The 2008 Arts will be held at the Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University, on behalf of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design), Birmingham, UK from 28- 31 July 2008.

Conference Venue

Birmingham Conservatoire
Paradise Place
Birmingham B3 3HG

Traveling to the Conference Venue
The Copthorne Hotel Birmingham is about a two-minute walk from Birmingham Conservatoire.

Aston University accommodations are about a 20-minute walk to the Conservatoire. A taxi ride would cost around £5.

For directions and maps, please see: http://www.conservatoire.bcu.ac.uk/about/directions

About Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD)

BIAD is a faculty of the Birmingham City University, along with Aston University and the University of Birmingham, one of three universities in the city. Every year over 60,000 students attend universities in Birmingham, with many other students enrolling at one of the further education colleges.

BIAD is the largest centre for art, design and media education outside London. It is one of the oldest art and design institutions of learning in Britain, dating back to the year 1843, a full twenty-five years before the Slade School was formed in London. It reached maturity in the 1890s, as the Birmingham Municipal School of Art at Margaret Street, under the leadership of Edward R. Taylor. BIAD archives hold extensive records on the history of art and design in Birmingham, including examples of typographic fonts (Baskerville was a city industrialist), and materials that chart the Arts and Crafts moment in Britain.

BIAD has always offered students the opportunity to study and develop as artists and designers irrespective of their gender, race or class background, whilst ability has been rewarded and supported. The strong link to industry and role of the arts in society has influenced all aspects of social, economic and cultural life in the region. BIAD is now located on five campuses across the city.

About Birmingham

Birmingham is the UK’s second city, but one of its best-kept secrets. Historically key to the industrial revolution of the 19th century and with worthy reputation as the ‘home to a thousand trades’, it is a city that has also quietly continued to build towards the future. Birmingham is recognised worldwide as a place of innovation and major European centre. Vibrantly multicultural, no visitor will be disappointed by the resulting warmth and fusion of cultural delights in the arts: design, music and not forgetting the infamous local Bulti Curry. Landmarks include the Custard Factory Arts Centre, Ikon Gallery, NEC, Fort Dunlop, the city’s centre business district and the Bull Ring - Mecca for shoppers.

Birmingham is also home to a unique number of creative centres:

- Bournville (foundation arts village)
- Margaret Street (Fine Art) in the city centre
- The Birmingham Central Library
- The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the main art gallery and museum in Birmingham. It has renowned displays of artwork that include a leading collection of work by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the world's largest collection of works by Edward Burne-Jones. The group also owns other museums in the city such as Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and Sarehole Mill.
- Vittoria Street (Jewellery) in the city's Jewellery Quarter - The International Project Space at Bournville hosts art exhibitions and residencies.
- The Gosta Green campus is home to User-lab (research and design laboratory specialising in user-centred design), the visual communication courses, the ‘graphic hub’ and Multimedia screen activities at the Technical Innovation Centre.

The International Arts in Society Conference will be set in the heart of the city, at the Conservatoire of Music (Adrian Bolt hall), surrounded by some of the city’s grandest historic buildings. The Conservatoire is a world-renowned institution for classical music in the heart of Birmingham city. The centre itself has developed a reputation for hosting numerous cultural festivals and events. Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and the Conservatoire are proud to be a part of Birmingham City University.

For all inquiries please email the conference organisers, Common Ground, by clicking this link.