Create and Voluntary Arts Ireland are hosting a symposium to discuss the current and future relationship of arts and civil society.
Supported by Arts Council Ireland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Cork City Arts Office, European Cultural Contact Point (CCP) Ireland and Carnegie UK Trust.
Venue: Christchurch, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City
Date: October 20-21, 2011
9.30 – 10.15 Registration and Teas and Coffees
11.00 Defining Participation and Practice – Policy Perspectives
Martin Drury (Arts Director, Arts Council), Pat Cooke (Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, UCD), Marian Fitzgibbon (Head of School of Humanities, Athlone Institute of Technology), Pauline Conroy (co-founder Ralaheen Research and Design)
Chair - Fiona Kearney
12.30 – 1.40 Picnic
1.45 Keynote Address – Dr Anthony Downey
Anthony Downey is the Programme Director of the M.A. course in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. An editorial board member of Third Text, he has published essays, criticism and interviews in numerous international journals. His research activities and teaching focuses on African and Middle Eastern artists, collaborative and participative art practices, human rights, bio-politics and migration, and the potential for an ethics of contemporary art practices.
He has recently lectured and published essays on contemporary Iranian visual culture, postcolonial theory and contemporary African artists, Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben and Alain Badiou and the work of Artur Zmijewski and RenzoMartens.
He is currently researching a book on the “aesthetics of the real” which examines artists who engage with issues such as community, ethnography, human rights, re-enactment, migrations, and terrorism.
2.15 LAB DEBATES (Delegates select attendance for one of the LAB Debates at registration)
Engaging Communities – The Permeable Institution
Lisa Moran (Curator: Education and Community Programmes IMMA), Topher Campbell, (Director, The RedRoom, England), Tom Creed (Artistic Director, Cork Midsummer Festival), William Ring (GAA)
Chair: Declan McGonagle (Director, NCAD)
Measuring Artistic and Social Impact
Professor Michael Grenfell, (Dept of Education, Trinity College Dublin), Andrew Miles, (Manchester University), Tom Andrews, (Founder and Chief Executive of People United, England), Belinda Quirke (Artistic Director, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan)
Chair: Robin Simpson (Chief Executive, Voluntary Arts Network)
Working in Context
Conor Shields, (New Belfast Initiative), Dominic Campbell, (Director, Bealtaine), William Frode de la Foret, (Cork Community Art Link), Jesse Jones (Artist)
Chair: Liz Burns (Acting Director and Development Manager, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin)
3.30 LAB Reports
Liz Burns, Robin Simpson, Declan McGonagle
Chair: Tony Fegan (Director, Tallaght Community Arts)
4.00 Afternoon Tea
4.30 Rethinking Cultural and Civic Space
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (co-founder of Fíbín Teo), Annette Moloney (Curator), Frank McDonald (Environment Editor, Irish Times), Faisal Abdu’ Allah (Artist, England)
Chair: Bernadette Quinn (Tourism Geographer, Dublin Institute of Technology)
7.00 Evening Meal
Christchurch will be open at 9.30 am – please sign up if you wish to attend an information session on the Artist in the Community Scheme funding award, or want to use the space to accommodate a meeting
10.30 Teas and Coffees
11.00 Arts, Civil Society and Crisis
Portugal (Nuno Sacramento, Artist), Ireland (Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Choreographer), Italy (Silvana Carotenuto, Associate Professor of English at the University of Naples L’Orientale), Greece, (Augustine Zenakos, Writer/Curator), England (Gabriel Gbadamosi, Writer/Artist), Spain (Carlota Álvarez Basso, Curator and Founder and First President of ADACE - Spanish Association of Directors of Museums and Centres of Contemporary Art)
Chair: Daniel Jewesbury (Artist)
(The debate is sponsored by the Carnegie UK Trust which supports public debates run by not-for-profit organisations in the UK and Ireland to help communities address issues of concern to them. For more information please visit www.carnegieuk.org. Additional support from European Cultural Contact Point (CCP) Ireland)
12.30 Final Thoughts – Dr Anthony Downey, Tom Creed, Jesse Jones
Martin Drury has worked in the arts for over thirty years and has been an Arts Director with the Arts Council for the past four. He oversees the work of seven teams including Arts Participation; Local Arts; Young People, Children and Education; Venues; and Festivals. He is also convener of the Arts Council’s Policy and Strategy Committee. Since 1979 he has worked in a wide variety of key positions in the arts. He has been variously Ireland’s first regional Arts Education Officer (Sligo / Leitrim); Artistic Director of TEAM theatre-in-education company; Education and Dance Officer of the Arts Council; author of The Dublin Arts Report; script editor for Druid Theatre; and Associate Director of the Abbey Theatre. He is perhaps best known as Founder of The Ark (Europe’s only custom-designed arts centre for children) spending four years project-managing the creation of the award-winning building and a further five as its first director. As a theatre director, his CV includes more than twenty productions for the Abbey, Druid, Opera Theatre Company, Second Age, The Ark and TEAM. As an independent consultant, he has undertaken numerous research, advocacy, and strategic development contracts for a wide range of clients in the fields of culture, education, health and local government. He has published extensively in the fields of arts policy and arts education and has taught and lectured widely both at home and abroad, including earlier this month in Melbourne at the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture. He is a former board member of EU NET ART and of the Ireland Funds, and in the period 2000-2003 was Honorary Fellow of UCD’s Department of Psychology.
