MEDIA RELEASE
15 October 2008

Talking about the Arts
New Arts audio site launched: Create-exchange.ie

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, has launched Create-exchange.ie, an audio exchange website, the first arts organisation dedicated audio site in the Republic of Ireland. Sarah Tuck, director of Create, said: “Create is committed to the promotion of collaborative arts practice and diverse ways of disseminating information about collaborative arts projects. The create-exchange audio site is an ideal way to evidence the discussions that are taking place countrywide on the exciting work by artists working collaboratively with communities. Not only will the site feature audio from Create events but it will also contain audio from seminars and events nationally and internationally that focus on collaborative arts.”

The audio content focuses on collaborative arts as a contemporary arts practice in Ireland and will feature arts practitioners, critics, curators and academics. The aim of the site is to act as a both a forum for artists and to encourage discussion on collaborative arts that is part of broader critical debate on arts and culture. Create-exchange will also afford artists who work collaboratively the opportunity to talk about the processes and the ideas that inspire them and inform their work; and will also encourage interaction between communities, members of the public, artists and cultural commentators. The site is designed so that visitors can access audio content in a variety of ways; by streaming from the website; downloading content to computer or MP3 player or subscribing to receive podcasts of the very latest discussion.

http://www.create-exchange.ie

For further information, contact Katrina Goldstone, 01-4736600, communications(at)create-ireland.ie

Create Note to Editors

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. Our mission is to provide advice and support services to artists and arts organisations working collaboratively with communities of place and/or interest. The exploratory processes and practices of collaborative arts demand different approaches to traditional definitions of art, artists and arts development and it is viewed as one of the most vibrant and challenging areas of arts practice, requiring skills of negotiation and project management.

Create responds to these demands by offering a range of services for artists and arts organisations which include Professional Development, Learning Development, Project Management and Consultancy and Projects and Initiatives that support and develop collaborative arts. www.create-ireland.ie