W/HERE: Contesting Knowledge in the 21st Century brings together leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe for an important and timely discussion on the changing role of art education today. Arts and design education in the 21st Century has been transformed, in large part as a result of the explosion of digital cultures and the acceleration generated by attendant technologies. For institutions what is at stake is a shift in the function of learning, where the skills developed are not based on the delivery of knowledge, but on the fostering of collaboration, networking, play and stimulation. Within this context, the event addresses important strategic challenges faced by cultural institutions in the midst of transition, with a particular focus on leadership, succession and new pedagogical perspectives.

W/HERE is committed to creating a generative environment of conversation, building towards outcomes that will have tangible effects for today’s higher arts education institutions and universities. Through a combination of formal presentations and round table discussions, W/Here provides an opportunity to share strategies and models for addressing the role of the 21st Century arts and design university.

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