About ITAC

The International Teaching Artists Collaborative became a year round organisation in 2018, as a result of the appetite created by ITAC’s previous biennial international conferences. We are the first international network created by and for teaching artists, and Artists who work in participatory settings, to develop their practice, create connections and develop our field.

The first of our groundbreaking ITAC Conferences took place in Norway in 2012, instigated by Marit Ulvund through Seanse Art Center and involving Eric Booth. Following its success and the needs expressed by the teaching artist delegates, the organisers made a commitment to hold a biennial international conference focussing on the work of teaching artists.  The second ITAC was held in Brisbane in 2014, the third in Edinburgh in 2016 and the fourth in New York in 2018. The biennial events aim to be a dynamic platform for:

  • sharing practice, learning and research in the field of participatory arts

  • showcasing best and next practice for the host and visiting nations

  • generating new connections and building a palpable energy towards an international community.

The ITAC vision is…

A world where every country has artists working in the heart of communities and learning. Where these artists are continually improving, internationally connected and well supported, and the potential of the practice and its transformative power is visible and valued.

The ITAC proposed outcomes are….

  • Improved practice

  • Better international connectivity

  • Greater understanding of practice in different countries

  • Increased opportunity for international collaboration

  • Greater understanding of the value of the practice across sectors

  • Increased visibility, support and status for the work.

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