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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:30:18 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Major New Collaborative Commission for 2016  

New Commission for 2016:


In The Shadow of the State – Jesse Jones and Sarah Browne


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

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

The artists will work with communities of interest 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 b foreyond 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.

Artist Biographies

Sarah Browne

Sarah Browne is an artist based in Ireland. Her research-driven practice investigates the materiality of how we communicate and create meaning through exchange and transaction. This process often centres on the production, distribution and use of particular objects for different situations and locales; objects which tend to be used to lever discussions about economy, value and politics for publication and broadcast elsewhere. Scarcity Radio is a recent project developed with the Ikon Youth Programme in Birmingham, investigating links between metaphors of mining and telecommunications to challenge our understanding of ‘scarcity’, and how it might inform our reading of the 2011 riots in the city - all within the frame of a contemporary art gallery’s education programme.  The results of the project included a film made for free online viewing and an internet radio station.

Recent exhibitions include Hand to Mouth, CCA Derry-Londonderry; Invisible Violence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (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); Second Burial at Le Blanc, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2011); 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 solo exhibition at basis, Frankfurt, titled The Invisible Limb, and a residency with 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 60s and early 70s. Using these as scripts to be performed by actors as verbatim theatre, the script becomes a dramatization 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 The Other North, Artsonje Centre, Seoul (2013) The Other North, The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry (2013).  Sleepwalkers, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, (2012); The Struggle Against Ourselves, Spike Island, Bristol (2012); The Struggle Against Ourselves, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011). She also took part in Real DMZ project, on the border of North and South Korea in summer 2013. 2014: 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. Upcoming exhibitions include: Primal Architecture, Irish Museum of Modern Art , autumn 2014; Seoul Media City Biennnial, SEMA Seoul Museum of Art 2014. Solo Exhibition: The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.


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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Successful Applicant, Typecast Commission Announced The still point of the turning world. Kathleen Moroney (2011).

Create, in partnership with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and Coolmine Therapeutic Community are pleased to announce that Kathleen Moroney has been selected for the Typecast commission.

Interest was sought from artists and craftspeople with experience of working within the context of substance misuse and recovery, to create a new contemporary collaborative artwork utilising clay as a key material.

This commission invited proposals from artists, makers, ceramic artists and artist partnerships. This commission is funded by Léargas through the Grundtvig Programme, which is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, focusing on education for adults, through formal, non-formal or in informal methods. Typecast was instigated by Portraits of Recovery in partnership with the British Ceramic Biennial as a pilot in 2012. This iteration of the project, Typecast 2014, involves an EU learning collaboration across six countries in order to develop and share methodologies, which support artists working with people in recovery from substance misuse.

Typecast centres on the use of clay as a medium, material and process, offering an opportunity to artists to work collaboratively with a community in recovery to explore ideas that may stem from the groups’ experience.

Kathleen Moroney Biog

Kathleen Moroney was born in New York and educated in the US and Ireland, completing an MA in ceramics at the College of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland in 1998.

After graduating she returned to live in the US for eight years, where she took part in numerous art residencies, exhibitions and public art projects.

Over the last two years she has focused on site specific installations that reflect on the history and architecture of a space and the gradual passage of time.

Her work has recently been purchased by the National Museum in Dublin for their permanent collection.

Kathleen is living in Co. Clare, Ireland since 2006, and lectures at Dun Laoghaire College of Art (IADT) in Dublin.

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Dawn of the Truth Wizards - July 31 Dawn of the Truth Wizards

Loitering Theatre in association with The Prosperity Project present:

Dawn of the Truth Wizards

Date: 31 July
Location: Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Time: 6.30

A research discussion on capitalism and its emergent desire to capture the truth of the soul - from emotion capture systems to corporate mindfulness. This event will be preceded by a guided meditation (more details to follow).

With speakers Alexander Galloway (“the Interface Effect”) and Franco Bifo Berardi (“The Soul at Work”).

