IFA organizes seminars and conferences to encourage discourse on important issues in the arts. These platforms also enable those in the field of the arts to engage in constructive discussions on different avenues and projects. IFA has both organised and participated in such conferences/ seminars.
IFA also supports seminars and conferences under each of its programmes. Here, grantees interact with experts from the field, help make connections between different disciplines and facilitate conversations between diverse stakeholders in the arts.
The ‘TAKE on RESIDENCIES’ symposium is an opportunity for artists, curators, organisations hosting residencies, and funders to come together to deliberate the pedagogic possibilities and challenges of residencies.
Diversity and Justice The conference examined a range of philosophical, political and practical topics, from those of equity of access to arts education for the underprivileged, to ways in which arts education can shape the cultural imaginary of a just and equitable society within and outside the space of the classroom.
Some of the speaker topics included “Arts Education: The Foundation of Education,” “Arts in Education for a Knowledge Society,” and “The Role of the Arts in Improving Quality Education,” among others. The participants were greatly enthused by an evening student performance of the play “Kempu Huvu,” co-directed by a Kali-Kalisu Master Resource Person.
Topics included, “Oral Tradition and its relevance in Schooling Children,” and “Partnerships within and Beyond Schools for Arts in Education,” among others. An evening leather puppet performance by Gombe Mane trainees was included in the programme and sparked off great pedagogical interest among teachers.
The Bidar Conference covered topics such as oral cultures, cultural contexts of teaching, art education and art in education, challenges and solutions in the classroom and teaching methodologies.
Arts, Education and Development: The 2010 conference catalysed conversations with broader Indian and international Arts Education activist communities that engaged in the continual dialogue of global and local realities, ideas and theories and practices.
The 6th Asian Museum Curators Conference “Curatorship: From Empire to Republic” proposed to address the dialectic relationship between curatorial practice and spectatorship in Asia by investigating the politics of how curators today historicise collections, engage the mainstream and the alternative, and navigate design as an embedded technology and an ideological apparatus. This concept was developed in collaboration with Annapurna Garimella (Managing Trustee, Art Resources and Teaching Trust, Bangalore) who was also appointed conference moderator. Thus as the conference examined the changing and differing methods of curatorial practice, within public and private institutions; and alternative/independent initiatives, it also reflected upon how the role of the curator has radically shifted over the years - from institutional intellectual to global art superstar. Additionally, the complexities and expectations of considering the general public in a museums programming, was discussed at length by many of the participants.
The 2009 conference covered a journey from the world of Arts Education ideas to the multiplicity of practices that define the field.