Attend the ELIA Biennial Conference artistic practitioners, designers, students, and educators

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Theme: Arts Plural

Artists and designers possess a particular form of intelligence. Although considered powerful in certain circles, artistic intelligence is frequently ill-defined or misread. However, as a system of capacities for perception, insight, sensing, creating, and decision-making, it has been driving human evolution beyond boundaries for centuries. But how do we define artistic intelligence and its possibilities in a contemporary context?   

ELIA Biennial 2024 Arts Plural celebrates artistic intelligence. It questions how artistic practitioners, designers, students, and educators can be recognised as agents of change, innovation, and evolution. It asks how arts education can contribute to society in a more pluralistic way. What structures are necessary for artistic intelligence to play a role in addressing planetary problems?

Hosted by NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, ELIA Biennial 2024 invites participants to come to Milan, a city famed for its vibrant art, history, design, architecture, and extraordinary fashion and culinary scenes.

Open your mind to new ideas. Experience, experiment, and extend your vision of what art and design can do, as together we find new ways to influence transformation in politics, ecology, ethics, technology and sustainability to build inclusive futures based on plural voices.

Call for Contributions

The ELIA Biennial Conference Call for Contributions invites all artistic practitioners, performers, philosophers, researchers, educators, students, pedagogues, leaders and makers to define, apply and celebrate artistic intelligence. Set the stage for the future of artistic research in Europe and demonstrate how arts education institutions, academics and students can drive social change today. Embrace and engage with the plurality of discourse, intergenerationality, interpretation and practice. Experiment and offer alternative or new ways of extending arts and design (all disciplines) beyond the Cultural and Creative Sector Industries (CCSI).

Representatives, staff and students of ELIA member institutions, working at every level, from all artistic disciplines are invited to submit proposals.   

Please note: We specifically welcome student-led contributions and endeavour to support selected students with bursaries to make their trip to Milan possible.

How to apply?

Read the full Call for Contributions for ELIA Biennial 2024 here>

Complete the application form and submit the required material.

Submission deadline: 15 January 2024      


More information

Still got questions? Drop ELIA Conference Manager, Janja Škerget an email at