Join Create and partners Crawford Art Gallery (Cork), Counterpoints Arts (London), Cork City Arts Office and Heart of Glass (St Helens) for Create’s 2019 Networking Day for Collaborative Arts.
We invite you to a day of exchange and learning about artists’ practices, which operate in the spaces between socially engaged arts, pedagogy, and politics, in order to activate, stimulate, critique, and make change. The Networking Day promises to open up a space for us all to ask a shared and urgent question: how can collaborative forms of arts practice – engaging with the embodied experiences and knowledge of citizens – initiate and implement real civic agency and significant momentum for social change?
We will begin the day looking at the institution as commissioner, with a central focus on world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera’s work on the Tate Modern Turbine Hall Hyundai Commission. Bruguera will be joined by Dr. Cara Courage, Head of Tate Exchange; Jane Wells, Programme Manager of Tate Exchange, and several Tate Neighbours. Chair: Áine O'Brien Co-Director Counterpoints Arts.
Working closely with the Crawford Art Gallery and Cork City Arts Office, we are delighted to offer a number of afternoon breakout sessions, which reflect current collaborative initiatives and artists’ practices in Cork and the wider region: Eve Olney of Art, Architecture and Activism will host NonViolent Communication within Social Collaborative Projects with Spyros Yiorgos and Giorgos Tsitsirigkos. This workshop employs real-life situations through the medium of theatre. Artist, curator and educator Fiona Woods offers Knowledge Commons: Cognitively mapping tools and methods of collaborative practice; this workshop will involve participants in a cognitive mapping of relevant knowledge commons, including the Arte Útil archive, and asks them to exchange tools and methods that they have discovered or developed through their own experience. Mid-point: Creative Enquiry Artists-in-Residence in conversation features Mary Brady of Cork City Council and The Creative Enquiry Artists in Residence Susan McManamon, Marie Brett, Colette Lewis in a roundtable discussion of how best to facilitate meaningful opportunities of creative engagement and dialogue with older people. Sociologist, activist and AIC Scheme Cultural Diversity Researcher Evgeny Shtorn will present The Politics of Representation in Art and Activism. This session will explore crucial and challenging questions around the ethics of representation and related tensions between art and activism. Miguel Amado, Director of Cork Printmakers will present Undercommoning Curating: Collaboration Towards Co-creation and Community Development. This workshop aims to explore co-creation as a tool for undercommoning curating, examining how it may facilitate an art practice that responds to the needs, expectations and aspirations of socially excluded groups.
Later in the afternoon, guest speakers will turn to the concept of citizens as commissioners. In the second panel of the day, chaired by Patrick Fox Director Heart of Glass; Sören Meschede, curator and coordinator of Concomitentes, Spain, and artists Mark Storor, Stephen King and Linda Curtin of the per cent for art project I Can Colour Between the Lines But I Choose Not To in Knocknaheny Cork will explore community-based commissioning and the politics of place.
In the context of the Decade of Commemorations and how Ireland’s struggle for independence played out very vividly in Cork, it seems fitting that we close the day with a discussion about the notion of commemoration and the symbolic role of public art. To this end, we will be joined by Hammad Nassar, former Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation, current Paul Mellon Research Fellow and 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.
The day will conclude with a reception to mark the launch of the new Create Strategy 2020-2024.
See here for further information about Breakout Sessions.
Create Networking Day programme [Download the PDF]
Who should attend?
Artists working across artforms in the context of participatory or socially engaged practice; arts organisations and festivals who programme socially engaged work; curators; outreach officers, cultural institutions; arts educators; community organisations. Do you have questions about Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts? Contact us.