Conference Format

Format

The conference will be held on Saturday-Sunday 14-15 October at the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

Day 1

Keynote presentations, talks, panel discussions and breakout groups on the digital society and what it is, on how this might change art (aesthetics) and The Arts (the industry), on how artists are being affected or how they are responding to these changes, and on the tension between tech (which has developed on ideology around creativity) and artists (who often resist being co-opted), and on the importance of local communities in giving creative expression context and meaning. There will be some small exhibitions showcasing new art forms made possible by the digital experiences and the day will end with an evening show.

Day 2

Morning workshops focusing on the themes of the conference will take place in various locations throughout North Leitrim, where attendees can can explore how this conversation about arts and the digital society might be developed further.

North Leitrim is one of Ireland’s secret treasures, offering plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. On the afternoon of the second day, attendees can go canoeing on Glencar Lake, hike up to the Devil’s Chimney or Glencar Waterfall, explore the eco-award winning Organic Centre, visit Manorhamilton Castle or Parkes Castle.