Create – National development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts - Create - the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:19:45 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Create and MA SPACE, LIT Limerick civil society talks – October to December Public address system

Create in partnership with Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT Limerick is programming a series of Civil Society talks as part of its MA SPACE (Social Practice And the Creative Environment). Create encourages debate on the role of the arts in civil society and curates public talks and lectures designed to further critical thinking, and raise the profile and understanding of collaborative arts as a dynamic contemporary arts practice.


1:30pm to c.2:30pm


Georges Quay campus, FF13. TBC

Lecturers Sean Taylor and Marilyn Lennon, who run the MA Space Programme, are interested in programming talks that challenge and provoke the students. For the 2014 autumn term, the aim of the series of talks is to bring a range of experts to the programme to discuss their expertise and research concerns in fields that have discreet languages, methods and structures. The topics include migrant womens’ rights; science and technology; disability arts; economics and austerity; labour & work practices; Traveller ethnicity.

Speakers will include Salome Mbugua,( AkidWA) , Niamh McCann ( actor and trainer);  Padraig Naughton (Arts& Disability Ireland) ; Michael Taft (Unite the Union) Shaun O Boyle (Science Gallery); David Joyce (barrister/Traveller Rights) ; Joel Conroy, documentary maker; Paul Candon (digital activism) Katherine Atkinson, Project Support and Professional Development manager at Create.

Last year's talk series took place from October 2013 to February 2014.

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Your Place and Mine: a survey on public awareness of the built environment Your Place And Mine. Image:

Create is delighted to be involved in an exciting new initiative ‘Your Place and Mine: A survey to explore public awareness of architecture and the built environment in Ireland.'
It is a UCD research project initiated by Emmett Scanlon (School of Architecture) and Dr Suzanne Guerin (School of Psychology) of University College Dublin, in collaboration with Create.

The research team comprises of Principal Investigator Emmett Scanlon, Co-Investigator Dr Suzanne Guerin and Research Assistant Ekaterina Tikhoniouk.

This project has been part-funded, following an open-call process, under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Implementation Programme by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Additional support is provided by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

Enquiries can be made to the lead researcher Emmett Scanlon at

Create will also be distributing the survey via its Ebulletin and social media.

For more project and survey information, see:

Read the press release here.

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Irish Collaborations in Liverpool this October  

Liverpool Ireland Cultural Corridor presents


Irish Collaborations in Liverpool this October


Create, Dublin City Arts Office, Fire Station Artists’ Studios and IADT


At the beginning of October Irish artists will travel to Liverpool with work that will highlight the range and dynamism of collaborative and live art practice in Ireland. The group will show work and discuss the broader development of collaboration in Ireland at this key historical moment, touching on the ways in which collaborative art has become a key practice in Ireland , reflecting complex economic and political realities. With a view to developing the initiative and taking it to the next stage by seeding curatorial and artistic partnerships, there will be a series of talks, meetings and the work of the artists will be showcased in different cultural venues in Liverpool- including the Bluecoat, FACT, Tate Liverpool and Static.

Participating artists include Seamus Nolan; Gareth Kennedy; Jesse Jones; Dominic Thorpe; Michelle Browne, Rhona Byrne, Michael Fortune, Martin Healy, Dennis McNulty, Niamh O’Malley and Jenny Brady.



In 2013, the Bluecoat (Liverpool) and Create(Dublin) came together to initiate an investigative process, assessing the potential for the arts and cultural sectors in Liverpool and Ireland to work in partnership, specifically looking at opportunities for artistic residencies and exhibitions, joint programming, skills transfer and knowledge exchange. Working with partners in Liverpool and Dublin including Liverpool and Dublin City Councils.

Irish arts organisations travelled to Liverpool in October 2013, meeting a range of cultural leaders, festival programmers and arts organisations.

This next event under the auspices of the Liverpool Ireland Cultural Corridor , October 2014 is made possible by a range of partners – Create; Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council; the Bluecoat, FACT, Fire Station Artist Studios, Live Collision, Tate Liverpool and Liverpool City Council.

The programme will take place 1st & 2nd October across 3 venues- Tate Liverpool, The Bluecoat and FACT.

Producer: Lynnette Moran, Live Collision.

Public Events Timetable 1st October

11.30 – 1.00 TATE Liverpool, Albert Dock

Panel Discussion.

