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


Join Create and partners Crawford Art Gallery (Cork), Counterpoints Arts (London), Cork City Arts Office, National Sculpture Factory (Cork) and Heart of Glass (St Helens) for Create’s 2019 Networking Day for Collaborative Arts.


Where: Millenium Hall, Cork City Centre

When: 26th September 2019

Booking: via Ticket Tailor


We invite you to a day of exchange and learning about artists’ practices, which operate in the spaces between socially engaged arts, pedagogy, and politics, in order to activate, stimulate, critique, and make change. 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?

We will begin the day looking at the institution as commissioner, with a central focus on world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera’s work on the Tate Modern Turbine Hall Hyundai Commission. Bruguera will be joined by Dr. Cara Courage, Head of Tate Exchange; Jane Wells, Programme Manager of Tate Exchange, and several Tate Neighbours. These collaborators will discuss 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.

The early afternoon will be dedicated to workshops and conversations led by - among others - Miguel Amado, Director of Cork Printmakers and Eve Olney of Art, Architecture and Activism, and Fiona Woods, Artist, Curator and Academic. More will be announced over the coming months, stay tuned! Bookings for workshops will be open closer to the Networking Day. 

Regrouping after these workshops, guest speakers will turn to the concept of citizens as commissioners. Sören Meschede, curator and coordinator of Concomitentes,  and artists Mark Storor and Stephen King,  will explore the Per Cent for Art commission and community-based project I Can Colour Between the Lines But I Choose Not To, with residents and artists in Knocknaheeny, Cork. They will be joined by Kath Gorman, Linda Curtain, and Catherine Crean, who were part of the project, presented and produced by the 2018 Cork Midsummer Festival, from its inception to dissemination.

In the context of planned commemoration of 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 Hammad 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.


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