national development agency for collaborative arts
in social and community contexts

European Learning Network

Estamos Aqui Para Ayudar (We're Here to Help). Joshua Sofaer and Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, 2007.

Date: 28 May
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1. No booking required.

Ahead of the Create/DCC European Learning Symposium on the 29th May, artist Joshua Sofaer will talk about his arts practice at The LAB.

Joshua Sofaer is an artist who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation. Often with an irreverent use of humour, he plays with established forms of production, appropriating and reconfiguring the chat show, competition, lecture, or museum display. He acts as curator, producer or director of a broad range of projects, including large-scale events, intimate performances, and publications.

Sofaer was a winner of the first Bank of America CREATE Art Award and was the first Artist Fellow on the 2010/11 Clore Leadership Programme.

Works currently in production include Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix a new commission for Folkoperan Stockholm; Improbability Drive a collaboration with Geheimagentur for the Foreign Affairs Festival in Berlin; and Lot of Noses, a series of 500 photographs of fake noses from Sofaer’s collection for the Wellcome Trust in London.

Joshua says:

"I aim to make high quality art events, performances and exhibitions that often involve the participation of members of the public. I want to use art to enable people to see the world as a place of potentiality and to become more active citizens.

"I am committed to education and deliver lectures, workshops and mentoring for art and performance students and produce publications and art education resources for the culturally curious. I work internationally from a base in the UK."

ELN Symposium

Create will host a one-day ELN symposium on May 29 with collaborative artists and those interested in collaborative methodologies, alongside our partners and contributors to this programme, which has been funded under the EU/Ireland Presidency. The main aim of the day is to gain a greater understanding of the professional development needs of artists across artforms who choose to locate themselves within a collaborative or collective practice. On the day, we will encourage reflection on potential support mechanisms and encourage those artists present to consider themselves and their practice in relation to important trends within the international ecology of collaborative practice. The day will have an active learning framework which encourages and welcomes input from all attending.

ARTIST SURVEY

Take our Artists' Needs Survey as part of the European Learning Network (ELN)

Create, Ireland’s national development agency for collaborative arts and Dublin City Art's Office are inviting you to take part in a survey about the professional development needs of artists who work collaboratively. Your response will inform important research being undertaken by Create in partnership with Tate Liverpool (UK), Live Art Development Agency (UK) and m-cult (Finland) and Dublin City Arts Office as part of our exploration of a European Learning Network for artists who work collaboratively.

Please click to take our survey now

The information gathered will help us to:

a) develop a mutual understanding around the range of contemporary collaborative practice;

b) gain an understanding of artists' on-going learning and development needs within the field of collaborative practice;

c) work towards an international language which describes the complexity and breadth of those practices.

If you want a copy of the results, please include your email address in the space provided. Alternatively please check this website.

The questionnaire will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Create’s vision is to lead the development of collaborative arts practice in Ireland, creating opportunities for exchange and interaction that benefit a wide constituency of artists, arts professionals, sectoral partners and communities.

We acknowledge many modes of collaboration which include communities as co-collaborators, as audience, as project activators, as commissioners, as inspiration and /or as participants. We advocate high levels of collaboration between artists and co-creators at all stages of planning, making and presentation of work and acknowledge the complexity of this type of arts practice. We recognise growing international critical trends in relation to socially engaged practice and believe that collaborative practice itself is redefining how arts practice is conceived and understood. These movements towards collaborative practice suggest a paradigm shift in contemporary art production.

Create, and our European Learning Network partners, are committed to exploring the evolving professional development needs of artists located within this exciting field of contemporary arts practice. Your participation in this survey will greatly assist our work.

If you are an Arts + Cultural Organisation based in Europe and would like to discuss partnering on the second phase of the European Learning Network please contact info [at] create-ireland.ie

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

Estamos Aqui Para Ayudar (We're Here to Help). Joshua Sofaer and Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, 2007.

EUROPEAN LEARNING NETWORK SYMPOSIUM May 29

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts; Dublin City Arts Office; Tate Liverpool (UK); Live Art Development Agency (UK); m-cult (Finland) Supported by Arts Council’s EU Local Partnership Scheme.

DATE: May 29
TIME: 10.30-16.30
VENUE: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin

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Artists and speakers: Dr Susanne Burns; Lindsey Fryer, Tate Liverpool; Lynnette Moran; Joshua Sofaer; Minna Tarka, m-cult; Aaron Wright, Live Art Development Agency; and a virtual keynote from Professor Grant Kester.