Pat Cooke is the Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at University College Dublin. Previously he worked for Ireland's State Heritage service for over twenty years, where he was director of both Kilmainham Gaol and the Pearse Museum. As a heritage sector manager, he pioneered the use of museums and historic properties in Ireland as sites for major art projects. His experience in the heritage field includes producing cultural and historical exhibitions and audio-visual presentations, and the management of historic sites in line with best principles of conservation practice. He was Chairman of the Irish Museums Association (2002-06), and chaired a Heritage Council committee charged with developing a Museum Standards programme for Irish museums.
Marian Fitzgibbon has been Head of the School of Humanities in Athlone Institute of Technology since 2001. Her primary and first postgraduate qualification (MA in French, 1981) came from University College Cork where she was a Honan Scholar as well as the recipient of a general UCC Entrance Scholarship. She has an MBA from the Open University in 1996 and as a Newman Scholar completed a PhD in the Faculty of Commerce (Smurfit Business School) from 1996 to 1999. She has worked in the education and arts sectors– Institute of Technology, Tralee; the Arts Council, UCD, and latterly Athlone Institute of Technology. Author of a book on innovative management in the arts sector Dr Fitzgibbon has edited a cultural management handbook. She has acted on numerous panels and development bodies at national and regional level and as a research application assessor for the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and several Institutes of Technology. She has addressed a number of conferences at national and regional level and in 2011 delivered the annual COLICO lecture to the Library Association of Ireland on “Delineating the Public Space”. For the past two years, Dr Fitzgibbon has chaired the Modern Cultural Studies panel of Undergraduate Awards and is the Taoiseach’s nominee on the Board of the National Library of Ireland.
Pauline Conroy is a social science graduate of University College Dublin and the London School of Economics. She completed her Doctoral studies at UCD with a study on women’s employment in multinational corporations in Ireland. She has been the holder of Research Fellowships with the Council of Europe and the European University Institute. She worked at the European Commission during the period of the Delors Presidency and was the Editor for the European Commission’s Annual Report on Equal Opportunities between women and men during the 1990s.
Fiona Kearney has been the inaugural Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College, Cork (UCC) since 2003. Fiona began her curatorial career as Programme Co-ordinator at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork and went on to direct the visual arts programme of Triskel Arts Centre. She was appointed as visual arts officer at UCC in 1999 and was part of the design team for the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. She is a graduate in French and Philosophy from UCC, and holds an M.Phil in Text and Image studies from Trinity College, Dublin.
Fiona has received several awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, a UCC President’s for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching, and a Fulbright Scholarship. In June 2006, she was awarded the Jerome Hynes Fellowship by the Arts Council. From 1996-2001, she was Lecturer in Philosophy of Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design. From 1999 - 2001, she was involved in setting up History of Art as an academic discipline at UCC and currently guest lectures on 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary Art. In July 2008, she was the Irish commissioner for the European Night at the Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of AICA (International Association Art Critics) and IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art).
