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Harbour Hotel, Galway
Thursday 16th July, 2009, 10.30am to 4.00pm


Create and Common Ground - a local arts development organisation based in Inchicore, Dublin - have joined forces to carry out a national action research project that looks at mentoring for professional artists, and specifically at how mentors can help artists working collaboratively with communities to realise contemporary arts projects.

The core of Connect is a mentoring programme that brings experienced artists together with less experienced artists, to guide and support their creative process. A range of events are also taking place which present and discuss ideas about mentoring, through panel discussions, presentation of case studies and workshops.

This public action research forum is one of these events. It will be of interest to artists, those working in the arts sector - particularly within the field of participatory arts practice - and those working in other sectors who have an interest in collaborating with artists or are already doing so, e.g. youth workers, community development groups, educators, healthcare professionals, etc.



10.30am: Registration

11.00am: Introduction
Margot Kenny, Common Ground
Sarah Tuck, Create

11.05 - 11.55am: Panel Discussion
What is mentoring and what impact can it have for artists working in social and community contexts?
    * Fiona Whelan, Visual Artist
    * Jay Koh, Artist and Mentor
    * John Mulloy, lecturer, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology
    * Marty Clare, Coordinator, Westside Youth Project
    * Deirdre Walsh, Mentor and Coordinator of Mayo County Council Artists Mentoring and Networking Programme
Chaired by Mark OBrien, Arts Development Manager, Axis arts centre, Ballymun, Dublin

11.55 - 12.30: Visit to Section 8.
Site-specific artwork by Whats the Story? artists collective


12.30 - 1.15: Case Studies
Two visual artists working in community speak about the range of supports, including mentoring, that enable this work to happen successfully.
Michael Fortune
Deirdre O Mahony

1.15 - 2.15: Lunch

2.15: Introduction to World Cafe:
Lynnette Moran, Create

2.30 -3.15: World Cafe
Participants divide into self-selected discussion groups to look in more detail at particular themes suggested during the days event

3.15 - 3.45: Presentations from World Cafe
Each discussion group feeds back to the larger group

3.45 - 4.00: Final Comments
Booking Information

Cost of participation is €5, which can be paid on registration at the event. For further information on the event or the Connect project in general, please contact Create or Common Ground.

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