About CArtsCon

CArtsCon-LOGOThe Canterbury Arts Conference (CArtsCon) began life as the Warnborough College Conference on the Arts (WCCA).

Initially, it started as a conference for Warnborough College students, graduates and faculty to present their papers and research. The success of the event has allowed it to grow, with participants coming from different countries and backgrounds.

The definition of ‘arts’ grew with each conference. From just the fine arts and art history during CArtsCon’s inception in 2013, 2014 saw the inclusion of film while 2015 brought in music and theatre into the fold. The decision was then taken to run CArtsCon as an individual non-profit Community Interest Company (CIC).

CArtsCon brings visitors from around Britain and the world to beautiful Canterbury to share knowledge/experience, network and make lifelong friends.

Who Should Participate?

  • Artists in all arts disciplines and media
  • Academics, researchers and students in the arts
  • Archivists, historians, curators, guides
  • Policy makers and professionals in the fields of media, education, arts, music, humanities, science, and social sciences
Jen Keretnick receiving her Certificate of Participation from Canterbury MP, Sir Julian Brazier.

Jen Keretnick receiving her Certificate of Participation from then Canterbury MP, Sir Julian Brazier.

Why You Should Participate

  • Share and publish your knowledge, research and experience
  • Professional fulfilment purposes
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)*
  • Meet industry trailblazers and practitioners
  • Networking opportunities with peers

So, join us at CArtsCon to celebrate and promote the arts!

*All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.


About the Conference Directors

The Directors of CArtsCon, Dr Jill Kiefer and Dr Julian NgDr Jill Kiefer is the Director of the Cultural Art History, Fine Arts, and Media graduate programs offered by Warnborough College–and is the Director of What About Art?–an organization devoted to bringing Art to Everyone. Jill has developed and implemented comprehensive academic and lifelong learning programs worldwide–and has taught at several prestigious institutions in the USA and abroad. Jill is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the oldest and most selective academic honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all fields of higher education.

Dr Julian Ng is Vice-President of Warnborough College. He has lived and worked around the world motivating people to learn. As an educator, he continues to write and publish academic materials and textbooks. As a musician, he has written myriad songs and music. As a playwright, he has written and contributed to plays and musicals. Julian published his first full-length novel in 2013 and has since written 2 more. He lives in Canterbury when not living out of a suitcase.

Dr Peter Gregory is currently President of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) and a World Councillor for the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA). He also chairs the Expert Subject Advisory Group (ESAG) which was originally set up by the Department of Education (DfE to) advise schools on the implementation of the national curriculum. He is Principal Lecturer in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.