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Save the Date: Creative Places and Create Networking Event

Save the Date: Creative Places and Create Networking Event

10th and 11th November 2022

price & booking
Booking will open in early October for this two-day event, at which time a full programme will also be released. Those with access or other requirements are invited to contact Create on info[at]create-ireland.ie, or 01 473 6600, to discuss how we can best support you to attend. ISL interpreting is available upon request.

Creative Places and Create are pleased to announce our Networking Event, hosted in 2022 by Creative Places Tuam, on the 10th and 11th November.

This Networking Event will explore how care and solidarity intersect with and inform the development of critical relationships in socially engaged, collaborative arts practice. We welcome representatives from each of the twelve Creative Places across Ireland, as well as artists, academics, community and arts organisations, local arts officers, and anyone interested in the topics of place-based practice, inclusion, care, and socially engaged and collaborative arts practice. The event aims to build capacity, develop artforms and operate as a platform for connection and exchange between collaborative practitioners and community and civil society. We are delighted to host the event this year in Tuam, home of the Creative Places pilot.

The keynote speaker will be Pablo Helguera, a New York-based Mexican artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. As both an artist and educator Pablo has made a very significant contribution to the field of socially engaged practice. Through his projects and critical writing, he has expanded our thinking of what it means to be a socially engaged artist, and the potential of the practice to effect change. Often employing humour, Pablo has illuminated many of the key preoccupations of contemporary socially engaged arts practice, communicating the complexity of what’s at stake while also highlighting critical pathways through for a generation of artists. Following his keynote lecture, Pablo will be joined in conversation by artist Deirdre O’Mahony.

Friday will feature a panel including artist Seamus Nolan, Kathleen Keenan (Tuam-based musician) and other guests to be announced soon, on representation and (re)imagining Traveller culture at local, regional and national levels. This panel will be followed by an input by the Critical Friends, a network of professional practitioners with socially engaged, participatory and collaborative practices who have graduated at a Masters level, who are currently engaged in a hybrid library and archive- based residency with Create.

We are delighted to feature the premiere of The Colour of My Breath, a filmic exploration of the particular challenges of integration from the perspective of collaborative/ community artists from minority ethnic/ migrant backgrounds, followed by a panel discussion with artist Tomasz Madajczak, Alessandra Azevedo, Hina Khan, Amir Abu Alrob and Mark Sebata, with lead artist Jijo Sebastian.


The event will be closed out on Friday evening with an Ory’Sta (Tuam slang for What’s the Story?) event, an informal conversation event between Tuam-based artists Jojo Hynes and Midie Corcoran, who will be joined by artist Kate O’Shea, held in Reapy’s Bar.


This event is a unique opportunity for those working in this field to meet with like-minded peers, to share and network, to learn from each other and invited speakers and panellists. The event will include keynote talks, panels, a walking tour, film screening, exhibition and artistic interventions. We look forward to meeting you all in Tuam!


Creative Places is an Arts Council funded programme.  The Creative Places Network is managed by Create.



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