DATE: 13-09-2017

2018 Reflective Conservatoire Conference - registration now open!

Artists as Citizens

Tuesday 20 - Friday 23 February 2018

The 5th international Reflective Conservatoire Conference, ‘Artists as Citizens’, will take place in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Barbican Centre from Tuesday 20 February to Friday 23 February 2018.

With over 110 speakers confirmed from over 60 different institutions across 19 different countries, the 5th international Reflective Conservatoire Conference uniquely brings together leading performers, teachers and researchers from all over the world.
The theme 'Artists as Citizens' for 2018 could not be more prescient. It will ask questions about the nature of artistic citizenship, how it is embodied in new artistic practices, what it means for organisational development and leadership, nurturing our students as artist-citizens and maintaining and enhancing quality and impact. The Reflective Conservatoire Conference will continue its tradition of creative programming with a rich mix of participatory workshops, performances, presentations and networking.
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is delighted to announce the first two distinguished keynote speakers. In true Reflective Conservatoire style, they come from very different domains and promise to stimulate and challenge:
  • Professor Geoffrey Crossick (Distinguished Professor of Humanities, SOAS) is a senior scholar who recently led the major research programme, the AHRC Cultural Value Project
  • Helen Marriage (Director, Artichoke), is a pioneering artistic activist and leader  
Among our topics from an array of speakers and workshop leaders are:
  • How we understand artistic citizenship
  • Empowering students, and established artists, as artist-citizens
  • New professional artistic tools and practices
  • Global and political perspectives, from South Africa’s townships to south east Asia
  • Transformative curriculum design
  • Creative and collaborative partnerships – from prisons, refugee centres, local authorities, to care-givers
  • Arts in health 
In 2015, over 430 people attended the Reflective Conservatoire Conference, so book now to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Full conference earlybird rate expires 20 November. Our full programme will be published soon.

Please see for more information and details of how to book.