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 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:22:34 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2014: Collaborative Dance recipient  

The successful applicant for the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2014: Collaborative Dance has been announced and the Bursary Award is to go to independent dance artist, Cathy Coughlan.

Her Dublin based practice encompasses live performance, dance media and collaborative practice. Most recently she directed and choreographed ‘Source’, a production for Dublin Fringe Festival 2014 which gained two award nominations. Her March 2012 production, ‘Aspect’, was the culmination of an Arts Council award at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, involving solo work, community collaborations and dance on film.

As a dance/visual artist working in a community context she has delivered projects/performances in association with RADE, CoisCeim Broadreach, Common Ground, Create, Focus Ireland, Fatima Regeneration project, Dunamaise Arts Centre youth reach (YES Scheme 2010), Dublin City Council, Dance Ireland, Laois County Council and Laois Partnership.

Cathy ‘s research and reflection will examine screen based technology as a device for collaboration in the community and study its potential to create a model for best practice. She will further investigate the possibilities of re thinking collaboration, in the light of her various recent projects, using the interaction between live performance and projected, particularly in relation to the role of the non-vocational dancer.

The Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award was set up to enable artists across artform with significant track record of collaborative arts practice to research and reflect on the foundations of their practice as well as contributing to general learning to the broader collaborative art sector. This year Create worked in partnership with Dance Ireland on the information sessions and the award.


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Create Networking Day programme of performance  


A programme of performance and multimedia for the Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts

NB: For Create members the event is free of charge.

Join the conversation: @CreateIreland and #NNDCreate


Evidence I: Making Visible

Ceara Conway with Able Women | Galway

Making Visible is a collaboration between Ceara Conway and a group of women asylum seekers based in Galway.

Making Visible is a socially engaged art project that aimed to highlight and make Visible the current Direct Provision system in Ireland and to bring to light the suffering of asylum seekers living within this system.

Drawing upon the old Irish tradition of ''Caoineadh'' a vocal lament associated with mourning, Ceara created a series of ritual performances that were informed by her time engaging with ''Able Women'', a group of women who are currently seeking asylum in Ireland.

In the series of performances each woman chose a lament and a location in Galway City that they wished to have it performed. The location and lament they chose was pertinent to a personal aspect of their experiences living within the direct provision service in Galway.

In Ireland it was traditional for the ''bean caoineadh'' to lament and ask for things on behalf of the grieving family and community.
These performances aspired to create a connection between both audience and performer, communicating emotive, personal and political aspects of these women's experiences through voice and song.


Evidence II: Jennie Moran and Luncheonette

Unholy Mess - a shared meal to take place in an altered chapel

Jennie Moran is a Dublin based artist who uses her practice to create opportunities for hospitality.


Evidence III: Between Land & Water

Outlandish Theatre with Arabic/Muslim women, Dublin 8

Between Land & Water is a collaborative arts project by outlandishtheatre platform, in collaboration with Sarah Jane Scaife and a newly formed group of 5 first generation Arabic/Muslim women from Dublin 8. The project is inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Come and Go and responds to the landscape of Portobello’s canal banks. By exploring basic theatre principles, we create inter-media material uncovering the connection between the present day canal landscape and the women’s memorized landscapes.

Maud Hendricks (artistic director) Bernie O’Reilly (assistant director) with Sarah Jane Scaife (Beckett specialist, Company SJ) Participants: Nazish, Rula, Sarah Jane, Zakiyyah Filmmaker: Kilian Waters. Sound editor: Craig Cox


Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees)
Softday with beekeepers, scientists and monks of Glenstal Abbey | Limerick

Multi-media socially engaged sound work

Based on four years of scientific data about bee diseases and colony losses in Ireland, Softday created musical scores for the Glenstal Abbey Choir, organ and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. A sound art composition was also created by the Softday Apiary Ensemble, based on field recordings carried out by the participating beekeepers in their respective habitats. The world premiere performance of this work took place in Glenstal Abbey Church, the 27th of April 2013.

