Paradox Fine Art European Forum Community Conversations

UPDATED: Oct 18, 2020

Urgencies and Emergencies:Community Conversation

PARADOX steering committee has been meeting recently to take stock of the unprecedented events unfolding globally and more specifically to declare our solidarity with all those who are suffering in the wake of the truly shocking recent events in the USA. Please see our Letter of Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Update about: PARADOX 2020 Forum: Urgencies and Emergencies: Scheduled for-Oct.21 2020

This theme now seems more relevant and important than any one of us could have imagined when we first wrote to you on this earlier this year. As you know already from our previous correspondence (April 21st 2020), that we have proposed to you that we will sustain our engagement with our community in the present context, by convening online events in place of the Forum as it was originally previously conceived. In place of this year’s postponed Forum, we are hosting a series of Conversations under the banner of Urgencies and Emergencies to take place this Autumn. 

  • PARADOX Community Conversation – Urgencies and Emergencies – October 21 2020.

As you know, PARADOX is changing from its previous biennial conference format towards a peripatetic, annual forum. We intend to build upon previous successes while placing greater emphasis on this unique opportunity for those engaged in Fine Art education in Europe, and beyond, to physically gather together. This year we adapted our format due to the crisis created by the widespread impact of Covid-19.

The aim is to generate an annual forum at which we can cooperatively identify and discuss emergencies and their urgencies, and think through concerns and challenges that will bear influence on the present and future conditioning of Fine Art education at all levels. We will simultaneously engage processes to consider new approaches, methods, forms, and models that can advance and nurture Fine Art education in pressurized, conflictual and complicated times.

In this moment of great global crisis, through our Community Conversations series, we are seeking to host a series of discussions that grapple with the issues we addressed in our Letter of Solidarity.

Our Community Conversations will call upon those engaged in the sector: cultural workers, students, educators, researchers, administrators, and academic managers. We are genuinely committed to supporting colleagues to discuss the temporal, ideological, political, pedagogical, ethical; and procedural, operational and governing dynamics that may inform how we define the emergencies of our time, and on whose behalf we are warranted to distinguish the urgencies and responses.

We are hoping to use this time spent together to plan and forge a path forward for 2021. These are challenging times and we are seeking to rebuild with you.