The Schema

Dublin has pictured itself as centerfold of cognitive capitalism since its micro-soft beginnings. Hard, wired to Google, Twitter and Facebook - now our docklands serve as a secret portal for capital's hidden worldwide flows.
There are rumors of the passing of the Turing test. The network is transforming behind our eyes; and conscious interaction with computers will soon be in our past. Hal-like, the network nodes reach now beyond the boundary of the screen. They scan for our emotions while we look away. Offline has vanished. Nowhere to run to now, no where to hide:

You step into the bank. Your eyebrow moves. Your credit rating drops silently downwards to the void. You look up and yesterday’s memory arrives. You bite your lip in carefree recollection. The light touches your face again. A decision is made. Your overdraft dreams fade to grey. This is what it feels like to be loved by the machines.

Loitering Theatre would like to cultivate mindfulness of capitalism’s new and soon to be ubiquitous emotion capture systems. Dawn of the Truth Wizards is the premier event series explaining how to live wisely in the digital age. Together we shall sit and prepare for the first Wisdom 2.0 Europe event this year in Dublin. You will have the chance to connect with people from the international community interested in the application of mindfulness and wisdom in business and life. Together we will explore how to create lives, companies, and cultures where true connection can flourish. Register early and save yourselves. There might even be machine elves.

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The Worker Symposium - Roscommon, July 18, 2014 The Worker Symposium

Roscommon Arts Office and Roscommon Arts Centre in partnership with Create present

The Worker Symposium

Date: Friday, July 18

Time: 11 AM; registration from 10:30 AM

Venue: Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Road, Roscommon

Booking: This is a free event but places are limited and booking is essential. Please contact to book.

The symposium will reflect on contemporary modes of visual art production in rural contexts and the mechanisms and partnerships available to support them. This symposium will provide a platform for reviewing the Art@Work model that has been supported by Roscommon Arts Office for 10 years. The cultural, economical, social and physical landscape of the County has evolved since Art@Work's inception and this symposium will provide the opportunity to explore potential changes to the project. Over the course of the day visual artists will discuss and present their experiences of producing artworks in rural contexts while creators and facilitators of rurally based projects and representatives from International programmes will present case studies.

This one day symposium coincides with the exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre, also titled The Workers, and features works by Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy & Elaine Reynolds, each of whom have participated on the Art@Work programme in the past.

Art@work began in 2001 when Roscommon County Council invited artists to reside at a Roscommon business over a 15 day duration to create works that responded to the environment, materials and staff of their host company. The project was successful on many levels in terms of financially supporting artists who wished to work in collaborative environments, demystified contemporary art practices as many of the artists involved chose to make their work in very public situations and broadened the audience base for engaging with visual art in the County. Over 60 artists have engaged with the project, working with over 30 businesses.



Introduction, Katherine Atkinson, Create

Philip Delamere: Art@Work - its formation and progression

11.45 – 12.15  
Panel of past participants: Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy, Elaine Reynolds with Niamh O’Connor

12.15am – 12.45  
Fiona Woods & Richard Saxton in conversation on Collection of Minds #5 project

FREE LUNCH: 12.45 - 1.45

Case Studies:

1.45 – 2.15        
Deirdre O’Mahony; X PO, SPUD & Mapping Group Projects

2.15– 2.45         
Philip Delamere, Leitrim Arts Officer; LOCIS & SPARK

Alistair Hudson, Grizedale Arts, UK

Break: 3.30 – 3.45

3.45 – 4.15       
Hollie Kearns & Rosie Lynch; Workhouse Assembly

4.15– 4.45        
Panel discussion on case studies chaired by Katherine Atkinson

4.45- 5.15          
Audience Q&A

Times are subject to change

For further information contact:

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Future Developments at Create Patrick Fox

Patrick Fox is leaving Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts to take up an exciting new position with a focus on commissioning innovative collaborative arts projects in the UK funded through Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme.

Patrick Fox on his new opportunity:

“I’m delighted to take on this new and exciting Directorship, and continue to work to broaden engagement in the arts by supporting innovative, ambitious and dynamic collaborative art commissions. I am of course sad to leave Create, its fantastic team, wonderful partners and of course the exceptional artists that we support. It has been a truly memorable and enriching experience and privilege to work on many exciting projects over the past two and half years and lead Create in its mission as key and critical organisation in the arts landscape both nationally and internationally.