Katherine Atkinson Create chairs presentations by Jesse Jones, Gareth Kennedy, Seamus Nolan followed by discussion

2.15 – 4.00 BLUECOAT

Presentation of work at the Bluecoat. Organiser: Rachel Goodsall

2.15 -    2.30    Amanda Coogan (outside, courtyard)
2.30-   3.30   (indoors) Michelle Brown, Dominic Thorpe, action based presentations, introduced by Lynette Moran, Live Collision

4.00 – 6.00 Informal networking throughout the city

6.00 – 8.15 FACT 88 Wood Street. Organiser: Sheena Barrett

Transit and Transport - Artists Films introduced by Maeve Connolly
Work by Rhona Byrne, Michael Fortune, Martin Healy, Dennis McNulty, Jenny Brady and Niamh O'Malley, who will all be present.


Artist biogs

Jenny Brady is an artist based in Dublin working with the moving image to explore ideas around language, perception and translation. She completed an M.A in Visual Arts Practices, IADT in 2011 and recent presentations include EVA International 2014, Limerick curated by Bassam El Baroni, Images Festival 2014, Toronto, Futures '13 RHA, Dublin, TULCA Golden Mountain (2013), curated by Valerie Connor and Make Shift (2013) Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh curated by Modern Edinburgh Film School. She will participate in Primal Architecture, IMMA (2014) and Wade In (2014), Canada curated by Chris Clarke and recent awards include Arts Council Project Award (2013), Travel and Training Award (2014, 2013, 2012) and Visual Arts Bursary (2011. She is currently working with Critical Forum Dublin on a new artists’ moving image biennial which will take place in early 2015.

Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin, Ireland. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently taking part in Belfast International Festival of Performance Art (Northern Ireland), IETM, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Ireland), Labour (London, Derry & Dublin), The European Performance Art Festival (Poland), Trouble (Belgium), A Lens With a Conscience (USA), The National Review of Live Art (Scotland), Urban Wasanii (Kenya), and Subject to Ongoing Change with the Performance Collective, Galway Arts Centre (Ireland).

She received a first class honours degree in Sculpture and History of Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a distinction in her Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin.

She curated These Immovable Walls: Performing Power at Dublin Castle in July 2014. Michelle is the founder of OUT OF SITE, a festival of live art in public space in Dublin, presenting performances by over 40 national and international artists across Dublin city from 2006 - 2008. In 2009 she curated Vital Signs an exhibition of Arts in Health in Context as part of a programme for The Arts Council and Create.

Rhona Byrne lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Rhona makes sculptural objects and spatial environments combining sculpture, performance and processes of participation that explore a negotiation of object, place and social practice. Recent exhibitions and projects, include; Verksmi?jan, Hjalteyri, Iceland; the Irish Museum of Modern Art IMMA; Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival, Uk; Open Studio, Bolthole, Tate Modern and Tate Britain;Gracelands at EVA, Limerick; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh and Whitebox, New York. She graduated from NCAD with a BFA in Sculpture in 1994. She has been commissioned and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland, The Office of Public Works. She graduated from NCAD with a BFA in Sculpture in 1994. She has been commissioned and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland, The Office of Public Works.

Amanda Coogan is one of Ireland's leading contemporary visual artists working in the field of Performance Art. Her work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating. She was awarded the AIB Art prize in 2004. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively including The Venice Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hibernia Academy and the Hugh Lane. Brought up by deaf parents, she is one of Ireland’s most skilled sign language interpreters. Coogan’s recent practice has been concentrating on the longitudinal durational performance presented as living installation in the gallery. She presents both solo works and group performances. The long durational aspect of her presentations invites elements of chaos with the unknown and unpredicted erupting dynamically through her live artworks.

Michael Fortune is an artist with over a decade of experience working on collaborative and participatory projects. From his studio in rural Wexford Michael Fortune conducts long and short-term project work in communities and institutions throughout Ireland. Working predominantly in film and photography, much of his practice revolves around the collection of material which he generates out of the relationships and experiences he develops with the people/communities he encounters. Much of Fortune’s work borrows from the popular conventions of film, home video, snap photography and the printed media and his work can be seen as growing out of a tradition of social documentary and anthropological film. Recent projects can be viewed at,,,,, and

Martin Healy was born in London in 1967; he lives and works in Dublin. He works predominantly through the mediums of photography and video and his works have been shown widely both nationally and internationally.

