Dublin-based cultural practitioners Ailbhe Murphy, is director of CREATE in Temple Bar, Dublin and Fiona Whelan, an artist and instructor in the MA in Socially Engaged Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (and contributor to our SPQ book Art As Social Action) will be visiting us in Klapper 672 on Monday, November 11 at 5PM (17:00) All interested are invited to attend!
The presentation will discuss how these initiatives all pose a central question about what role art can play in such times of profound change. This discussion will examine the historical alignments between community cultural development processes in the city and the development of an organisation like Create in Dublin, Ireland.
· Create as a publically funded national development agency with a 30 year history
of developing the field of practice in Ireland
· A range of artists projects realised with communities of place and interest through
the Artist in the Community Scheme
· An artist’s long term embedded practice in an inner city neighbourhood in Dublin.
Contemporary iterations of this practice are discussed as socially engaged artists respond to increasing inequality and shifting power relations in Irish society – vividly playing out for young people in particular, in a community like Rialto where artist Fiona Whelan works. The broader political uncertainty caused by Brexit is generating further artistic responses and in island communities and the West Cork archipelago in particular, What is an Island? is an artistic research project which explores relational form through the concept of archipelagic thinking and collaborative arts practice.