The Eighth iJADE and NSEAD International Conference.

‘Art and Design as Agent for Change’

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November 2017


This year’s conference will be held in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, with the theme of art and design as agent for change. Social justice has become a growing focus for many educators and practitioners in the visual arts, and the idea of art and design having agency in the process of social chance has gained traction. This year’s iJADE conference addresses this agency in the context of art and design and education, and invites papers that investigate this topic from a variety of angles. The following may serve as a guide for intending speakers:

  • The state of the arts
  • Curriculum as agent for change
  • Teacher as agent for change
  • Artist-teacher activist
  • Transformative pedagogy in the 21st century
  • Continuing professional development as change
  • Sustainable design in a circular economy
  • Future proofing art education
  • Widening participation access to art education
  • Social entrepreneurship and design thinking
  • Gallery as a critical space for learning
  • Education though art as social cohesion
  • Socially engaged art and design practices
  • Social change through design
  • Designing as agency
  • Community education through the arts
  • Histories of change in art, craft and design education
  • Health and wellbeing through education in the arts
  • Art as a transformative practice
  • Disability and the arts as agents of change
  • Early childhood education and the arts
  • Social media and social change
  • Technological change and social change
  • Educational change and social change
  • The possibilities of social agency through the arts
  • Space/place as an agent in social change
  • Art and citizenship
  • Craft practice as emancipation
  • Politics of change through the arts
  • Young people and social engagement through the arts
  • Contemporary community art practices
  • Community crafts
  • Community education through art
  • Arts and political reaction
  • The arts and displacement/diaspora

To submit an abstract, maximum 100 words, please email: by 30th September 2017.

Registration and Fees

Early Registration (by 31st July 2017):

  • Standard: £240
  • NSEAD members: £215
  • Student and unwaged: £100 (the student fee is subject to registration and employment status – please apply for the reduced fee by sending a request

Standard Registration (from 1st August 2017):

  • Standard: £280
  • NSEAD members: £240
  • Student and unwaged: £100 (the student fee is subject to registration and employment status – please apply for the reduced fee by sending a request

Fee includes all day Friday and Saturday sessions, refreshments and lunch, but does not include accommodation or evening dinners. There is no single day rate.

Please book via the following link:

For questions about registration or to make payment via invoice please contact:

There will be a £15 cancellation fee and no refunds can be given after 30th September 2017. Please note that the conference is non-profit making and all fees are used for conference costs.


There are many hotels available in Dublin. The easiest way to check availability and book is usually through Please note that Dublin is a popular weekend destination with tourists so early booking is advised.

Recommended hotels include:

  • Jury’s Inn, Christchurch. Delegates are advised to ask for the Best Available Rate when booking.

  • The Central Hotel is a small hotel located in the heart of Dublin city

  • Staycity Aparthotels.

  • The Aisling Hotel is located near Heuston Station and is approximately 15 minute walk or a short tram journey from NCAD.