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Liverpool Ireland Cultural Corridor presents


Irish Collaborations in Liverpool this October


Create, Dublin City Arts Office, Fire Station Artists’ Studios and IADT


At the beginning of October Irish artists will travel to Liverpool with work that will highlight the range and dynamism of collaborative and live art practice in Ireland. The group will show work and discuss the broader development of collaboration in Ireland at this key historical moment, touching on the ways in which collaborative art has become a key practice in Ireland , reflecting complex economic and political realities. With a view to developing the initiative and taking it to the next stage by seeding curatorial and artistic partnerships, there will be a series of talks, meetings and the work of the artists will be showcased in different cultural venues in Liverpool- including the Bluecoat, FACT, Tate Liverpool and Static.

Participating artists include Seamus Nolan; Gareth Kennedy; Jesse Jones; Dominic Thorpe; Michelle Browne, Rhona Byrne, Michael Fortune, Martin Healy, Dennis McNulty, Niamh O’Malley and Jenny Brady.



In 2013, the Bluecoat (Liverpool) and Create(Dublin) came together to initiate an investigative process, assessing the potential for the arts and cultural sectors in Liverpool and Ireland to work in partnership, specifically looking at opportunities for artistic residencies and exhibitions, joint programming, skills transfer and knowledge exchange. Working with partners in Liverpool and Dublin including Liverpool and Dublin City Councils.

Irish arts organisations travelled to Liverpool in October 2013, meeting a range of cultural leaders, festival programmers and arts organisations.

This next event under the auspices of the Liverpool Ireland Cultural Corridor , October 2014 is made possible by a range of partners – Create; Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council; the Bluecoat, FACT, Fire Station Artist Studios, Live Collision, Tate Liverpool and Liverpool City Council.

The programme will take place 1st & 2nd October across 3 venues- Tate Liverpool, The Bluecoat and FACT.

Producer: Lynnette Moran, Live Collision.

Public Events Timetable 1st October

11.30 – 1.00 TATE Liverpool, Albert Dock

Panel Discussion.

Katherine Atkinson Create chairs presentations by Jesse Jones, Gareth Kennedy, Seamus Nolan followed by discussion

2.15 – 4.00 BLUECOAT

Presentation of work at the Bluecoat. Organiser: Rachel Goodsall

2.15 -    2.30    Amanda Coogan (outside, courtyard)
2.30-   3.30   (indoors) Michelle Brown, Dominic Thorpe, action based presentations, introduced by Lynette Moran, Live Collision

4.00 – 6.00 Informal networking throughout the city

6.00 – 8.15 FACT 88 Wood Street. Organiser: Sheena Barrett

Transit and Transport - Artists Films introduced by Maeve Connolly
Work by Rhona Byrne, Michael Fortune, Martin Healy, Dennis McNulty, Jenny Brady and Niamh O'Malley, who will all be present.


Artist biogs

Jenny Brady is an artist based in Dublin working with the moving image to explore ideas around language, perception and translation. She completed an M.A in Visual Arts Practices, IADT in 2011 and recent presentations include EVA International 2014, Limerick curated by Bassam El Baroni, Images Festival 2014, Toronto, Futures '13 RHA, Dublin, TULCA Golden Mountain (2013), curated by Valerie Connor and Make Shift (2013) Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh curated by Modern Edinburgh Film School. She will participate in Primal Architecture, IMMA (2014) and Wade In (2014), Canada curated by Chris Clarke and recent awards include Arts Council Project Award (2013), Travel and Training Award (2014, 2013, 2012) and Visual Arts Bursary (2011. She is currently working with Critical Forum Dublin on a new artists’ moving image biennial which will take place in early 2015.

Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin, Ireland. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently taking part in Belfast International Festival of Performance Art (Northern Ireland), IETM, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Ireland), Labour (London, Derry & Dublin), The European Performance Art Festival (Poland), Trouble (Belgium), A Lens With a Conscience (USA), The National Review of Live Art (Scotland), Urban Wasanii (Kenya), and Subject to Ongoing Change with the Performance Collective, Galway Arts Centre (Ireland).

