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Open Call: Summer School on Collaborative Practice and Social Change

Open Call: Summer School on Collaborative Practice and Social Change

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Create and Counterpoints Arts are pleased to announce the 2024 Summer School on Collaborative Practice and Social Change for up to 14 artists and cultural activists. The Summer School will take place over six days: 10 – 15 June 2024, at Killary Lodge, Co Galway.

The deadline for submission is 5pm, Monday 15 April 2024.

About the Summer School

In a world increasingly shaped by the erosion of democracy and public trust, together with the impact of global displacement, the Summer School on Collaborative Practice and Social Change invites socially engaged artists and cultural activists to take part in a unique and timely learning space.

The Summer School will focus on the central role that grassroots communities play in the strengthening of local and trans-local democratic practices. The School is shaped by a belief in the power of cooperative and transdisciplinary ‘thinking through doing’; in the transformative potential of projects that can facilitate new political imaginaries from the ground-up; in public sphere projects that are co-produced via creative alliances between artists, activists and communities of place and interest.

Now in its seventh year, the Summer School will expand its focus on the importance of countering disinformation and false narratives through mobilisation of the place-based sensibilities of socially engaged arts practice; combining participation and collaboration across diverse communities, with the storytelling and reporting skills of investigative journalism and digital activism.

We encourage applications from artists and cultural activists who are involved or are interested in social change and movement organising in relation to structures of inequality, further inviting intersectional practices shaped by a range of mediums including music, film, theatre, creative writing, journalism, architecture and design and visual arts, amongst others.

The six-day format of the Summer School is designed as an immersive incubator inviting participants to work on an imagined cooperative commission, alongside skills training workshops, comparative case studies, peer-to-peer reflection and one-to-one mentoring.

The Summer School is delivered in partnership by Create and Counterpoints Arts with funding support from The Arts Council of Ireland and the Rowan Trust.

Summer School Director: Dr Áine O’Brien – Curator of Learning and Research and Co-Founder, Counterpoints

Summer School Producer: Áine Crowley – Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, Create

Visiting artists and facilitators:

Ismail Einashe, Investigative Journalist and Cultural Activist

Khaled Barakeh, Socially Engaged Artist and Founder/Director, co culture

Kate O’Shea, Socially Engaged Artist and Cultural Activist


About Killary Lodge Co. Galway

Participants will stay in Killary, Co. Galway – a country lodge nestled among mature native trees just 250m from the waters of Killary Fjord, in the heart of Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way. The house has 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Please note that participants must be willing to share bedrooms, however this will be accommodated in consultation with you. The house is wheelchair accessible: it includes a lift to the first floor and ramps to access outdoor spaces. Please contact us if you have any questions or need clarification. The residential will include full board, travel and an appropriate participant allowance to cover additional costs incurred.

For enquiries contact: support[at]create-ireland.ie


How to Apply

Further information and application procedure can be found on the Summer School page. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 5pm, Monday 15th April 2024.


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