On the 29th of May in Dublin, Create will host a one-day symposium with collaborative artists and those interested in collaborative methodologies, alongside our partners and contributors to this programme, which has been funded under the EU/Ireland Presidency. The main aim of the day is to gain a greater understanding of the professional development needs of artists across artforms who choose to locate themselves within a collaborative or collective practice. On the day, we will encourage reflection on potential support mechanisms and encourage those artists present to consider themselves and their practice in relation to important trends within the international ecology of collaborative practice. The day will have an active learning framework which encourages and welcomes input from all attending.

KEY QUESTIONS to inform the day:

•    Collaborative Practice – the new avant-garde?
•    Authorship, levels of participation, what makes a successful collaboration – process v product?
•    What skills do you need to be successful?
•    Collaborative artists routinely position themselves at the centre of complex ecologies, how do artists negotiate that?
•    High Risk practices – how do artists manage risk?
•    How do artists successfully work in context? What are the challenges?
•    Artist care. What responsibility do artists have to themselves? How do you ensure you meet that?
•    Where do artists look for support, what are the models of best practice? What’s being met, what’s not quite hitting the mark?
•    What would a European Arts Education resource for the collaborative sector look like?

AUDIENCE: Artists (Cross-Artform) who locate themselves within a collaborative practice or those interested in collaborative methodologies

Schedule

10.30 – 11.00 Tea / Coffee + Registration

Morning sessions:

Introduction by Patrick Fox.
Dr. Susanne Burns, Artworks, Paul Hamlyn Foundation; Lynnette Moran, Create, Producer; Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Officer. Keynote: Professor Grant Kester Professor of Art History in the Visual Arts department, the University of California at San Diego. Lindsey Fryer, Head of Interpretation and Education, Tate Liverpool; Minna Tarkka, m-cult; Aaron Wright, Live Art Development Agency. Lunch + Networking

Afternoon:

Guest artist Joshua Sofaer. Artist Joshua Sofaer will construct a special exploratory session for the afternoon.  Sofaer is an artist who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation, often with an irreverent use of humour.  Utilising the data from a widely circulated Artist Learning needs survey as a starting point, Joshua will shape an active exploratory session in which participants will share, learn and investigate.  This active learning experience will provide space for a multitude of voices, provoking and informing in equal measure.

Biographies

VIRTUAL KEYNOTE - Grant Kester

Grant Kester is Professor of Art History, and Director of the University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego. Kester is one of the leading figures in the emerging critical dialogue around “relational” or “dialogical” art practices. His publications include Art, Activism and Oppositionality: Essays from Afterimage (Duke University Press, 1998),Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art (University of California Press, 2004) and The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context (Duke University Press, 2011). His curatorial projects include “Unlimited Partnerships: Collaboration in Contemporary Art” at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York in 2000 and “Groundworks: Environmental Collaborations in Contemporary Art” at Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. Kester's essays have been published in The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 (Blackwell, 2005), Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1945 (Blackwell, 2004), Poverty and Social Welfare in America: An Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio, 2004), Politics and Poetics: Radical Aesthetics for the Classroom (St. Martins Press, 1999), the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Ethics, Information and Technology: Readings(McFarland, 1997) as well as journals including Afterimage, Art Journal, E-Flux Journal, October,Variant (Scotland), Public Art Review, Exposure, The Nation, Third Text, Social Text and Art Papers. He is currently completing an anthology of writings by art collectives working in Latin America, in collaboration with Bill Kelley.

GUEST ARTIST - Joshua Sofaer

Joshua Sofaer is an artist who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation. Often with an irreverent use of humour, he plays with established forms of production, appropriating and reconfiguring the chat show, competition, lecture, or museum display. He acts as curator, producer or director of a broad range of projects, including large-scale events, intimate performances, and publications.

Sofaer was a winner of the first Bank of America CREATE Art Award and was the first Artist Fellow on the 2010/11 Clore Leadership Programme.

Works currently in production include Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix a new commission for Folkoperan Stockholm; Improbability Drive a collaboration with Geheimagentur for the Foreign Affairs Festival in Berlin; and Lot of Noses, a series of 500 photographs of fake noses from Sofaer’s collection for the Wellcome Trust in London. http://www.joshuasofaer.com

Dr Susanne Burns

Susanne Burns who is a senior arts leader, freelance management consultant and trainer with 28 years of senior management experience in the cultural sector in the UK. Her work has encompassed dance, theatre, music and the visual arts.