He is a recent recipient of a residency at Cove Park, Scotland. Other residencies include the International Studio Programme Residency at PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York (2000/01), Artists’ Residency Programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2007), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2008), and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios / HIAP-International Residency Exchange, Helsinki (2010).

Recent solo exhibitions include Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (forthcoming 2014), ‘The Future Perfect’, Rubicon Projects, Brussels; ‘The Inhabitant’, Temple Bar Gallery and studios, Dublin; ‘Facsimile’, Lismore Castle Arts, St Carthage Hall.

Jesse Jones is a Dublin based artist. She studied sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Her films and videos explore historical gestures of communal culture through processes of disruption and ambiguity which may hold resonance in our current, social and political landscape. Solo exhibitions include 'The Other North', Artsonje Centre, Seoul and The Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry (2013); 'Sleepwalkers', The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, (2012); 'The Struggle Against Ourselves', Spike Island, Bristol (2012) and REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011). She also took part in Real DMZ project, on the border of North and South Korea in summer 2013. Jones will be participating in group exhibitions in 2014 such as 'Otherwise', Alternativa Festival WYSPA, Gdansk, Poland; 'Invisible Violence', Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade and ARTIUM Basque Country.

Major commissions she is working on in 2014 include The Prosperity Project (the Office of Public Works and Create); and a major collaborative commission with Sarah Browne, ‘In the Shadow of the State’, commissioned by Artangel and Create.

Gareth Kennedy’s work is invested in a socially engaged practice which addresses specific environmental, social, aesthetic and economic concerns within located contexts.

Over the last few years, he has been developing an anthropological aesthetic to generate 'folk fictions'. These works draw on the social, cultural and economic history of a people and a place to craft work that is a meaningful composite of these histories.

This method has entailed working with such diverse professionals as archeologists, anthropologists, film archivists, museum directors, folklorists and scientists as well as festival organizers, craftspeople, fishermen and park rangers amongst others.

Live Collision, established in 2009 by Lynnette Moran, Director & Founder, Live Collision has grown a reputation as the leading curatorial model of live art in Ireland; a curated platform for exceptional performance makers, bringing some of the most exciting national and international artists to Dublin. Invited artists, both make and present challenging new works that encourage audiences to experience live performance in fresh new ways. Together we actively explore the proximity between ‘liveness’ and ‘performance’, between the collective experience and the isolated encounter.

Live Collision International Festival is supported by Arts Council’s Festival and Events Scheme, Dublin City Council, Project Arts Centre, Create, Dublin Fringe Festival’s Fringe Lab, Culture Ireland, GIFT Festival, British Council Ireland, The Lir and in 2014 we welcome new partners The Library Project, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Science Gallery, Pop Up Happenings, Darklight and LeCool.

Dennis McNulty is an artist whose work is generated through an investigation of embodied knowledge in relation to other forms of knowledge, often in the context of the built environment. Beginning with detailed research of various kinds, and informed by his studies in engineering and psychoacoustics, the works often take hybrid forms, drawing on aspects of cinema, sculpture, sound and performance.

Recent solo projects include PROTOTYPES at Limerick City Gallery of Art, McNulty's first solo exhibition at a public institution in Ireland, curated by Mary Conlon The Face of Something New, Scriptings, Berlin (2013); A Stew of Universals, ZKU - Zentrum fur Kunst and Urbanistik, Berlin (2013); INTERZONE, Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Fingal, Co. Dublin (2012); Precast, Robin Hood Gardens and Preston's Road roundabout, Blackwall, East London (2012);

Seamus Nolan studied sculpture in the National College of Art and Design, and went on to develop his practice based on a critical reading of the role of the artist in society. Recent work includes 10th President where As a way of honouring the survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland and of recognising those who died in institutional and state care, Seamus Nolan has invited President Michael D Higgins to hand over, for the period of one day, the Presidency of Ireland posthumously to Willie Delaney, a child who died whilst under the care of the state. Other work includes 'Every Action' for Newtopia, the state of human rights, Mechelen Belgium, Contours of the Common, CCA Derry-Londonderry, 'Trades Club Revival' with Create and The Model Sligo, which saw the revival of the traditional working man’s club; the attempted hijack of a Ryanair flight for St Patrick's day, Flight NM7104, for Terminal Convention, an off-site exhibition and seminar situated in the abandoned Airport terminal building at Cork Airport, and a refusal to participate in Dublin Contemporary 2011.