Teampall fuaime
Ian Wilson with the Cork Chamber Choir | Cork

Recording of 4 of the work’s 10 movements

Teampall Fuaime (sound temple) was the result of an 8-month project between composer Ian Wilson and the Cork Chamber Choir. Members of the choir firstly provided original texts in direct response to spending time in the Triskel Christchurch space then, with the composer’s encouragement, also provided melodic fragments for parts of those texts; often each member would provide a piece of melody for both their own text and someone else’s, thus creating a broad pool of material.

The composer then used this textual and musical material as the basis of a large-scale choral work which, as well as exploring ideas specific to the architecture and character of Triskel Christchurch, also examines ideas evoked and provoked by that space, including faith, society, war and daily life. The result is a work that speaks broadly of the human experience, very much shaped by the singers and the space they s sang in. Part of the work’s concept was to fully employ Triskel Christchurch and therefore the choir sang in different parts of the space at different times during the work. Teampall fuaime was funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community scheme managed by Create.


Artist Information

Ceara Conway is an Irish artist and singer from the Connemara in the west of Ireland.

In her work she uses photography, performance, song and narration as ways to engage her audiences in exploring social themes and issues. She is interested in the efficacy of performance and its capacity to act as an agent of change.

outlandishtheatre platform - Maud Hendricks and Bernie O’Reilly: 'we aim to make theatre that moves from the real to the stage, for which a longterm engagement with a local group/community is central to the artistic process. We hereby develop unique and layered insights into the local changes and group cultures that exist within defined geographical areas. We have completed a process like this for Come into The Gardens (2012-2014).'

Softday is a  collaboration between Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernstrom exploring ideas in multimedia art. Since 1999 Softday, the art-science collaboration of artist Sean Taylor and computer scientist Mikael Fernström, have engaged with issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects.

Early projects such as Bliain Le Baisteach (A Year of Rainfall) (2000) looked at fluctuating annual rainfall patterns in Ireland. Further, Cóisir an Tsionainn (The Shannon Suite) (2003) focused on the four-year life cycle of the wild Atlantic salmon and the effects of overfishing and pollution on the species ability to survive. Projects such as Nobody leaves till the Daphnia sing (2009) examined the implications of contaminated domestic drinking water supplies in Galway and West Limerick. The Marbh Chrois (Dead Zone) (2010) project addressed the impact of two ‘contested’ marine dead zones as a key stressor on marine ecosystems in Donegal, Ireland. In 2011 Softday were selected as one of the winning entries to the prestigious project EUROPE – A SOUND PANORAMA, in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Karlsruhe live concert was recorded by Deutschlandradio Kultur and distributed to all European radio stations. Between 2011 and 2013, Softday collaborated with a number of Irish beekeepers, scientist and the monks of Glenstal Abbey, creating Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees) about the life of honey bees and current threats such as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

As a collaborative team they use their arts practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications and multimedia artworks and performances.

Both artists are interested in exploring the cracks between various media and creative genres such as expanded theatre, sound art, socially engaged practice, sculpture, music, dance and the application of new technologies.

Ian Wilson has written nearly 150 works, including operas, concertos, string quartets, a range of orchestral and chamber music and multi-media pieces. His compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents, and presented at festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt Bookfair and at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s State-sponsored body of creative artists, and in recent years has been AHRB Research Fellow at the University of Ulster, An Foras Feasa post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk IT, director of the Sligo New Music Festival and Composer-in-Association with California’s Camerata Pacifica ensemble and the Ulster Orchestra.

His music is published by Ricordi (London) and Universal Edition. 

Cork Chamber Choir was founded in 2005 by a small group of Cork-based choral singers who were looking for a new challenge, at the invitation of founder Anne-Marie Curtin. From informal beginnings it is has grown to 20 singers under musical director and conductor Helen McGrath. With members from Ireland, north and south, England, France and Scotland the choir has enjoyed a combination of concerts and competition participation while continuing to refine and develop its sound.

