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Planning, Printmaking and Publishing for the People with Mpho Mokotso and Kate O’ Shea
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Planning, Printmaking and Publishing for the People with Mpho Mokotso and Kate O’ Shea

Event · Workshop

date
3rd April 2024

time
10am - 4pm (including breaks)

venue
Dublin City Centre

price & booking
There is a limited number of places for this workshop. To apply, please email Vance Lau at producer[at]create-ireland.ie with 100-200 words on what is of interest for you in attending this workshop and your latest biography/ an additional 1-3 lines about your professional background. We accept written formats, but also voice notes and videos. The deadline for application is Tuesday 19 March. This workshop is offered free of charge. Please indicate in your email if you have any access requirements.

 

Exploring the creative intersection between socially engaged planning, print and publishing with activist Mpho Mokotso and artist Kate O’ Shea.

Drawing on their transdisciplinary approaches to art and activism, gender-based violence activist Mpho Mokotso and socially engaged artist Kate O’ Shea will jointly deliver a workshop drawing on core philosophies of planning, printmaking, and publishing for the people. Drawing on Mpho’s experience in activist practices, town and regional planning, and development studies and Kate’s heart-led practice of collectively seizing the means of production and strengthening networks of solidarity, this workshop will explore the creative potential that lies at the intersection of grassroots urban planning, social space building and DIY publishing practices. This session will introduce people to key art and activist projects by both practitioners and will involve a hands-on workshop weaving together socially engaged planning, print and publishing.

 

How to Apply

There is a limited number of places for this workshop. To apply, please email Vance Lau at producer[at]create-ireland.ie with 100-200 words on what is of interest for you in attending this workshop and your latest biography/ an additional 1-3 lines about your professional background. We accept written formats, but also voice notes and videos. The deadline for application is Tuesday 19 March. This in-person workshop is offered free of charge. Please indicate in your email if you have any access requirements.

 

 

Mpho Mokotso is a former International Protection Applicant (IPA) and Direct Provision resident. She holds a Masters in Refugee Integration from Dublin City University (DCU) and a Masters in Town and Regional Planning. She worked with Amnesty International Ireland as an activist with Amnesty Leaders Group to amplify voices of IPAs and put pressure on government to end Direct Provision.

Mpho is a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) activist and member of CATU and Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), where she is co-founder of MASI Against Gender-Based Violence. She is a freelance columnist for Informative Newspaper and Finite Magazine (Lesotho), writing about challenging the stigma attached to talking openly about GBV. She has collaborated with Urban Agency on a project called ‘The Promised Land’. The project was shortlisted by the Arts Council Ireland and Culture Ireland to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2023.

Currently Mpho works as community integration officer for Dublin South City Partnership, coordinator of Canal Communities Against Racism, network member of Irish Network Against Racism and ambassador of Schools of Sanctuary Ireland, amongst other works she is involved in.

 

Kate O’ Shea is an artist working across printmaking, archiving, large-scale installation, performance, and publishing. In March 2023 HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Kate O’ Shea and The Just City Residency; Reflections on an embedded practice at the intersection of art and activism was published by Half Letter Press (Chicago), Common Ground (Dublin 8) and Create.

In 2022, Kate co-founded the transdisciplinary collective, Broken Fields. Their proposal for a new community space at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) was shortlisted and exhibited in 2023. From 2021-2023 Kate has collaborated on multiple Creative Places Tuam projects including The One Stop Shop Print Club and The West’s Awake. In 2022 Kate published Gravity Express #1 with Dr. Ciaran Smyth, Vagabond Reviews and presented S.E.A. Heart//Break with Siobhán Kavanagh at Cork Midsummer Festival. In 2021 she was awarded the Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award in Collaborative Arts & Community Development and co-organised Networks of Solidarity with Dr. Enya Moore.

Kate is co-founder with Victoria Brunetta of independent publishing house Durty Books. They are currently publishing at www.theartistledarchive.com. She has a Masters by Research in Printmaking as a space for solidarity and dialogue.

 

 

 

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