Niamh O’Malley lives and works in Dublin. Her practice includes video, drawing, painting and sculpture, through which she develops projects that interrogate issues around mark-making and attention. Niamh O’Malley has made numerous solo exhibitions in recent years including a five venue solo show called ‘The Mayo Collaborative’ Ireland (2013), ‘Garden’, Project Arts Centrem, Dublin (2013) Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway (2012), ‘Model’, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2011), ‘Island’, Centre Culturel Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2010), ‘Frame, Glass, Black’ Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France (2010), She will have a solo exhibition in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, December 2014.Her work is included in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery, the Arts Council of Ireland & Galleria Arte Moderna, Turin. O’Malley received a PhD in practice-led research from University of Ulster, Belfast in 2003.

Dominic Thorpe graduated from the National College of Art and Design with an MA in 2006 having previously received a degree and diploma in Fine Art from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. By employing various media including , performance, video, photography, installation and sound recording his work investigates male identity which he identifies through ideas of private and public struggle. By drawing on context and collaborative based processes his recent work has explored the building of relationships with individuals and communities through making and positioning work in different areas of Dublin where suicide rates among young people are high and constant. He has shown work nationally and internationally He continues to develop collaborative work with the performance collective. To date he has received bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Kildare County Council.

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Artist in the Community Scheme Second Round 2014: Successful Applicants  

Create is delighted to announce the successful applicants to the Second Round of the Artist in the Community Scheme. Nine applicants were successful under the Research and Development phase, five with mentors, and five applicants were successful for Project Realisation.

The applications focus on different artforms including music, visual arts, theatre, film and dance. The Research and projects will take place all round the country - in Dublin, Cork, Limerick; Galway, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Wicklow, Kerry and Donegal. The community contexts include arts and cultural diversity; arts and disability; arts and older people and a broad range of communities of interest.

Research and Development Awards

Artist; Community/Context; Artform; Location

Emma Lohan & Aoife Casby; Galway Simon Community; arts and community; music; Galway

Tracy Ryan; Rowlagh Womens’ Group; community of interest; theatre; Dublin

Toma McCullim; Bantry Day Care Centre; arts and health; visual arts; Cork

Philippa Donnellan; Dance Limerick; community of interest; dance; Limerick;

Research and Development with Mentoring

Artist; Community/Context; Artform; Location (Mentor)

Laragh Pittman; City Explorers Club; arts and cultural diversity; visual arts; Dublin (Dr. Aine O’Brien)

Niamh O'Connor; Antenatal groups; community of interest; visual arts; Westmeath (Chrissie Poulter)

Hazel Dixon; Lourdes Celtic Football Club; community of interest; visual arts; Dublin (Rhona Byrne)

Ita Morrissey; Cuidiu Kilkenny; community of interest; theatre; Kilkenny, (Brokentalkers)

Orla Breslin; Kenmare Lace Festival; community of interest; visual arts; Kerry (Marie Brett)

Project Realisation

Community; Artist; Project title; Context; Artform; Location

Short Term

Dodder Angler Club; Martina O'Brien; Fly Tying; community of interest; visual arts; Dublin

Enable Ireland Limerick Adult Services; Spoken Dance; The Thursday Club; arts and disability; film; Limerick

Long Term

Arklow Rowing Club and Blown Identity; George Higgs; River Borne; community of interest; music; Co Wicklow

North Inner City Folklore Project; Owen Boss; Vardo; arts and cultural diversity; visual arts; Dublin

Dive North: Malin Head Shipwrecks; Marie Barrett; Fathom; community of interest; film; Donegal


Jim Culleton, artistic director, Fishamble: the New Play Company; Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare Arts Officer; Vaari Claffey, independent visual arts curator.

Observers: Liz Powell, Head of Arts Participation, Arts Council; Eimear Harte, Arts Participation Officer, Arts Council; Seamus Crimmins Music Advisor, Arts Council.

