Arts Education Platform

A platform to build audience development through arts education in European non-governmental cultural centres.


Non-governmental cultural centres are vital drivers of democratic development, active citizenship and participation in the arts. At many Trans Europe Halles centres, art educators are one of the main driving forces of these processes. Especially, but not exclusively, regarding the engagement of children and young people. Arts education is a vital and complex field of activity with many opportunities for knowledge exchange and joint development of methodologies and practices.

What does the Arts Education Platform do?
From 2018 until 2021, the Platform will 4 strands of activities:

– Yearly seminars: Each seminar will focus on particular subjects around arts education and will be led by invited experts.
– Workshops at TEH Meetings: The conclusions and results of the seminars will be shared at TEH Conference and Meetings throughout those years.
– Mapping of cultural organisations working with Arts Education, Current Methods and Practices: Through an ongoing participative process, the needs, practices and methodologies applied by professionals in the field will be collected and documented to support the professional development of arts educators.
– Three study visits: Study visit opportunities for arts educators of TEH centres.

What are the upcoming activities?
Arts Education Platform is to enable study visits for encouraging art educators within TEH network to learn more about educational practices through action based-learning. Get more information about study visits and apply

The Arts Education Platform is organising its second Seminar at Beat Carnival in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the UK on 28-29 March 2019. More information can be found here.

Who can join the Arts Education Platform and its events?
Art Educators employed at TEH cultural centres and with a minimum of three years of experience in the profession are welcome to attend the yearly seminars. All artistic fields are accepted. As of today, the following art forms are represented in the Platform: music, theatre, circus, and visual arts.

The workshops held during TEH Conferences and Meetings are open to everyone interested in learning more about arts education and audience development.

What happened in the past?
Read more about the first Seminar and workshops

What is the Arts Education Platform?
The Arts Education Platform is one of the components of Trans Europe Halles’ project Factories of Imagination (2017-2021), co-funded by the Creative Europe of the European Union.

The primary purpose of the Platform is to facilitate exchange and knowledge transfer between art educators through professional meetings, study visits and training workshops on the topic of participation in the arts.

More specifically, the Arts Education Platform aims to:

1. Explore the notion of quality in educational projects.
2. Explore the advantages of educational programmes for
: a) participants
; b) facilitators, mediators, artist and art educators
; c) cultural centres; d) communities around the centres, town, region, etc.
3. Create a platform for both practitioners and theoreticians to exchange their experiences.

Who is involved in the Arts Education Platform?
TEH cultural centre Röda Sten Konsthall (Gothenburg, Sweden) is the leading partner of the Art Education Platform.

The Steering Committee of the Platform includes the following TEH member centres: A4 (Slovakia), Beat Carnival (Northern Ireland), Cooperations / Prabbeli (Luxembourg), Kulturfabrik (Luxembourg), Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde (France), Trans Europe Halles Coordination Office (TEH) and Röda Sten Konsthall (Sweden).

As of today, other TEH centres are also involved in the platform: L’hybride (France), Pro Rodopi Art Centre (Bulgaria) and Lunik (France).

Do you need more information?
If you have any questions or would like to join the Platform, contact our project coordinator Emelie Storm at es@rodastenkonsthall.se.

Photo credits:
1. Röda Sten Konsthall.
2. GIBCA 2015: A story within a story…, Röda Sten Konsthall, Photo: Hendrik Zeitler

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