2016 Theme: Art for Change
The 2016 Canterbury ArtsCon will take place from 6 to 9 September, 2016 at venues such as the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury Baptist Church and Warnborough College.
Like previous conferences, this year’s theme is another conundrum. “Change” is typically seen as making something different, developing it, and/or moving it from one place or state to another. But “change” can also refer to loose coins — the few pennies we have left over — or to money in general.
Therefore, the topic for CArtsCon 2016 will fuse these concepts into a lively debate:
- Can art drive change (or movement or development)?
- Can art change moods and minds?
- Can and how is art created for very little money?
- Is art created with a substantial “piece of change” (a lot of money) also worthwhile?
- And…how do we create powerful arts movements with or without significant funds? How does money factor into the overall process?
CArtsCon 2015: A Quick Review
The third annual Canterbury Conference of the Arts brought international participants to Canterbury in July. The event was officially opened by the Lord Mayor Councillor Sally Waters and her escort, Robert Waters on Tuesday, 14th July, at the Canterbury Baptist Church. She welcomed delegates to the city and took time to chat with the artists who had exhibited their works.
Events took place at the Baptist Church, Warnborough College and the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. Speakers from different continents spoke on a variety of topics based around this year’s theme of “Art as Illusion” covering art history, the fine arts, film, theatre and writing.
Dr Jill Kiefer from New York spoke about the blurring lines between art and illusion in her opening plenary. Canterbury-based entomologist, Sonia Copeland Bloom, spoke on using art, animation, music and creative writing to engage children with nature from an early age. Kristiene Clarke challenged the audience to decide if documentaries were filmic representations or illusions of real life, and wowed with anecdotes about her current film with Eddie Redmayne. Celina Senisterra used her background to showcase the importance of illusion in architecture, as did Chris Blaine who focused on Scandinavian church architecture.
Various workshops were held on rag quilting, drawing, painting and creative writing.
Other countries represented at the conference included Australia, Canada, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Nigeria and Switzerland. Many delegates had been to Canterbury before and relished the opportunity to return.
Minister for Defence (Reserves) and Canterbury Member of Parliament, Julian Brazier, ended the conference on a high note with his take on the art of war and how using illusion could mean victory.
The Conference was an all-round success and plans are now underfoot for 2016.