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Create News 17: Chrissie Tiller on The Spectrum of Participation Create News 17: Chrissie Tiller on The Spectrum of Participation


The Spectrum of Participation - CREATE: NEWS 17 - October 2014

Chrissie Tiller on The Spectrum of Participation

“It’s one of the great joys of travel, and indeed life, to come across something so unexpected and mind-bendingly wonderful in the midst of what appears to be the bleakest of places, that one’s ideas of what’s possible change entirely.”1

Thinking about this piece on the spectrum of practice I believe is art and participation, I am indulging in ‘useful’ procrastination. Today it takes the form of flicking through a Lonely Planet Guide. Then I come across the statement above. It is indeed one of life’s unexpected ‘joys’, that what I go on to read is about a small town in Sicily called Favara. Previously known for two things, ‘some of the highest unemployment in Italy’ and its ‘many ugly buildings’, for the past four years lawyers Andrea Bartoli and Florinda Saieva have been transforming it, through participatory arts practice, to, ‘a better piece of the world, a small community committed to inventing new ways of thinking and living.’

Read more [PDF]


1. Lonely Planet: Sicily, p. 249

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Create Networking Day – December 1, 2014 agenda–-december-1-2014-agenda–-december-1-2014-agenda  

Create Collaborative Arts Networking Day 2014

Date: 1 December, 2014
IMMA, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Join the conversation: @CreateIreland and #NNDCreate

Booking is required - BOOK NOW on



9.45 – 10.30

Tea and Coffee

Evidence I: Between Land & Water
Outlandish Theatre with diverse womens group, Dublin 8

10.30 – 11.00

Welcome: Sheila Pratschke Chair of Arts Council
Introduction to the Day: Curator Michelle Browne & Katherine Atkinson Create
Tea and coffee

11.00 – 11.20

Evidence II: Making Visible
Ceara Conway with Able Women | Galway

11.20 – 12.40

The Art of Politics: Jonas Staal and Anthony Haughey in conversation with Valerie Connor

12.40 – 13.30

Evidence III: Jennie Moran/Luncheonette
Unholy Mess - a shared meal to take place in an altered chapel

Evidence IV:
Between Land & Water
Outlandish Theatre with diverse womens group, Dublin 8


Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees)
Softday with beekeepers and Glenstal Abbey | Limerick

13.30 – 15.00

Resilience & Sustainability in context: Marjetica Potrc and Ailbhe Murphy in conversation

15.00 – 15.30

Evidence V:
Between Land and Water
Outlandish Theatre

Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees)
Softday with beekeepers and Glenstal Abbey | Limerick

Teampall fuaime Ian Wilson with the Cork Chamber Choir | Cork

(These works will run concurrently in different spaces )

Tea and Coffee

15.30 – 17.00

What does success look like in collaborative arts?
Anna Furse, Maddy Costa, Britt Jurgensen, chaired by Susanne Bosch

17.00 – 17.15

Round up and goodbyes

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts (Ireland) is grateful for key funding from the Arts Council and also receives support from Dublin City Arts Office.

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Create Networking Day guest artists New World Summit: Jonas Staal, Berlin (2012). Image : Lidia Rossner.

Create Collaborative Arts Networking Day
1st December, 2014

Booking is required - BOOK NOW on

Guest Artists

Dr Susanne Bosch is an artist and lecturer. Susanne works predominantly in public and on long-term questions, which tackle creative arguments around the ideas of democracy. Recurring themes in her practice are surviving, money and work, as well as migration, societal visions and participation models. She works collaboratively and individually and formally use site- and situation-specific interventions, installations, video, audio and drawing.

Bosch’s work is frequently developed site specifically to actively seek the participation of the general public, often times in the form of discussion and dialogue. She uses dialogical formats and methods such as writing, speaking and listening as well as workshops, seminars and Open Space conferences. Susanne achieved a PhD about her public artwork in 2012. From 2007-2012, she developed and led the Art in Public master programme at the University of Ulster in Belfast together with Dan Shipsides. She works predominantly in public and on long-term questions, which tackle creative arguments around the ideas of democracy. She is a trained Open Space facilitator (2008) and trained in conflict analysis and - management (2004). Susanne works internationally on exhibitions and projects. She is currently living in Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Berlin.


Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin. She studied Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and Arts Management in UCD. Much of her work is performance based and collaborative. She has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally recently taking part in Using the Museum, Van Abbemuseum, Holland; Belfast International Festival of Performance Art, University of Ulster, Belfast; Galway Dance Days in Collaboration with choreographer Emma Martin; The Year of the Flood, Flood Gallery, Dublin. Browne has curated a number of exhibitions including Out of Site from 2006-2008, Between You and Me and the Four Walls for IETM at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Tulca Season of Visual Art 2010, Vital Signs Arts in Health in Context The Arts Council and Create and These Immovable Walls: Performing Power at Dublin Castle 2014. She has been commissioned and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland and The Office of Public Works. Upcoming projects include a percent for art commission for the Health Service Executive Ireland, Forecast with Commonage curatorial platform in Kilkenny and Motivational Deficit, Crawford Gallery, Cork. Browne is currently guest lecturer in sculpture and expanded practice at NCAD. She has curated the Create Networking Day for the last two years.


Valerie Connor is an independent curator and advisor, who works with individuals and small-scale organizations in the visual arts, She is a lecturer in photography at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Chairperson of the National Campaign for the Arts.

In 2003, she curated Ireland’s official participation at the 50th Venice Biennale of Art and also the 26th Biennale de São Paulo the following year. Valerie was the specialist adviser to the Arts Council from 2006 to 2010, and she was a board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 2005 to 2010. Valerie is a graduate of the MPhil programme at the Centre for Women’s Studies in TCD, a member organisation of the NWCI. She often takes part in public, professional, and academic debates about the arts, drawing together ideas about cultural topics. Asked to talk about ‘ethical attitudes’ in art at the first Visual Arts Workers Forum in 2011, she drew on an article, called Feminism, Democratic Politics, and Citizenship, that she wrote for a special issue on Ireland of the journal Third Text in 2005. Other writings and criticism on art and culture have appeared in Document! (National Irish Visual Arts Library, 2012), Fugitive Papers #1 (2012) and Creative Ireland (Visual Artists Ireland, 2011).


Maddy Costa is a writer, crafter, dreamer and mother of two, based in London. A theatre and music critic since 1998, she is now dedicated to stretching what critical practice is and might be, through collaboration with different theatre companies, writers and general audiences. Since 2011, she has been critic-in-residence with Chris Goode & Company, documenting their processes and performed work through storytelling, interviewing and personal reflection. In 2012 she co-founded Dialogue, an ongoing project that invites people who make, watch and write about theatre to rethink their relationships with each other. Since 2013, she has been working with Fuel on a research project, New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood, hosting theatre clubs across the UK. In 2014 she became associate artist with Something Other, a new website dedicated that seeks to document live art for the digital gaze. She also writes about theatre and music for publications including the Guardian and Exeunt, and on her blog, Deliq.


Anna Furse is Head of Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, where she also leads the international laboratory MA in Performance Making and co-directs the Centre of the Body, Following early training with the Royal Ballet through the 1960’s and with Peter Brook in Paris and Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium in the 1970s, her career has included: 30 years as an award-winning director, writer, project leader, programmer, artistic director, curator, consultant and educator. She has directed over 50 productions from small scale to regional reps, theatre-in-education, disabled theatre, the RSC, for BBC radio, and touring internationally. A published/performed writer, her innovative anthology Theatre in Pieces (Methuen 2011) includes Don Juan.Who?/Don Juan.Kdo? her co-production with Mladinsko Theatre, Ljubljana, (FeEAST Festival, 2008). This work was evolved in cyberspace by a geographically dispersed company of 8 and invented fresh ways to harness technology for collaborative creation. Among several more recent smaller scale works, her solo work When We Were Birds premiered in Palermo in 2013 and was presented at Live Collision Festival and GIFT in 2014.

Anna regularly speaks at international conferences and leads masterclass/workshops (e.g. The Beijing Dance Academy 2013). Supporting younger artists includes mentoring for ACE (most recently Kerri McLean’s Mermaid project) and consultancy (Zoukak, Beirut).


