Leeds Arts University – Expanding Communities of Sustainable Practice

Keynote Speaker: Joanna Boehnert (author, Design, Ecology, Politics: Towards the Ecoscene. https://ecocene.wordpress.com/)

Aims & objectives

The symposium focuses 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 cultural. It is 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.

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.

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 you will be asked 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.

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:

More information.