She received a first class honours degree in Sculpture and History of Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a distinction in her Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin.

She curated These Immovable Walls: Performing Power at Dublin Castle in July 2014. Michelle is the founder of OUT OF SITE, a festival of live art in public space in Dublin, presenting performances by over 40 national and international artists across Dublin city from 2006 - 2008. In 2009 she curated Vital Signs an exhibition of Arts in Health in Context as part of a programme for The Arts Council and Create.

Rhona Byrne lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Rhona makes sculptural objects and spatial environments combining sculpture, performance and processes of participation that explore a negotiation of object, place and social practice. Recent exhibitions and projects, include; Verksmi?jan, Hjalteyri, Iceland; the Irish Museum of Modern Art IMMA; Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival, Uk; Open Studio, Bolthole, Tate Modern and Tate Britain;Gracelands at EVA, Limerick; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh and Whitebox, New York. She graduated from NCAD with a BFA in Sculpture in 1994. She has been commissioned and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland, The Office of Public Works. She graduated from NCAD with a BFA in Sculpture in 1994. She has been commissioned and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland, The Office of Public Works.

Amanda Coogan is one of Ireland's leading contemporary visual artists working in the field of Performance Art. Her work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating. She was awarded the AIB Art prize in 2004. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively including The Venice Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hibernia Academy and the Hugh Lane. Brought up by deaf parents, she is one of Ireland’s most skilled sign language interpreters. Coogan’s recent practice has been concentrating on the longitudinal durational performance presented as living installation in the gallery. She presents both solo works and group performances. The long durational aspect of her presentations invites elements of chaos with the unknown and unpredicted erupting dynamically through her live artworks.

Michael Fortune is an artist with over a decade of experience working on collaborative and participatory projects. From his studio in rural Wexford Michael Fortune conducts long and short-term project work in communities and institutions throughout Ireland. Working predominantly in film and photography, much of his practice revolves around the collection of material which he generates out of the relationships and experiences he develops with the people/communities he encounters. Much of Fortune’s work borrows from the popular conventions of film, home video, snap photography and the printed media and his work can be seen as growing out of a tradition of social documentary and anthropological film. Recent projects can be viewed at,,,,, and

Martin Healy was born in London in 1967; he lives and works in Dublin. He works predominantly through the mediums of photography and video and his works have been shown widely both nationally and internationally.

He is a recent recipient of a residency at Cove Park, Scotland. Other residencies include the International Studio Programme Residency at PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York (2000/01), Artists’ Residency Programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2007), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2008), and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios / HIAP-International Residency Exchange, Helsinki (2010).

Recent solo exhibitions include Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (forthcoming 2014), ‘The Future Perfect’, Rubicon Projects, Brussels; ‘The Inhabitant’, Temple Bar Gallery and studios, Dublin; ‘Facsimile’, Lismore Castle Arts, St Carthage Hall.

Jesse Jones is a Dublin based artist. She studied sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Her films and videos explore historical gestures of communal culture through processes of disruption and ambiguity which may hold resonance in our current, social and political landscape. Solo exhibitions include 'The Other North', Artsonje Centre, Seoul and The Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry (2013); 'Sleepwalkers', The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, (2012); 'The Struggle Against Ourselves', Spike Island, Bristol (2012) and REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011). She also took part in Real DMZ project, on the border of North and South Korea in summer 2013. Jones will be participating in group exhibitions in 2014 such as 'Otherwise', Alternativa Festival WYSPA, Gdansk, Poland; 'Invisible Violence', Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade and ARTIUM Basque Country.

Major commissions she is working on in 2014 include The Prosperity Project (the Office of Public Works and Create); and a major collaborative commission with Sarah Browne, ‘In the Shadow of the State’, commissioned by Artangel and Create.

Gareth Kennedy’s work is invested in a socially engaged practice which addresses specific environmental, social, aesthetic and economic concerns within located contexts.

Over the last few years, he has been developing an anthropological aesthetic to generate 'folk fictions'. These works draw on the social, cultural and economic history of a people and a place to craft work that is a meaningful composite of these histories.

