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Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, in partnership with the Arts Offices of Offaly, Westmeath, Laois and Longford present a day long event, 

Collaborative Arts: Community, Authorship and Practice

Date: 3rd December, 2008
Time: 10 - 5pm
Venue: Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate, Co. Westmeath

The day is in two parts. The morning session is free and open to all. The afternoon workshops cost €20 and include lunch.

10 -1pm Panel discussion Collaborative Arts: Community, Authorship and Practice (FREE)

Chaired by visual artist and curator Michelle Browne, with artists Michael Fortune (film maker and visual artist), Deirdre O' Mahony (visual artist), Martina Coyle (visual artist) Mary O’Sullivan (Cork Traveller Womens ‘ Network ) and Feidlim Cannon, (co founder, Brokentalkers). The panel discussion will question and explore ideas of community participation and issues in relation to shared authorship. The relationship between artists and the communities they work with provides the context for an art practice that of necessity entails reflection and negotiation. The panel will bring their experience and processes of working in this way to the day. They will also unpack what it might really mean when we use contested terms like ‘community’ and ’authorship’. Biographies of the panellists are below.

1pm - 2pm Lunch (included with workshop fee)

2pm -5pm Workshops: Practice (€20)


Michelle Browne

Michelle Browne is an artist based in Dublin. She has a first class honours degree in Fine Art Sculpture and History of Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently taking part in Urban Wasanii, Kenya, Art@work. Roscommon, Transitopia, Naas, Documenta Urbana, Kassel and TULCA in Galway. She is the recipient of the NCAD Student Prize, The RDS James White Art Award 2006 and has recently been awarded an Artist's Bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland. She has written for Circa Magazine, Visual Artists News Sheet and Create News. Michelle is the founder and curator of OUT OF SITE, a festival of live art in public space in Dublin.

Feidlim Cannon

Feidlim Cannon is a co founder and co artistic director of Brokentalkers, formed in 2001 by Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon. Their work to date has included very diverse forms of theatre and social choregraphy. In June 2006 Brokentalkers premiered the critically acclaimed “Track” as part of the first \We Are festival. The piece, which was funded by Project Arts Centre and Dublin Docklands Development Authority, focused on members of Dublin’s Chinese community in a collaboration intended to promote understanding between different cultures living in Dublin City. In 2007, Brokentalkers began a mentoring project with British/German performance company Gob Squad.. In August 2007 Brokentalkers and Dublin Youth Theatre presented “This Is Still Life” in the space upstairs, Project Arts Centre. The show featured a cast of 18 young people and was a critical success.

In 2008 Brokentalkers directed ‘Silver Stars’ a song cycle based on the stories of older Irish gay men and produced as a new work ‘In real time’ as part of the ‘We Are Here’ festival. Most recently Brokentalkers directed ‘Drinking Dust’, a site specific dance theatre piece in collaboration with Junk Ensemble . ‘Drinking Dust was awarded the Culture Ireland Touring Award.

Martina Coyle

Martina Coyle, currently based in Westmeath, was born in Dublin in 1966. She is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes collaborative and residential public projects in various locations around Ireland and France. Her work covers many different mediums and modes of fabrication including video, sculpture, drawing, installation and sound.

Martina has worked extensively with community groups and individuals including children’s art workshops at La Forge, Paris, Intergenerational workshops, Maugherow Project, Sligo, Forthill Men’s Group, Sligo. In My Head and Family Workshops, The Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Solo exhibitions include The Silver, Lavelle’s car showroom, Black Sod Bay, Co. Mayo, in light, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, and sculpture and works
paper, Logan Gallery, Galway. Group exhibitions include, Point of View in Transition, the Solstice Gallery, Navan, Lumière Noir, La Forge, Paris, Entre les Deux, Gallery Artena, Marseille, The Garden, The Model Art and Niland Centre, Sligo. The Persistence of Memory, Galway Art Festival, Galway, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin.

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune's artistic practice spans the formats of writing, video and photography. Working predominantly in video and photography, his work explores the circumstantial boundaries between art and culture, folklore and interpretation and fact and fiction. Fortune's practice revolves around the collection of material. He does not script or storyboard, instead he generates material out of the relationships and experiences he develops with the people and circumstances he encounters.

Deirdre O’Mahony

Deirdre O’ Mahony is a graduate of St Martins School of Art, London 1979; MA through research from the Crawford College 2005 and is currently researching her PhD through practice at the University of Brighton, entitled New Ecologies between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice.
Selected solo exhibitions include Local News Siamsa Tire Gallery Tralee 2008, Viscaux, Galway Arts Festival 2006, Wall, Context Gallery Derry and LCGA, 2002 and WRAP Galway Arts Centre 2000. Group exhibitions: 10,000 to 50, IMMA Dublin 2008, Eire/Land MacMullen Museum Boston, 2003. Awards include Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship and bursaries, professional development award, Travel Awards and project awards from The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaionn Public art projects include CROSS LAND for Ground Up 2, and the X-PO Post Office exchange, in Kilnaboy, Co Clare.
Joint co-ordinator of the Shifting Ground Partnership project between GMIT and Clare County Council 2005/6. She is a full time lecturer in Visual Art at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.

Mary O’Sullivan

Mary O’Sullivan is a member of the Cork Traveller Women's Network. She co-coordinated the Barrel Top Wagon Project initiated as part of the Community programme of Cork 2005 European capital of Culture. The wagon was built in the National Sculpture Factory by a group of Traveller men and was out-fitted with handmade curtains and quilts by Traveller women’s groups across Cork. It is now a permanent exhibit as a legacy of Traveller heritage and craftsmanship which now forms the centre piece of the Traveller Culture Exhibit in the Cork Museum.

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