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					    The Visual Artists’
    News Sheet
    ISSUE 1 2009
    January – February
    Published by Visual Artists Ireland Ealaíontóirí Radharcacha Éire
A still moment for the group – image taken at the Body/Landscape workshop held on Inis Oirr September 2008.
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INTROduCTION                                                                                                                                     CONTeNTS




Introduction                                                                                                                                     Contents
HAppy New Year and Welcome to the January / February 2009 edition of the Visual Artists News Sheet.                                              3.  Column. Séamus Kealy. A Few Notes on the Recession.
      In this issue several articles revisit the ongoing issue of artist’s mobility. Alex Davis reports on the                                   3.  Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note.
‘Artists’ Mobility – Aspiration or Reality? The European Council of Artists Conference', held at IMMA (8                                         4.  Column. Micheal Burke. EU Information on Artists Mobility..
Nov 2008). John Byrne discusses ‘You’re Not Welcome’ the discussion on the implications of the UK’s new                                          6.  Column. Vanessa O'Reilly. Miami.
points based visa system, presented by VAI and Belfast Exposed last September as part of the talks                                               7.   News. The latest developments in the arts sector.
programmes of the Liverpool Biennale.                                                                                                            9.  project profile. Activating Space. Sarah Lincoln profiles Culturstruction, a weekend of architecture
      Two other important seminar / conference events are also covered – Anna Colford writes on                                                      related art projects (17 – 19 Oct '08)
‘Museum 21; Institution Ideas Practice’ – a conference on museums and galleries held at IMMA in                                                  10. International. An Epic Art Journey. Rayne Booth reports on Manifesta 7 (19 July – 20 Nov 08), held in
November 2008; and Cora Cummins discusses the Arlis / NY Contemporary Artists Conference held in                                                     Trentino, South Tyrol, Italy.
New York in October.                                                                                                                             11. Focus – Internships. That's Showbiz, Baby. Sara Baume considers the pitfalls and possibilities of
      Workshops, training residencies and professional development are another key theme in this issue.                                              internship programmes currently being offered by variousvisual art institutions
Our cover image shows some of the participants in the Body Landscape workshop held on Inis Oirr in                                               13. project profile. Always the Right Time. Áine Ivers reports on an innovative week of training in methods
September – Séamus Dunbar provides a detailed profile of the event. Lisa Fingleton discusses her                                                 of public dialogue and negotiation, organised by interface in Belfast (10 – 16 Sept ’08).
experience of the esteemed EsoDoc – the European Social Documentary film programme. With                                                         14. Workshop / Residency. What do you Want to Say? Lisa Fingleton discusses her experience of the
                                                                                                                                                     EsoDoc (the European Social Documentary film programme)
discussion and dialogue being central to much contemporary art practice, Áine Ivers report on a week of
                                                                                                                                                 15. Regional profile. Visual Arts Resources & Activity in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. Corolyn Brown, Gary
training in methods of public dialogue and negotiation, organised by interface in Belfast in September, is
                                                                                                                                                     Coyle, Cora Cummins, Cliodna Shaffrey.
both interesting and instructive. Sara Baume’s article ‘That’s Showbiz, Baby’ discusses the benefits to both
                                                                                                                                                 17. Focus – Spart. Play is Older than Culture. Justin McKeown discusses the concept of SPART and other
participants and institutions of internships.
                                                                                                                                                     Sport / Art hybrid practices.
      The Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown region is the focus of this editions regional focus. For our regular
                                                                                                                                                 19. How is it Made? Disquieting Beauty. Kate Minnock discusses the ideas and processes behind her recent
‘How is it Made’ section Kate Minnock outlines the making and thinking processes behind her
                                                                                                                                                     exhibition ‘Karkinoma’ at thisisnotashop (2 – 12 October 2008).
‘Karkinoma’ project which comprised the creation of an artists book and animation work.
                                                                                                                                                 23. project profile. Emptying the Body. Séamus Dunbar profiles the Body/Landscape workshop held on
      This issue sees the sixth and final extract from Pablo Helguera’s art world manual – focussing on the
                                                                                                                                                     Inis Oirr, 14 – 20 Sept 2008.
subject of the art collector. As the saying goes – watch this space for a similarly informative and amusing
                                                                                                                                                 25. Conference Report. A Different Frame. Anna Colford reports on ‘Museum 21; Institution Ideas
new column. Suggestions are welcome!
                                                                                                                                                     Practice’ – a conference on museums and galleries held at IMMA (12 – 13 November 2008).
      Other features include a profile of Culturstruction, a weekend of architecture related art projects
                                                                                                                                                 26. Advocacy and Lobbying. Attitudes to Movement. Alex Davis on Artists’ Mobility – Aspiration or
held in Dublin during October; a report on Manifesta 7; along with Justin McKeown’s exploration of
                                                                                                                                                     Reality? The European Council of Artists Conference', held at IMMA (8 Nov 2008).
SPART – hybrid art / sport based cultural practices.
                                                                                                                                                 27. Conference Report. Booked Out. Cora Cummins reports on The Arlis / NY Contemporary Artists
      All this and all the latest opportunities, news and roundups of recent projects, events and
                                                                                                                                                     Book Conference (Various locations, New York 23 – 26 Oct 2008).
exhibitions!
                                                                                                                                                 28. VAI West of Ireland Representative. The Rest of Ireland Rep? Aideen Barry considers extending her
      Finally VAI members are reminded that the Living Artists Archive is now up and running, and that
                                                                                                                                                     remit and pays tribute to Lochlann Hoare.
they are encouraged to submit work for this resource. The VAI Living Artists Archive is intended as a
                                                                                                                                                 28. Artists Books. Listings of recently published monographs and artists books.
central point of research for curators, artists and researchers looking at current practice across visual art
                                                                                                                                                 29. Art in the public Realm. Paradigms creaked. Piia Rossi outlines ‘no man’s land’ a print-based project
disciplines in Ireland. Information on how to get your incuded in the archive can be found at www.
                                                                                                                                                     that explored notions of location and space.
visualartists.ie/ap_artistsarchive.html
                                                                                                                                                 29. Art in the public Realm Roundup. Recent commissions, socially engaged projects and other
                                                                                                                                                     instances of art outside the gallery.
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                                                                                                                                                 36. Advocacy and Lobbying. You're Not Welcome. John Byrne discusses the re-definition of the artist, in
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    Address:                                                                                                                                         presented by VAI and Belfast Exposed last September as part of the talks programmes of the Liverpool
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                                                                                                                                                 39. problems. The consierge of agony profers some solutions to various art related woes.
