Tania Bruguera and Dr Áine O’Brien in conversation: Networking Day 2019
It was our great pleasure to welcome world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera as our keynote speaker for Create’s National Networking Day 2019. Tania discussed her work on the Tate Modern Turbine Hall Hyundai Commission with Áine O Brien, Co-Director Counterpoints Arts.
Artist Tania Bruguera researches ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life. In 2018 and 2019, Bruguera created a number of interventions in Tate Modern, including bringing together the Tate Neighbours, people who live or work nearby Tate Modern, to work with her and guide the project whilst exploring the role of the institution in the local area. Tania was keynote speaker at Create’s National Networking Day 2019, held on the 26th September in Millenium Hall in Cork City. This issue of Create News is an edited transcript of the conversation between Tania and Dr. Áine O’Brien, Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts.
Networking Day 2019: Hammad Nasar and Mary McCarthy
In the context of the Decade of Commemorations and how Ireland’s struggle for independence played out very vividly in Cork, we chose to close Networking Day 2019 with a discussion about the notion of commemoration and the symbolic role of public art. We were joined by Hammad Nasar, initiator of Let Our Statues Speak project, to reflect on questions of memory and whose history gets written in or out of the urban fabric in broader processes of commemoration. Hammad was in conversation with Mary McCarthy, Director of the Crawford Art Gallery.
Networking Day 2019: Community-based Commissioning and the Politics of Place
In the second panel of Networking Day 2019, chaired by Patrick Fox, Director of Heart of Glass, Sören Meschede, curator and coordinator of Concomitentes, Spain and artists Mark Storor and Linda Curtin of the per cent for art project I Can Colour Between the Lines But I Choose Not To in Knocknaheny Cork explored community-based commissioning and the politics of place, accompanied by Kath Gorman, Head of Participation and Engagement for Cork Midsummer Festival.
Connect Create Change: Leading Collaborative Arts in Ireland, Create’s Strategy 2020 – 2025, was launched on the 26th September 2019, following Create’s Networking Day. It was launched by Independent Senator Colette Kelleher, with contributions from Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE, Chair of the Create board, Ailbhe Murphy, Director, and world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera.
Create’s National Networking Day 2019 was held in Cork City Centre, and featured a keynote session with world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera, as well as panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and breakout sessions across the City.
Create publishes this strategy, Connect Create Change; Leading Collaborative Arts in Ireland at a time of significant global change and in the firm belief that by working together, artists and communities can purposefully explore how collaborative arts engage in distinct, relevant and powerful ways with the urgent social, cultural and political issues of our times.
This strategy provides a framework to support the ecology, resources and relationships that will develop discourse, policy and next practice from 2020 to 2025. Our five strategic goals are designed to increase the reach of collaborative arts, enhance its value and ensure its ongoing sustainability. Our actions will create key focal points for the sector over the coming years.
Made Ground is a collaboration between artists Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society (DDWPS). Taking the DDWPS online archive of over 3,500 photographs as its starting point, the work draws on a range of source material including interviews, institutional and personal archives, documents and original footage. The two channel video work considers the movement from manual to knowledge based forms of labour in the Docklands, the changing architecture of the area and the impact of these changes on the surrounding communities
Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice, 2019
Video by KILIG Productions
The 2019 Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice took place in Killary Lodge, Leenane, Co Galway in July 2019.
The Summer School brought together 13 artists, thinkers, and activists on a five-day residency with international guest speakers enabling a ‘think and do’ collaborative approach, utilising creative workshops, critical and comparative case studies, and one-to-one mentoring.
Facilitated by Áine O’Brien, Co-Director, Counterpoints Arts, with arts consultant Mary Ann Devlieg and artist Isabel Lima,the Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice is an initiative of the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, and is delivered through a partnership between Create and Counterpoints Arts.
2019 Residency with Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios – Rajinder Singh
Video by John Beattie
Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios are pleased to share this behind the scenes look into Rajinder Singh’s 2019 Artist Residency Award based at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.
Rajinder Singh’s photography, video and performance work explore ideas around the vulnerable body and its pain, interrogating the economies of power that deny it space and shape.
This AIC Scheme-funded residency, which aims to support an artist from an ethnic minority to develop their collaborative and socially engaged arts practice, is offered through a partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios.
Field Notes: The Inaugural Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice documents the first such Summer School in 2018, an initiative of the Arts Council.
The Summer School brought together artists, activists, and thinkers for a four day residential, devised by Create and Counterpoints Arts. This publication features sketches and perspectives from participants alongside contributions from Ailbhe Murphy, director of Create, Áine O’Brien, co-director of Counterpoints Arts, Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement with Create, and Evgeny Shtorn, sociologist and Summer School participant.
Collaborative Practice and the Body, Anna Furse in conversation with Susanne Bosch
“AN ANATOMY ACT deals with the morbid, but with humour. I’m taking people on an uncomfortable and disturbing journey. I hope people feel comforted by the fact that these taboos about death, our own imminent passing, and of our bodies being opened are somehow okay. It’s ok to have that anxiety. In death we’re all the same. The tone of dead skin is very similar after it has been treated for dissection, no matter what skin colour in life. But the cadaver is both about common human denominators and individual nuances. Surgeons say that every heart is unique. Everybody’s interior has its own character and I find that utterly fascinating.”
The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) was a transnational cultural programme (2015 – 2018) focusing on the field of collaborative and socially engaged arts practice across art-form and context.
This video provides a very short selection of highlights from, and information about, the programme.
CAPP was supported by Creative Europe (Culture Sub-Programme) Support for European Co-operation Projects Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
Caroline Cowley in conversation with Grainne Coughlan
“Working with artists within the local authority has the potential to change how we all do things. I am aware too that while the artist may work on these local platforms, their reputational reach is International. I am interested in how the local responds to the global through art, where the site/s are constantly shifting and making different connections back to Fingal.”