Anthony Haughey has been working within culturally diverse art, community and academic contexts for more than 20 years, both as an artist and educator. He lives and works in Ireland. He is an artist and lecturer/researcher in the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology where he is also a PhD supervisor at the Centre for Research in Transcultural Media Practice. He is an editorial advisor for the photographic journal Photographies published by Routledge (London). His work has been exhibited and collected internationally and is represented in many public and private collections. Recent exhibitions in 2014 include: Soundings; dlr Lexicon; Motivational Deficit; Crawford Gallery, Cork; and Making History and Homelands, Colombo Art Biennial. Exhibitions in 2013 include: Northern Ireland: 30 years of photography in the MAC and Belfast Exposed, New Irish Landscapes in the Three Shadows Gallery, Beijing; Homelands, a major British Council exhibition touring south Asia; Citizen in Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and MCAC, Portadown; and Strike! and Labour and Lockout at LCGA. He also completed a commission for the Aftermath project, which toured Ireland in autumn 2013. Monographs include The Edge of Europe (1996), Disputed Territory (2006) and an artist’s book with Susanne Bosch, State (2011) as well as numerous catalogues and art journals. He was awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme: Bursary Award: Cultural Diversity (2013). He is currently working on a solo exhibition for LCGA in January 2015.

Through his recent projects Haughey has become increasingly interested in the dialogical relationship between his art practice, the Global Migration Research Network and various publics. He intends reflectively writing through these processes by drawing on academic, visual culture, political and community art discourse analysis to expand and critically contribute to theoretical debates within socially engaged art practices in Ireland and internationally at this time of global economic crisis.


Britt Jurgensen is a German theatre and performance artist resident in Anfield, Liverpool. After travelling a lot, first out of curiosity and later as an independent director, performer and project facilitator, she became intrigued by the notion of the local and finding ways to belong where she lived. In 2011 she got involved in 2up2down (today known as Homebaked), a commission by Liverpool Biennial for Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk. Britt is a co-producer of both the Bakery Co-operative and Community Land Trust. She directed and co-scripted The Anfield Home Tour for Homebaked as part of the 2012 Biennial and We are here to stay, a performative conversation as part of the Future City event in 2013.

Currently she works for the Homebaked Land Trust as a community engagement officer and collaborates with Jeanne van Heeswijk on several projects, using her skills to work with people in order to explore individual and collective narratives and filter these into performative encounters with the broader public. Her understanding of the local has shifted and she is travelling again.


Artist Ailbhe Murphy’s practice has explored questions of agency, knowledge and representation in urban, neighbourhood and organisational situations. Earlier work includes long-term collaborations with IMMA, St. Michael’s Estate Family Resource Centre, the LYCS and City Arts including Once is Too Much (1987 – 2004) and Tower Songs (2003-2006). She was awarded her Ph.D from the University of Ulster, Belfast in 2011. She is a member of the interdisciplinary art and research platform Vagabond Reviews which combines socially engaged art and research practice. Current Vagabond Reviews projects include Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles as part of Phoenix Rising, Art and Civic Imagination currently on exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Arcade Project a community-based, arts research initiative in collaboration with the Rialto Youth Project. Other projects include the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s Legacy Project (2013) curated by Valerie Connor. Still, We Work was exhibited at the Gallery of Photography and 126 Gallery, Galway as part of the Tulca Visual Arts festival 2013 and at Cork City Hall and EU House Dublin in 2014 and the Sliabh Bán Art House (2011-2012), a participatory public art project commissioned by Galway City Council, which explored concepts of home, displacement and embodied local identities in a new and culturally diverse Galway neighbourhood.


Marjetica Potrc is an artist and architect based in Ljubljana and Berlin. Her many community-based on-site projects include Dry Toilet (Caracas, 2003) and The Cook, the Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour (Stedelijk Goes West, Amsterdam, 2009). Since 2011, she has been a professor at the University of Fine Arts/HFBK in Hamburg. Students of her course Design for the Living World develop participatory design projects during long-term residencies such as the Soweto Project (Soweto, SA, 2014). Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the Americas, including in such major exhibitions as the Venice Biennial (1993, 2003, 2009), the São Paulo Biennial (1996, 2006), and Skulptur: Projekte in Münster, Germany (1997). She has shown her work regularly at the Galerie Nordenhake in Berlin and Stockholm since 2003; among her important solo exhibitions are shows at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2001), the List Visual Arts Centre at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004), the De Appel Foundation for Contemporary Art in Amsterdam (2004), the Portikus Gallery in Frankfurt am Main (2006), The Curve at the Barbican Art Galleries in London (2007), the Max Protetch Gallery in New York (2008), and the Nicolas Krupp Contemporary Art in Basel (2012).

