Events

I Have Doubts, Fiona Woods (2013). Image courtesy of the artist.
I Have Doubts, Fiona Woods (2013). Image courtesy of the artist.

The Politics of Context

Workshop with Fiona Woods, artist and educator 

Presented by Create and The Dock

Date: Thursday 2nd March 2017

Time: 10 – 1pm

Venue: The Dock, Leitrim

This workshop will explore some of the navigational tools that socially engaged artists can use to critically assess their position in relation to a field of practice which involves various and, sometimes, conflicting interests. The workshop will include a range of theoretical considerations and practical explorations, supporting participants in an analysis and peer critique of their own modes of practice. Relating the practice to the politics of institutions will also be considered. 

This workshop is aimed at both emerging and established artists working in collaborative and socially engaged arts. 

Places are limited to 15, so please book early to secure a place, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Politics of Context in the subject line.

 

Create and Common Ground: Sonia Boyce

Diverse Engagements and Collaborative Practice

Date: 8 November
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Irish Museum of Modern Art

BOOK NOW (Free)

Common Ground and Create are partnering on this discussion event as part of the Create Debates and Common Ground’s CURIOUS CONVERSATIONS. This event will host a wide-ranging discussion exploring culturally diverse participatory art practices. Panel includes UK based artist Sonia Boyce, Vukasin Nedeljkovic of Asylum Archive and Dublin based artist Laragh Pittman who is currently working with a Muslim women’s group in the context of her CITIZEN ARTIST award. Drawing on direct project experience of these artists and collaborators, the discussion will focus on a range of questions on socially engaged art practice in the context of cultural diversity, ethics and representation; politics of engagement and also on the issue of how artists work with integrity, solidarity and real partnership with culturally diverse groups, avoiding the act of ‘Othering’ or ‘Exoticism?’

Sonia Boyce

Sonia Boyce

Sonia Boyce MBE is a British Afro-Caribbean artist who lives and works in London. She studied at Stourbridge College, West Midlands. Boyce’s early work addressed issues of race and gender in the media and in day-to-day life. She expressed these themes through large pastel drawings and photographic collages. 

Her work has since shifted materially and conceptually by incorporating a variety of media such as photographs, collages, films, prints, drawings, installation and sound. Her recent work collaboratively brings the audience into sharper focus as an integral part of the artwork, between artist, vocalists and audience, demonstrating how cultural differences might be articulated, mediated and enjoyed. Boyce’s significant exhibitions include Five Black Women, African Centre, London (1983); Sonia Boyce: For you, only you, Magdalen College, Oxford and subsequent UK venues (2007 – 2008); and All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Arsenale and Giardini (2015). 

Sonia currently  acts as the principal researcher for Black Artists and Modernism (BAM) , a three-year research programme that investigates the artworks of Black-British artists and the works' relationship to modernism.

Boyce is represented in the permanent collections of Arts Council England and Tate Modern, London. In 2007, Boyce was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the arts. She is currently Professor of Fine Arts at Middlesex University, London and Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London.

 

Masterclass with Sonia Boyce

Date: 9th November

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART from at IMMA Studio Space

Sonia Boyce

Common Ground and Create are partnering on this masterclass, which affords collaborative artists a rare opportunity to work closely with and learn from Professor Sonia Boyce a leading practitioner in the field of collaborative arts and cultural diversity.

The masterclass will draw on Sonia Boyce’s practice and extensive research interests in art as a social practice and the critical and contextual debates that arise from this burgeoning field, addressing the politics, aesthetics and quality of contemporary art made through collaboration and participation. 

Boyce’s own art practice relies on working with other people in collaborative and participatory situations, often demanding of those collaborators spontaneity and unrehearsed performative actions. Drawing on practice examples such as Gather Justicia, the relationship between sound and memory, the dynamics of space, and incorporating the spectator will also be examined closely.