                                                 Telephone:                                   Mobile phone:                                      39. pablo Helguera's art world manual. The Collector – the sixth and final extract from Pablo Helguera's
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                                                                                       Roundup
                                                                                                                                                         Other recent shows at the venue
Séamus Kealy                                                                                                                                      include ‘Bye Bye Polaroid’ (16 – 28 Oct), an
                                                                                                                                                                                                            MIROSLAV TICHy
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Douglas Hyde is currently showing an
A Few Notes on the Recession                                                                                                                      exhibition of photographs shot on                         exhibition of photography by Czech artist
IN mid-1990s Vancouver, I graduated from art school to emerge to what was                                                                         discontinued or out-of-date film by                       Miroslav Tichy (21 Nov 08 – 22 Jan 09)
                                                                                       FIRE FROM STONE
thought to be the tail end of a national recession. I was working as a painter who                                                                Richard Gilligan, ‘Things That Go Bump’                   selected by the artist Annelies Strba. As the
utilised photography as a key aspect of production. In short, I was a painter                                                                     (30 Oct – 4 Nov) an exhibition of work by                 press release explains Tichy’s eccentric
producing work in the pre-eminent city of post-conceptual photography. Along                                                                      Martina Cleary, and ‘Diversions’ (6 – 28                  oeuvre of was assembled on cameras
with a good number of recent graduates and less-conceptual-photography-                                                                                                                                     repaired with lavatory paper rolls and
                                                                                                                                                  Nov) which featured work by Rhoda
oriented artist-practitioners, I found myself feeling caught outside of the                                                                                                                                 plastic lenses taken from children’s toys
                                                                                                                                                  Cunningham, Tristan Fennell, Susan
dominant forms of art discourse, and thus, spending too much time alone in the                                                                                                                              and glasses – with which he “followed
                                                                                                                                                  Gogan, Emer Fitzpatrick, Sarah Philp,
studio stubbing out cigarettes on my paintings. With the tough economic                                                                                                                                     women and young girls, photographing
                                                                                                                                                  Patrick Gleeson, Bríd Ní Luásaígh, Louise
climate, there was also a shortage of galleries that would take on young artists                                                                                                                            them incessantly”. Only in recent years
                                                                                                                                                  Cribbin and Niall O’Riordan.
– despite the growing number of visual arts graduates every year since the 1980s.                                                                                                    www.monstertruck.ie    have these works, which are often altered
The local art schools were producing literally hundreds of graduates every year        eileen Mac donagh 'Fire From Stone' installation view.                                                               with pencil and paint been exhibited. As a
and the question of where and how they were to be ‘accommodated’ was on                                                                           MADE TO MAKE DO                                           complement to Tichy’s photographs, a
everyone’s mind. There had also been an ongoing series of annual cuts to                                                                                                                                    new series of works by Strba – inspired by
Canadian arts funding. The generations of artists then dominating the art scene                                                                                                                             the writings of the Brontë sisters, is being
had benefited from generous, at arm’s length funding schemes throughout the                                                                                                                                 presented in gallery 2.
1970s and 1980s. Like many of my colleagues, I never received a grant from the
Canada Council (equivalent to the Irish Arts Council) until I was four arduous                                                                                                                              ECLIpSE OF A TITLE
years out of art school.
     So, about six months after graduating, within weeks of returning from an
artist residency in Quebec, I founded and organised a non-profit society,
                                                                                       eileen Mac donagh 'Fire From Stone' installation view.
earnestly named the Progressive Arts Society, and made my way through the city
enlisting artists and arts enthusiasts to join the ranks. The first event – which                                                                 Liam O'Calligan – work from 'Made to Make do'.
                                                                                       The Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
cost about a 100 dollars (70 euro) to produce, including artist fees – had 50
                                                                                       recently hosted ‘Fire from Stone’ (19 Sept
people turn up. The next events were a mix of mild successes or dismal failures,
                                                                                       – 19 Dec) sculptor Eileen Mac Donagh’s                     ‘Made to Make Do’, an exhibition of
but eventually word began to go around about artist-organised events, and I
                                                                                       first exhibition in France. The exhibition,                sculpture and photography by Liam
began to learn whom it was I should be sending press releases to. The marketing
                                                                                       featuring large-scale works in stone, such                 O’Callaghan was recently held at The
department consisted of me setting an afternoon or two aside within a local
                                                                                       as Lunar Chessboard, Orbit, and Seven Stars                Rubicon Gallery, Dublin (17 Oct – 15 Nov).
unemployment office to use fax and email to distribute publicity materials.
                                                                                       was installed in the courtyard of the Irish                Describing his work the artist explained
     Within a year, I was organising exhibitions with a number of other artists
                                                                                       College, Mac Donagh.                                       “my work comes from the need to make                      diana Copperwhite, Six Degrees of Separation,
in a heritage house, which we converted into a professional gallery to every                                    www.centreculturelirlandais.com                                                             oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2008
                                                                                                                                                  pieces that are more of a free flow of
degree possible. It was my girlfriend’s house – rented with her roommates – and
                                                                                                                                                  creativity, focusing on the physical
we had crowds of five, six, seven hundred people turn up in one evening for our        BILL DRUMMOND                                                                                                        West Cork Arts Centre recently showed
                                                                                                                                                  pleasure of making, something that is
events. Elder artists turned up. Then curators began to come to these events.                                                                                                                               ‘Eclipse of a Title’ by Diana Copperwhite
                                                                                                                                                  rough in aesthetic, where you can see the
Then the press began to take a keen interest, and for one exhibition, which, in                                                                                                                             (25 Oct – 19 Nov). The exhibition
                                                                                                                                                  thinking of its maker, something that is
part, contained the theme of young artists, hunger and ambition – ‘This kind of                                                                                                                             comprised of large paintings and an
hunger’ – the gallery became nationally known.                                                                                                    freer from the limitations I put on myself,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            installation / projection work – which
     That project cost about 500 dollars (340 euro) to produce. To ensure                                                                         that is simple in thought, but unashamed,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            featured animation, drawings and mirrors.
professional standards, we would, for example, get racks of lights from a large                                                                   confident and honest.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    www.rubicongallery.ie   It was noted in the press release that the
hardware store and then return them all intact a few weeks later for full refund.                                                                                                                           works addressed the subject of memory –
To turn small profits, I sought out local breweries to donate kegs of beer for our                                                                                                                          “how we see, how we remember and how
                                                                                                                                                  ANxIOUS LANDSCApE
openings. Then, inevitably, the relationship with my girlfriend ended, and so did                                                                                                                           we know”. Commenting on the show,
                                                                                       Bill drummond – work from 'The 17: Birth, Marriage &
the gallery, for a short time – so exhibitions moved to another location until I       death, at The Void, derry.                                                                                           Copperwhite stated “I try and catch a
was able to negotiate with her the organising of a grand finale project. This          The Void, Derry recently presented the                                                                               moment that seems to occur to me in an
project turned out to be a springboard into a whole range of results for the lot of    most recent manifestation of Bill                                                                                    unconnected instance from another
us; artworks sold by several artists to significant collections, an artist residency   Drummonds choral project ‘The 17’(21                                                                                 dimension where reality, memory and
abroad, my then first Director job of a non-profit gallery, a burgeoning tradition     Oct – 15 Nov). Over the course of a week                                                                             fantasy collide”.
of independent, non-government funded art spaces, and the mythologizing of             artist Drummond worked closely with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       www.westcorkartscentre.com

my former girlfriend’s house, which she eventually bought. These exhibitions           three families in preparation for the
also introduced a generation of artists to the nation – many of whom are                                                                                                                                    AT THE HEART OF CHANCE
                                                                                       launch of ‘The 17: Birth, Marriage & Death’
continuing to produce artwork professionally, and a couple of whom who are             composed and performed by this group of
leading very successful professional careers.                                          people.