“Nonetheless the opportunity to build a new arts commissioning body with the support of ACE is a challenge and opportunity I could not ignore. I take with me from my time at Create an impression of a vibrant and positive Irish arts sector, making the best of difficult scenarios. I appreciate greatly the Irish arts organisations I have had the good fortune to work with, and the many inspirational artists working in the area of collaborative arts”

Deirdre Figuereido, Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Create, says:

“In his time with Create, Patrick has demonstrated true vision and leadership, expanding the scope of rich partnerships and initiatives that Create is known for, presiding over a variety of really successful key events and extending the range of Create’ s vital supports to artists by taking on management of many more public art commissions.

“He has also presided over a refresh of the Create board, introducing new members with different skillsets. The Board has fully supported the many and varied new directions for Create that he has instigated. As a result of his vision and energy, Create has now diversified its funding base, consolidated its position as the national development agency for the collaborative arts sector, and expanded its remit, working more with European and international partners in a variety of sectors including academia. Thanks to Patrick, Create has clearly consolidated its expertise and leadership in areas such as arts and health and Arts and Cultural Diversity. Whilst we are sad to say goodbye to Patrick, we hope to work with him in new capacities and wish him the very very best in his new venture.”

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Three Artists Shortlisted for Typecast Commission sundaymorning@ekwc, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Image: Katherine Atkinson, Create.

Create, in partnership with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and Coolmine Therapeutic Community are pleased to announce the shortlisted artists for the Typecast commission. Interest was sought from artists and craftspeople with experience of working within the context of substance misuse and recovery, to create a new contemporary collaborative artwork utilising clay as a key material.

The shortlisted artists are Denise Lynch, Tom Meskell and Kathleen Moroney.

This commission invited proposals from artists, makers, ceramic artists and artist partnerships. This commission is funded by Léargas through the Grundtvig Programme, which is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, focusing on education for adults, through formal, non-formal or in informal methods. Typecast was instigated by Portraits of Recovery in partnership with the British Ceramic Biennial as a pilot in 2012. This iteration of the project, Typecast 2014, involves an EU learning collaboration across six countries in order to develop and share methodologies, which support artists working with people in recovery from substance misuse.

Typecast centres on the use of clay as a medium, material and process, offering an opportunity to artists to work collaboratively with a community in recovery to explore ideas that may stem from the groups’ experience.

Artists Bios

Denise Lynch is an artist, ceramicist and art therapist. She has a bachelor degree in product design (Ceramics) and a Masters in Art Therapy. She also works as freelance art facilitator.

Tom Meskell is an artist who has worked for many years in arts and health contexts. Recent projects include The Room a documentary with Roisin Loughrey using a fly-on-the-wall approach.

Kathleen Moroney is a ceramic artist. She has an MA in ceramics from the College of Art and Design, Limerick. Her work is in the National Museum permanent collection. Kathleen lectures at Dun Laoghaire College of Art (IADT) in Dublin.

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DIY11 CPD with Alana Jelinek - deadline July 21, 2014 moot point. Image credit: Kazi Ruksana Begum, 2011.

DIY11 – Call for Participants,  CPD with Alana Jelinek

Deadline: Monday July 21st noon

Create and Live Art Development Agency (UK) are delighted to announce that artist Alana Jelinek will offer a professional development workshop opportunity in Dublin in September as part of DIY11.

"You want me to do it your way?" Alana Jelinek

Articulating contemporary approaches to feminist art and activism and celebrating its many forms.

This project is both about practice-sharing and a critique of models of alternative and activist practice that tend to be either 'Trotskyist' (led by a charismatic, usually white, male leader) or rigidly consensus, which is often purported to be feminist, though this is highly disputable. Taking Chantal Mouffe's thesis on agonism and Jacques Ranciere's on dissensus as the starting point, this project is a search for alternative feminist structures and a celebration of the wide variety of approaches to art and activist practice that model alternatives to neoliberalism and to dominant 'alternative' practices. I hope that we will encourage new untested or uncelebrated varieties of feminist art practice and feminist activist practice. The aim is to develop a network of feminist practices that are feminist specifically in the sense of modelling feminist alternatives to patriarchal structures and models of power, including the usual ways that activism is structured.