Lisa Moran is Curator of Education and Community Programmes in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Prior to that she was Combined Arts Officer in the Arts Council with responsibility for community arts and multi-disciplinary arts festivals. She has a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, in New York, and an MA in the History of Art from the National College of Art and Design, in Dublin, where she also lectures in the Visual Culture Department. She is currently undertaking research towards a PhD in NCAD on the subject of commemorative strategies in contemporary art.
Topher Campbell is a theatre director, writer and filmmaker. He is co-founder of rukus!Federation a BLGBT arts company and artistic director of The Red Room Film and Theatre Company. He is currently creating Oikos and The Mangina Monologues for the stage. He occasionally writes for The Guardian, online edition. In March 2011 The Guardian published his critical response to the arts cuts 'Cutting Diversity in the arts will cost Britain dearly'.
Tom Creed is the Artistic Director of Cork Midsummer Festival. Previously he was Associate Director of Rough Magic, and a co-founder and joint Artistic Director of Playgroup. He studied English and Philosophy at UCC, and trained as a director on Rough Magic’s SEEDS programme and at the National Theatre Studio, London. Directing credits for Rough Magic include Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer, Life is a Dream, Attempts on her Life (for which he was nominated for Best Director at the 2007 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), Dream of Autumn, and 4.48 Psychosis as part of the SEEDS 2 showcase. He has directed all of Playgroup’s productions to date: Say Hi To The Rivers And The Mountains, The Heights, The Art of Swimming, The Train Show, Dark Week, Soap!, Crave and Integrity. He has also worked for the Abbey Theatre, Calipo, Blue Raincoat, Dublin Theatre Festival, Making Strange, Samuel Beckett Centre, Once Off Productions, Tobacco Factory Bristol, Dublin Youth Theatre, Activate Youth Theatre and Meridian, and is on the board of the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Association of Theatre Directors Ireland.
Declan McGonagle worked and exhibited as an artist for a period after graduating from Belfast College of Art before being appointed the first Organiser of the Orchard Gallery in Derry in 1978. His practice as a curator has included the Orchard Gallery, the ICA Exhibitions programme in London. He was first Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin [1990-2001] and has also directed independent projects such as the first Tyne International, [A New Necessity], and has initiated innovative Public Art and Community and Education Programmes.
He was short-listed for the Turner Prize  and has also served on the Turner Prize Jury  and other national and international Award Juries and has been External Examiner in a number of UK third level Institutions. He was Irish Commissioner for the 1993 Venice and 1994 Sao Paulo Biennales, has served on many Boards and Irish Government cultural bodies and, in 2004, completed the City Arts Centre’s Civil Arts Inquiry in Dublin. He has been a mentor on the Clore Leadership Programme London and is a member of the Board of the Liverpool Biennial, City Arts, Dublin and ProjectBase in Cornwall. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, London, and was a member of the Museum Working Group of the Healing Through Remembering Project, Belfast (2004 – 2008). He was the first Director of Interface, a practice based research centre in the School of Art and Design at the University of Ulster in Belfast [2004-2008], which deals with issues of art, design and context and is currently the Director of the National College of Art and Design, in Dublin.
Michael Grenfell is Professor of Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. He is currently Head of School. He has a long association with language teaching and learning research, as well as involvement in policy forums. He is also author of Modern Language Across the Curriculum (2002) and (with V. Harris) Learning Strategies and Modern Languages (Routledge, 1999). He also has a longstanding association with the work of Pierre Bourdieu. He was three times visiting scholar at the École des hautes études in Paris. He has authored: Pierre Bourdieu: Acts of Practical Theory (1998, Falmer Press – with D. James); Pierre Bourdieu: Language, Education and Culture (2002, Peter Lang – with M. Kelly); Pierre Bourdieu: Agent Provocateur (2004, Continuum); Bourdieu: Education and Training (2007, Continuum); Arts Rules: Pierre Bourdieu and the Visual Arts (2007, Berg – with C. Hardy); and Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts (2008, Acumen).
Tom Andrews is the Founder and Chief Executive of People United. He has worked for 17 years in the arts, education and community sectors; bringing people together, promoting understanding and initiating new ideas. People United is a creative laboratory. It explores how the arts and creativity can inspire kindness and social change. It commissions artists, creates imaginative new work, develops research and supports new social initiatives. People United’s most recent project, We All Do Good Things, involved over 6,000 people celebrating their own stories across one town, and has inspired a range of new community initiatives. Previously Tom founded and ran the acclaimed music organisation Music for Change and worked as strategic manager for the Royal Opera House. He also wrote the first education pack on Tibet and promoted artists from around the world as part of the voluntary initiative Under One Sky. He is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme and the RSA and regularly mentors cultural and community leaders. He is a proud dad of two lively children, William (10) and Ella (8). His hobbies include football, music and inventing games.