     Whatever the outcome for any and all of us, we had the satisfaction of                                                   www.derryvoid.com
                                                                                                                                   www.the17.o
producing a series of projects, collaboratively, from virtually zero resources. We
had to share what we had amongst ourselves – I had never even owned a
                                                                                       AT MONSTER TRUCK
computer – and to sometimes bail each other out of financial troubles, which,
believe me, is very unusual in Canadian society. There were, of course, ongoing
                                                                                                                                                  Paul Seawright Cage. Shown as part of 'Anxious
disputes and differences about how to move forward, but nowhere near the kind                                                                     Landscape' at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.
of administrative blundering I found myself faced with years later in the
university gallery context.                                                                                                                       ‘Anxious Landscape – selected works from
     Those early years, not so far back now actually, were the formative period                                                                   the 1980s & 1990s, at the Golden Thread
for the artistic, curatorial and ethical style I have committed myself to since                                                                   Gallery, Belfast is an exhibition of work by
then. Where I had imagined the early projects emulating 1930s Paris café society                                                                  Paul Seawright with a particular focus on                 Orla Whelan – work from 'At the Heart of Chance' draiocht,
– where Breton, Callois and Bataille would insult each other over wine while                                                                      the political situation in the North of                   Blanchardstown.

Eleanor Fini scoffed at them across the table – we assembled ourselves, our work,                                                                 Ireland (28 Nov – 10 Jan).                                ‘At the Heart of Chance’ by Orla Whlelan
and our ideas together, with our differences animating us, to put on a show. This,                                                                      According           the      press      release,    (28 Nov 08 – 17 Jan 09) is an exhibition at
for me, is an essence of curatorial and artistic production, and it has thrived in                                                                Seawright’s works offer an “alternative                   Draíocht, Blanchardstown of paintings
times when cash and credit run short. It isn’t unreasonable to suggest that young                                                                 visual analysis of locations and subjects                 made while the artist was on a residency at
                                                                                       Richard Gilligan – flyer for 'Bye Bye Polaroid'
artists today might find some parallels in this experience with the realities to                                                                  dominated         by     mainstream           media”.     the venue. The press release notes that the
come, or even those now upon them. It is perhaps a matter of continuing the                                                                       Seawright’s works have looked at the RUC,                 paintings, which employ the figure as a
                                                                                       Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin recently
productive and discursive circles established in a good art school programme –                                                                    sectarianism, the Orange Order, protestant                central motif “celebrate love, connection,
                                                                                       exhibited ‘Digitalis’ by Rachael Gilbourne
ensuring they are reinvented and that they thrive and advance into the great                                                                      bonfires, defensive architecture, peace
                                                                                       (10 – 14 Oct). The show featured new                                                                                 touch, intimacy and the awkward and
unknown of this apparent, post-fluid-capitalist society.                                                                                          lines, and the psychology of urban space.
                                                                                       works utilising ink-on-paper, acrylics and                                                                           vulnerable presence of the human form”.
                                                                    Séamus Kealy                                                                                                     www.gtgallery.org.uk
                                                                                       carbon line, and incorporating sculptural                                                                                                                    www.draiocht.ie
                                                               Director / Curator
                                                                                       relief collage.
                                         Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                domestic setting”. Speaking about her
Michael Burke                                                                                              ONE FOOT SQUARE
                                                                                                           Fermanagh District Council’s Arts Office
                                                                                                                                                                       LESLEy WINGFIELD
                                                                                                                                                                       Mise Art Space, Barna, Co Galway recently                work the artist said “through my work I try
EU Information on Artists Mobility                                                                         recently held ‘One Foot Square’ an                          hosted a solo exhibition of paintings by                 to deconstruct the reality, reinterpret the
                                                                                                           exhibition of invited artists work at the                   Lesley Wingfield (14 Nov – 12 Dec). The                  objects and humanise them, returning to
THE European Council of Artists (ECA) (1) was recently contacted by ECOTEC, a                              Higher Bridges Gallery, Fermanagh (28                       paintings, which are based on underwater                 them their communicative capacity.”
firm of researchers and consultants undertaking a study for the Director General                           Nov – 22 Dec). The artists included in the                  photographs, were described as “inspired
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   www.stonegallery.ie

of the EU’s Department of Education, Audiovisual and Culture. The purpose of                                                                                                                                                    SyCAMORE SALON
                                                                                                           show were Rita Duffy, Christine Mackey,                     by the light through the water reflecting
the study is to suggest improvements in the quality and the flow of information
                                                                                                           and Niall Walsh.                                            on skin tones, and movement”. The
on issues relating to artists mobility between the stakeholders in the cultural                                                             www.fermanagh.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                                                       exhibition includes works created by the
sector.
                                                                                                                                                                       artist while on residency at the Tyrone
      In connection to this study, I represented ECA at Stakeholder Workshop (2)                           A CENTURy OF SpIN
                                                                                                                                                                       Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan.
in Brussels on 9 December. A wide variety of cultural organisations were present.                                                                                                                         www.miseonline.ie
Some, like ECA had travelled specifically for the event, others have permanent                                                                                                                       www.lesleywingfield.com

representation in Brussels. Freemuse (3) – with whom ECA has recently
collaborated on a white paper Visas / The Discordant Note – was represented by                                                                                         THE DIVIDED pLANE
Ole Reitov, who had been one of the speakers at the ECA’s Dublin conference.
