The first ITAC Conference took place in Norway in 2012, instigated by Marit Ulvund through Seanse Art Center and involving Eric Booth. Following the success of the first ITAC conference and the needs expressed by the teaching artist delegates, the organisers made a commitment to hold a biennual international conference focussing on the work of teaching artists. The second ITAC was held in Brisbane in 2014 and the third in Edinburgh in 2016. 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.
Structure of ITAC
At the ITAC3 Conference the partners formed the ITAC Collaborative to develop the work of ITAC between conferences. The Collaborative partners act as the steering committee providing the overall vision and steer for ITAC. The conferences are run by separate Conference Committees with input from the Collaborative to help steer the conference planning.
ITAC is a global collaboration, proactively networking artists through international conferences and social media, to build an international community, cultivating excellence in teaching artistry. The ITAC Collaborative work together to build connectivity, visibility, status, support and value for participatory practice across the world.
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.