Participants will visit each other's 'sites of alternatives' at which the strategies and practices of each are discussed and analyzed in a friendly and cooperative, yet rigorous, form of art school 'crit'. These encounters may be catalogued in blog form, if deemed useful and productive by the group. We will undertake 12 studio or project visits and 2 days of talking through feminist theories of power and activism, with invited contributors serving as sparks and catalysts. There may be some form of output, possibly a resource for feminist practices or set of essays about feminist practices or an exhibition or an action, if this is deemed interesting to the group of participants.
Dates, times and location(s):

12 studio or project visits across Ireland (North and South) over 5 nights of the week beginning 8 September. Studio and site visits will be after hours, 6ish to 8ish in the evening.

The workshop weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September will be hosted by Create, 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Application procedure

Call out for participants. Ideal number 12 participants, individuals, partnerships or groups (up to 16 people). Participants will be chosen from a short application process that requires a CV and a 500 word statement about how their practice (artistic, activist or both) models a feminist or alternative structure or approach. This must be sent to Alana Jelinek cci'ng Aaron Wright at LADA.

Alana Jelinek

Jelinek, originally trained as a painter, but her art practice currently includes performance and site-specific interventions, as well as research. A wide ranging practice, her work stems from an ongoing concern with colonial and postcolonial (neoliberal) power and the way individuals navigate systems. One example of this is an ongoing, durational eco-art project called The Field that models a feminist structure of power. Jelinek says "Art, for me, is a philosophical praxis. What I mean by this is that, for me, art is a philosophical enquiry using materiality to explore, interrogate and enact ideas. All of my work explores mechanisms of power and an individual's relationship to these. This includes the historical colonial past, with its legacies in the present and the present within neoliberalism."

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Art and Design Strategies in Healthcare – June 16-17–-june-16-17–-june-16-17  

Helium Arts & Create present

Art and Design Strategies in Healthcare


Date: 16 June
Time: 10:30 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: Create, 2 Curved Street (Filmbase Building), Dublin 2 

Date: 17 June
Time: 11 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: The Boardroom, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork

Attendance is FREE

Helium Arts in partnership with Create are hosting a seminar on Art and Design Strategies in Healthcare with Jackie Sands (Arts & Health Improvement Senior with the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde) and Vicky Charnock (Arts Coordinator at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool). The seminar will focus on the importance of early integration and planning strategies in the design of new healthcare facilities. The two guest speakers will outline and share their experiences in a variety of hospitals and healthcare settings, involvement in capital programmes and conditions for building arts and health within a hospital setting.

Who Should Attend? This seminar will be of interest to those in arts and health project management or coordination, as well as healthcare managers or anyone involved in implementing Per Cent for Art in healthcare settings.

Details of a recent design strategy for the New South Glasgow Hospitals can be found here

This event is funded by the Arts Council


Vicky Charnock has worked as Arts Coordinator at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool since 2006, where she has pioneered a nationally recognised programme which has been at the forefront of innovative practices within the arts for health sector. The programme includes the Cultural Champions partnership programme, working with the leading arts organisations within Merseyside to develop and deliver an ambitious patient centred arts programme. She has also developed innovative mentoring programme between arts and health professionals, and has a number of research specialisms such as the exploration of the effect of dance and movement upon pain tolerance. Alder Hey’s Arts for Health programme was recently awarded a prestigious NHS England Excellence in Participation Award: Children and Young People.

Vicky is also part of the Strategic team for developing and delivering an ambitious arts programme for the new Alder Hey in the Park, a new state of the art children’s hospital located within parkland, the first if its kind within Europe. This has included developing a commissioning programme with artists, with young people taking a lead in the decision making and influencing design. Commissions to date have included developing an ambitious way-finding programme for the hospital and major sculptural pieces for the main atrium.

