Art is the expression, the ‘vivid face’ of a society.
That’s why its importance extends beyond that of an artist who provides services to an audience. It is the representative form in which a society manifests itself and presents itself to other societies.
This implies that artistic events extend beyond the encounters between works of art and their audience, and offer possibilities for the exchange of contacts and ideas between parties involved in art and culture, such as governments, semi-governmental or non-governmental institutions and culturally committed companies.
If we look at art in terms of its intrinsic (i.e. non-ideological) values, it also offers a politically neutral field, in which parties of different orientations can share an interest. More generally, the shared interest is also a good reason to share even more, to enter into meetings, to make contacts, to exchange ideas and to make agreements.
The following events will be organised:
Via exhibitions. conferences, exchangeprograms, artist in residence, etc.
Conferences on art
A leading conference from 2012-2019 was ‘The Representational Art Conference’. This conference started 2012 in Ventura, California as an initiative of art teachers from California Lutheran University.
She bundled the worldwide revival of skill-based art, and provided it with theoretical frameworks.
In 2018 she was held in Europe, in Leeuwarden, then Cultural Capital of Europe. There TRAC2018 was organized by the Dutch foundation “De Klassieke Salon”.
Conferences on art policy
For policy makers it is useful to exchange findings and experiences, to take note of ideas and solutions.
Sometimes policy notes or sketches of ideas give rise to targeted meetings, and sometimes demonstrations such as exhibitions.
A programme for an international conference can promote relations, clarify issues and create new contacts.
Certainly where the art event itself provides for a high status and demands respect, such a programme can considerably facilitate consultation.
For TRAC2018 (Leeuwarden) see movie