Presenter Submission Guidelines

Submissions are now closed.

Nau mai, haere mai, piki mai, kia ora koutou, talofa lava, bula vinaka, mālō e lelei, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu
Welcome, welcome, welcome

Toi, or the arts, are like the inner leaves that wrap around the rito, or seedling, of a harakeke, or flax, bush. These leaves keep the heart of the plant safe and protected. Te Rito Toi reminds us that the arts are at the centre of life and need protecting too. Te Rito Toi acknowledges the power and beauty of the arts to awaken our senses to the joy and wonder of becoming fully human.

A different way to think
A different way of being
The muffled tones are lifted
We can hear the world again

Bringing together artists from across the globe, ITAC7 will unite us in a shared commitment to re-imagining our world as a better place and making a positive difference in our communities through arts-based practices.

We invite all teaching artists, community artists, participatory artists, indigenous artists, artivists, or whatever other title you may go by to submit your proposals for workshops and showcases that celebrate and question the possibilities of the arts for learning and creating more just and equitable worlds. For healing and more beauty in the world.

We also aspire to tempt you to join us in a collective deceleration. In a world that often rushes forward, we recognise the value of taking our time, of immersing ourselves deeply, and of savouring every moment of the creative process. ITAC7 is not just a conference; it’s an ode to unhurried exploration, to the patient unravelling of ideas, to thoughtful reflection and to the profound wisdom that can emerge when we allow ourselves to linger.

Share with us your knowledge, your practice, your conversation. Join us to decelerate, collaborate and co-create as we push the boundaries of education through the arts and shape the future of teaching artistry and social transformation on a globe scale.

The Countdown is On








Keep Up-To-Date on Conference News

Key Dates

1 Sept 2023: ITAC6-7 Project Fund Applications Open

30 Sept 2023: ITAC6-7 Project Fund Applications Due

30 Oct 2023: Call for Proposals

30 Oct 2023: Applications for Financial Support Open

31 Oct 2023: ITAC6-7 Project Fund Applicants Notified

19 Feb 2024: Registrations Open

1 Mar 2024: EXTENDED TO 15 Mar 2024 Proposals Due

1 Mar 2024: EXTENDED TO 15 March 2024 Applications for Financial Support Closed

3 June 2024: Presenters Notified

21 June 2024: Draft Programme Announced

12 July 2024: Presenter Registration Deadline

26 July 2024: Final Programme Available

2 August 2024: Early-Bird Closes

5 September 2024: ITAC7 Begins

What is a Teaching Artist? A CAST Definition

A teaching artist is someone who works both as an artist and as an educator. They are arts practitioners who generate pertinent questions and enrich communities through their artform.

Also known as Participatory Artists, Community Artists, Socially Engaged Artists, Artivists and more. Regardless of your specific title and artistic discipline, if you leverage your expertise to ignite the artistic potential in others and use the arts to channel positive social transformation, we welcome you to join us at ITAC7.

For me as a teaching artist in Aotearoa it is a great joy and privilege. It is an opportunity to work with those who are yet or only just discovering their power as a creative. It is an opportunity to work with emerging artists and arts practitioners who are curious and keen to explore what is possible when we make the unknown known. I am constantly questioning and learning within my teaching artistry and I love this.

Sam Scott

Artistic Director, Massive Theatre Company

Young ITAC

We recognise international conferences can be intimidating for newcomers, or a place where usually only ‘expert’ voices are welcome. ITAC7 aims to provide a platform for budding practitioners to showcase their talent, exchange ideas, and connect with experienced professionals in the field of arts education. We invite young and emerging teaching artists to submit proposals that highlight their innovative perspectives, unique experiences, and fresh approaches to teaching artistry.

For these purposes, young and emerging is defined as those under 30 years old or in their first 5 years of practice.

Session Types

It is expected that all sessions are interactive and involve teaching artistry to demonstrate best practice. Leave your PowerPoints at home!

Workshop – interactive, practical, experiential

Showcase – demonstrate or highlight work you and/or your organisation are doing

Other – if your idea doesn’t fit into the above, select this and describe it to us in detail

How to Submit

To submit your proposal, you will need to visit our online submission portal. This will be available from 30 October 2023.

During the submission you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Session title
  • Session type
  • Proposal description (200 – 300 words)
  • Teaching Artist(s) name and biography (50 words)
  • Ideal session length (1 ½, 3 or 6 hours)

Presenters who require letters of invitation to support a visa application can request one through the registration process. Registrations will open on 19 February 2024. If one is required prior to that date, please email us directly at

Review Criteria

Reviewers will consider the following when selecting submissions for inclusion in the ITAC7 programme:

  • Relevance: alignment with the ITAC’s vision and its contribution to the field of teaching artistry. To what extent does the proposal address current challenges, emerging trends, or critical issues in teaching artistry.
  • Interactivity and Engagement: proposals with opportunities for participants to actively participate, share experiences, collaborate, or reflect.
  • Innovation and Creativity: level of innovation and creativity demonstrated in the proposal. We’re looking for fresh perspectives, novel approaches, or unique insights that could inspire and engage conference participants.
  • Impact: the potential impact of the proposed session to the conference participants. Applicability of the ideas, strategies, or tools shared and their potential to advance participants’ knowledge, skills, and practice as teaching artists.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: the proposal’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Does the proposed session include perspectives from diverse cultural backgrounds, disciplines, or marginalised voices.
  • Quality: the depth and rigor of the content presented in the proposal. Quality of any theoretical frameworks, practical examples, or case studies that strengthen the proposal’s validity and reliability.





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Lei Zhang, Senior Event and Conference Planner