Arts without Borders? Perspectives on Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in and through the Arts

International conference hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki and CERADA (Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts)

We are experiencing a renaissance in the power of the arts, even where political will is lacking. Artists increasingly make their own futures and work collaboratively across disciplines. Dimensions of creativity and innovation, empowered learning, distributed and ethical leadership, and entrepreneurship and activism, all of which are embedded within artistic practices, are being recognised as critical to contemporary societies in diverse ways. At the same time arts institutions in Higher Education, many of which have operated as small organisations focused on a single discipline, are starting to merge and to collaborate at interdisciplinary levels. This trend raises many questions about purpose and principles, and indeed in some contexts arts organisations are resisting pressures to merge, seeing these being driven by finance and bureaucracy, and perceiving a threat to their own core purpose and quality.

Location:  Helsinki Music Centre and Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts,  Helsinki, Finland

Dates:  19–22 October 2016

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