Belinda Quirke is the inaugural director of Solstice Arts Centre in County Meath. At Solstice Belinda has instigated a diverse cultural programme in the performance and galleries, including the acclaimed Tall Tales Theatre Company residency programme and founder of Solstice Festival in Navan. A graduate of both Crawford College of Art (Painting) and University College Cork (Music), Belinda studied singing at the Cork School of Music (soprano), and previously tutored medieval singing at Music Department, University College Cork. During this time diverse performances and compositions manifested through a number of bands and collaborative work. Previous positions include General Manager of Triskel Arts Centre, Administrator of Cork International Choral Festival, Cork. A board member of Music Network and Ballet Ireland, currently Belinda is revisiting her own creative practice.
Robin Simpson has been Chief Executive of the Voluntary Arts Network since September 2005. Before joining VAN Robin was Deputy Chief Executive of Making Music – the UK umbrella body for amateur music making, supporting over 2,000 amateur music groups, including choirs, orchestras, and music promoters. Previously Robin worked as General Manager of The British Federation of Festivals, supporting the volunteer organisers of more than 300 festivals of music, dance and speech & drama across the UK. Robin has substantial experience of working with volunteers having also worked for six years for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, managing a team of over 130 volunteer readers to record academic textbooks onto tape for visually-impaired students.
Robin completed his MBA with the Open University Business School in 2002. He is a member of the DCMS Third Sector Forum, the DCMS Opportunity & Excellence Programme Board, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations Members’ Assembly and the ACEVO Arts, Culture & Heritage Special Interest Group. He was a Trustee of NCVO from 2007-08, a member of the NCVO Executive Committee from 2007-08 and a member of the ChangeUp Volunteering Hub Scrutiny Committee from 2006-08.
Conor Shields is a multi-instrumentalist and has been a performing musician for over thirty years. He has co-founded theatre companies and new theatre writing groups and over the years, worked in broadcast media, development education and the arts. Conor has facilitated workshops through a range of disciplines in theatres, schools, community settings and prisons. He sits on various boards in N Ireland including the Workers’ Educational Association, Culture Night Belfast, The Cathedral Quarter Steering Group and the Geoff Harden Archive Trust. He is passionate about the role the arts play in society and as Programme Director of New Belfast Community Arts Initiative, has overseen the recent merger with Community Arts Forum, forming the Community Arts Partnership. This new organisation will offer significant resources to communities, schools, artists and organisations throughout the region, in terms of arts project development and training, research, information and advocacy services.
Dominic Campbell is Artistic Director of Bealtaine Festival, a ground-breaking celebration of creativity in older age (www.bealtaine.com). This nationwide arts festival is built through commission and collaboration; five hundred partnerships with artists, cultural organisations, libraries, health care settings, active retirement groups and individuals created 3000 individual exhibitions, workshops, concerts, performances, debates and displays in 2011. The Festival has become a means for sectors to meet in collaboration. It is having a significant affect on the cultural life of Ireland. It asks “ What kind of old do I want to be and what kind of world do I want to grow older in?”. Dominic is supporting the development of similar initiatives in Wales, Scotland, Germany and Australia.
Self-employed he’s programmed public discussions at The Abbey Theatre, explored the future of Irish Festivals with AOIFE, and encouraged articulate dissent through “Angry School” for “Home Of The Bewildered” (homeofthebewildered.com). He’s built Carnival, directed intimate performance and high profile national celebrations including “The Day Of Welcomes” marking the 2004 EU expansion with eleven simultaneous cultural festivals. From 1999 to 2004 he transformed Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival. He’s interested in stuff. Sometimes he makes stuff. Sometimes he tries to make stuff happen.
William Frode de la Foret is a multidisciplinary artist born in France. William is the Artistic Director of Cork Community Art Link (corkcommunityartlink.com) where he has worked for the last 18 years making art with people in various contexts.