      ECA, is currently pursuing a Mobility Project, focused on four main areas:
the European Arrest Warrant; musical instruments on aeroplanes; visa issues
and the development of an EU Cultural Passport (aka blue card); and carnet                                                                                                                                                      Ida Mitrani Eighth House – work from 'Sycamore Salon'
regulations as they apply to the temporary importation of works of art or
equipment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Sycamore Gallery, Dublin was
      These issues, while not the direct focus of the workshop, were raised on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                officially launched with the group
grounds that resolving them promptly would remove the need to inform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                exhibition ‘Sycamore Salon’ in December.
anyone about the current, very complex, difficulties.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Featured artists included Ida Mitrani,
      Given the current financial situation internationally, it was not considered                                                                                     Sharon Murphy – work from 'The divided Plane'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Alison Keehan,
prudent to seek the establishment of a new agency. Instead, it was considered
                                                                                                                                                                       The Crow Gallery recently hosted ‘The                    and Anne Hendrick. The Sycamore Gallery
appropriate that the EU’s cultural contact points could be utilised for information
dissemination.                                                                                                                                                         Divided Plane’, a solo exhibition by Sharon              is located in the Sycamore Club on
      Whilst they could not be expected to offer faultless information on all                                                                                          Murphy (16 – 23 Oct). Murphy presented                   Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin.
aspects of artists’ mobility: taxation; visas; work permits; residency conditions;                                                                                     paper-based sculptural works, which                      Curator by Karen Regan stated that the
health & safety; funding; opportunities etc – it was considered appropriate that                                                                                       explored grid forms through layering,                    gallery “is proud and resolute in it’s
they act as facilitators between the cultural sector and regulatory or official                                                                                        cutting out and adding shapes.                           support and commitment to both
                                                                                                           c. 1940 / Corbis. Publicist Jim Moran uses a specially
bodies at state or EU level. ECOTEC intend to discuss this option with                                     designed sun costume to 'scientifically' determine which        www.crowgallery.nethttp://www.sharonmurphy.net/      established and up and coming Irish and
                                                                                                           of uS states, Florida and California got better sunshine.
representatives of the EU Cultural Contact Points at a subsequent stakeholder                                                                                                                                                   International artists. It’s a new and
                                                                                                           Belfast Exposed Photography recently                        REVISITING REVOLUTION
workshop.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       progressive space, a unique and exciting
                                                                                                           exhibited ‘A Century of Spin’ by the artist
      As is often the case, while the formal sessions were valuable, the real                                                                                                                                                   platform that will showcase the diversity
benefits were derived from personal contacts. Following the workshop, I met                                group Factotum (17 Oct – 28 Nov). The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and growth of contemporary art practice.”
with Maria Badia i Cutchet, MEP (Spain), who is a member of the Cultural                                   show explored the genre of publicity
Committee at the European Parliament. Mrs Badia, who had been due to attend                                photography –its functions and traditions.                                                                           ABOUT 100 ExpERIMENTS
and speak at ECA’s conference in Dublin was up-dated on the event. Ole Reitov,                             The show included photographs and
who accompanied me, presented Mrs Badia with a copy of the recently launched                               printed ephemera from different periods
white paper, Visas / The Discordant Note and explained to her some of the                                  of the twentieth century. The exhibition
difficulties faced by non EU artists travelling into Europe and in some cases, for                         was based on research into the growth of
EU artists travelling outside the union.                                                                   the mass media and public relations                         Anne Angyal – work from 'If you could Change the World
      Two issues which resulted from the 9/11 attacks on the US – the European                             industries         and       considered           early
                                                                                                                                                                       at Last 1968 – 2008'

Arrest Warrant and the situation faced by musicians travelling by air with their                           promotional uses of photography for                          ‘If You Could Change the World at Last
instruments were also discussed. Mrs Badia sought additional information on                                advocacy in support of social causes in                     1968 – 2008’ at the Goethe-Institute,
the issues and in particular, how the US authorities in co-operation with the                                                                                          Dublin (15 Nov – 19 Dec) was held “to
                                                                                                           Northern Ireland. Also included in the                                                                               Anita delaney – work shown at Birr Vintage Week.
American Musicians’ Union had resolved the instruments issue. Mrs Badia will
                                                                                                           show was material produced by Antarctic                     celebrate, remember and interrogate the
consider how best to approach the issue with her colleagues in the Parliament
                                                                                                           explorer        and      self-publicist         Ernest      events of 1968 and the changes it effected
and the Commission. For her part, Mrs Badia informed ECA of the work she is
                                                                                                           Shackleton along with stunts coordinated                    worldwide.” The show featured works
currently undertaking on behalf of the Parliament in the area of Arts Education
                                                                                                           by Hollywood agents in the 1930s and                        Declan Clarke, Seamus Nolan, Si Schroeder,
and undertook to keep us up-dated on its progress.
                                                                                                           1940s.                                                      Heidrun Holzfeind, Anne Angyal. The
      I also called on the office of Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, MEP (Austria), who
                                                                                                                                           www.belfastexposed.org      exhibition was curated by Jonathan
is a member of the Cultural Committee at the European Parliament where he
                                                                                                                                                                       Carroll, Mark Garry, and Georgina Jackson.
spoke with her assistant. Mrs Hennicot attended ECA’s 2007 conference Sibiu,
                                                                                                           LAMMERMOOR                                                  A publication and film screenings
Romania and before that, she and her assistant Mr Azarmgin attended the 2006
conference in Berlin, Germany. Mr Azarmgin was full aware of our concern                                                                                               accompanied the exhibition.
regarding the European Arrest Warrant as Ludwig Laher (my predecessor as                                                                                                                               http://www.goethe.de/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mark Cullen – work shown at Birr Vintage Week.
president of ECA) had previously briefed Mrs Hennicot on the matter.
      Mr Azarmgin engaged in conversation on the issues pertaining to visas and                                                                                        MySTERIES AND WONDERS                                    Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival
instruments on aeroplanes and outlined some actions that might be taken by                                                                                                                                                      recently commissioned ‘About 100
Mrs Hennicot upon receipt of further information. Mr Azarmgin proffered                                                                                                                                                         Experiments’ for the 40th edition of the
invitations to attend further hearings etc, to be held in the following two days,                                                                                                                                               event (15 – 22 Aug). Exhibitions were
but unfortunately this was not possible given flights and prior commitments.                                                                                                                                                    presented in various venues throughout
      A considerable amount of activity in the area of culture policy was evident                                                                                                                                               Birr including the Masonic Hall, Birr Union
in Brussels, both directly sponsored by the EU and organised by a variety of                                                                                                                                                    Workhouse, Birr Castle Demesne Pavilion
organisations, networks and platforms. Many organisations have chosen to base                              Austin McQuinn – work from 'Lammermoor'                                                                              and Emma Café Deli. As the press release
themselves in Brussels; others have permanent representation there. Regular                                                                                                                                                     noted a key theme of the show was the
involvement in such, Brussels based events, is beyond the resources of most Irish                          The Butler Gallery recently hosted                                                                                   ways in which contemporary visual artists
organisations. VAI however, is represented through its membership of ECA. That
                                                                                                           ‘Lammermoor’ an exhibition by Austin                                                                                 “respond to, and draw upon scientific
said, for organisations such as ECA based away from Brussels it would be helpful
                                                                                                           McQuinn (11 Oct – 23 Nov). The show                                                                                  discoveries, ideas and methods”. The artists
some of these events were clustered – both on the calendar and in terms of
                                                                                                           comprised a multi-media installation                                                                                 exhibiting were Anna Barham, Aideen
location – to allow for greater networking opportunities and the establishment
                                                                                                           specifically created for the Gallery and                    Vanessa donoso Lopez – work from 'Mysteries of           Barry, Diana Caramaschi, Mark Cullen,
of alliances on common issues. For ECA to fly to Brussels for three or four days                                                                                       Contemporary Inspiration and Other Wonders'
                                                                                                           Kilkenny Castle, inspired by the Donizetti                                                                           Anita Delaney, Clodagh Emoe, Damien
and to attend a number of events would make much greater sense.
