Leeds Arts University, UK.

Title: Expanding Communities of Sustainable Practice

Key note Speaker: Joanna Boehnert,

Joanna is the author of Design, Ecology, Politics: Towards the Ecoscene. https://ecocene.wordpress.com/ and founder of Eco Labs – a not for profit design research lab and studio engaged in the communication of complex environmental problems that creates resources, projects and programmes that nurture ecological literacy, critical whole systems thinking and agency.

Building on our successful symposium in October 2016, we are excited to announce our second, one day symposium at Leeds Arts University continuing the dialogue on how to expand communities of sustainable practice within and beyond art and design schools. Given the need for art and design education to transform its mode of operating in times of massive ecological crises, the symposium is an opportunity to learn from cases of good practice, obtain feedback on one’s initiatives and to network with others who are eager to make art and design education an effective advocate of sustainable practice.

Communities of sustainable practice are groups or networks of educators, designers, artists, craftspeople, researchers and students who aim to place sustainability concerns at the heart of their practice. Through the symposium we want to provide a space for people involved in such initiatives to effectively network and strategise together in order to enhance the positive impact and reach of what they do.

Aims & objectives
We want to focus on the importance of collaboration and networks in creating art and design practices that contribute to the four pillars of sustainability; environmental, social, economic and culture. We are especially interested in complicating as well as expanding the notions of sustainability within art and design education and on how they contribute to engaging the public in sustainable and progressively transformative practices. As we are convinced that sustainability is also about meshing up and intersecting practice and theory, the day will span from theoretical to practical engagements with sustainability – always with a focus on making this day productive in terms of building alliances, projects and shared commitments between the people attending.

Who for?
The symposium especially invites contributions by people active within art and design schools on sustainability fostering initiatives: tutors, students, technicians, administrators, researchers and more. We welcome contributions by students as this is where many of the most innovative initiatives are coming from.

What will happen?
This one day event will include presentation by keynote speaker, Joanna Boehnert (author of Design, Ecology, Politics: Towards the Ecoscene. https://ecocene.wordpress.com/), parallel discussion sessions and workshops where participants present their initiatives. It is the intention that all presenters’ essays will be published in the form of symposium proceedings.

How to get involved?
To present your initiative (paper or workshop), please submit an abstract outlining the issue of sustainability that interests you. If your abstract is accepted we will ask you to submit a 1,500 word paper or visual essay accompanied by a short text. You will receive peer review feedback on your paper or workshop proposal. On the day of the symposium, you will deliver either a 15-minute presentation or a one hour workshop about your initiative in order to share with others what it is you do to expand communities of sustainable practice.

Time scales
15th June 2018: deadline for abstract submission
6th July 2018: notification of acceptance of abstract and request for paper
20th August 2018: deadline for papers
10th September 2018: peer review returned
26th October 2018: deadline for final papers
16th November 2018: Symposium

Please send your abstracts by email to: sustainability@leeds-art.ac.uk

You can either pay your delegate fee once your abstract has been accepted or prior to the event at the links below.
Symposium fee

£60 – delegate fee for the day
£15 – student delegate

For groups attending with institutional funding, the fee is £60 for the first person and £15 for every additional person.
The fee includes breakfast, refreshments and lunch. In order to pay please go to the University store/shop on Leeds Art University’s website: https://shop.leeds-art.ac.uk/product-catalogue/events/research/symposium


Leeds Arts University
Blenheim Walk
United Kingdom