I’m happy to pass along this event announcement from Visual Artists Ireland:
Artists’ Mobility — aspiration or reality: ECA Conference at IMMA
The European Council of Artists (ECA) is holding its Annual Conference in Dublin from 7 to 8 November 2008. The ECA is an umbrella body composed of interdisciplinary artists’ councils and artists’ organisations from 25 European countries. One of its main events each year is its Annual Conference which brings together artists and their representatives, cultural operators, politician’s and MEP’s with particular interests in culture along with representatives from national and European institutions. This year’s conference includes papers on the following topics: artistic freedom in a globalised world, the European Arrest Warrant, borders, visa issues & cultural diversity, and the role of the European Parliament in the promotion of artists’ mobility.
The following 6 highly regarded international speakers will present and discuss on the topic of artists’ mobility:
Eva Lichtenberger, MEP, Austria
Maria Badia i Cutchet, MEP, Spain
Lolita Jablonskiene, Chief curator National Gallery of Art, Lithuania, and ambassador of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue
Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed, Northern Ireland
Ole Reitov, Freemuse – Freedom of Musical Expression, Denmark
Helena Drnovšek Zorko, Division of International Cultural Relations, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A reception to launch the conference will be held in Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin city centre on Friday 7th of November at 6 pm. The conference sessions will take place on Saturday 8th at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, ending with a musical performance by Na Píobairí Uilleann.
Visual Artists Ireland is the ECA’s representative organisation in Ireland. A conference programme and Booking Form are available to download from the VAI website (http://www.visualartists.ie/alr_status_artist.html). Booking is essential as places are limited.
For anyone requiring accommodation, a special conference rate has been arranged with the Hilton Hotel Kilmainham which is located beside the Irish Museum of Modern Art. For further information please contact Alex Davis, Advocacy Officer:
European Council of Artists: www.eca.dk