This method has entailed working with such diverse professionals as archeologists, anthropologists, film archivists, museum directors, folklorists and scientists as well as festival organizers, craftspeople, fishermen and park rangers amongst others.

Live Collision, established in 2009 by Lynnette Moran, Director & Founder, Live Collision has grown a reputation as the leading curatorial model of live art in Ireland; a curated platform for exceptional performance makers, bringing some of the most exciting national and international artists to Dublin. Invited artists, both make and present challenging new works that encourage audiences to experience live performance in fresh new ways. Together we actively explore the proximity between ‘liveness’ and ‘performance’, between the collective experience and the isolated encounter.

Live Collision International Festival is supported by Arts Council’s Festival and Events Scheme, Dublin City Council, Project Arts Centre, Create, Dublin Fringe Festival’s Fringe Lab, Culture Ireland, GIFT Festival, British Council Ireland, The Lir and in 2014 we welcome new partners The Library Project, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Science Gallery, Pop Up Happenings, Darklight and LeCool.

Dennis McNulty is an artist whose work is generated through an investigation of embodied knowledge in relation to other forms of knowledge, often in the context of the built environment. Beginning with detailed research of various kinds, and informed by his studies in engineering and psychoacoustics, the works often take hybrid forms, drawing on aspects of cinema, sculpture, sound and performance.

Recent solo projects include PROTOTYPES at Limerick City Gallery of Art, McNulty's first solo exhibition at a public institution in Ireland, curated by Mary Conlon The Face of Something New, Scriptings, Berlin (2013); A Stew of Universals, ZKU - Zentrum fur Kunst and Urbanistik, Berlin (2013); INTERZONE, Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Fingal, Co. Dublin (2012); Precast, Robin Hood Gardens and Preston's Road roundabout, Blackwall, East London (2012);

Seamus Nolan studied sculpture in the National College of Art and Design, and went on to develop his practice based on a critical reading of the role of the artist in society. Recent work includes 10th President where As a way of honouring the survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland and of recognising those who died in institutional and state care, Seamus Nolan has invited President Michael D Higgins to hand over, for the period of one day, the Presidency of Ireland posthumously to Willie Delaney, a child who died whilst under the care of the state. Other work includes 'Every Action' for Newtopia, the state of human rights, Mechelen Belgium, Contours of the Common, CCA Derry-Londonderry, 'Trades Club Revival' with Create and The Model Sligo, which saw the revival of the traditional working man’s club; the attempted hijack of a Ryanair flight for St Patrick's day, Flight NM7104, for Terminal Convention, an off-site exhibition and seminar situated in the abandoned Airport terminal building at Cork Airport, and a refusal to participate in Dublin Contemporary 2011.

Niamh O’Malley lives and works in Dublin. Her practice includes video, drawing, painting and sculpture, through which she develops projects that interrogate issues around mark-making and attention. Niamh O’Malley has made numerous solo exhibitions in recent years including a five venue solo show called ‘The Mayo Collaborative’ Ireland (2013), ‘Garden’, Project Arts Centrem, Dublin (2013) Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway (2012), ‘Model’, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2011), ‘Island’, Centre Culturel Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2010), ‘Frame, Glass, Black’ Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France (2010), She will have a solo exhibition in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, December 2014.Her work is included in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery, the Arts Council of Ireland & Galleria Arte Moderna, Turin. O’Malley received a PhD in practice-led research from University of Ulster, Belfast in 2003.

Dominic Thorpe graduated from the National College of Art and Design with an MA in 2006 having previously received a degree and diploma in Fine Art from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. By employing various media including , performance, video, photography, installation and sound recording his work investigates male identity which he identifies through ideas of private and public struggle. By drawing on context and collaborative based processes his recent work has explored the building of relationships with individuals and communities through making and positioning work in different areas of Dublin where suicide rates among young people are high and constant. He has shown work nationally and internationally He continues to develop collaborative work with the performance collective. To date he has received bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Kildare County Council.

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