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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: eventbrite.ie

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.

Melmoth grab 2 (cropped). Image credit: Eoin Heaney
Melmoth grab 2 (cropped). Image credit: Eoin Heaney.

Collaboration and Film: A workshop with award-winning filmmaker Eoin Heaney

Date: May 4th 2018
Time: 15.00 - 16.00
Venue: Create, 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Booking: There is no charge for this event and booking is recommended, as places are limited. Bookings to be made through Create: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Create is delighted to present Collaboration and Film for the inaugural Bealtaine@Templebar Festival. Award winning filmmaker Eoin Heaney will host this interactive workshop on collaborative practice and filmmaking. As well as hearing about Eoin's work and some of the practice and theory behind collaboration and film, Eoin will be showing some as yet unseen work. This is an opportunity to get ‘behind the scenes’ as it were and meet a filmmaker whose work celebrates the poetry of cinema while reflecting more civic minded topics. See footage of his successful short films which have previously been shown at the Galway Film Fleadh and exhibited at the Irish Arts Centre New York and The National Gallery of Ireland.

Eoin Heaney is a successful Irish filmmaker whose work has been exhibited and screened both internationally and nationally in art spaces and at festivals. In 2016, Eoin was awarded the Arts Council’s ‘Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award for Collaborative Film’ and his work has also been supported by the Irish Film Board as well as the Arts Council of Ireland.

Bealtaine@Templebar is a new initiative being organised by Age & Opportunity as part of the annual National Bealtaine Festival.

Anna Furse, FRSA
Anna Furse, FRSA

Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2018

26 – 27 April, Cork
Crawford Art Gallery Cork

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When you have booked your place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and role/interest in arts and health. This will help us to understand the numbers of artists and healthcare professionals attending, which will help us with our event preparations.