Seoidín O’Sullivan Towards Community Orchards, Research Images 2016.
Seoidín O’Sullivan Towards Community Orchards, Research Images 2016.

 

Hyde Park Art Center and Sweet Water Foundation announce residency exchange program with Irish Museum of Modern Art and Create, connecting Chicago and Dublin through art and activism

Create with IMMA (the Irish Museum of Modern Art) in partnership with Hyde Park Art Center, and Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago are delighted to announce Seoidín O’Sullivan as the inaugural artist recipient of our Residency Exchange. This unique residency is designed to illuminate opportunities for, and links between, Irish and American socially-engaged artists and arts organizations as we partner with these institutions located in Dublin, Ireland.

This new collaboration is built on the legacy of Sweet Water Foundation’s participation in IMMA’s “A Fair Land” project in 2016 as well as, Create and Hyde Park Art Center’s partnership on the 2016-2017 exhibition “(Re)Public.” Working together for the first time on a joint cultural initiative, these four organizations are producing an immersive residency experience in Chicago and Dublin for incoming artists. Chicago is a city recognized worldwide as a vibrant hub for socially-engaged art practices, which are in direct conversation with cultural production in Dublin, a city with an extensive history of activism and social justice movements.
 
The residency affords artist Seoidín O’Sullivan the opportunity to connect with several upcoming programs at both Sweet Water Foundation and Hyde Park Art Center during the course of two visits to Chicago in 2017. Her first visit from June 2 to June 14 will focus on building relationships with local artists while continuing her research interests in shared community space, issues of land use, lost knowledge, social justice and biodiversity. She will also participate in the discussions on self-education related to the current exhibition, PUBLIC SCHOOL at Hyde Park Art Center. Returning in September 2017, O’Sullivan will participate with in the international Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) through Sweet Water Foundation and Hyde Park Art Center, an official anchor site for CAB. Alongside these projects, a Chicago artist will be selected to travel to Dublin in 2018, as Create and IMMA host a reciprocal artist exchange in alliance with this project.

About the artist: Seoidín O’Sullivan

Seoidín O’Sullivan (pronounced “Showdeen”) is a contemporary artist and educator. Her art projects are collaborative and focus on people joining together in action to protect and develop an aspect of their local commons. Her practice supports sustainable models within various ecological contexts and addresses issues of land use, lost knowledge, social justice and biodiversity. Creative output includes critical and creative pedagogic exchange, “communing” infrastructures, drawings, video, publications and walks. Her current projects include Hard/Graft (2017) with Studio 468, Common Ground which looks at reproductive labor and collectively grafts trees towards community orchards for Dublin and The Tree Line Project exploring the politics of trees in Ireland www.treeline.org.

Seoidín grew up in Kitwe, Zambia and later lived in Durban, South Africa where she completed a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art (2000). She has a Masters in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2005- 2007) and Post Graduate Diplomas in Third Level Teaching and Learning (2010) and in International Development Studies (2004). She currently live in Dublin, Ireland and is an Art Lecturer at St Patricks College, DCU.
www.seoidinosullivan.com

About the organisations

Sweet Water Foundation’s programs provide a vibrant environment for hands-on learning in a space that embodies the nexus between inspiration, education, and action on the South Side of Chicago. It is vital that young people understand how and why the city has evolved and how it may come to look in the future. As such, the goal of Sweet Water is to nurture a culture that facilitates the acquisition of learning, tools and collaborations necessary to bring about transformative change.

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts in Ireland. Their mission is to provide advice and support services to artists and arts organizations including advisory sessions, professional and learning development. Create seeks to foster current and future potential for collaboration between artists and communities, encouraging art projects that reflect the exciting ways in which collaborative arts represent a complex range of ideas and approaches.

IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art was established by the Government of Ireland in 1990 as Ireland’s first national institution for the presentation and collection of modern and contemporary art. IMMA aims in all its activities to create for the public an enjoyable and engaging experience of contemporary art. It achieves this through a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions and education programmes based in its home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and working with partners nationally and internationally. As the national institution for contemporary art IMMA is committed to supporting artists’ work, and works with artists and partners to support the development, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art in Ireland.

