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Create at the VAI Get Together 2015

Intergenerational Conversations

Date: 15 May
Time: 11.45
Venue: IMMA

This session will comprise a set of informal conversation pieces between artists of different generations inspired by the idea of exchange and knowledge production.

How do we value the rich accumulation of experience and expertise of established, older artists? What are the modes of transmission of different types of knowledge in different areas of arts practice? What can come out of collaborations both formal and informal between artists of different generations? VAI, Bealtaine and Create are interested in generating a broader conversation about artists' role in society and the implications of ageism, creativity and other issues such as the challenges faced by artists in relation to sustaining their practice over time.

This partnership event involving Bealtaine, CREATE and Visual Artists Ireland is designed to critically consider the unique contributions made by experienced artists to wider artistic practice over the course of their careers and to consider intergenerational learning. Artists in this panel session, chaired by Medb Ruane, include Kevin Atherton, Michelle Browne, Patrick Hall and Alice Maher.

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Kevin Atherton

Kevin Atherton is an artist and retired fine art educator (born in 1950 on the Isle of Man) with an ongoing interest in the relationship between the virtual and the fictional. He has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America, most recently in 2012 in Remote Control at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 2009 his video installation In Two Minds – Past Version was included in 'The Studio Sessions' at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Also in 2009 his video work was included in Changing Channels - Art and Television at the Museum of Modern Art Vienna, and at Tate Britain in Rewind and Play. Since the early nineteen eighties he has carried out over a dozen large-scale public sculpture commissions throughout Britain and Ireland, including in 2009 Another Sphere, a surveillance sculpture commissioned for Ballymun in county Dublin. In 2010, Atherton completed a PhD in the Faculty of Visual Culture at NCAD where he retired from in 2014. He now lives and works in Co Kilkenny where he continues to work and write about his own archive.

Michelle Browne

Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin. Much of her work is performance based and collaborative. She has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally recently taking part in Excise me, I'm not finished, with The Performance Collective at NCAD Gallery, Dublin; Motivational Deficit, Crawford Gallery, Cork; Using the Museum, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland. Browne has curated a number of exhibitions including Between You and Me and the Four Walls for IETM at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Tulca Season of Visual Art 2010, and These Immovable Walls: Performing Power at Dublin Castle 2014. Browne is currently lecturer in sculpture and expanded practice at NCAD.

Patrick Hall

Patrick is a man who has always loved to travel, experience and immerse himself in other cultures. These journeys often take him to remote parts of the world, but more importantly are the markers on his own life journey. In recent years he has been spending a few months at a time in a remote artist’s retreat in Thailand. Much of the body of work that forms this exhibition was made while there, using whatever materials he could source locally. Other larger canvases based on Hall’s experience there were painted at his isolated studio in North Sligo. These are striking images, charged with symbolic reference and universal relevance that reveal much about the artist’s own development as both person and painter. Patrick Hall was born in 1935 in County Tipperary, Ireland. He attended London’s Chelsea School of Art and later Central Saint Martin’s School of Art where he studied under British artist Cecil Collins. Hall lived in Spain from 1966 until his return to Dublin in 1974. He has exhibited widely both in Ireland and around the world. Hall’s work is included in several significant private, institutional and public collections, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and Trinity College Dublin. He was appointed a member of Aosdána in 1982 and currently lives and works in Sligo.

Alice Maher

Alice Maher is a visual artist who engages with a wide range of media including, drawing, sculpture, print, installation and film.  Her work touches on a range of subjects often reprising or challenging mythic and vernacular narratives. She represented Ireland in the 23rd Sao Paolo Biennale.  In 2012 the Irish Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of her career to date, Becoming. Her work can be viewed in the collections of The Neuberger Museum, The Hammond Museum L.A., and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The British Museum, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Crawford Gallery, University of Ulster and many others. In 2012, she received an honorary Doctorate in Fine Art from the National University of Ireland.  She lives and works in Ireland.

Chair: Dr Medb Ruane

Dr Medb Ruane is a writer and psychoanalytic practitioner based in Dublin. She is also a member of the Mental Health Tribunals, editor of Lacunae, APPI International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis and has published and broadcast widely on culture, politics and psychoanalysis. Medb has also worked as a columnist for The Sunday Times, The Irish Times and The Irish Independent and written critically on art and artists.

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