WYA European Arts Forum 2018: Arts and Common Values

About the European Arts Forum

Following three successful editions of the European Arts Forum held in Brussels, WYA Europe is delighted to announce its fourth edition. EAF will gather artists, art critics, scholars, European decision-makers and participants from across Europe for an exhibition, workshops and conferences that will examine the relationship between art and the common European values.

This year’s theme is ‘Arts and Common Values’ and will take place in Brussels from the 23rd to the 27th of June 2018. The Forum will simultaneously exhibit the diverse work of young artists from across Europe and equip the youth with the tools necessary to fully accept and support common European values of human dignity, freedom, tolerance and respect for human rights. The exhibition can range from musical and dancing performances, sculpture, painting, to jewelry making, and coffee bean mosaics.

The World Youth Alliance affirms the transformative power of art, which encourages the individual to move beyond oneself, to connect with a greater community, and to contribute to society and culture. Art provides a window into the complexity, integrity, and beauty of human nature and the natural world. Art is an expression of human dignity and is an important part of the individual’s desire for self-expression in the world. Artists play a crucial role in understanding human life. In art and its transcendent journey, we experience the depth of our human freedom’.

WYA Declaration on Beauty in art and Human Dignity

Our Partners

The event is co-funded by the European Union

 

 

 

Application process

To participate in the WYA European Arts Forum 2018 all the attendees must be registered and will receive an acceptance letter by WYA. To facilitate the registration and accreditation process, attendees are divided into two different categories, namely:

  • Application for Artists (if you are a young student or professional in the visual arts ready to exhibit your artwork to the Forum’s audience)
  • Application for art enthusiasts (if you are a young art lover or just interested in exploring the idea of art and culture)

Submit the online application form for your chosen category, along with the requested attachments. If you have any inquiries, reach out to us at europe@wya.net.

Schedule of the Event

The 2018 European Arts Forum will be a five-day long gathering that features a wide range of events, including an exhibition of the selected artworks in the European institutions, lectures by expert speakers, small group discussions, musical performances, presentations of the projects in the field of art and culture held by participants and presentations by the participating young artists about what shaped their work.

European Arts Forum 2018 : Arts and Common Values

Saturday, 23rd June 2018Sunday, 24th June 2018Monday, 25th June 2018Tuesday, 26th June 2018Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Saturday, 23rd June 2018

TBC – Brussels

14:00 – 16:30 Arrivals and registration of the participants

17:00 Welcoming of all the Participants

19:00 Official opening

20:30 Get to know each other

Sunday, 24th June 2018

TBC – Brussels

9:00 Introduction to the program and methodology

11:00 Visit to the Museum of Musical instruments

13:00 Walking lunch

14:30 Outdoor activity: Dreaming Europe

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Outdoor activity: “The Spirit of Europe”

18:00 Return from the outdoor activities

18:30 Reflection on the learning outcomes

20:30 Cocktail and opening of the Exhibition

Monday, 25th June 2018

TBC – Brussels

10:00 Every artwork tells a story: “Finding Unity in Diversity”

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Creating collaborative artwork: “United in differences”

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Creative reading and writing workshop: “Rediscovering European Values through Art and Culture”

19:00 Reflection on the learning outcomes

20:30 Intercultural dinner

Tuesday, 26th June 2018

European Parliament – TBC

11:00 Panel discussion in the European Parliament:

•  Presentation of good practices by participants: Art as a means of Social Inclusion
•  Moderator: Antoine Mellado, WYA Director of Advocacy
•  Welcome speech by the Member of the European Parliament

13:30 Lunch

15:00 Panel discussion in the European Parliament: Art and Human Person

17:00 Coffee break

17:30 Project lab

19:30 Reflection on the learning outcomes

20:00 Free night in Brussels

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

TBC – Brussels

10:00 Final reflection on the learning outcomes

11:00 Conclusions and Final evaluation

12:00 Break

12:15 Closing ceremony and awarding Youthpass certificates

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Departures

*Please note, the program may be modified.

