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Image: Tania Bruguera's Hyundai Commission, Turbine Hall launch (2018). Credit: Kirsty O’Connor PA.
Image: Tania Bruguera's Hyundai Commission, Turbine Hall launch (2018). Credit: Kirsty O’Connor PA.

Create National Networking Day in Cork

26 September 2019

Join Create and partners Crawford Art Gallery (Cork), Counterpoints Arts (London), Cork City Arts Office and Heart of Glass (St Helens) for Create’s 2019 Networking Day for Collaborative Arts.  The Networking Day will facilitate collective exchange and learning about models of collaborative practice; ways of collaborative working which operate in the interstices between socially engaged arts, community expertise, pedagogy and politics. We look forward to hosting an exciting range of speakers and creating a dynamic space of exchange and learning in order to catalyse, critique and make change.

We will begin the day by exploring key questions surrounding economies of collaborative arts practice and how they relate to questions of spatial justice and social change. A central focus will be on the world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera’s Tate Modern Turbine Hall Hyundai Commission. Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, Áine O’Brien, will discuss with Bruguera the unique challenges initiated by the Turbine Hall commission: how cultural institutions can become places for collective civic action, citizen innovation, how they might catalyse transformative learning and inform new social relations. Bruguera’s work has since activated ways for local residents (called Tate Neighbours) to proactively infiltrate a cultural institution like Tate Modern.

Bruguera will be joined by Dr. Cara Courage, Head of Tate Exchange; Jane Wells, Programme Manager of Tate Exchange, and several Tate Neighbours: Shamus Dark, Charles Yassin, Debra Reiss and Natalie Bell. We will discuss with them how this recent commission re-imagines the public art institution as a place for forging different types of neighbourhood-based relations, where cultural and social policy can be imagined and tested; where what it means to act together as a civic collective can be explored.

Working closely with the Crawford Art Gallery and Cork City Arts Office, the Networking Day will reflect on current cross-city collaborative initiatives and artists’ practices in Cork and the wider region. In the afternoon we will further explore how collaborative arts practice catalyses dialogue between diverse fields of knowledge: popular culture, intercultural issues, social innovation, community and sustainable urban development. Workshops and conversations will be led by, among others, Miguel Amado, Director of Cork Printmakers and Eve Olney of Art, Architecture and Activism.

Sören Meschede, curator and coordinator of Concomitentes, will also join us. Located in Spain, Concomitentes encourages the creation of artistic projects devised and commissioned by groups of citizens. Meschede will outline how the Concomitentes programme emphasises the importance of art in social life, proposing a new system of art production involving the transformation of cultural policy.

In addition, with commissioned artists Mark Storor and Stephen King we will explore the Per Cent for Art commission and community-based project I Can Colour Between the Lines But I Choose Not To, presented and produced by the 2018 Cork Midsummer Festival, with residents and artists in Knocknaheeny, Cork.

In the context of planned commemorations relating to Ireland’s struggle for independence and taking account of how those struggles played out very vividly in Cork, it seems fitting that we close the day with a discussion about the notion of commemoration and the symbolic role of public art given the significance of 2019. To this end, we will be joined by Hamad Nassar, Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation and initiator of Let Our Statues Speak project, to reflect on questions of memory and whose history gets written in or out of the urban fabric in broader processes of commemoration. The Let Our Statues Speak project speaks volumes to the present moment in Cork – a city being actively reshaped against the backdrop of a rich history of struggle and against the contemporary resonances created by Brexit.

Following the Networking Day, on the 27th of September, Counterpoints Arts will facilitate a Learning Lab: Art, Cultural Democracy and the City. This will be an in-depth conversation with key stakeholders and strategic players in the arts and cultural landscape who are influencing the evolving urban fabric of Cork.

The Networking Day promises to open up a space for us all to ask a shared and urgent question: how can collaborative forms of arts practice – engaging with the embodied experiences and knowledge of citizens – initiate and implement real civic agency and significant momentum for social change?

Further updates and programme details will be posted on Create's website.




Check Up Check In 2018. Photo: Philip Cullen.
Check Up Check In 2018. Photo: Philip Cullen.

Check Up Check In 2019

11-12 April
Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford, Waterford Healing Arts Trust

- Tickets for Arts and Health Check Up Check In 2019 on Thursday 11 April cost €30 (including lunch)
- Tickets for the workshop with Marie Brett, “Sustaining the Self” on Friday 12 April cost €10 and must be booked separately. Places for this workshop are limited, so advance booking is essential.

Create are delighted to partner once again with / Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) to present Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2019.  Following the tremendous success of Check Up Check in 2018 and marking the opening in 2019 of the new South East Palliative Care Centre at University Hospital Waterford (UHW), the theme of this year’s event is Promoting Autonomy, with presentations highlighting the potential for arts programmes in healthcare settings to explore ways for individuals to engage, discover and create, even when faced with a challenging health condition.  In his keynote address, Disruption, Danger and Discipline: When the Artist becomes Leader…, Nigel Hartley will reflect on the role of the artist in end of life care and the artist as leader.  He will further share his vast experience and offer practical advice for negotiating the challenges of working in this important and rewarding area in a workshop setting later in the day.

