Create and its EU partners in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) marked the end of the first year of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme with their fourth partner meeting in Venice, 4-6 November. As part of this ambitious Europe wide partnership programme the CAPP partners worked with Venetian-based arts collective Artway of Thinking. All of the 8 organisations in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme attending, invited artists who specialise in participatory projects to Venice. Against the back-drop of the Venice Biennale, the artists and partner organisations had the opportunity to engage with Artway of Thinking, as well as developing professional partnerships and seeding further arts initiatives in the collaborative sphere in venues across Europe.
Create invited Irish visual artist Owen Boss known for site specific projects and ground breaking work as Artistic Co-Director of ANU Productions and artist and curator, Rosie Lynch for the two day workshop and think tank in Venice. The overall goal of CAPP is to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe, by enhancing mobility and exchange whilst at the same time engaging new publics and audiences for collaborative practices.
In addition, on the agenda for the Venice meeting, were the upcoming range of Residencies that will be offered by the Partnership across all the partner countries in 2016, to fulfil one of the aims of the Programme as it seeds partnerships to create trasnational exchange and new opportunities for collaborative artists in Europe.
Irish artists in Venice
Owen Boss is a visual artist and co-Artistic Director of ANU Productions. Owen’s work includes: Sunder (Dublin Theatre Festival), Pals, The Irish at Gallipoli (National Museum of Ireland), Beautiful Dreamers (Limerick City of Culture), Vardo (Dublin Theatre Festival), Angel Meadow (Home Commission, Manchester), Vardo Development (Dublin Theatre Festival), THIRTEEN (Dublin Fringe Festival), Living the Lockout, Boys of Foley Street (Dublin Theatre Festival), Laundry (Dublin Theatre Festival), World's End Lane (Dublin Theatre Festival), Fingal Ronan (Watermill Center New York), Basin (Dublin Fringe Festival).
Owen holds a Masters of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Exhibitions include A Yellow Rose, (Free Mason’s Grand Lodge), Contemporary Art and the Moving Image, Life with Edits, (Joinery Dublin), Testimonial Live, (Project Art Centre), Testimonial, Potential of Vacancy, Projector, (Four Gallery), Camera Obscura, (Lighthouse Cinema), Punctum, (Project Art Centre), Tumbledowntown, (Hotel Ballymun).
Owen is the recipient of a number of awards from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Independent curator Rosie Lynch often works collaboratively with Hollie Kearns, based at Callan Workhouse, Co. Kilkenny, where Lynch and Kearns are engaged in a number of projects towards developing a semi-derelict wing of the Workhouse into a new facility with shared artistic, design, research and community facilities. Current and recent projects include Nimble Spaces (2013-2014), a long-term process of collaboration between artists, architects and adults with an intellectual disability, Forecast (2014), a project looking anew at five rural towns in Co. Kilkenny and Workhouse Assembly (2013), a twelve-day participative research workshop exploring the complex social history and future development possibilities of a semi-derelict wing of the Callan Workhouse. Upcoming projects include Workhouse Union (2015), a year-long artistic programme of new artist commissions, and a public programme of activities at Callan Workhouse. In early 2015, Rosie and Hollie will undertake a residency with National Sculpture Factory in Cork as seasonal ‘Im/Plants’. www.workhouseassembly.com