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Cork Ignite Commission with Simon McKeown – re-scheduled for 2015–-re-scheduled-for-2015–-re-scheduled-for-2015 Artist Simon McKeown, Cork Ignite workshops, June 2014

Create and the National Sculpture Factory Cork are working in partnership on the Cork Ignite commission by internationally renowned artist Simon McKeown. Originally Simon was scheduled to realise an ambitious new artwork as part of Culture Night Cork 2014. Mckeown has already been working with members of the disability community in Cork, through Suisha Inclusive Arts at COPE Foundation and SoundOut in the creation of the work. Simon was commissioned as part of the Ignite programme, Ireland’s most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities which seeks to increase the profile of work by disabled artists in Cork, Galway and Mayo. Due to the artist’s recent ill-health, the commission will now go ahead in 2015.

Ignite is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council.

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COLLAB Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) – successful Creative Europe bid–-ambitious-cultural-partnership-successful-in-creative-europe-bid–-ambitious-cultural-partnership-successful-in-creative-europe-bid Partners: Create-Ireland (coordinating partner) Agora Collective , hablarenarte:, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Live Art Development Agency, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, M-Cult and Tate Liverpool.

Create is delighted to announce its success in its collaborative bid with European partner organisations to Creative Europe Culture Sub-Programme 2014-2020 (The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)

The ambitious joint proposal with arts organisations in the UK, Hungary, Spain, Finland and Germany marks a first for an Irish arts organisation , in that it is the largest funding amount from European cultural funds for a project led by an Irish cultural organisation. The proposal to establish a Europe wide partnership to enhance professional opportunities and training for collaborative artists received excellent feedback results from the Creative Europe Culture sub programme Evaluation Committee panel.

The COLLAB Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) will initiate an ambitious transnational programme to be delivered over a period of 46 months. The different strands of the work programme will cumulatively build skills and competences and offer professional development opportunities for artists through a series of workshops, artist residencies, arts commissions, presentations and a final cultural showcase to be held in 2017. At the heart of the proposal is a cherished goal to improve and open up opportunities for collaborative artists, and enhance their European mobility.

In addition one of the main aims of the COLLAB Art Partnership Programme will be to engage with EU cultural sector, policy makers, academics, cross-sector partners, communities and audiences in the partner countries and beyond in order to facilitate knowledge exchange and cultural policy development. The COLLAB Arts Partnership Programme will support the networking of artists in order to increase their mobility to avail of new opportunities and generate new social, democratic models through expanded understanding of collaborative practices.

Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:

"I’d like to congratulate Create on this achievement which required hard work and effort; it’s a great example of how a collaborative approach can deliver positive results. Create's achievement will benefit the arts participation sector and the Irish arts sector in general."

Orlaith McBride, Director, Arts Council added:

“The Arts Council congratulates Create on its recent award under the EU Creative Europe Programme. This is a huge milestone for Collaborative Arts practice in Ireland and on the International stage, and we look to the delivery of a programme of professional development, residencies, commissions and exchanges.

“Create’s award marks the first time since 2007 that an Irish organisation has been a lead on a large scale cooperation project. An award of this scale represents an enormous achievement and it demonstrates how the work of Create is being recognised in such a highly competitive European funding environment. We believe that this result is indicative of the Irish arts sector's growing engagement with cultural partnerships and opportunities in Europe.”

Patrick Fox, Project Leader for CAPP, Create said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working on this very exciting cross European partnership initiative which will bring Irish artists in the collaborative arena to the attention of many European arts organisations, enhancing Irish artists European mobility and opening up new opportunities for them. We are also delighted by the acknowledgement from the Creative Europe programme of the relevance and significance of the project proposal to the broader EU cultural sector.”

Details for Creative Europe successful applications at:

Partner websites

Agora Collective (Germany)

Create (Ireland)

hablarenarte: (Spain)

Kunsthalle Osnabrück (Germany)

Live Art Development Agency (UK)

Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art (Hungary)

M-Cult (Finland)

Tate Liverpool (UK)

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award: Collaborative Dance – deadline October 24–-september-24-26–-september-24-26 Without by Rosemary Lee (2013). Photo: Simon Alleyne.

Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme
Bursary Award 2014 : Collaborative Dance

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2014: Collaborative Dance aims to support individual professional dance artists working in the area of collaborative dance or with groups of non-dancers . This is the fifth year that the Arts Council has provided a €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create. This year for the first time the focus will be artform specific as opposed to focusing on a social or community context.

