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ACT | UJ Conference call for presentations

The ACT | UJ Creative Conference is inviting proposals for 20-minute presentations at the 2017 #CREATIVEUPRISING Conference.

To create a relevant arts education curricula, a process of unlearning and relearning is required. There is a need for a critical reimagining of how the arts are understood and how teaching is approached. After the fall of the Rhodes Statue, a cultural site has been transformed into a classroom and the hierarchy between students and teachers has been shifted by questions from both sides that cannot be answered by our current curricula. The ACT | UJ #CREATIVEUPRISING Conference seeks to re-claim a relevant identity for South African arts education. It will reference past conversations, new and existing research, and innovative arts teaching practices. It will bring together key stakeholders involved in basic, tertiary, virtual, and informal education and training. Through inviting school teachers, learners, academics, students, arts practitioners, organisations and policymakers, the conference will provide an important opportunity to engage in a progressive dialogue that will allow multiple voices to be heard on an equal platform.

ACT and UJ Arts & Culture invite proposals to present a 20-minute presentation at the ACT | UJ #CREATIVEUPRISING 2017 Conference. Presentations may include, but are not limited to, essays, photographic essays, graphic interventions, new media, disruptions, and performances.

Please submit a ONE page proposal containing the following information: title of presentation, full names, contact details and affiliation of presenter(s), 300-500 word abstract or plan as well as any additional equipment needed. Please e-mail proposals to by 18 April 2017. Successful applicants will be contacted via email.

The fifth ACT | UJ Creative Conference will be presented from 27 – 29 July 2017 at The University of Johannesburg Kingsway Campus and presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and UJ Arts & Culture (Division of FADA) in partnership with SAMRO Foundation.

Among the arts education topics that will be explored #CREATIVEUPRISING is inviting proposals for presentations that deal with the following themes:

What is a decolonised arts education? What is the relationship of decolonisation and Africanisation in arts education?

How do we go about teaching a decolonised arts curriculum? What are the practical implications for teaching a decolonised curriculum?

What role does culture play in a decolonised art curriculum?

In what ways can we extend access to arts education within South African and across Africa?

What is the relationship between academia, activism and art?

How can arts educators across all basic, tertiary and informal sectors collaborate more effectively? In what ways can we build networks of arts educators across Africa?

Can the arts be used as a social transformational tool and can it succeed in transcending or dismantling barriers to representation?

About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. For more information, visit or follow ACT on Twitter or like ACT on Facebook.

About UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA), produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses to students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts. For regular updates follow them on Twitter or visit

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