Glittery Embrace by Culturstruction (Tara Kennedy & Jo Anne Butler). Photo: Henrietta Williams.
Glittery Embrace by Culturstruction (Tara Kennedy & Jo Anne Butler). Photo: Henrietta Williams.

Tara Kennedy has been awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2015: Collaborative Arts and Architecture.

Tara Kennedy is an artist and architect with a long term interest in the critical potential of design. Tara has proposed to use the Bursary to further research and assess her practice. Tara is particularly interested in design as constant collaboration, and in how architecture can encourage new ways of probing existing situations. Kennedy is particularly interested in investigating the question of as she puts it, ’ the way that we practice in the context of an engaged and collaborative reading of architecture’ During an initial research phase, she will also explore researching and demonstrating ways of working that address barriers and limitations to collaborative approaches to architecture within communities and within the architecture profession.

In 2008 Tara co-founded Culturstruction, a collaborative architecture and design practice with Jo Anne Butler working in the overlaps of design, architecture, art and spatial practices. She was also a founder and curator of Commonage, a non-profit organisation creating a new kind of space for contemporary art and architecture practice within a community context. Tara works in practice at John McLaughlin Architects and is a studio tutor and part-time lecturer at Cork Centre for Architectural Education as well as pursuing independent research in the area of engaged architecture.

Tara is interested in design as constant collaboration, and in how architecture can encourage new ways of probing existing situations. Current work includes research with The Mothership Project exploring experience of architecture in shared, cultural and co-working spaces for parents with our young children, questioning how the design of these places might better support radical and active citizenship. Previous collaborative projects have been produced with The Irish Architecture Foundation, Dublin City Council, The Education and Community Department at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, the Abhainn Ri Festival of Participation and Inclusion in Callan, the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, PLACE, Belfast, and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. 

Tara holds a Master of Architecture (2013) and BSc in Architecture (2010) from UCD. Prior to this she received a first class honours BFA (Sculpture) from NCAD (2005).

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2015 aims to support individual professional architects / artists working in the area of engaged and/or collaborative architecture. The Arts Council has provided this €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create. Create in partnership with Irish Architecture Foundation hosted two information and discussion events in THE LAB, Dublin and the National Sculpture Factory, Cork about the award.

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

It is expected that Tara Kennedy will share the learning arising from the Bursary with the wider architectural community and collaborative arts sector.

 

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