                                                                                                           opera Lucia di Lammermoor (1835). The                       The Stone Gallery recently hosted Vanessa                Flood, Jessica Foley, Michael Fortune, Fiona
Notes                                                                                                      installation included optic graphic panels,                 Donoso López’s solo exhibition ‘Mysteries                Hackett, Helen Hughes, Wendy Judge,
(1) A report on eCA’s dublin conference is carried elsewhere in this NewsSheet.
                                                                                                           sculpture and a glass harmonica that was                    of Contemporary Inspiration and Other                    Aileen Lambert, Eilís Lavelle, Sarah
(2) Stakeholder Workshop 'Information Systems To Support The Mobility Of Artists And Professional In The
Culture Field' eCOTeC on behalf of dG education Audiovisual & Culture                                      incorporated in a live musical performance                  Wonders’ (31 Oct – 22 Nov). The show                     Lincoln, Brian Lynch, Christine Makey,
(3) FReeMuSe is an independent organisation that campaigns against censorship of music and promotes
freedom of expression in music. www.freemuse.org                                                           during the exhibition opening.                              comprised an installation of drawings,                   Orla McHardy, Kate Minnock, Jack Phelan,
(4)) european Council of Artists - eca@eca.dk                                                                                                www.butlergallery.com     paintings, sculptures which transformed                  and Sharon Phelan.
                                                                                                                                                                       of the gallery into “an extraordinary                                                 www.birrvintageweek.com
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MARK O’KELLy                                           VIBES ETC                                              shift occurs and the pencil mark slips.                   Technically superb flower images are                     THE DECISIONS WE DIDN’T MAKE
                                                       ‘Observations,            Meditations          and     This loss of control that occurs in the                   Solberg’s contribution to each piece in                  Susan Montgomery’s first solo exhibition
                                                       Vibrations’ at Axis, Ballumun (8 Dec 08                process is fundamental to the work.                       the show, whilst Makos brings his                        ‘The Decisions We Didn’t Make’, was
                                                       – 30 Jan 09) featured work by, visual                  Similar to the drawings, glitches occur in                re-thinking of the equine portrait for the               held at the Talbot Gallery, Dublin (6 – 28
                                                       artist John Duffy, photographer Bob                    the video works and sculptural objects –                  Hippofolium collaboration, and portraits                 Nov). As noted in the press release in
                                                       Dixon and musician Q (aka Colm                         this unedited aesthetic bestows the work                  of Andy Warhol for the Andydandy                         Montgomery’s paintings and works on
                                                       Quearney). As the press release notes the              with its own authority. Allowing the                      portfolio. The images of Andy Warhol,                    paper “layers both deliberate and
                                                       exhibition is “a collaboration reflecting              remnants of production to remain in the                   who was a close friend and mentor, are                   happenstance are formed using resisting
                                                       on the Irish spiritual landscape through               finished work enables the perception of                   the result of the 1981 collaboration                     oil based materials with water. It is when
                                                       the media of music, photography, poetry,               the intricacies, and more importantly,                    between Makos and Warhol”.                               the technique looses control that
                                                       painting and film installations”.                      the flaws that are fundamental to the                                         www.sebastianguinnessgallery.com     instinctive layers are born.” The previous
Mark O'Kelly – work from his solo show at The Kevin
                                                                                       www.axis-ballymun.ie
                                                                                                              theme of the exhibition. The Approach                                                                              exhibition at the gallery was a solo show
Kavanagh Gallery, dublin
                                                                                                              articulates how our desire for absolute                   FERGUS MARTIN                                            by Dave Comiskey (9 – 24 Oct).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         http://www.talbotgallery.com/
                                                       SAMIZDAT
The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery recently                                                                           knowledge is often disrupted and
exhibited a solo exhibition by Mark                                                                           frustrated”.
                                                                                                                                           www.marthousegallery.nl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 STONEy ROAD pRESS
O’Kelly (23 Oct – 22 Nov). Comprising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Vangard Gallery, in conjunction
works on paper and vitrine pieces, the                                                                                                                                                                                           with Stoney Road Press, recently hosted
                                                                                                              KATIE HOLTEN
show marked a departure from the artist,                                                                                                                                                                                         a group exhibition by artists John Cronin,
                                                                                                              ‘Memory’ an exhibition by Irish artist
the press release highlighting the                                                                                                                                                                                               William Crozier, Richard Gorman,
                                                                                                              Katie Holten is currently on show at
exhibitions emphasis on “extensive                                                                                                                                                                                               Patrick Scott, Sean Shanahan, Barbara
                                                                                                              Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W.
processes         of      assimilation          and                                                                                                                     Fergus Martin – exhibition view, Hugh Lane Gallery,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rae and Charles Tyrell (15 Oct – 1 Nov).
deconstruction of printed material;                                                                           Reynolds Centre for the Visual Arts, Reno                 dublin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Stoney Road Press is a fine art publishing
including source, written and drawn
                                                       Ciaran Walsh – exhibition view 'Samizdat'              (27 Sept 08 – 17 May 09). Entitled ‘Atlas                 Fergus        Martin’s        recently        showed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and editioning house situated in Dublin’s
archives”. The following show in the                                                                          of Memory’ the exhibition comprised                       sculptures and paintings at The Hugh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Docklands, producers of hand made and
                                                       ‘Samizdat’ was a group exhibition                      drawings and colourful sculptures of                      Lane Gallery (11 Oct ‘08 – 11 Jan ‘09. The
space ‘Group Therapy’ presented works                                                                                                                                                                                            limited edition fine artworks in
                                                       recently held at Unit H – The Market                   globes.                                                   press release noted the work was “united
by gallery artists – Michael Boran, Mark                                                                                                                                                                                         traditional and experimental media
                                                                                                                                          http://www.nevadaart.org/
                                                       Studios exhibition & project space (22 –                                                                         by a sense of drama and raucous
O’Kelly, Oliver Comerford, Mark Swords,                                                                                                        www.katieholten.com                                                               along with publications, three
                                                       30 Nov). The term ‘Samizdat’ refers to                                                                           reflection, the placement of which leaves
Sinead Ni Mhaonaigh, Tadgh McSweeney,                                                                                                                                                                                            dimensional works and tapestries.
