South African Cultural Observatory

ACT/UJ Creative Conference #CreativeUprising

27 JUL 2017 - 28 JUL 2017
Category: National Conference
Region: Gauteng
Town: Johannesburg
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The rise of the decolonized Creative calls for unlearning and relearning. This development must be recognised as an opportunity to provoke, counsel and protest a new African future for Arts Education in basic, tertiary, online and informal education. The programme will draw on past conversations and findings of this already rising movement determined on questioning what is relevant and how we replace an imposed, *unAfrican system? 

The removal of the Rhodes statue in 2015 was not only a dismantling of a monolithic construct of exclusion but it also gave rise to a group of empowered activists that were born out of conflict with an art object. This uprising calls for a critical reimagining of how we see, understand and teach in this new ‘art space’ that has turned a cultural site into a classroom, a protest into an art performance and the students into teachers. A new post-colonial, post-Fanonian, Afro-futuristic curriculum must be considered for the decolonised Creative.

The conference will be spilt into morning sessions and streams focusing on research into arts education and the practice of arts education. Delegates will be invited to choose their own conference experience with simultaneous streams of interactive, interdisciplinary demonstrations centered on Art Education. An individualized programme for educators and school learners has been designed to inspire change and hear the voices of art leaners, educators, trainers, academics and the arts community. 

The conference will take place at the University of Johannesburg from 25-28 July 2017 and is presented by the Arts & Culture Trust and UJ Arts & Culture (a division of FADA) with support from SAMRO Foundation.

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