[artinfo] Call for proposals: Exploring New Horizons conference

Art&Education edu-news at mailer.e-flux.com
Fri Jan 13 21:46:34 CET 2017

Exploring New Horizons: international conference on opportunities in the arts

February 22-24, 2018

Proposal deadline: February 15, 2017, 5pm EST
Committee decisions: February 27

Université Laval
Québec City

<mailto:info at transculturalexchange.org>info at transculturalexchange.org


  Academic host: Université Laval, with panels, 
tours and presentations also taking place 
throughout Québec City-the 2016 Culture City of 
the Year

TransCultural Exchange's international 
conferences are the leading global forum for 
bringing together artists, critics, gallery 
owners, curators, residency directors and those 
working in other fields of interest to artists. 
These conferences aim to advance artistic 
innovation by helping artists find the time, 
funds, networks, inspiration and other means to 
pursue their goals.

Conference overview
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 terms such as "artistic research," 
"trans-disciplinarily" and "the creative 
industries" are now commonplace. 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 gaining in 
popularity, popping up around the globe in 
hospitals, schools and social services. What does 
all this mean for today's artist and their 

To consider these developments and help artists 
navigate this exciting new terrain, TransCultural 
Exchange invites submissions for its three-day 
conference Exploring New Horizons. Submissions 
can take the form of talks, roundtable 
discussions, poster sessions or workshops.  

Scope of topics
Picking up where the last conference Expanding 
Worlds left off, the Conference Committee is 
soliciting presentations that promote 
opportunities for today's artists. For instance, 
papers might present various international 
residency programs, offer practical advice (such 
as resources for funding, new technologies or 
managing a studio practice), address social or 
political interventions or promote collaboration 
with other disciplines, such as medicine, 
architecture, conservation and engineering. 
Presentations on current trends in art and new 
research in other fields are also encouraged. (In 
the past, papers on topics outside the arts have 
been among the most popular, because they inspire 
artists to think in new ways.)

For more information on how to submit a proposal, 
visit <http://www.transculturalexchange.org/2018-conference/presenters.htm>www.transculturalexchange.org/presenters.  
For an overview of the Conference, check out
For inquires, please contact Mary Sherman at 
<mailto:msherman at transculturalexchange.org>msherman at transculturalexchange.org. 

About TransCultural Exchange
TransCultural Exchange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 
organization, based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its 
mission is to foster a greater understanding of 
world cultures through high quality art 
exhibitions, cultural exchanges and, most 
notably, a biennal International Conference on 
Opportunities in the Arts. Since its grassroots 
inception in 1989, TransCultural Exchange has 
worked directly with hundreds of artists, arts 
organizations, foundations, galleries, museums 
and cultural centers in more than 60 countries to 
produce over 350 exhibitions. This over 
two-decade history of service has earned 
TransCultural Exchange awards from institutions 
such as the Northeast Chapter of the 
International Art Critics Association (AICA) and 
support from the United Nations Educational, 
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the 
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Asian Cultural 
Council, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, 
Boston Foundation, swissnex Boston, among others.

More information about the Artinfo mailing list