The four major strands are:

A) Curriculum Development

B) Exchange and Collaboration

C) Professional Practice, External Connections

D )Research and Doctoral Level study in Fine Art


Sharing differences and considering them a resource has been one of the aims and challenges of Palermo conference, putting on the table the ‘hot’ issues of this particular moment of ‘transition and progression in Fine Art education and research’ in Europe and establishing specific working groups.
 The reports from the strands indicate the complexity of the discussion, where participants shared experiences, recommendations or simply their vision.
 Rather than give solutions, the reports introduce us to open perspectives and this can be considered part of the richness of the work in itself, that’s why most of the reports use an interrogative form:

How do we maintain traditional skills and improve in the same time non-traditional knowledge?

How do we help students be self-directed and responsible for their own learning?

What are the strengths of current practice in your institution?

How is art practice and research related? Is the research of an artist ‘untranslatable’?

How can we evaluate and ‘measure’ artistic knowledge?

How do we teach art as research (Research and Doctoral Level)?

How does academic study and research relate to the art ecosystems?

What are the attitudes of art graduates to society?

Is it possible to have different forms of exchange within or without the Erasmus programme?

How might we make student exchange more focused in a social and foreign environment?

How do we implement staff exchange and interaction (Exchange and Collaboration)?

In publishing the Palermo conference proceedings, PARADOX aims to show a possible path for shared action of the European network of art professionals, researchers and educators in Fine Art.

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