Uisce Salach (Dirty Water). Photo: Robert Corrigan.
Uisce Salach (Dirty Water). Photo: Robert Corrigan.

Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) is a new collaborative sound art project about contested water issues in Ireland. Softday, the art-science collaboration of artist Sean Taylor and computer scientist Mikael Fernström, are initiating a collaborative art process leading to the creation of a significant citizen’s art-science project based on water analyses from domestic water supplies from the River Liffey, its tributaries in Dublin City and from Dublin Port. The key aim of the project is to enable citizens living and working along the River Liffey to participate in scientific research with creative outcomes. Working with those residents, schools, community organisations, fishing clubs along the river and workers in Dublin Port, the project will synergise science and arts practice using water sampling and creative technology, developing new thinking and new meaning around the sustainability of water resources.

Using established methodologies, Softday will issue water test kits to participating citizen scientist to gather small water samples, (which can be from their own kitchen tap, well, local River Liffey tributary, or whichever source of clean water that matters to them) on World Water Day, Friday 22nd March 2019. Softday will analyse all samples and use the data to construct a map with the underlying data sets, as well as producing a unique sound composition as part of a major multi-media installation, which can be played by humans and computers and shared via the web and social media. The world premier of Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) will be performed live by the Irish Chamber Orchestra in combination with the “Softday Citizen Scientist Ensemble”, a form of public laptop orchestra, in Dublin in November 2019.

Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) will increase awareness of the environmental, economic and social value of water. This project will be facilitated by Dublin Port’s Port Perspectives Engagement and Education Programme to access networks of community organisations around the port as well as port workers and supported by CREATE to reach community and interest groups such as fishermen along the River Liffey. Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) is suported by an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award 2019.

For twenty years Softday has engaged with issues relating to climate change and its global effects. As an award winning collaborative team they use their arts practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications, multimedia artworks and public performances, such as Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees, 2013-15) and Sounds of the Unthinkable (2018). Softday use various media and creative genres to create art works that speak of the urgent need for social action.

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Creative Time Summit 2018

Creative Time Summit 2018 - Dublin screening & panel discussion

Join us for this international convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics

As an official off-site host, Create, Fire Station Artists’ Studios and the National College of Art and Design’s MA in Socially Engaged Art and Further Education are delighted to partner again to host this exciting live streaming of the Creative Time Summit, an annual presentation of the world’s leading socially engaged artists and activists, coming this year direct from Miami, Florida.

Date: Friday 2 November 2018
Time: 3-11pm
Venue: Harry Clarke lecture theatre, National College of Art & Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Admission: Free (registration recommended)
Optional dinner by Luncheonette: €10 per person (registration required, payment in cash on the night)
More info & Reserve your place:

This year the Summit is titled On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World, with four thematic sections:

•    On boundaries and a borderless future
•    Facing climate realities, reimagining a green future
•    Towards an intersectional justice
•    Resisting displacement and violence

Archipelagic Thinking

What is an Island? Art & Archipelagic Thinking in the 21st Century

July 30th, Baltimore Pier, Cork
12:45 – 20:30

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“The entire world is becoming an archipelago” - Édouard Glissant (1997:194)

At a time of increasing nationalism and cultural insularity, the need to refresh our understanding of ‘relation’ in the world is more urgent than ever. What is an Island? is a durational artistic research event that explores relational form through the concept of archipelagic thinking and collaborative arts practice. Facilitated by a unique pedagogical programme on a specially commissioned ferry, What is an Island? travels the West Cork archipelago on a single summer day, in search of a deeper connection between islanders, artists and the world.

In response to the question “What is an island?”, three artists have been commissioned to develop work on one of three islands in the archipelago, they are: Sherkin Island (Mona O'Driscoll), Heir Island (Tess Leak) and Long Island (art manoeuvres). Participants will engage with the different art projects on each of the islands alongside the pedagogical programme, titled: Tidalectics. The Tidalectic programme will feature two key presentations on Art and Archipelagic thinking by Dr. Jonathan Pugh and Prof. Mick Wilson. These events will be supported by an on board supper and dialogue with islanders, facilitated by Glenn Loughran.

What is an Island? has been developed by the BAVA: Dublin School of Creative Arts (DIT/GradCAM) in partnership with CREATE: National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, to present a series of seminars, workshops and exhibitions exploring Art & Archipelagic Thinking in the 21st Century.

While each of the artist’s responses to this question will be on display on their respective islands for the entirety of the Skibbereen Arts Festival (27 July to 5 August), on Monday 30 July, they will be linked by this performative, pedagogical, ferry journey.

Please wear shoes/boots and clothes suitable for a field trip - expect long grass, rough ground and mud so please dress accordingly. Heir and Long Islands are accessed via ladder to the pier, there is no wheelchair access and no dogs allowed.

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