Vicky has previously worked at a number of leading art galleries within the North West of England such as Cornerhouse Arts Centre in Manchester, where she developed their gallery education programme. More recently, she worked as Community Programme Curator at Tate Liverpool for five years, developing arts and health programmes which utilised the National Collection of Modern Art as well as professional development programmes for the social services, health and community sectors.

Jackie Sands is the Arts & Health Improvement Senior with the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. In 2005, Jackie was directly involved in the beginning of a strategic move & commitment made by NHS Greater Glasgow Health Improvement & the Arts sector for exploring ways to integrate & acknowledge the role of art & creativity in healthcare. This National pilot for Scotland was driven by acknowledgement of the growing and credible evidence base for Arts and Health which pointed to the positive and multiple impacts that the Arts and Health field was making in improvement of healthcare environments, service delivery, health outcomes, community wellbeing . Jackie's role involves supporting and advising NHS on set up of structures and mechanisms and procurement models which lead to the integration of art in architecture, therapeutic design, facilitation of ongoing creative and performing arts exhibitions , commissions in acute hospitals and health centres. Therapeutic Design and Art Strategies have been successfully delivered in new Acute Hospitals and within new Community and Mental Health Partnership Capital developments such as The New Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals, the New Neo Natal and Maternity Extension, The New South Glasgow Hospitals currently in development; Community and child and family Health Projects in Drumchapel ( The West Centre) , Barrhead and Renfrew, the Vale and The Saracen Street Health Centres ;The post is currently overseeing the development and integration of 5 more therapeutic design and art strategies in 4 New Health Centres and at an new dementia friendly in patient care unit. More: Arts and Health at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

About Helium Arts

Helium Arts is an arts and health organisation improving the quality of life for children 0-18 years living with chronic illness or at risk of illness in Ireland through the development of participatory arts programmes in community, primary, and acute healthcare environments. Our mission is to create positive experiences of health, hospital, and healthcare settings for young people, to support a child-centred model of healthcare through the arts, and to innovate models of arts practice which give a creative voice to young people living with illness. Helium uses a multi-disciplinary approach using art-forms such as storytelling, film, music, and the digital arts to engage with a range of issues from the mental health of babies to social isolation among chronically ill teenagers. Since Helium was founded in 2009, over 3,500 young people and their families have benefitted from our programmes.

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PUBLIC ART NOW with Claire Doherty, Situations - July 16-17, 2014 Public Art Now July 2014

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, and the National Sculpture Factory are delighted to be working with Cork City Arts Office and the Office of Public Works to present a two day event on public art.

PUBLIC ART NOW with Claire Doherty, Situations

16th and 17th July 


16 July Keynote by Claire Doherty, Situations

Time: 16.30.

Location: Stack Theatre, CIT / Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork.

Cost: Free


17 July Commissioner & Producer Masterclasses

Times: See below.

Location: Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork (Entrance via Eglinton Street; Assembly point by 9.30am).

Cost: 10 euro per workshop or three for 25 euro.


17 July


10.00 - 11.30

1. Claire Doherty - Curatorial Frameworks

A masterclass in envisioning and delivering large-scale programmes in the public realm – referring to projects Nowhereisland, One Day Sculpture and Slow Space, Oslo.

2. Claire Feeley - Producing in the Public Realm

A masterclass introduction to working with non-arts individuals to deliver projects outside the gallery – examples Annika Kahrs Concert for the Birds and Katie Paterson's Future Library.

3. Michael Prior - Engagement

A masterclass introduction to building a constituency around a project from the ground up, such as with Nowhereisland. This session will also reference evaluation techniques and partnership working

12.00pm - 1.30pm – Each workshop will run again (as above)


2.30pm - 4pm - Each workshop will run again (as above)

4-5pm - Closing remarks

Background to the Event 

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, and the National Sculpture Factory are delighted to be working with Cork City Arts Office and the Office of Public Works to present a two day event on public art, with a keynote by Claire Doherty (Director of Situations) and a master class by the Situations team, for artists and commissioners looking at emerging and growing trends within International Public Art commissioning
In the last number of years, Create and the NSF has been promoting and fostering opportunities for artists within the public realm. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the National Public Art Guidelines, so we are especially delighted to announce this two-day event which offers an opportunity for in depth conversations about international directions & developments in the commissioning of public art.
The event will commence with Claire Doherty detailing her latest work The New Rules of Public Art and on Day Two we will host two intensive master-classes, one for artists and one for commissioners.