She has led several major evaluation projects including the longitudinal evaluation of In Harmony Liverpool and a major national youth dance intervention, Next Steps. She is currently evaluating Arts and Health programmes for Merseyside Primary Care Trust and a youth arts programme at Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art.

She is also currently the Project Director for Art Works – a new special initiative led by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. She has extensive experience of working in Higher Education as she was Head of Management at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts from 1994 -2001 and continues to work as an Associate for the Institute of Cultural Capital in Liverpool. She has a doctorate from Middlesex University.

Lindsey Fryer

Lindsey Fryer has been Head of Learning at Tate Liverpool since 1999. The team researches and designs artist led learning programmes and spaces for and with a diverse audience of children, young people and adults across the city, the region and beyond. Lindsey is part of the Senior Management Team and the Programme Group that deliver exhibitions, learning, interpretation and audience development programmes. She was the lead in developing the exhibition project The Fifth Floor : Ideas Taking Space with Peter Gorschlueter and leads its legacy that aims to inform integrated curatorial approaches to the work of the museum. Lindsey co-founded the Tate Liverpool Research Centre with Dr Christoph Grunenberg, recently revised with the current Artistic Director, Francesco Manacorda as The Museum as Learning Machine.'

Lynnette Moran

Lynnette Moran is a Creative Arts Producer, Director and Performance Maker working across and between art forms. In 2009 Lynnette founded Live Collision, an international producing template redefining the ways artists create, engage and collide through live performance and digital platforms. In the same year she established Live Collision International Festival, an annual international festival and residency; generating a significant platform for the creation, articulation and presentation of dynamic contemporary performance in Ireland.

Lynnette also manages the Learning Development Programme strand at Create and she curates and produces the annual From Context to Exhibition event - work arising from the LD Programme, which is an experiential learning programme in partnership with NCAD and the LAB. Lynnette has an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a BA Honours Degree in Electronic Media from the University of Wolverhampton. Lynnette has extensive experience producing diverse and multi form programmes, festivals and events. In 2012, Lynnette was selected by the European Festival Association (EFA) to take part in ‘Atelier’ for Young Festival Directors in Ljubljana 2012, following on from her involvement in SPACE (Supporting Performing Arts Circulation in Europe) managed by ONDA, Paris. Board Director of Rua Red Gallery in Dublin, Lynnette also curates, hosts and takes part in a number of public fora. She is an advisor, commentator, educator, a self-proclaimed cultural leader and an initiator of many types of platforms that carve out new ways of making and presenting live performance work, as well as critically engaging both artists and audiences.

She has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Film Making from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and in 2004 graduated with an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths College, London.

Minna Tarkka

Minna Tarkka has been active as critic, producer and educator in media art and design. As cultural producer, she has managed digital art and design projects for museums and the web. In 1990-91, she was directing MUU artist’s association and in 1994, she was programme director of the Helsinki ISEA symposium. In 1996-2001 she was professor of interactive and multimedia communication at the Media Lab, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland, where she initiated study and research projects in digital museums, interactive television and critical art and design practice. Currently she is finishing her doctoral thesis on media design discourses at the National Consumer Research Centre and is chair of m-cult, center for new media culture, Helsinki.

Aaron Wright

Aaron is Company Manager for the London based Live Art Development Agency where he produces a number of the agency’s key projects and is currently co-editing the Live Art Almanac Volume 3. Aaron is also working with performance artist The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein on her show Splat! which opens at the Barbican in 2013. Aaron has worked with a number of other organisations including the BBC, Fierce Festival and Capsule. Aaron completed an MA in film and a BA in English and Drama at The University of Birmingham.

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Lois Weaver. Photo: Christa Holka.

Public Address Systems - A workshop with Lois Weaver
21st March 2013
Applications now open

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts, is delighted to welcome internationally renowned artist  and academic Lois Weaver to take part in the first event of the ELN (European Learning Network) Programme 2013

Lois Weaver will conduct a one day workshop for professional artists working in or interested in collaborative socially engaged practice. This workshop will offer an intimate optic on the work of Lois Weaver, with particular focus on participatory formats and public engagement through the aesthetics of performance practice.

