Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts – December 1

Contributor Biographies

Rick Lowe is a Houston-based artist who has exhibited and worked with communities nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in: Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; Phoenix Art Museum; Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea; the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; the Venice Architecture Biennale; and Documenta 14 , Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece. He is best known for his Project Row Houses community-based art project that he started in Houston in 1993. Additional community projects include the Watts House Project in Los Angeles, the Borough Project in Charleston, SC (with Suzanne Lacy and Mary Jane Jacobs), the Delray Beach Cultural Loop in Florida, and the Anyang Public Art Program 2010 in Anyang, Korea. Among Rick’s honours are the Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence, the AIA Keystone Award, the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities, the Skowhegan Governor’s Award, the Skandalaris Award for Art/Architecture, and a U.S. Artists Booth Fellowship. He has served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, a Mel King Fellow at MIT, an Auburn University Breedan Scholar, and a Stanford University Haas Center Distinguished Visitor. President Barack Obama appointed Rick to the National Council on the Arts in 2013; in 2014 he was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2016 he joined the University of Houston as an associate professor of art.

Selina Thompson is an acclaimed artist and performer based in Leeds. Her work is playful and participatory, focused on the politics of identity and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments. Of her work, Thompson says: “My practice is primarily intimate, political and participatory, with a strong strand of public engagement and investigation which then leads to joyous, highly visual work, which seeks to connect to those often marginalized by the arts. I believe with all my heart in the capacity of art to change society and, in my more optimistic moments, the world, and relish any opportunity to connect with an audience, and to create work that invests in deep engagement with the public.” Her work and commissions include Dark and Lovely, Northern Stage, Ovalhouse, Birmingham REP, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre in the Mill (2015) originally commissioned by East Street Arts, and supported through funding from Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England; Race Cards supported by Buzzcut, Camden People’s Theatre, Forest Fringe and Fierce Festival, Leeds Library, Artsadmin, and IBT international showcase; Salt, commissioned by Theatre Bristol, Mayfest and Yorkshire Festival and soon to be developed into a book with support from The Bent Agency.

Seamus Nolan is an artist based in Dublin, He is the current recipient of the prestigious CAPP commission with Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Create. Other recent work include ''Proto punks' with Upstate Theatre projects Drogheda, 'Free Silhan Oscelik ' Mayo Arts Collaborative, ''F**K IMMA' for 'What we call love' Irish Museum of Modern Art, ‘10th President’ a project which proposed the President of Ireland temporarily hand over office, 'The Trades Club Revival' which saw the revival of the traditional working man’s club in Sligo. The attempted hijack of a Ryan air flight ‘Flight NM7104’, the refusal to participate Ireland's recent international art event ‘Dublin Contemporary’ 2011. Other works include Corrib Gas Project Arts Centre, which looked at the Corrib Gas Pipeline and the North Mayo community affected by its development, 'every action’ a collaboration with the 5 peace activists acquitted for disarming a military aircraft in Shannon Airport, as well as 'Hotel Ballymun' which saw the transformation of a residential tower block on the outskirts of the city transformed into a boutique hotel.

Dr Eve Olney is an academic and media practitioner who explores her subjects through experimental ethnographic research. Her field of interest involves challenging normalised knowledge and value structures by cultivating and conceiving alternative methodological approaches to understanding archives and archival knowledge. Currently she is working on Seamus Nolan’s CAPP commission project, exploring archival framing of ‘notions of representation in relation to Traveller past and heritage’. Other recent collaborative projects include; UnaGanaGuna (2017 - ) a project concerned with collecting personal histories of women born in Ireland from the 1930s onwards. Inhabiting the Bageion: architecture as critique (2017) an exhibition of art, architecture and activism in Athens. Working in collaboration with Seamus Nolan and Irish and Athenian-based participants, the project produced work for the Notora 26 refugee occupation in Exarchia, Athens. She is presently collaborating (2016 – 2020) with Athenian-based activist group Urban React on a Collective Design project. Teaching includes the MA programme in Cork Centre for Architectural Education (2014-2017). She is an External Examiner for Sligo IT Contextual Studies in Fine Art. Her research topics include how the Artist/Architect might be complicit in legitimating neo-liberal ideologies and rationales. Her work is published across both art practice and academic forums.  

Chris Baldwin is a performance director, curator and writer. He is presently Creative Director of Galway, European Capital of Culture 2020 (Ireland) . Previously he was Curator of Interdisciplinary Performance for Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016 in Poland. Chris has become known widely for Teatro de Creacion (TdC) - an approach to making large scale performance designed for a place, about that place - itʼs history and relationship to local people and usually made in deep collaboration with the people of that place. He has directed widely in Spain, UK, Poland, Bulgaria and Germany and elsewhere. During 2011 and 2012 he wrote and directed two major pieces of work as part of the London Olympic Gamescelebrations; "The Way the Winds Blow” in Rutland and “Raise the Sky" for the Olympic Torch Celebrations. His play, Cosima, won "Best Theatre Text" at the  FETEN international theatre festival, Gijon, Spain, and his play "Bright Angel" (written in collaboration with Bernd Kessler) has been performed in various  British and German theatres.  He has published various plays and books about theatre and the teaching of history in post authoritarian countries.  He has been Visiting Professor at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London and is also a Permaculture designer.

Jijo Sebastian is a science graduate turned film maker. He has made five short films and one feature-length film focusing on the lives of the Indian community in Ireland . Having lived as a migrant in different places, Jijo is interested in themes of identity and belonging in a globalized world. His work is often experimental in form and darkly comic.

Jijo’s films have been screened at international film festivals including the International Short Film Festival of Uruguay (2013), Vibgyor International Film Festival, Thrissur, Kerala, India (2013) and Fokana Film Festival, Illinois, USA (2014). Jijo was a recipient of the Arts Council ART:2016 Next Generation award. He was also a successful applicant to the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Award in 2015. The collaborative film Box written and directed by Jijo Sebastian in collaboration with Neuron (Irish Indo atheists), was premiered at the New Theatre on August 11th 2016.

Charlotte McIvor is a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway in the O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance.  She is the author of Migration and Performance in Contemporary Ireland: Towards A New Interculturalism (Palgrave Macmillan) and the co-editor of Staging Intercultural Ireland: Plays and Practitioner Perspectives (with Matthew Spangler, Cork University Press) and Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice (with Siobhán O’Gorman, Carysfort Press).  Her work has been published in various journals including; Theatre Topics, Modern Drama, Irish University Review, Irish Studies Review and multiple edited volumes on contemporary theatre and performance.

Blessing Moyo. Originally from Zimbabwe, Blessing is a Human Rights Activist and the founder of a popup restaurant One World Tapestry. She contributed to the working group of asylum seekers for the McMahon report. She was also involved in Exhibit B by Breit Belly, a "human installation" which charted the racism of human zoos of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and the dehumanizing policies towards immigrants in parts of the world. She is currently studying for her degree in Business and International marketing in the Galway Business School.