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Lissywollen Direct Provision Accommodation Centre (Vukasin Nedeljkovic)
Lissywollen Direct Provision Accommodation Centre (Vukasin Nedeljkovic).

Create is delighted to announce that Vukasin Nedeljkovic has been awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017: Arts and Activism.

Nedeljkovic, a Dublin-based Irish artist, has collaborated with asylum seekers living in direct provision centres for eleven years. Through this bursary, Vukasin intends to explore the processes of collaboration between the artist, the activist and the asylum seeking community, and to archive and document Direct Provision as a reference for a period in recent Irish history, noting that we have very little visual information about other Irish carceral sites, including Magdalen laundries, Borstals, Mother and Baby homes and Lunatic Asylums. 

Vukasin Nedeljkovic’s practice poses a number of questions on the role of art – and the artist - and society. The work of Asylum Archive  also requires us to reflect on modes of incarceration, and the creation of art within oppressive systems or sites. In what ways does the involuntary embeddedness of the artist influence what is created? Nedeljkovic asks us to consider Direct Provision Centres not only as sites of incarceration, social exclusion or extreme poverty but also as sites of collectivity and resistance. Direct provision Centres are where different nationalities and ethnic groups exist(ed) and persist(ed) through the confinement created by the State. Where people wait patiently for meals, sign in and out almost every day in order to get 21.60 euros per week and a medical card, watch friends being transferred and deported, and open Government letters with anxiety, fear and hope. Also in terms of continuity of themes in social history and the State’s treatment of those deemed ‘outsiders’, does the Direct Provision system represent a legacy or echo of older systems of confinement in Ireland - borstals, laundries, prisons, mother and baby homes, lunatic asylums? 

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award aims to support collaborative artists working in the area of art and activism. The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with art and activist practice using collaborative methodologies.

As part of the launch of Asylum Archive in Galway, March 2015, Create featured Vukasin as a part of a panel discussion alongside Anthony Haughey, Anne Mulhall, Charlotte McIvor and Megs Morley, chaired by Katrina Goldstone. The discussion centred on the themes evoked by Asylum Archive.

Listen: Audio of this event is on Soundcloud.

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Anthony Haughey Unresolved (2017) video installation INHABITING THE BAGEION: architecture as critique, in association with Athens Biennale. Photo Credit: Anthony Haughey.
Anthony Haughey Unresolved (2017) video installation INHABITING THE BAGEION: architecture as critique, in association with Athens Biennale. Photo Credit: Anthony Haughey.

Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme
Bursary Award 2017: Art and Activism

Information Session

Venue: Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1 (map).
Date: Thursday 2nd November
Time: 6-8pm
Register: aic-bursary-award-art-and-activism.eventbrite.ie

On November 2nd, 2017 Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios will host an information event for artists in relation to the 2017 AIC Bursary Award. In this information session Ailbhe Murphy Director, Create and Helen Carey Director, Fire Station Artists’ Studios will talk about the Art’s Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award: Art and Activism. The focus will be on art and activist practice, the application process and how a Bursary could help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development. Artist Anthony Haughey will also speak, as a previous recipient of the Bursary, and as an artist whose issue-based work often traverses that intersection between art and activism.

Anthony Haughey

Dr. Anthony Haughey is an artist, and academic at the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology. His socially engaged art practice utilises relational and dialogical art methods as well as photography, video and installation to create ambitious artworks critically reflecting on historical and contemporary social relations. His work has been widely exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: The Museum of August Destiny, Lismore Contemporary; Uncovering History, Kunsthaus Graz; Making History, Colombo Art Biennale; and Homelands, a major British Council exhibition touring South Asia. His video, Manifesto (2016) toured nationally and internationally throughout 2016. UNresolved (2015) was recently exhibited in the Biennial of the Moving Image in Buenos Aires. He was recipient of Create ‘Arts and Cultural Diversity Award’ (2014).

Anthony Haughey Unresolved (2017) video installation INHABITING THE BAGEION: architecture as critique, in association with Athens Biennale. Photo Credit: Anthony Haughey.
Anthony Haughey Unresolved (2017) video installation INHABITING THE BAGEION: architecture as critique, in association with Athens Biennale. Photo Credit: Anthony Haughey.

Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme

Bursary Award 2017: Art and Activism

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017 aims to support collaborative artists working in the area of art and activism. The Arts Council has provided this €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create.

The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with art and activist practice using collaborative methodologies.

Image: Still from TURNING. Dir: Eoin Heaney. 2014.
Image: Still from TURNING. Dir: Eoin Heaney. 2014.

Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2016: Collaborative Film – recipient

Create is delighted to announce Eoin Heaney has been awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2016: Collaborative Film. 

Eoin is a filmmaker interested in total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound. Whether capturing behavioural esoterica or dealing with more civic minded topics his work intends to celebrate cinema, its poetry and latitude for open ended reflection, and hopefully influence people to think progressively about the lives they’re living.

Screening of Come Into The Gardens, Outlandish Theatre Platform and Shoot to Kill, Artist in the Community Scheme Project Realisation 2014. Photo: Richard Walshe (courtesy of Dublin Film Festival).
Screening of Come Into The Gardens, Outlandish Theatre Platform and Shoot to Kill, Artist in the Community Scheme Project Realisation 2014. Photo: Richard Walshe (courtesy of Dublin International Film Festival).

Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme

Bursary Award 2016: Collaborative Film

The second of two information sessions took place on November 3 at 6-8 pm in Filmbase. 

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2016 aims to support individual professional filmmakers working in the area of collaborative film. The Arts Council has provided this €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create.

The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at a filmmaker who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected filmmaker with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the filmmaker to consider key questions associated with creating film using collaborative methodologies.

NB: This Bursary Award does not fund the production of films or film projects.

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