European Arts Forum 2015

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What is EAF?

Following the success of the International Arts Forum held for three years in New York City, the World Youth Alliance will hold the first European Arts Forum (EAF). The EAF will gather artists, art critics, scholars, European decision-makers and participants from across Europe for a conference that examines the relationship between art and the human condition.

European Arts Forum will take place from the 28th to the 30th of November 2015 in Brussels. The EAF will simultaneously exhibit the diverse work of young artists from across Europe and examine the relationship between art and beauty. Artwork selected for exhibition at the event ranges from sculpture, to painting, to jewelry-making, to coffee bean mosaics.

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world” (Declaration of Human Rights preamble), the EAF Prize will be awarded to young artists who portray the dignity of human condition through their artwork.

What are the main events to be expected at the European Arts Forum?

The European Arts Forum is a three-days long gathering that features a wide range of events, including lectures by expert speakers, small group discussions, musical performance, negotiation of a Declaration to be presented at the European Parliament, art exhibits and presentations by the participating young artists, award ceremony, as well as meeting with decision-makers on the European level.

What is the theme of the year?

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘What is beauty? What is the role of beauty in art? Should art always be beautiful?’

World Youth Alliance believes that art provides a window to the intangible nature of the human person. Inspiring a sense of wonder and awe, art leads man’s focus inward to deeper self-reflection, while also directing man to what is beyond himself; an awareness of the transcendent.

“As the British philosopher Frank Sibley argued in the 1950s, and more recently, the philosopher Berys Gaut of the University of St. Andrews, the beautiful cannot be restricted to the sensually pleasing. On the other hand, if we think of the beautiful in the visual arts, we immediatly reason that it must be assessed in terms of sensuous pleasure. But, is this true? After feminism, post-modernism and post-colonial theory how should we consider beauty and the beautiful? Moreover, if beauty celebrates freedom how can the visual arts honor a plurality of, often incompatible, worldviews? Is there an objective value to beauty and the beautiful?” (WYA member, UK)

How can European young artists apply?

World Youth Alliance Europe invites students and professionals in visual arts to participate in the European Arts Forum by submitting their pieces of art.

– Young artists selected to participate in the European Arts Forum will have the opportunity to:

– Present their vision of beauty in art through their artwork

– Exhibit their artwork for the forum audience and in the European institutions

– Participate in interactive discussion with public experts, affirmed artists and decision-makers

– Engage in dialogue with artists from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds from all around Europe

A high-level jury with experts will be set up to select the best pieces of art for the exhibition.

Conditions to apply are the followings:

– Be from 18-30 years old

– Must be residing in a European country

– Having a good level of English

– Be a member of the World Youth Alliance (if you are not yet a WYA member, please sign the Charter here)

– Complete the EAF Application Form here

We provide accommodation and meals for all selected artists during the three-days long gathering. All artists are responsible to cover their travel expenses.

Deadline for the applicants: Tuesday, 1st of September, 2015

All applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision within 2 weeks of the application deadline. All selected candidates will be invited to a Skype interview.

How can participants register to EAF?

We invite everyone who is interested in Arts and Beauty to come to our event. Participants will not only have the opportunity to view artworks, but also to hear the artists share their story about what shaped their work!

Registrations to the European Arts Forum will be open in September 2015.