About Claire Doherty

Claire Doherty is a curator, writer, and educator who investigates new and unconventional models of curatorial practice. Doherty is the Founder and Director of Situations, a commissioning and research program based at the University of West England in Bristol. Situations commissions artists’ projects, often outside conventional gallery or museum settings, with an emphasis on new forms of public engagement and broad international distribution. In collaboration with the Litmus Research Initiative and various curators and institutions, Doherty organized ONE-DAY SCULPTURE, a diverse series of twenty commissioned, 24-hour ephemeral public artworks across New Zealand. She edited Situation (2009), part of the Documents of Contemporary Art series, and Contemporary Art: From Studio to Situation (2004). Doherty is a visiting Lecturer in Curating at the Royal College of Art in London and Senior Research Fellow at the University of West England in Bristol.

About Situations

Situations opens up the potential for artists to make extraordinary ideas happen in unusual and surprising places, through which audiences and participants are inspired to explore new horizons.
They commission and produce both temporary and long-term public artworks, as well as acting as a connector to bring people and partners together through collective programmes and festival events in the South West of England and internationally. Their growing portfolio of projects feeds an on-going public programme of events, discussions, publications and debates called Public Art Now, which seeks to improve the conditions for, and skills to produce, new forms of public art nationally and internationally. Their work is guided by a belief in the capacity for the arts to change, enhance and inform the way we think about and interact with the world around us. For them, public spaces outside conventional arts venues offer the most rich and rewarding contexts in which that can happen.
Working beyond the boundaries of a gallery or museum context offers a rich and often challenging set of conditions. Situations begin from a more dynamic understanding of place than a physical site, inviting artists to contribute to the lived experience of a place. This consideration of situation (a set of conditions, locations, people, moments in time and circumstance) rather than location means that every newly commissioned project starts with a process of becoming locally embedded.

Situations began its story in 2002 as a public art commissioning programme embedded within the University of the West of England in Bristol. Founded by Claire Doherty, previously Curator at Ikon in Birmingham and FACT in Liverpool, Situations grew from Claire’s sole curatorial endeavour to become an organisation recognised for the international reach and high quality of its work and for the distinctive and surprising ways in which it has engaged audiences. This is reflected in the award of the Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Award for Outstanding Cultural Entrepreneurs in 2010.

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The National Sculpture Factory (NSF) is an organisation which provides and promotes a supportive and enabling environment for the making of art and the realisation of creative projects. We actively support artists and their practice through residencies, lecture programmes, cultural exchanges, master classes and professional development workshops.

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Information session: Public Art Commission – The River Tolka – June 17–-june-17–-june-17  

Information Session for Artists interested in
Brief on Flood Defence Public Art Commission

(Create; Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Meath County Council; Office of Public Works)

Date: 17 June
Time: 11 am
Venue: Create offices, 2 Curved Street, Dublin 2

The Office of Public Works (OPW) under the Per Cent for Art Scheme has provided funding for Create, the national development agency for collaborative art, to undertake the management of Per Cent for Art commissions relating to the creation of flood defence systems on the River Tolka in catchment areas across Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and Meath County Council. Create supports new and exciting opportunities for artists by commissioning dynamic collaborative arts projects in the public realm and has an established track record in the delivery of public art commissions. Create will manage an open call for proposals from artists, curators and creative producers for the commissions. The deadline for applications to the commission is 27 July.

Ahead of the deadline, there will be a chance for artists interested in applying to attend an informal information session. If you would like to attend, please email with Tolka Brief Session in the subject line.

Read more: New Public Art Commission - the River Tolka - Deadline July 27

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