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Call out for artists, curators, and cultural practitioners

2-day workshop  

20 & 21 October 2015

‘Strategies of Non Participation’ - workshop by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler

FSAS and CREATE are delighted to present this workshop which addresses ways of working, in conditions of flux and challenge, for Artists, Curators and Cultural Practitioners.

This 2-day workshop explores alternative strategies of ‘non-participation ’ for arts practitioners in the field of socially engaged and collaborative arts practice. It investigates the terms and conditions of images, objects, collaboration, dialogue and the social today. The workshop will also examine the mechanisms for sustainable practice and for mutations of how to work collaboratively in the very fluid world of today.

The term ‘non participation’ is a device developed by artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler for questioning and challenging current conditions of political involvement and resistance. Their collaborative art practice titled ‘The Museum of Non Participation’ embeds its institutional critique in its very title, yet it releases itself from being an actual museum. Instead it travels as a place, a slogan, a banner, a performance, a newspaper, a film, an intervention, an occupation: into situations that enable this museum to “act”.’ Mirza and Butler work across national boundaries, combining an activism and learning in their methodologies. How this approach transfers across geographical and cultural boundaries provides both opportunities and challenges, which will be explored as part of the workshop.

Artists, Curators and Cultural Practitioners working in the field of socially engaged arts practice and who would like to examine new ways of developing their working methodologies are welcome to take part.
Fees for this 2 day workshop are €50 which includes lunch

To apply, please submit an up to date CV and a short cover letter, outlining your interest in this workshop to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: 7 September 2015

Artists Biographies

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler's multi-layered practice consists of filmmaking, drawing, installation, photography, performance, publishing and curating. Their work challenges terms such as participation, collaboration, the social turn and the traditional roles of the artist as producer and the audience as recipient. The artists have repeatedly found themselves embedded in pivotal moments of change, protest, non-alignment and debate. Experiencing such spaces of contestation both directly and through the network of art institutions, Mirza and Butler negotiate these influences in video, photography, text and action. Their recent solo exhibitions include: The Unreliable Narrator, Whitechapel Gallery (2015); The New Deal, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013); and The Guest of Citation, Performa 13, New York (2013). Mirza and Butler have exhibited internationally, including FACT, Liverpool, Centro de Arte Dos De Mayo, Madrid, La Capella, Barcelona, Arnolfini, Bristol, and Serpentine Gallery, London. In 2014 they were nominated for the Artes Mundi 6 Award for artists engaging with a social practice. Most recently, Mirza has exhibited Fig2, 27/50 at ICA Studios curated by Fatos Ustek July 2015.

For further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This workshop is being run as part of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Partners: Create, Ireland (coordinating partner) Agora Collective, hablarenarte:, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Live Art Development Agency, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, M-Cult and Tate Liverpool.

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