                                                       the practice in Soviet Russia of                                                                                 the viewer in an unsettled state of calm”.                                           www.vangardgallery.com
Diana Copperwhite, Geraldine O’Neill,                                                                         GILES ROUND
                                                       distributing banned novels and other                                                                             The artist was also recently commissioned
Stephen Loughman, Ulrich Vogel, Mick
                                                       texts through hand copying in the early                                                                          to produce the sculpture Steel which is                  SILEZIANy
O’Dea, Karin Brunnermeier and Gary
                                                       20th century. The exhibition was                                                                                 now permanently sited on IMMA’s East                     Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh recently
Coyle (27 Nov – 23 Dec).
                        www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie    described as having “evolved through                                                                             Gate.                                                    exhibited ‘Sileziany – On the Wind’s
                                                       artist Ciaran Walsh’s ongoing and                                                                                                                         www.imma.ie     Wings’ (16 Oct – Nov), a show by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.hughlane.ie
GETTING EVEN                                           developing artistic research and resulted                                                                                                                                 international group Fibre Art from
‘Getting Even: Oppositions + Dialogues                 in three new artworks and the production                                                                                                                                  Poland. The exhibition took its name
                                                                                                                                                                        MARGARET O’BRIEN
in Contemporary Art’ and ‘An Eye for an                & distribution of a printed text in                                                                                                                                       from the international fibre art biennale
Eye: Representations of Conflict in 20th               response to these same research ideas”.                                                                                                                                   competition involving young people
Century Ireland’ are currently on show                 The exhibition featured work by Ciaran                                                                                                                                    and professional artists that was set up
at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork                   Walsh, Aine Ivers, Markey, Chris Fite-                                                                                                                                    in 1995 by Aleksandra Herisz.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.siriusartscentre.ie
(14 Nov 08 – 1 Mar 09). ‘Getting Even’ is              Wassilak, and Kate Mc Larnon.
                                                                     http://themarketstudios.wordpress.com
described as exploring “the exchange of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HUGH DELAp
different social and political viewpoints
                                                       pRESENT
that exist in society”. The exhibition,
curated by Matt Packer and René Zechlin,                                                                      Giles Round – work from his exhibition at Four, dublin.

includes works by Francis Alÿs, Mark
                                                                                                              Four Gallery recently hosted an
Clare, Nathan Coley, Liam Gillick, and
                                                                                                              exhibition of new work by British artist
Garrett Phelan. Curated by Professor
                                                                                                              Giles Round at the gallery’s new space on
Dermot Keogh and Ruth Osborne ‘An
                                                                                                              Capel Street, Dublin (31 Oct – 4 Dec). As
Eye for an Eye’ explores and reflect upon
                                                                                                              the press release outlined “Giles Round
moments of conflict from throughout
                                                                                                              employs the language of modernism, in
the 20th century in Ireland.” Works in
                                                                                                              its multitude of forms and histories, to                  Margaret O'Brien 'I Live in the Cracks in the Walls' –
the show include pieces by Robert                                                                                                                                       installation detail.
                                                       Bea McMahon A 21st Century Arrangement                 create works which assert themselves                                                                               Hugh delap Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 42 x 45cm, 2008.
Ballagh, Paul Graham, Paul Henry, Seán
                                                                                                              into our present. Combining formal                        ‘I Live in the Cracks in the Walls’, a
Keating, Dermot Seymour, Victor Sloan,                                                                                                                                                                                           A solo show of paintings by London-
                                                       The Green On Red Gallery, Dublin                       sculptures,        lights,     monochromatic              recent solo project by artist Margaret
and Jack Yeats, alongside archive                                                                                                                                                                                                based Irish artist Hugh Delap was
                                                       recently held ‘Present’, a solo exhibition             planes, three-dimensional text, posters                   O’Brien was specifically installed and
materials from Gael Linn, the Imperial                                                                                                                                                                                           recently held at Shaw Gallery, Cork (15
                                                       by Bea McMahon (Nov 21 – Dec 23).                      and video animations, installations                       created for Pallas Contemporary Projects
War Museum, the Linen Hall Library, the                                                                                                                                                                                          Oct – 2 Nov). The artists explained how
                                                       According to the press release McMahon                 become stage sets into which formal                       (18 Oct – 15 Nov). The press release
National Library of Ireland and UTV.                                                                                                                                                                                             he works “I do not set out knowing what
                                                       “explores philosophical and scientific                 relationships between constituent parts                   noted that the work created from an
                                 www.glucksman.org.                                                                                                                                                                              a painting will look like. For me, painting
                                                       texts on how we inhabit the present. Her               alludes to the potentiality of narratives                 array of dress-making pins offered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 is a compromise”.
                                                       practice, which involves drawings, video               and unspecified histories.”                               viewers an “emotive experience of a                                                        www.shawgallery.ie
MARK
                                                                                                                                               www.fourdublin.com
                                                       and       sculpture,          illustrates      her                                                               space [that] is manipulated to create a
Oonagh         Young        Gallery       recently
                                                       preoccupation with the division between                                                                          disorientating                     psychological         A FULL STOp
presented ‘Mark’, a group show of
                                                       fiction and reality.“                                  THE HILTON BROTHERS
drawings and multiples (21 Nov – 23                                                                                                                                     environment”.                                            Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery
                                                             The previous exhibition at The                   The Sebastian Guinness Gallery recently                                                  www.pallasprojects.org
Dec). The show included work by                                                                                                                                                                                                  hosted ‘A Full Stop’ (2 – 23 Oct), an
                                                                                                                                                                                                     www.margaretobrien.co.uk
                                                       Green On Red Gallery was ‘Strange                      hosted the first Irish show of works by
Damien Flood (who was recently short-                                                                                                                                                                                            exhibition by Kieran Herlihy. The
                                                       Mountain’ by Fergus Feehily (10 Oct – 15               the Hilton Brothers – Christopher Makos                                                                            exhibition comprised of works in print,
listed for the John Moore’s Contemporary                                                                                                                                SHORT STORy
                                                       Nov).                                                  and Paul Solberg (17 Oct – 1 Nov). The                                                                             drawing, and paintings on found objects.
painting prize), Shane Bradford, Caroline                                                                                                                               The Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin
                                                                                www.greenonredgallery.com     New York artists’ works for this                                                                                   The artist described his work as “a
McCambridge, Mary Ruth Walsh, Kris                                                                                                                                      recently hosted ‘Short Story’ (5 – 26
                                                                                                              exhibition comprising 19 limited edition                                                                           combination of reckless spontaneity and
Emmerson,          Amanda         Coogan,        Ida   THE AppROACH                                                                                                     Nov), an exhibition of ceramic and
                                                                                                              giclée prints. The show brought together                                                                           well pondered calculations”.
