Image: Rick Lowe, Victoria Square Project, 2017-18, social sculpture, Elpidos Street, Victoria Square, Athens, documenta 14. Photo: Freddie Faulkenberry.
Image: Rick Lowe, Victoria Square Project, 2017-18, social sculpture, Elpidos Street, Victoria Square, Athens,
documenta 14. Photo: Freddie Faulkenberry.

Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts, Friday 1 December 2017

1 December 2017, O’Donoghue Centre for Drama Theatre and performance, NUI Galway

Registration & coffee conversations from 10am

Welcome Address: 10.45 am

Book now. Tickets cost 20 euro including catered lunch, 10 euro for members. Booking is essential

This year Create’s National Networking Day will focus on art, diversity and transformative practice. At the level of geopolitics globally we are witnessing vulnerable populations on the move at an unprecedented scale. At the same time, at the level of the nation state, we see the consolidation of some familiar exclusionary discourses around notions of national identity. How can artists working collaboratively respond? How can collaborative arts and cultural practices challenge dominant and exclusionary narratives? How can we engage in inclusive ways to democratise public space at the level of the neighbourhood and the city? Over the course of the day we will explore the politics of identity and how it defines our bodies, ways of integrating the narrative of Traveller history, approaches to making large-scale interdisciplinary performance reflecting the diversity of place and collaborative arts practice connected with question of race, neighbourhood and displacement.

Presenters include Selina Thompson who is an acclaimed artist and performer based in Leeds. Her work is playful and participatory, focused on the politics of identity and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments. Selina will draw on her Resort Residency 2016 with Create / CAPP and Fingal Arts Office in her keynote. Previous commissions include Dark and Lovely, Northern Stage, Ovalhouse, Birmingham REP, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre in the Mill (2015) Race Cards performed at Buzzcut, Camden People’s Theatre, Forest Fringe and Fierce Festival, Leeds Library, Artsadmin, and IBT international showcase; Salt, commissioned by Theatre Bristol, Mayfest and Yorkshire Festival.

Artist Seamus Nolan and ethnographer Eve Olney will be speaking about their collaboration with Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre on the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane CAPP Commission. The project seeks to open a dialogue around what an appropriate approach to integrating the narrative of Traveller History into the ‘National Project’ might look like. The project is engaging in a collaborative process of enquiry with cultural practitioners, activists and archivists in an exploration of contested histories that will examine basic notions of representations and community building in relation to Traveller past and heritage.

We are also delighted to welcome other artists and speakers including film maker Jijo Sebastian, Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUIG) and Chris Baldwin, Artistic Director of Galway 2020. Chris is widely known for Teatro de Creacion, an approach to making large-scale interdisciplinary performance about place, for that place and in deep collaboration with the people of that place. Chris will also be exploring some of these ideas further in our November issue of Create News.

In our final keynote of the day US-based artist and 2017 Blade of Grass Fellow Rick Lowe, will talk about his current work the Victoria Square Project which uses documenta 14 to consider the situation of immigrants and refugees in relation to native Athenians in Victoria Square, Athens. Drawing on models of community revitalisation from the award winning Project Row Houses in Houston Texas, Rick is working with local agencies in Athens to forge connections, initiating dialogues that link arts and culture with small businesses as well as with support networks for immigrant and refugee groups.

The day is interactive, with opportunities to reflect together on ideas of transformative practice that engages with diversity in all its meanings. Additional break out spaces in the afternoon will facilitate further exchange and talks with the programmed artists exploring insights and experiences gained from the day and the latest innovative collaborative arts projects taking place nationally and internationally.

We are delighted to be partnering with the Galway Arts Centre on the Networking Day. Please join us at Galway Arts Centre for a wine reception from 6.00pm - 8.00pm to launch GAC’s A5 Art Fair.

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