Create values and promotes the development of new ways of learning in regard to collaborative practice in social and community contexts. The new generation of emerging artists working in different social contexts often have few supports in examining questions of who is making arts, who they are making it for and how it is being made. Conventional ideas of training cannot necessarily respond to the developmental needs and status of this ever evolving sector in isolation. Create encourages, supports and fosters initiatives around learning to expand and challenge the thinking about ideas, processes and practices in the collaborative arts arena, as well as what constitutes a ‘community’.
Working in partnership with a number of arts organisations and educational institutions, Create provides experiential learning opportunities for artists looking to develop the skills to work collaboratively with communities of place and/or interest.
Learning Development Programme
The Learning Development programme is a unique initiative between Create and Dublin City Council’s exhibition and project space The LAB Gallery, and third level art institutions which have included NCAD, IADT Dun Laoghaire, DIT and the Tisch School of the Arts (New York University). It is an experiential learning programme for students and artists engaging in socially engaged collaborative practice. DCC’s The LAB is closely involved in shaping the programme as well as offering access to curatorial expertise.
The National College of Art and Design in Thomas St, Dublin initiated the Public Art Placement programme in 2002 in collaboration with Create. The impetus behind the initiative began with the provocation - what happens when fine arts students collaborate with communities to produce an artwork?
Since then the programme has evolved year upon year becoming the Learning Development Programme; student artists identify organisations, groups and communities who they propose to engage with through the programme. Create support the introductions and seeding of the resulting collaborative relationships.
Learning Development Programme 2018: CAPP Fellows
In 2018 Create, working with The LAB and DIT, IADT and NCAD, offered an important opportunity for emerging artists to connect to our Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) in a significant learning and development initiative as CAPP Fellows. Nominated by their colleges, CAPP Fellows come from third-year and fourth-year Fine Art courses and have a strong interest in collaborative practice.
Bianca Kennedy and Gemma Browne from DIT were our first two CAPP fellows, and attended the fourth CAPP Staging Post, hosted by HablarEnArte in Madrid. Entitled Work in Process, this three-day event combined workshops, excursions, an exhibition, the presentation of a publication and public talks.
In April CAPP Fellows Patricia Donnelly and Eileen Manaliff from NCAD attended the fifth Staging Post hosted by Heart of Glass in St. Helens in association with Tate Exchange in Liverpool. Entitled With For About, this Staging Post explored collaborative projects and processes that are rooted in the concept of “Place”.
Attendance at these events provided a full immersion in the field of collaborative arts practice for the CAPP Fellows.
In addition to CAPP Staging Posts the Fellows played an important part in delivering Practice and Power in June, when an international community of artists, participants, community activists, thinkers, policy makers and programmers gathered in Dublin. This event marked the culmination of a series of public Staging Posts held at key points across the CAPP partner network over 2017/2018. Practice and Power marked the final and most significant dissemination moment for CAPP and as such iwas an event of key import for students of the Learning Development Programme.
The 2018 programme marks a further development in this long-standing arts education programme developed and delivered in partnership with the LAB Gallery and supported by Dublin City Council Arts Office.
Learning Development Programme History
In previous years (prior to 2018), the LD programme began in January, when student artists were welcomed to an intensive artist led training programme to introduce them to various methodologies, approaches, processes and practice in the area. They also met artists renowned within the sector and who provided examples of best practice in both short and long term projects. This training programme was curated and programmed by Create.
Over an eight to ten week period the student artists engaged with groups/communities and developed a working collaborative relationship. During this time Create provided ongoing support as well as programming a weekly training session for the student artists. Create are committed to interrogating examples of best practice both nationally and internationally, and allowing the work to act as a catalyst for innovative thought and thinking that may be influential for the student artists during this experiential programme.
Each year, Create invited an international artist to work directly with the student artists. This happened at a midway point when student artists were in the process of considering a number of varying considerations concerning their work, their engagement with the group and the outcome of the collaboration. To date international guest artists include Peggy Shaw (USA), Faisal Abdu' Allah (UK) Nic Green (UK) and Stacy Makishi (UK).
April of each year saw the student artists exhibit a piece of work derived directly from their engagement and collaboration with a group and/or community participants. This annual exhibition was titled From Context To Exhibition.
The Learning Development Programme is proud of its alumni which includes numerous artists who have continued on to be influential within this field of practice, such as Jesse Jones, Michelle Browne, Alice Rekab, Seamus Nolan, and Amie Lawless.