Mitrani, and Clive Murphy. Ten percent                 ‘The Approach’, an exhibition of work by                                                                         bronze sculpture by artist Deirdre
                                                                                                              two bodies of work: the Andydandy and                                                                                   Other recent shows at Limerick
of all proceeds from this exhibition were              Irish artist Clodagh Emoe, was recently                                                                          McLoughlin. This body of work came
                                                                                                              Hippofolium portfolios. According to the                                                                           Printmakers were the ‘Winter Member’s
donated to Console – a registered charity              shown at The Mart House Galley,                                                                                  about from the artist’s experience of
                                                                                                              press release the works “are diptychs, to                                                                          Show’ (27 Nov –23 Dec) and ‘Breach of
supporting people bereaved through                     Amsterdam (18 Oct – 29 Nov). The show                                                                            working on Oahu and Big Island,
                                                                                                              which each ‘brother’ brings his distinct                                                                           Contract (30 Oct – 20 Nov), an exhibition
suicide.                                               comprised detailed drawings, video and                                                                           Hawaii.
                             www.oonaghyoung.com                                                              contribution, creating a beautiful and                                                                             of new work by Des MacMahon and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       www.peppercanister.com
                                                       sculpture. According to the press release              intriguing dialogue between the two.                                                                               Derek O’Sullivan.
                                                       “in creating these detailed drawings a                                                                                                                                                           www.limerickprintmakers.com
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Vanessa O'Reilly                                                                        LONDON STREET                                               taking the Platz der Vereinten Nationen
                                                                                                                                                    (United Nations Plaza) as their point of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ICONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The ADF Gallery (The Arts & Disability
Miami                                                                                                                                               departure. The press released notes that                  forum), Belfast recently hosted an
                                                                                                                                                    “all of these works play with the                         exhibition ‘Icons’ comprising of a
ART Basel is a division of MCH Swiss Exhibition Ltd, an organisation which                                                                          ordinariness and supposed neutrality of                   collection of poems with accompanying
runs the art fair in Basel, Switzerland (now in its thirty-ninth year) and its sister                                                               the plaza, which was formerly called                      images and prose, by Belfast based artist
event Miami, USA. This year saw the seventh annual instalment of Art Basel                                                                          Leninplatz and was home to a nineteen                     Ronald McDowell (16 – 30 Oct). The works
Miami Beach, which has been described as “the most important art show in the                                                                        meter high granite statue of Lenin which                  primary focus is on traditional religious
United States”.                                                                                                                                     was famously helicoptered out the city                    iconic painters. According to the press
       Over four days, in December 2008 approximately 266 galleries from 33                                                                         piece by piece after the fall of the Berlin
                                                                                                                                                                                                              release “these pieces are in essence
countries exhibited works by over 2,000 artists. To take in this scale of                                                                           wall”. The artists included in the exhibition
                                                                                                                                                                                                              thresholds into the infinite and encourage
presentation – and the amount of works on show – in so short a time, is by turns                                                                    were Enda O’Donoghue, Gregor Stephan,
exhilarating, numbing and totally mystifying. It is a ‘Frankenstein’ experience of                                                                                                                            the reader and the viewer to see such
                                                                                                                                                    Sven Kalden, Sean Lynch, Michele
art-as-merchandise in a global economy.                                                                                                                                                                       portals in the face of every man by seeing
                                                                                                                                                    Horrigan, Sladjan Nedeljkovic, Karin
       What Art Basel Miami Beach achieves best is presenting a combination of                                                                                                                                through from this chaotic world into the
                                                                                                                                                    Krautschick, Isidro Ramirez, Paul Halliday,
an international selection of top galleries and an exciting programme of                                                                                                                                      serene realms of the spiritual”.
                                                                                        'London Street' – publicity image. Context, derry.          Raphael Grisey, Michael Tan.                                                                           www.adf.ie
intergrated exhibitions and events. Sections like Art Projects presented eight
works in the urban / public context. These included Olaf Breuning’s sand                                                                            MAppING THE BORDER
                                                                                        The Context Gallery, Derry recently held                                                                              SpACES
sculpture Untitled sited on the beach and Dora Garcia’s daily-performed tour                                                                        PS2 recently hosted ‘The Map of
                                                                                        three collaborative projects curated by
titled Crowd. The Art Video Lounge was this year titled ‘Honey, I Rearranged the                                                                    Connections 2.0 & The Map of Encounters
                                                                                        Sarah Edge under the title ‘London Street:
Image…!’ and was curated by Rike Frank from Berlin. It presented a library-list of                                                                  1.0’ (10 – 25 Oct) by artist Garrett Carr. The
                                                                                        A Visual Exploration’ (10 Oct – 21 Nov).
a wide array of artists; from which viewers could choose videos and then watch                                                                      show comprised of maps, walks, and
                                                                                        The projects comprised of photographic
four private screening stations. Art Positions presented a 20-strong selection of                                                                   photographs. The press release stated that
                                                                                        work by Anne Burke and Gail Baylis; video
‘young’ galleries, each showing in individual shipping containers in an empty                                                                       “this project documents the artist /
                                                                                        by Anne Crilly and Vincent O’Callaghan;
lot alongside the beach.                                                                                                                            geographer’s undertaking to map the
                                                                                        and interactive media by artists Sarah
       Particularly good presentations were those by Sorcha Dallas Gallery,                                                                         border between the North and the South
                                                                                        Edge, Rowan Morrey and Shelly Garrett.
Glasgow – showing paintings and sculptures by Charlie Hammond; and                                                                                  of Ireland in a very different way; objective
                                                                                        London Street is a Georgian street,
Renwick Gallery, New York presenting José Dávila. Influenced by Donald Judd,                                                                        in its methods but poetic and
                                                                                        shadowed by the historic city walls,                                                                                  Karl Burke Tracing a Place lambda print on diabond, 120 x
Dávila sliced the container into 19 equal parts removing every second one to                                                                        individualistic in its observations”. During
                                                                                        located in the centre of Derry City –                                                                                 90cm, 2008 Curracloe, Co. Wexford)
create the nine voids and 10 slices of Judd’s famous stack piece, which he
                                                                                        according to the press release “together                    his many walks, Garrett Carr drew a map
showed horizontality.                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Spaces’ at the Wexford Arts Centre was a
                                                                                        these projects offer the viewer a                           of unofficial border crossings, not found
       For the second year running Jens Hoffman was the curator for the Art                                                                                                                                   solo exhibition featuring video, sculpture
                                                                                        stimulating and thought-provoking                           on any other map, took photographs and
Perform programme – also located at Art Positions. The programme included                                                                                                                                     and photographic work by Karl Burke –
                                                                                        journey through a number of virtual                         noted down his encounters.
daily performances – among them Adriana Lara (Mexico) and Christian                                                                                                                       www.pssquared.org   winner of the Wexford Arts Centre /
Jankowski (Germany).                                                                    London Streets”.
