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20th February, 2018

Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2018

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20th February, 2018
End Date:
23rd February, 2018
Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Barbican Centre

Artists as Citizens

Economic, social and political landscapes are transforming in unparalleled ways across the globe. However bewildering this may be, one thing is certain: we are living in a time where artists and the arts must realise their potential more fully as leaders in society. The power of the arts is long established in history, but in contemporary times the disciplines of music and theatre have in many contexts drifted to the margins. Re-establishing them as a central part of society requires activism, renewed commitment to artistic values and practices. Equally it requires new visions, creativity and flexibility from artists and arts organisations to respond dynamically to both local contexts and global issues.

The 2018 Reflective Conservatoire Conference will consider how artists, arts organisations, and specialist higher education in the performing arts in particular, can and are already engaging with artistic citizenship within contemporary societies. What are the possibilities for practitioners individually and collectively? How is specialist higher education changing in response to this agenda; what are the implications and opportunities for organisational development and leadership?

We are delighted to announce that Vikki Heywood CBE, Chairman RSA will be delivering a keynote speech at the conference. Drawing on her experience as Chairman of the RSA, 14-18 Now, Mountview Drama School and running the RSC, Vikki Heywood CBE will consider the opportunities and the challenges in training for the creative industries today. Artistic Director of the Young Vic, David Lan, follows Heywood’s keynote, presenting a response.

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