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Tony Fegan, Tallaght Community Arts at Create's National Networking Day. Photo: Fuchsia McAree.

National Networking Day

On September 16, 2010, Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts, presented a rnational networking event in partnership with European Cultural Contact Point.

It was designed for everyone working in collaborative and participative arts. This event provided an opportunity to share ideas and experience practical workshops.

Tickets were discounted for Create Associates [join now].

Timetable below.



Thursday September 16th – Axis Ballymun.

Full Timetable: 


Registration, teas and coffee


Welcome and intro by Ray Yeates, Artistic Director, axis, Ballymun and Sarah Tuck, Director, Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts


World Café - Networking 

Facilitator, Gary Keegan, Brokentalkers




Summary, Tony Fegan, CEO and Artistic Director Tallaght Community Arts


Presentation by European Cultural Contact Point



Workshop 1 - Fiona Woods: Arts and Rural Context

Fiona Woods is a visual artist whose practice includes curating and writing. As a practitioner her interests include thinking the rural as a site for socio-spatial practices and productions. As a curator she devised and directed Ground Up, a programme of temporary public art in rural contexts (2003 - 2008) and initiated the Ground Up Artists' Collective . She co-devised the project Shifting Ground to explore some of the theoretical impulses behind the practice of art in rural contexts, and VERGE, an occasional art journal focusing on practice beyond the metropolis. Woods is a recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland's 2010 Visual Arts Bursary award and various Travel awards.

Workshop 2 - Maya Derrington: Collaborative Practice and Film

Maya Derrington co-founded production company Still Films in 2006 and produced feature documentary Seaview, about the asylum centre at Mosney, in 2007.  Between 2008 and 2010 she developed and directed Pyjama Girls, a feature length observational documentary following the lives of teenage girls in Dublin’s south inner city.  For television, Maya produced prime time series, The Master's Apprentice for RTÉ ONE and music series, Blastbeat for RTÉ TWO, both for Tyrone Productions.  Since founding Still Films she developed and produced two series of the RTÉ Young People's project Sweded TV, which comprises short films made by groups of teenagers during workshops with the Still Films team. Sweded TV was selected for Input, the international festival to celebrate innovative public television.  She has written for the Irish Independent, the Radio Times and Ireland on Sunday and she founded Cow’s Lane Fashion and Design Market in Temple Bar in 2003.

Workshop 3 - Laurie Uprichard: Dance and Social Engagement

Laurie Uprichard is the director of Dublin Dance Festival. Beginning in 2008, the Festival has grown into an annual event that has attracted increasing audience and press attention.  From 1992-2007, she was Executive Director of Danspace Project in New York City. She received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award in 2008 for her 15-year leadership of Danspace Project. She served as Managing Director of Urban Bush Women in 1991-92 and as the company's Producing Director until January 1996.  From 1984-1991, Laurie was associated with Dance Theater Workshop, serving the last three years as Managing Director and Co-Producer  A former dancer, she performed with Kei Takei's Moving Earth for five years, as well as with Irene Feigenheimer, Barbara Roan, and Wendy Woodson. In 2001, she was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. Laurie has been honoured by Movement Research (2005), Danspace Project (2008), and La MaMa (2010).


Teas and coffees 


Orla Moloney, Head of Arts Participation, Arts Council 


Case Studies

Arts and Health

Claire Meaney, Assistant Arts Director, Waterford Healing Arts Trust in conversation with Justine Foster, Education & Community Co-ordinator, West Cork Arts Centre


Philip de LaMere, Arts Officer, Roscommon County Council in conversation with Monica Corcoran, Head of Local Arts, Arts Council

Artist in the Community Scheme

Artist Sheelagh Broderick in conversation with Katherine Atkinson, Project Support and Professional Development, Create

Open session - Q+A chaired by Tony Fegan, CEO and Artistic Director Tallaght Community Arts



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