
Located in the Asia Pacific, this Congress will consider and demonstrate artistic diversity celebrating the innovations of the present against the backdrop of the past, including how Australia’s recent National Culture Policy; Creative Australia, and the new Australian Curriculum: The Arts addresses these changing contexts.
We want to hear, discuss and exchange stories of innovative practice and research, to learn from each other and make a difference in our own educational settings and practices.
Please join us in the ‘World’s most liveable city’ Melbourne 2014!
Marian Strong and Linda Knight,
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