Sonia currently heads up a major three year research project entitled Black Artists and Modernism which sheds light on the fundamental role black artists played in the conception and development of Modern Art in Britain. This masterclass opens up critical questions regarding representation and documentation in the context of increasing culturally diverse collaborative practices in Ireland. Sonia has a distinguished record in research on collaborative and participatory practice, this masterclass affords practitioners the opportunity to explore critical questions regarding how cultural differences might be articulated, mediated and enjoyed in collaborative work.

Submit a statement of interest as to why you wish to participate plus a CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The masterclass will take place in the studios in IMMA and will be open to between 10 – 15 artists

 

Related event: Diverse Engagement discussion, Sonia Boyce – November 8 (Booking required)

 

The Artist & The State 

International Symposium 

Date: Saturday 26 November 2016 

Time: 10am – 5.30pm 

Venue: The Chapel, IMMA 

Tickets €6 (incl tea & coffee)

Organised by IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) , Dublin City Gallery – Hugh Lane and Create and is part of the official Ireland 2016 Programme.

In response to the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the evolution of society over the past 100 years, IMMA, The Hugh Lane and Create’s 2016 programmes reflected on the role artists and creativity play in society and the identity of the nation state. National commemorations operate within a framework of national identity and defined statehood – frameworks that are increasingly contested and problematic within global discourses on the shifting relationship between civil society and the state.

This international symposium at IMMA takes a timely look at the potential of contemporary arts practice to critically address the challenges now facing our ever-changing global society and systems of governance.

Diverging propositions on the changing role of the artist and the state will be presented by: Annie Fletcher, Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum / Mick Wilson, artist / Head of Fine Art, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg / Emily Jacir artist / Jaki Irvine, artist / Duncan Campbell, artist / Sarah Browne, artist / Jesse Jones, artist / Dr. Tina Kinsella, Lecturer, Critical and Contextual Studies (Fine Art) IADT / Lisa Godson, Historian of Design and Material Culture, NCAD / Vivian Ziherl, Curator, Frontier Imaginaries / Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili, artist duo / Sarah Glennie, Director, IMMA / Barbara Dawson, Director, Dublin City Gallery – Hugh Lane / Ailbhe Murphy, Director, Create.

A full symposium programme is available here.

Convened by Annie Fletcher and Sarah Glennie, co-curators of the exhibition El Lissitzky, The Artist and the State (IMMA, 2015), join curators, artists and researchers for a day of lively debate and discussion on some of most pertinent issues we are experiencing today.

Hyde Park Art Center. Image: courtesy of the Art Center.
Hyde Park Art Center. Image: courtesy of the Art Center.

(RE)PUBLIC

A collaborative arts showcase in Chicago, inspired by 2016, organised by Create the national development agency for collaborative arts as part of I Am Ireland, Culture Ireland’s International programme for 2016

Date: October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Venue: Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago
Launch event: 30 October 3-5pm, Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

Create are delighted to announce that (Re) Public the collaborative arts showcase at Hyde Park Arts Center in Chicago will open its doors to the public on 23rd October with an official launch with the Consulate of Ireland taking place at Hyde Park Arts Center on 30th October. The exhibition will be opened by Vice Consul General Ragnar Almqvist.

The exhibition (Re)Public presents the work of seven leading contemporary Irish collaborative artists in Chicago in 2016.The artists are: Seamus Nolan (Visual Arts) Dylan Tighe (Theatre/ Music) Marie Barrett/ North 55 (Visual Arts) Philippa Donnellan / CoisCéim (Dance Theatre) Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström / Softday (Sound Art) and artist / curator Megs Morley (Film/Visual Arts). These artist’s practices engage in profound ways with different publics in exploring pressing social, political and environmental issues current in 21st century Ireland. These include hidden histories of state institutional abuse (Nolan) community identity in post conflict rural border regions (North 55), issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects (Softday), the individual’s struggle for autonomy within the field of mental health (Tighe) the importance of creative autonomy and independence and the right to self-expression in movement and dance (Donnellan) and strategies of resistance that include artistic intervention, self-organisation, and collectivism (Morley).

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