Purpose and priorities of the award

The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at a dance artist/s who have a track record of worked collaboratively with groups to produce dance works/performances.

The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with the time and resources to carry out research, and to reflect on and re-consider the questions associated with creating dance work with non-dancers or those who are not professionally trained.

It is expected that the successful applicant will share the learning arising from the Bursary with the wider dance community and collaborative arts sector.

Create will work in partnership with Dance Ireland in providing information sessions and on the selection process.

Download details of the application process

For further information, contact Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development,

Deadline for applications: 24 October at 5pm.

Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme
Bursary Award 2014 : Collaborative Dance

In partnership with Dance Ireland Create are hosting two information and discussion events for interested artists Limerick and Dublin:

Date: Sept 24
Time: 3-4.30pm
Dance Ireland, Foley Street, Dublin,


Date: Sept 26
Time: 3-4.30pm
Dance Limerick, 1 & 2 John's Square, Limerick

Katherine Atkinson Professional Development Create will talk on the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2014 : Collaborative Dance, on the application process and on how a Bursary can help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development

The event is supported by Dance Limerick

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Recruitment: Director of Create - Apply by September 26  


The Board of Create, Ireland’s national development agency for collaborative arts, is seeking to recruit an experienced Director to lead this dynamic and vibrant arts organisation to the next stage of its development, nationally and internationally. This vital and exciting role will be of interest to senior arts leaders who have ambition, drive, vision and a passion for the arts plus a genuine interest in the role of great art and artists in broader civil society. We are seeking candidates who have direct experience of cultural leadership and in implementing inspiring interdisciplinary programmes of artistic work. Create aims for excellence in all strands of its programme, including commissioning, producing and broader public engagement with different communities. In recent years Create has initiated and supported some of the most exciting projects by collaborative artists in Ireland.

Candidates will be able to work well in a creative team and will have a strong track record of general management and financial skills.
Experience in generating partnerships and funding support is key to this role as is an ability to collaborate and network across arts and culture sectors, and beyond. An understanding of International funding opportunities is essential, as Create expands European partnerships. An understanding of contemporary collaborative practice is essential, and knowledge of the visuals arts, theatre and dance sectors is desirable. Experience of devising and managing commissioning processes is highly desirable; a track record of programming arts events, talks and seminars will be an advantage.

Preference will be given to those who have senior arts management experience for a period of no less than 3 years.

It is important to refer to Create’s strategic plan, Create:Tomorrow, and other publications that are available on our website

This is a full-time, fixed term, contract for a three-year period.

Create is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in its employment policy, practices and procedures.

Interested candidates should submit a Cover Letter, with a CV and 2 named referees. Applications should be submitted, by email, to to arrive not later than 5pm on Friday 26 September 2014.

Download information for applicants.

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Major New Collaborative Commission for 2016  

New Commission for 2016:

 Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, In the Shadow of the State, research image, August 2014.


Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones: In the Shadow of the State

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, and London based arts organisation Artangel are delighted to announce an exciting new commission.

How did the female body come to be the focus of repressed histories and political desires under the regulation of the State?

In the Shadow of the State is a new project by artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, marking their first collaboration together. In this work the artists will investigate the role of the Nation State in the control and regulation of the female body, particularly through our contemporary legal and judicial systems.

The artists will work in Ireland and the UK, expanding on existing networks of solidarity between women that often remain invisible or written out of the usual postcolonial narrative. The artists will take the role of shadow researchers, tracing the contours of existing non-institutional activist structures of support that enable women to navigate state repression against the female body, particularly related to reproductive rights. These 'shadows' will be mobile, performative research events staged by the artists and open to an elective community of interest. Together, these ‘shadows’ will work collaboratively to illuminate new possibilities for autonomy and embodied resistance.

The Irish Sea, the channel of water between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain, is a key territory for this project both symbolically and physically. The ambition is to locate the work between the UK and Ireland by casting into the space in between. This site for the work creates a new possibility for estrangement of national identity by foreyonding current legal and political boundaries.

In the Shadow of the State will be realised in public form in both Ireland and the UK in 2016, coinciding with the centenary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland with additional support from Dublin City Council Arts Office. It is to be co-produced by Artangel andCreate, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland.

