Visual artist Ailbhe Murphy is the successful recipient of the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2011: Arts and Community Development.
The award aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of arts and community development. This is the second year that the Arts Council has provided a €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create. The bursary’s purpose is to support and nurture professional arts practice, specifically directed at artists who have collaborated and practiced in community development settings and contexts.
The Bursary of €10,000 will provide Ailbhe Murphy with time and resources to reflect, research and reconsider art practice realised in community development contexts. As part of the award, learning arising from the Bursary will be shared with the arts and community development sector.
Ailbhe Murphy’s collaborative art practice has been based primarily within the community development sector in Dublin. Previous projects include Unspoken Truths (1991 -1996), Once is too Much (1996 - 1998) and Tower Songs (2003 - 2006). In 2011 she completed her doctoral degree with the University of Ulster where her research focused on critical co-ordinates for collaborative arts practice within the spatial politics of urban regeneration. In 2007 she co-founded Vagabond Reviews with independent writer and researcher, Ciaran Smyth. Projects include the Cultural Review, a collaborative arts-based research initiative conducted with Fatima Groups United in Rialto, Dublin. More recently Vagabond Reviews developed a research initiative with the Rialto Youth Project called The Arcade Project which sets out to explore principles of practice for an arts-based pedagogy in youth work.
Currently working on a per cent for art commission in Galway City, Vagabond Reviews have just completed delivery of Others and Exiles: Culture, Diversity and Creative Research Practice, a modular course within an M.Soc.Sc programme at the School of Sociology, University College, Dublin. Ailbhe has also published widely and contributed to contemporary discussions on socially engaged art practice, through conference presentations in Ireland and internationally.