Founded in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center has fulfilled its mission for more than 75 years; to stimulate and sustain the visual arts in Chicago. With an expansive reach and bold personality, the Art Center brings artists and communities together to support creativity at every level through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art – all under one roof. Located in the demographically diverse neighborhood of Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, the Art Center has been intentionally focused on more deeply developing tomorrow artists, supporting today’s, and ensuring that Chicago’s artists and the community that supports them are as diverse as the city we live in. Free and open to the public seven days a week, the Art Center served nearly 45,000 artists, collectors, neighbors, students and youth in 2015 through exhibitions, residencies, education, and public programs.

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Image credit: The Age of Participation, Ludwig Muzeum, Budapest (2015) Photo: Márton Somorjai.
Image credit: The Age of Participation, Ludwig Muzeum, Budapest (2015) Photo: Márton Somorjai.

The Collaborative Arts partnership Programme (CAPP) Website is now live.

The website has been developed over several months by Animo Creations. Animo Creations is a web design and development studio created by Karlijn Oostrik and Jorge de Rueda in 2000. With over 15 years of experience in creating web projects, they have worked for clients in Spain, Holland and UK. They are based in Madrid, Spain, and have been working in the cultural sector for many years now. Their principles match what Create and partners wanted for the CAPP website, acting as a showcase for all CAPP activities, a legacy and resource for collaborative arts and general EU culture sector, a contemporary website which is user friendly with clean modern aesthetic.

The platform will provide a central gathering point for information on aims, objectives, timelines and activities of the CAPP programme and will also give access to advice and support for artists working in, or aspiring to work in, the field of collaborative arts across Europe. 

It will be a dynamic and relevant source of information for those who are active in cultural, social and community contexts, including curators, managers, policy makers, academics, students and the general public. It will have all the opportunities and news updates about the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme and the opportunities for artists and communities to work together across Europe.

cappnetwork.com

For further information on the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, contact Katrina Goldstone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit the CAPP section on the Create website 

“CAPP- supporting the development of collaborative arts across Europe”

A transnational partnership on collaborative arts funded by Creative Europe

2014-2018

Partners: Create-Ireland (coordinating lead partner); Agora Collective, Berlin; hablarenarte:, Madrid; Heart of Glass, St Helens (UK); Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück; Live Art Development Agency, London; Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; M-Cult, Helsinki; and Tate Liverpool.

CAPP Creative Europe Programme Year Two celebrates the creation of many opportunities for artists 

Create and its EU partners in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme brought the second year of CAPP to a close in Valencia, Spain. Against the backdrop of the international meeting of IETM, they marked the achievements and milestones of this ambitious Europe wide partnership programme for collaborative arts. Hosted by the Spanish partners Hablarenarte from the 2nd-4th November, the nine partners made ambitious plans which included exciting commission opportunities for artists across Europe that will draw in diverse audiences through 2017. In the spirit of sharing with an already well established European Network, the CAPP partners also made a presentation to IETM in their Showroom strand.

Ailbhe Murphy, director of Create, the coordinating partner, said: “We are able to look back over the two years of CAPP and see how nearly 700 artists have engaged with the programme at this stage. Through both professional development workshops and now with our dedicated Residencies strand we have been able to provide terrific opportunities for artists who work with communities of interest and of place. We are about to launch the CAPP website too which will be a marvellous resource for information, not only about the many CAPP activities but also as a research and resource hub.”

The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) is an ambitious transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts. 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, the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme will engage with policy makers, academics, cross-sector partners and diverse communities in the partner countries with a view to facilitating knowledge exchange, dynamic arts programming and cultural policy development. This innovative four year programme seeks to develop new audiences by extending participation in the arts across Europe.

For further information on the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme 

Contact Katrina Goldstone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit www.create-ireland.ie and www.cappnetwork.com

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