She has also been a visiting professor at a number of other institutions, including  MIT (2005) and IUAV in Venice (2008, 2010). In Potrc's view, the sustainable solutions that are implemented and disseminated by communities serve to empower these communities and help create a democracy built from below. Potrc has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics Fellowship at The New School in New York (2007).


Jonas Staal is an artist who lives and works in Rotterdam. He studied monumental art in the Netherlands (NL) and the US. He is a PhD researcher in contemporary propaganda at the University of Leiden, NL. His work includes interventions in public space, exhibitions, lectures, and publications, and focuses on the relationship between art, politics, and ideology. His essay Post-propaganda (2009) and publication Power?… To Which People?! (2010), provide the theoretical basis for this line of work. His most recent book is Art, Property of Politics III: Closed Architecture (2011), which researches a prison model developed by far-right Freedom Party politician Fleur Agema. His work has appeared in various exhibitions,most recently he was selected to be in the 9th Berlin Biennale, with the New World Summit Parliament,

The New World Summit is an alternative parliament for political and juridical representatives of organizations currently placed on international terrorist lists. Past work includes: 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, 2012; Enacting Populism, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2012; 1:1 Hans van Houwelingen & Jonas Staal, Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen, Antwerp, 2011–12; Tricksters Tricked—(un)covering identity, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2010; and History of Art, the, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2010. He regularly publishes in newspapers and magazines such as de Groene Amsterdammer, Metropolis M, and NRC Handelsblad.

Jonas Staal with Moussa Ag Assarid presented the collaborative project New World Embassy: Azawad. It explores the intersection of art, theory, and activism through the proposition of temporarily instituting an operational embassy as an extraterritorial space of representation, negotiation, and international exchange.

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Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts – December 1, 2014–-december-1–-december-1 Marjetica Potrc and Ooze 'Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Garden', 2010. Marjetica Potrc will take part in the Create Networking Day 2014. Image: Roman Mensing.

A day of networking & sharing with guest artist panels

When: 1 December
Where: IMMA Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Time: 9.45 – 17.15
Cost: 12 euro (lunch included).

NB: For Create members the event is free of charge.

Join the conversation: @CreateIreland and #NNDCreate


1st December is scheduled for our National Networking event this year, which will take place in IMMA.

After the success of last year’s Networking Day we’re all set to gather the collaborative arts sector together again to celebrate, share, provoke and discuss.

We’re changing the pace and emphasis a little this year, focusing on quality time for discussion and providing the opportunity to engage with live performance and collaborative arts projects, emphasizing the philosophical and the reflective. The concept behind the Day is to create an open space, and loose structure, for understanding what collaborative artists are doing and why. We’re delighted to announce that Ailbhe Murphy, Anthony Haughey, Jonas Staal and Marjetica Potrc will all be contributing to the day – creating a rich tapestry of discussion and observation on art, politics and how to work in context.

Over the course of the day attendees will have the opportunity to connect with their peers, interact with guest artists, be inspired by dynamic and vibrant collaborative arts projects created here and elsewhere, a number of which will be programmed as part of the Day.

This year, the day will again be curated by the artist Michelle Browne in collaboration with the team at Create.

We’re delighted that the food will be provided by the fabulous Luncheonnette (aka Jennie Moran).


See the Create Networking Day agenda here

Who should attend?

Artists across artform working in the context of participatory or socially engaged practice; arts organisations and festivals who programme socially engaged work; curators; outreach officers, cultural institutions; arts educators; community organisations.

Further information from Jane O’Rourke,, 01-4736600.

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Create and MA SPACE, LIT Limerick civil society talks – October to January 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: Paul Candon (digital activism); Joel Conroy (documentary maker); Dr Brain Hanley (historian); David Joyce (barrister/Traveller Rights); Salome Mbugua (AkidWA); Niamh McCann (actor and trainer);  Padraig Naughton (Arts& Disability Ireland); Shaun O Boyle (Science Gallery); Michael Taft (Unite the Union); and 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 national 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 national 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 in October 2014  

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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