Application process for the young artists

The application process for young artists in the WYA European Arts Forum 2018 is open! World Youth Alliance Europe invites students and professionals in the visual arts to participate in the third edition of the European Arts Forum, which will take place between June 23rd – 27th, 2018 in Brussels. The European Arts Forum gathers high-level artists from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds to explore the idea of art and culture, taking in consideration its relationship to human dignity. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Arts and Common Values’. Young artists selected to participate in the European Arts Forum will have the opportunity to:

  1. Exhibit their artwork to the Forum audience
  2. Present their vision through their artwork
  3. Collaborate on a common piece of art with other artists
  4. Participate in interactive discussion with public experts, policy-makers and affirmed artists
  5. Engage in dialogue with artists from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds from all around Europe

Conditions to apply are the following:

  1. Be from 18-30 years old
  2. Must be residing in a European country
  3. Have a good level of English
  4. Become a member of the World Youth Alliance (sign WYA Charter)

If you are an artist interested in applying, please complete the following application form below and attach the photos of your artwork (maximum 3 images) along with your CV as soon as possible. The deadline for young artists is on Friday, 18th of May, 2018! All selected candidates will be contacted within 3 working days and invited to a Skype interview. Selected artists are responsible to cover their travel expenses and accommodation. As of now, WYAE does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants.

Application Form for Young Artists

We look forward to receiving your application!

Application process for the participants

The application process for art enthusiasts in the WYA European Arts Forum 2018 is open! World Youth Alliance Europe invites art lovers and enthusiasts to participate in the fourth edition of the European Arts Forum, which will take place between June 23rd – 27th, 2018 in Brussels. The European Arts Forum gathers high-level artists from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds to explore the idea of art and culture, taking in consideration its relationship to human dignity. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Arts and Common Values’. Selected applicants to participate in the European Arts Forum will have the opportunity to:

  1. Attend all the events and activities of the Forum, including the art exhibition of EAF artists and high-level conferences on ‘Arts and Common Values’ to be held in Brussels, including in the European Parliament
  2. Engage in intellectual discourse and broad discussion with public experts, affirmed artists and decision-makers
  3. Participate in dialogue with artists and art lovers from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds from across Europe

Conditions to apply are the following:

  1. Be from 18-30 years old
  2. Must be residing in a European country
  3. Have a good level of English
  4. Stay for the whole duration of the Forum
  5. Become a member of the World Youth Alliance (sign WYA Charter)

If you are interested in applying, please complete the following application form below and attach your CV as soon as possible. Deadline for the art enthusiasts is Monday, 21st of May, 2018! All selected candidates will be contacted within 3 working days and invited to a Skype interview. Selected participants are responsible to cover their travel expenses and accommodation. As of now, WYAE does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants.

Application Form for Participants

We look forward to receiving your application!

Early Bird Participation fee – Be an early bird and send us your application by Tuesday, the 20th of March, 2018 and if you are selected you will benefit of a discount and pay only 30 €!

Standard Participation fee 50 € for the whole duration of the Forum.

This includes the admission to all the sessions of the forum, which range from an exhibition of the selected artworks with an award ceremony, lectures and panel discussions by expert speakers, presentations of the projects in the field of art and culture held by participants, work on a collaborative piece of art, a cocktail evening to musical performances. The certificate of participation, forum materials and brochures, some meals, refreshments during the conference breaks are also included. The participation fee must be paid within 3 days after receiving the e-mail of acceptance. All payment details will be sent to you in the confirmation e-mail. If you have any further questions, please contact us at europe@wya.net.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

If you are interested in applying, please follow the deadlines below. Note that each category has a different deadline.

Deadline for young artists (50 €) Friday, 18th of May, 2018.

Deadline for art enthusiasts (50 €) – Monday, 21st of May, 2018

Early-Bird deadline (30 €) – Tuesday, 20th of March, 2018

All selected candidates will be invited to a Skype interview and notified of the jury’s decision within 3 working days of this interview at the latest. Selected participants are responsible to cover their travel expenses and accommodation. As of now, WYAE does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants.

We look forward to receiving your application!