Artist Biographies

Sarah Browne

Sarah Browne is an artist based in Ireland. Her research-driven practice investigates the labour and materiality of how we communicate and create meaning through exchange and transaction. This process often includes the production of objects that are used to instigate discussions about economy, ritual and value: these generate further material such as film, radio projects and printed publications. Collaboration is fundamental to how the work is developed, whether with practitioners from other disciplines (anthropology, dance, amateur radio) or certain individuals whose experience become key to the narrative of a given project. These include the overlooked and the deceased (artists Charlotte Posenenske and Cynthia Moran; architect Eileen Gray) as well as the living, in an attempt to forge an unexpected series of correspondences.

Recent exhibitions: ‘The Invisible Limb’ at basis, Frankfurt, 'Hand to Mouth', CCA Derry-Londonderry and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014); 'The Peacock', Grazer Kunstverein, Austria; 'One Foot in the Real World', Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; 'Still, We Work', a touring commission for the National Women’s Council of Ireland (2013); 'How to Use Fool’s Gold', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012); 'Minimalism and Applied II', Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, and 'Unto This Last', Raven Row, London (2010). In 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and their collaborative practice, Kennedy Browne. Forthcoming projects include a durational collaborative project with CCA Derry-Londonderry and a residency at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt in 2015. She currently lectures at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones is a Dublin based artist. She studied Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Her films and videos explore historical gestures of communal culture through processes of disruption and ambiguity which may hold resonance in our current, social and political landscape. Jones often employs Brechtian theatre techniques of estrangement to play out narrative s of conflicted or dystopic communities. Drawing from the archival research she has recently developed works with transcripts of encounter therapy groups from the late sixties and early seventies. Using these as scripts to be performed by actors as verbatim theatre, the script becomes a dramatisation of the moment of origin rather than re-enactment. With a strong reference to the history of cinema, Jones use melodrama and performance to heighten the re-experiencing of the archival material. Seeing group therapy as script reveals the interpersonal exchanges and textures of gender, sexuality, race and class as the fabric of social construction itself.

Solo exhibitions include 'The Other North', Artsonje Centre, Seoul and The Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry (2013); 'Sleepwalkers', The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, (2012); 'The Struggle Against Ourselves', Spike Island, Bristol (2012) and REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011). She also took part in Real DMZ project, on the border of North and South Korea in summer 2013. Jones will be participating in group exhibitions in 2014 such as 'Otherwise', Alternativa Festival WYSPA, Gdansk, Poland; 'Invisible Violence', Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade and ARTIUM Basque Country; 'The Talking Cure', Oakville Galleries, Toronto and IMA Brisbane, Australia. Other forthcoming exhibitions include 'Primal Architecture' at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Seoul Media City Biennnial at SEMA Seoul Museum of Art 2014 and a solo exhibition at The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. The final artwork from ‘The Prosperity Project’ a major commission by Jones , for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) will be completed later this year.

Note to Editors: Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland

Based in London but working across Britain and beyond, Artangel commissions and produces exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists.

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NOW-THEN-NOW: Witnessing Future History – October 7, 8 Book Here Image: ANU Productions/Owen Boss

A symposium presented by ANU Productions and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts as part of Dublin Theatre Festival

Venue: The LAB, Foley Street and other venues
Dates: 7 & 8 October
Time: 10-5pm (provisionally)

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“Are there limits to what an artistic experience can achieve?”

This year’s production of Vardo marks the end of ANU Productions’ remarkable Monto Cycle. In its creation and presentation the company has delved into secret histories and societal scandals with precision and dreamlike intensity. ANU have brought the voices of a hidden Ireland to the fore, blurred the lines between interactive, participative and site-specific work, and challenged the accepted conventions of theatre and visual art.

A two-day symposium produced and curated by Lynnette Moran, NOW-THEN-NOW: Witnessing Future History will reflect on what it means to embrace artistic practice that connects with social, environmental and political factors. Taking ANU’s work as inspiration and provocation, it will explore the aesthetic and ethical consequences of immersive work that creates innovative exchanges with audiences. It will also seek to acknowledge the groundswell of artists making collaborative work in Ireland and aim to situate that work within the context of a growing international movement.

There will be a series of installations and interventions related to  this two day event.

More information will be available on Create's website, at and also on Facebook.

Dublin Theatre Festival:

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