William has developed, directed and facilitated long term arts programmes including a 10 year programme in Our Lady’s psychiatric hospital Cork, and "What if" (whatif.ie) a programme exploring participatory public art practice. He has 18 years experience in community street performance, including parades and street theatre shows and most recently The Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade. (dragonofshandon.com).
His practice is shaped by his belief that the arts represent an infinite field of possibility for people and cannot be reduced to academic, institutional and market driven conceptions and that everybody has the right to create art, to engage with the making of culture and its representation on one’s own terms.
Jesse Jones is a Dublin-based artist, with a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from NCAD (2002) and an MA in Visual Arts Practices from IADT (2005). Jones’s practice focuses on the embedded political and social history within everyday life. She is interested in the moments when this hidden history comes to the surface, such as the demonstration or strike, and in moments of convergence. Seeing popular culture as an expression of this collective narrative of history, her work often adopts elements such as the B movie or pop music as a site of shared memory. Jones also uses the process of restaging a sense of history within contemporary contexts.
Recent exhibitions (in 2008) include The Spectre and the Sphere, (solo show), Project Arts Centre, Dublin; 2:MOVE, Belfast Exposed, Belfast; Art In The Life World, Ballymun, Dublin. Previous projects and exhibitions include 12 Angry Films (2006), a public art project, in which Jones worked with an elective community of participants contacted through community networks, trade unions and activist groups, Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (June 2008), Project | Performance, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, (June 2008), The Spectre and the Sphere (solo show), Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto (September 2008). Jesse is a non Executive Director of the Create Board.
Liz Burns is currently Acting Director and Development Manager for the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin. She curates the artistic programme, which has a particular focus on socially engaged arts practice, and developing critique through talks and publications. Current projects include the Troubling Ireland Campaign - which arose out of a Fire Station commissioned think tank for socially engaged arts practitioners led by the Danish curatorial collective ‘Kuratorisk Aktion. Past projects include ‘Two Monuments’ (2009) with Polish Artur Zmijewski which was screened in RHA in 2010 and the publication The Applied Social Arts to coincide with this exhibition. Other Fire Station projects include 12 Angry Films (2006) Jesse Jones, 100 Flowers to Bloom (2006) David Jacques, Umbrella Project Rhona Byrne (2006). Liz completed her MA in Visual Arts Practices with IADT 2008/9 and has since 2009 been developing her own independent curatorial practice. Previous independent curatorial projects include Liliquoi Blue: God made me a boy ( 2010) Qasim Riza Shaheen, commissioned by City Arts, and Systems Failure with artist Anna Macleod (2010), The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon. Liz is Chair of Arts and Disability Ireland. Prior to Fire Station, Liz worked in Tallaght Community Arts Centre. She studied Communications in DIT and completed a Higher Diploma in Community Development in Maynooth in 1999.
Tony Fegan has been the Director of Tallaght Community Arts since August 2007. Previously he was Director of Learning at Lift (London International Festival of Theatre) for 15 years where he established an international and intercultural learning programme with a major focus on participatory arts work with children and young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds across London.
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill is co-founder of Fíbín Teo. Micheál was also Head of Development with Telegael until 2009, during which time he co-created and co-produced all three series of TG4’s acclaimed teenage comedy drama series Aifric. Micheál has won three Irish Film & Television Awards and a Celtic Media Festival Award for Aifric itself. He worked on numerous children’s programmes apart from Aifric. He was a puppeteer on the TG4 series’ Mise & Pangar Bán and Miremara. Micheál produced and directed the Irish version of Jim Henson’s Hoobs for TG4 also. Other accolades include a fourth Irish Film & Television Award for the international documentary Tall, Dark & Ó hÁilpín. Micheál is renowned for being the infamous voice of iconic Irish cartoon series Bouli.
Micheál is also a shareholder in Studio Solas; a Connemara based film studio. He also remains a shareholder in Telegael Media Group. He is a shareholder in iRadio, a regional radio station broadcasting in the west, east and the midlands of Ireland.
Annette Moloney is a practitioner, curator and collaborator based in Limerick, Ireland. Her curatorial practice includes talks and writing, particularly on how artists and practitioners are making use of vacant city centre spaces; exhibitions, artists peer crits; mentoring and public art commissions. Recent roles include working as a project manager at the Irish Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale; as Artistic Director of Clare County Council’s Public Art Programme; Public Art Specialist with the Arts Council of Ireland and Artist Liaison on Arts and Health Dialogue. More than anything she tries to retain an artist centred and idea centred approach to her practice.
