Best, next and radical practice in participatory arts

ITAC3 Conference - photo by Brian Hartley

The Third International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC3) brought together over 200 attendees including artists, organisations, funders and researchers from 17 countries around the world, to explore the best thinking and practice in participatory arts /teaching artistry informed by projects, practice and research in the field.

The conference ran from 3-5 August 2016 in Edinburgh and included 62 sessions exploring key issues relating to participatory arts practice.  The sessions, delivered by 91 speakers and presenters, included a mix of keynote speeches, panel sessions, curated conversations, practical workshops, round-table discussions, poster sessions and a film programme.

    Reflections on ITAC3 - report

    Reflecting on ITAC3

    Download reflections from The Third International Teaching Artists Conference: Best, next and radical practice in participatory arts.

    Videos from the day

    The curated programme included the keynote speakers and panels, as featured in the videos below.

    Reflections on ITAC3 - some highlights

    Keynote and panel session presentations

    ITAC3 Key note speaker: Royston Maldoom

    Panel Session: Co-producing and Collaborating with Community

    Panel members:

    Chaired by: Sorcha Carey, Edinburgh Art Festival

    ITAC3 Keynote speaker: Suzanne Burns

    Susanne Burns of ArtWorks discusses Artworks Learning to Action.

    ITAC3 Sharing Practice: The Lullaby Project

    Thomas Cabaniss from Carnegie Hall, New York discusses the Lullaby Project.

    Panel Session: What can the world learn from radical approaches to socially engaged art-making?

    Panel members:

    Panel Chair: Anna Cutler, Tate

    ITAC3 provocation: Caroline Bowditch

    Caroline Bowditch discusses The Mosquito Effect.

    ITAC3 provocation: Sarah Corbett, Craftivist Collective

    Sarah Corbett of Craftivist Collective talks about changing our world one stitch at a time.

    Poet in Residence: Anita Govan

    More about ITAC3

    Creative Scotland managed and hosted ITAC3 in partnership with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Artworks Alliance and the conference originators Eric Booth and Marit Ulvund of SEANSE, Norway and previous hosts, Brad Hasseman and Judith McLean from Queensland University of Technology Brisbane.

    For Scotland and the UK ITAC 3 was an opportunity to share, discuss and disseminate the significant body of learning from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation ArtWorks Special Initiative: developing practice in participatory settings. It was also an opportunity to build on previous ArtWorks Scotland conferences (2011-14), consciously creating a sense of ‘continuity’ for the Scottish community of practice.

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    Photo credits: Brian Hartley