The workshop will be based on Public Address Systems, a series of projects created and coordinated by Lois Weaver that work as strategies for engaging the public through performance, place and the everyday. These projects include:

  • Creative Hosting – considering alternative uses of institutional space; creating a hosting persona; designing alternative public meeting structures; critical investigations of issues (gender, race and labour) associated with hosting and hospitality.
  • Porch Sitting – a relaxed format for non-hierarchical public discussion which employs phrases such as ‘I wonder…’ rather than ‘I know…’ to generate informal porch musings on formal topics.
  • The Long Table – an installation inspired by Marleen Gorris' film Antonia's Line that experiments with using the private form of a dinner party as a structure for public debate. The Long Table has been installed as a public dinner party between artists, activists, academics, advocates and general audiences on subjects such as women in prison, the arts and human rights, democracy and technology.
  • Domestic Terrorism, Hanging Laundry in Public - the act of hanging laundry in public as a means of engaging passers-by in conversation about issues of private and public.

About the workshop

Participants will engage in these strategies and will share tools and ideas for creating their own outcomes. These performative constructs will act as an invitation to explore the role of performance in creating alternative formats that create a space for public discussion.

Public Address Systems workshop by Lois Weaver will invite participants to rethink, explore and experiment with the role of performance in communicating issues, to look at and reflect on the contemporary relationship between art and activism and the role of the artist within various constructs.

The cost of the workshop is €20.

About Lois

Lois Weaver is a lecturer, performance artist, writer, director and activist.  She is Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice at Queen Mary University, London. Lois was co-founder of Spiderwoman Theatre, Split Britches Company and the WOW Theatre in New York and Artistic Director of Gay Sweatshop Theatre in London. She was a partner in Staging Human Rights, a People's Palace Project that uses performance practice to explore human rights in women’s prisons in Brazil and the UK and Director for PSi#12:Performing Rights, an international conference and festival on performance and human rights held at QM in 2006.  Lois is Artistic Producer for Air Project, an Artist in Residence programme that encourages a more robust artist presence in Higher Education and produces platforms for emerging live artists.

How Do You Apply

Places are limited therefore you need to apply in advance of the deadline outlined.

Applicants should submit a CV plus a short statement (150 words max) outlining the reason why you would like to participate in this workshop and how you think it will contribute to your professional development.

Please note applications are only open to practicing professional artists working across disciplines. An active interest in collaborative socially engaged practice is essential. You should have full availability for the day of the workshop from 10am – 5pm on Thursday 21st March 2013.

Submit applications via email to Lynnette Moran at lynnettemoran@create-ireland.ie, for further information send queries to the email as above or call Lynnette at Create, 01 473 66 00

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – 5pm Friday 15th March 2013.

ELN Partners: Create, Dublin City Arts Office (Ireland), TATE Liverpool (UK), LADA (Live Art Development Agency) (UK) and M-Cult (Finland)

Create has initiated a European Learning Network (ELN) for 2013, in partnership with Dublin City Arts Office, Tate Liverpool, Live Art Development Agency and M-Cult funded by the EU Presidency Local Partnership funds.

Through the ELN partnership we will explore the evolving professional development needs of artists who locate themselves within a collaborative practice  to create a framework to respond to those needs on a European level.

The European Learning Network (ELN)will explore key learning models developed by the partner organisations and share these with professional artists in the collaborative arts sphere, with a view to providing alternative optics and fresh ways of making work. We hope to provoke, challenge and encourage the collaborative art and socially engaged sector in Ireland to consider their practice in relation to an international ecology of contemporary collaborative practice and to provide greater supports for the on-going professional development of artists who locate themselves within contemporary collaborative arts practice. The funding allocated to phase one of this programme is designed to seed longer term relationships and more significant European partnerships.

Create recognises new ways in which artists are choosing to make work and believe collaborative arts has the potential to create unforgettable and inspiring experiences.

This ELN action research phase will lead to an exciting curated programme of presentations, performances and workshops with international guest artists specially selected by the ELN partner organisations. The ELN Programme will be hosted in Dublin during the first half of 2013, culminating in a one-day sectoral gathering at City Walls Space, Wood Quay Venue in May.

Over the coming months we will be announcing exciting opportunities for artists based in Ireland to engage with a variety of thinkers and practitioners from around Europe. 

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR OUR FANTASTIC LINE UP OF GUEST ARTISTS AND CURATORS COMING SOON!

First event: Public Address Systems workshop with Lois Weaver - March 21

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