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Transitions, Translations & Transformations: Communicative relationships in the creative arts as a force for cultural and economic sustainability of the local in a global context.

Dr Elizabeth M. Grierson.

The paper presents a critical approach to issues of transition, translation and transformation of the local in a globalised world. It forms part of a project that investigates the role of the arts in the Pacific Region in context of cultural development and sustainability with reference to UNESCO's programme of mobilising arts and culture. The research focuses on different Pacific sites, including Aotearoa New Zealand, with reference to communicative relationships through artistic or cultural practices between institutional and local communities, addressing claims that the arts have the potential to align diverse conduits of expression for the reclamation, revitalisation and communication of cultural and social values of the local in a global context.


Dr Elizabeth M. Grierson  (New Zealand)
Principal Lecturer in Art & Cultural Theory
School of Art and Design Faculty of Arts
Auckland University of Technology

Elizabeth Grierson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), a professional leader and advocate for creative arts with over 25 years as arts educator, researcher, artist & writer.Her PhD from University of Auckland investigated the politics of knowledge in visual arts education. Editor of ACCESS and ANZAAE Journals, National President of Art Educators Association, and Overseas Advisor to Global Studies Association UK. Publishes on the arts in education, visual culture, and reimagining of the local in globalised knowledge conditions.

  • Culture
  • Creative Arts
  • Policy and Practice
  • Translation
  • Discourse
  • Globalisation

(30 min Conference Paper, English)