Frank McDonald was born in Dublin in 1950 and lives in Temple Bar.Educated at St Vincent’s CBS Glasnevin and UCD, he is Environment Editor of The Irish Times, having been the newspaper’s Environment Correspondent since 1986. He has won several awards, including one for Outstanding Work in Irish Journalism for a series of articles in 1979 entitled ‘Dublin - What Went Wrong?’. In 1988 he won a Lord Mayor’s Millennium Medal for his work in highlighting the architecture of Dublin. He is author of The Destruction of Dublin (1985) and Saving the City (1989), two books that helped to change public policy on urban renewal. His third book, The Construction of Dublin (2000), became a non-fiction bestseller. He is also joint author with James Nix of Chaos at the Crossroads (2005), a book documenting the environmental destruction of Ireland.
Faisal Abdu’ Allah graduated from the Royal College of Art, his first solo show ‘Censored’ received wide acclaim and was quoted as ’one to watch’ by art critic Sarah Kent.Abdu’ Allah’s work primarily evolves from the interface of photography, the printed image and lens-based installation, more recently moving image has featured in his practice. This has enabled him to reposition values and ideologies pertaining to representation. Abdu’Allah continues to broker disparate worlds through his practice best exemplified in ‘The Garden of Eden’ 2003 with architect David Adjaye, ‘Gold Finger’ 2007 with the late Joey Pyle from the British Mafia and more recently 'Double Pendulum' 2011 featuring Jeanette Kwakye of Team GB, described as an exploration of breathing through training rituals of sports athletes.
Abdu’Allah has participated in Sharjah, Torino and Tallinn Biennales and has been the recipient of the Decibel Artist Award 2005, Tallinn Print Triennial 2007 and IDA award 2010. A senior lecturer in Fine art at the University of East London, visiting professor Stanford University, California and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Abdu’Allah is currently in collaboration with Christian Boltanski on ’14 years in between’ which will be showcased in his retrospective at the CAAM Gran Canaria 2012. He is represented by Magnolia Editions, California.
Bernadette Quinn is a Tourism Geographer. She lectures on Tourism Policy in the European Union, cultural tourism and festivals and on Globalisation Processes in Tourism at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Nuno Sacramento was born in 1973 in Maputo, Mozambique, where he spent the first few years of his life. With the country's independence, he moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where he grew up, first dedicating his passions to football, then to theology, and finally to art, receiving a degree in Sculpture from Lisbon University. Since 1997, Nuno has spent most of his time between The Netherlands, where he did DeAppel’s Curatorial Training Programme, and Scotland, where he received a practice-based PhD (Shadow Curating: A Critical Portfolio) from Dundee University. In 2008 Nuno moved back to Portugal to enrol in Post-doctoral research at Lisbon University. Nuno is, since April 2010, the Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Scotland.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir is an independent choreographer and dance artist. Brought up in the Ring Gaeltacht in Ireland, he completed degrees in English and European Literature at Magdalen College Oxford, before training at London Contemporary Dance School. In addition to his own choreography, he has danced for other companies such as Adventures in Motion Pictures, Catapult Dance Company, Ciotóg, Claire Russ Ensemble and Arc Dance Company, where he was assistant to the choreographer, Kim Brandstrup.
He was the first Ireland Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme and continues to contribute to the programme as a facilitator and speaker. He is a current Board member of Project Arts Centre and of Dance Digital and a former board member of Create and of Dance Ireland. He contributes to Imeall, TG4?s flagship arts programme. He is one of the choreographers currently supported by modul dance, a network of European dancehouses.
Silvana Carotenuto is Associate Professor of English at the University of Naples L’Orientale. Her fields of interest are feminism, deconstruction, contemporary theatre, and postcolonial studies. She has devoted two books to Shakespeare, and has just finished The Language of Cleopatra. Deconstructive Translations and Survivals (forthcoming). She has translated Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing by Hélène Cixous into Italian (Rome: Bulzoni, 2000). She also works in the field of visual culture – she recently directed a European multimedia project, entitled ‘Migrant Women. The Paths of Exile’. She is active in the PhD programme ‘Cultural and postcolonial studies in the Anglophone world’, and is a member of the board of ‘The Centre for Postcolonial Studies’ and ‘The Women’s Archive’ at L’Orientale. At present, she is working on a project devoted to Life on A Small Island: the Poetics of Jamaica Kincaid.
