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The Worker Symposium

Roscommon Arts Office and Roscommon Arts Centre in partnership with Create present

The Worker Symposium

Date: Friday, July 18

Time: 11 AM; registration from 10:30 AM

Venue: Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Road, Roscommon

Booking: This is a free event but places are limited and booking is essential. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

The symposium will reflect on contemporary modes of visual art production in rural contexts and the mechanisms and partnerships available to support them. This symposium will provide a platform for reviewing the Art@Work model that has been supported by Roscommon Arts Office for 10 years. The cultural, economical, social and physical landscape of the County has evolved since Art@Work's inception and this symposium will provide the opportunity to explore potential changes to the project. Over the course of the day visual artists will discuss and present their experiences of producing artworks in rural contexts while creators and facilitators of rurally based projects and representatives from International programmes will present case studies.

This one day symposium coincides with the exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre, also titled The Workers, and features works by Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy & Elaine Reynolds, each of whom have participated on the Art@Work programme in the past.

Art@work began in 2001 when Roscommon County Council invited artists to reside at a Roscommon business over a 15 day duration to create works that responded to the environment, materials and staff of their host company. The project was successful on many levels in terms of financially supporting artists who wished to work in collaborative environments, demystified contemporary art practices as many of the artists involved chose to make their work in very public situations and broadened the audience base for engaging with visual art in the County. Over 60 artists have engaged with the project, working with over 30 businesses.



Introduction, Katherine Atkinson, Create

Philip Delamere: Art@Work - its formation and progression

11.45 – 12.15  
Panel of past participants: Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy, Elaine Reynolds with Niamh O’Connor

12.15am – 12.45  
Fiona Woods & Richard Saxton in conversation on Collection of Minds #5 project

FREE LUNCH: 12.45 - 1.45

Case Studies:

1.45 – 2.15        
Deirdre O’Mahony; X PO, SPUD & Mapping Group Projects

2.15– 2.45         
Philip Delamere, Leitrim Arts Officer; LOCIS & SPARK

Alistair Hudson, Grizedale Arts, UK

Break: 3.30 – 3.45

3.45 – 4.15       
Hollie Kearns & Rosie Lynch; Workhouse Assembly

4.15– 4.45        
Panel discussion on case studies chaired by Katherine Atkinson

4.45- 5.15          
Audience Q&A

Times are subject to change

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