Augustine Zenakos is a writer for To Vima, which means ‘The Tribune’ in Greek, one of Greece’s national newspapers, since 1999. Since 2003, he has been the art critic for the Sunday edition, and writes a weekly column every Saturday. Between 2001 and 2004 he was the editor of Vima – Istoria, the history supplement of the newspaper. Between 2006 and 2007 he was the co-publisher of a. the athens contemporary art review. He has contributed to various publications in Greece and abroad, including Art Fairs International, Art in America, Artnet, Contemporary, GAP, Kaput, et al.
In November 2005, together with Xenia Kalpaktsoglou and Poka-Yio, Augustine co-founded the Athens Biennial Non Profit Organization, and the curatorial trio XYZ. He has curated contemporary art exhibitions in Greece and abroad, including, with XYZ, the 1st Athens Biennale 2007 Destroy Athens. Also with XYZ, he was artistic director of the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 Heaven. Presently, he is co-director of the Athens Biennial Non Profit Organization. Augustine (tries to) live in Athens.
Gabriel Gbadamosi is a poet, playwright and dramaturg. He was an AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship at Goldsmiths for three years from September 2006. Gabriel is currently dramaturg for Voices, a drama series for Nigerian television by the BBC World Service Trust, and is also dramaturg for Hydroponic, a development program for culturally diverse writers run by Writernet and funded by the Arts Council South East and Reading Borough Council. In addition to conducting playwrights’ workshops and seminars in the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Slovenia, Gabriel has collaborated widely in productions of his plays across Europe and is a founder member of The Fence network of European playwrights and facilitators focused through the JANUS translation project on issues of cultural diversity and the mobility of the artist.
Previously, Gabriel was writer-in-residence as a Judith E. Wilson Fellow at the Faculty of English, Cambridge and a Wingate Scholar researching theatre and performance in Africa. He was a director of the Society of Authors and is a presenter of BBC Radio 3’s culture and ideas programme, Night Waves.
Carlota Álvarez Basso has a Maîtrise en Sociologie from Paris X-Nanterre (validated from the Complutense University of Madrid), and completed her PhD at the University, specialising in Cultural Consumption in Spain. In 1992, after one year in the Department of Video Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Álvarez Basso joined the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, where she set up the Department of Audiovisual Artworks, which she directed until 1999. She then moved to Pontevedra to run the Congress and Exhibition Centre; shortly afterwards, she left to set up the Museo de Arte Contemporánea in Vigo, which she directed from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2008, she held the post of Project Manager for the State Cultural Commemorations Company, run by the Ministry of Culture where she was responsible for managing over a hundred projects implemented each year by the Company throughout Spain: exhibitions, operas, congresses, concerts, documentaries and publications. She is now General Manager of the Córdoba Cultural City Foundation, the organisation responsible for the city's unsuccessful European Capital of Culture 2016 bid.
Álvarez Basso has also curated numerous national and international exhibitions, as well as being Founder and First President of ADACE (Spanish Association of Directors of Museums and Centres of Contemporary Art). She has also served on Panels and Advisory Boards for a number of Spanish cultural institutions. She has written numerous critical essays for catalogues, has served on many juries for prizes and festivals, and has taken part in conferences and round tables in Spain and abroad. She speaks and writes fluent Spanish, French and English, and also speaks Portuguese.
Daniel Jewesbury was born in London and studied Sculpture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. He moved to Belfast in 1996 and subsequently studied for a PhD in the Media Studies department of the University of Ulster at Coleraine, which he received in 2001. Daniel's work has been shown internationally and nationally , including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Void, Derry, 2007, Project Arts Centre, 2009.
Daniel's writing is widely published, in such titles as Source, Mute, Third Text, Variant (of which he is a co-editor) and, of course, The Vacuum. He has also written three catalogue texts for Willie Doherty, including the essay 'What we will remember, and what we must forget', for the 2007 Venice Biennale.