                                                                                                            http://contextgalleries.blogspot.com/                                                             Wexford County Council Emerging Artist
       Art Supernova was described as a “collaborative presentation” by 20                                                                          BLACKFLASH                                                Award (8 – 30 Nov). The press release
galleries showing emerging artists. This section was refreshingly distinctive.
                                                                                        BIRDS, pLACES, OTHER THINGS                                                                                           noted       “through        three     dimensional
Noteworthy was Nina Canell’s A Handful of Dust – a sculpture on show with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              interventions and structures, Burke
Galerie Barbara Wien. Another highlight was the Art Kabinetts – a series of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              endeavours to form a physical and emotive
curated exhibitions by the galleries. Presented among these was a showing of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              relationship between the art object, space/
works by Yoko Ono in the Lelong Gallery’s space; early works by Robert
                                                                                                                                                                                                              place and, in particular, the viewer”.
Smithson in the Cohan Gallery, and Duchamp works Naumann – the latter
claiming the most comprehensive collection of editioned works by Duchamp                                                                                                                                            Prior to ‘Spaces’ the gallery held two
from books he designed to prints, objects and posters.                                                                                                                                                        concurrent exhibitions; ‘Back to the
       Special programmes, installations and events are now common features of                                                                                                                                Lighthouse’, an exhibition of work by
art fairs – they are seen as important in attracting audiences, especially those        Marlin James From Pecking Birds, 2008,                                                                                John Shinnors comprised new paintings
                                                                                        acrylic on canvas, 27 x 34 cm                                                                                         using the motif of the lighthouse and
who are not there as serious buyers. Under the auspices of ‘Art Salon’ and ‘Art
Basel Conversations’ daily public talks and discussions were held. The emphasis         Welsh artists Merlin James recently                                                                                   ‘Manhattan’, a show of new paintings by
                                                                                                                                                    Mark Cullen – publicity image for 'Blackflash'
was on current themes in contemporary art.                                              showed new paintings in his ‘Birds, Places,                                                                           Cody. (11 Oct – 2 Nov)
                                                                                        Other Things’ at the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin                                                                                          www.wexfordartscentre.ie/VisualArt.html
       Invited speakers ranged from artists making individual presentations – to                                                                    During the Tulca season of visual art in
architects, curators and authors. Speakers included Alanna Heiss, director of PS1       (24 Oct – 22 Nov). The press release quoted                 Galway G126 hosted ‘Blackflash’, an
New York; Ute Meta Bauer, MIT Visual Arts programme; Federico Diaz, Artist              American critic Sanford Schwatrz writing                                                                              FLUx CApACITOR
                                                                                                                                                    exhibition of new installation works by
Prague. The subjects covered included State of the Art Market, The Paul Thek Case       in the New York Review of Books recently,                                                                             Work by Irish artist Roisin Byrne was
                                                                                                                                                    Mark Cullen (1 – 22 Nov). The exhibition
– Rediscovery of a Legendary Artist and Will Art Transform the Political Face of the    who has identified James as one of a group                                                                            featured in the group exhibition ‘Flux
                                                                                                                                                    notes explained how Cullen “explores
Middle East?                                                                            of painters that emerged in the late 1980s,                                                                           Capacitator’ at the Extra Spazio gallery,
                                                                                                                                                    cosmologies, playfully engaging our
       Miami also hosted a number of satellite fairs. Formally these had piggy          after neo-expressionism and New Image                                                                                 Rome (10 Oct – 20 Nov). The exhibition
                                                                                                                                                    senses, he jolts our position in relation to
backed on the reputation of ABMB, but they are now established fairs that draw          painting,        with      “more         freedom      to                                                              was curated by Ilaria Gianni and Isobel
                                                                                                                                                    our surroundings and our imagination”
their own audiences. Among them are NADA, (New Art Dealers Alliance) –now               experiment, to make painting a more                                                                     www.g126.eu   Harbison and also featured work by
in its sixth year – which featured 88 emerging galleries from 18 countries. Tow         personal realm...to connect their work                                                                                Francesca Anfossi, Erik Blinderman,
Irish galleries, The Green on Red and Mother’s Tankstation showed at NADA.              with painting from earlier eras”.                           WHEN THINGS AppEAR                                        Patrizio Di Massimo, Michael Eddy, and
PULSE Miami, showed over 100 international galleries. Each presented its own                                                        www.kerlin.ie   ‘When things appear’ at the Mermaid Arts                  Maria Karantzi.
series of special programmes, installations and performances.                                                                                       Centre presented temporary sculpture                                                           www.extraspazio.it

       ABMA has brought much to the city of Miami. The Wynwood district, the            EIN pLATZ                                                   and site-specific installation by Helen
location of where the satellite fairs are located, was once an industrial wasteland,                                                                Hughes (7 Nov – 6 Dec). As the press                      MICHEAL KANE
with just a handful of pioneering galleries and private collections like the Rubell                                                                 release noted “Hughes utilises industrial                 Solstice Arts Centre, Navan recently
Family Collection and the Margulies Collection. But over the last few years it                                                                      products, transforming or reassembling                    hosted an exhibition of the work of
has grown to host 70 plus enterprising new galleries – and this has added to the                                                                    them to make something new. They often                    Michael Kane (16 Oct – 22 Nov). As the
cultural dynamic of a city making its place on the art map.                                                                                         readily lend themselves to manipulation                   press release noted “Kane’s work is
       Ultimately what is at stake for art fairs is their monetary / transactional                                                                  through simple techniques. Through this                   uncompromisingly figurative … while he
success. Reports held that sales in Miami were not excessive, but were still good.                                                                  expansion upon the industrial process the                 does not particularly stress figure or
Is it a case of the art market following its own rules in these recessionary times?                                                                 artist attempts to develop a personal                     ground, both seem larger and more
Groups of collectors were still to be seen being chaperoned through the fair, and                                                                   language within the vast, prevailing                      mythical in his works than ordinary
museum and art professionals were still a heavy presence. MCH Swiss Exhibition          enda O’donoghue, Minute of Angle, video still               systems of production.”                                   reality”.
Ltd has signed a new three-year contract with the Miami Convention Centre                                                                                 Previously shown at the Mermaid                           Kane’s works were also recently
and the dates for ABMA are already set for 2009. Perhaps the best consideration         The exhibition ‘Ein Platz’ at Platz der                     was ‘In Diamond Valley’ (2 Oct – 1 Nov),                  presented at the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
of ABMB is to believe the writing on the wall – or in this case the floor – in the      Vereinten Nationen, Berlin was curated by                   an exhibition of drawings by artist Felicity              launched (24 Nov – 20 Dec), where a
Mary Boone Gallery booth. Barbara Kruger showed two quotations presented in             Irish artist Enda O’Donoghue and German                     Clear. The catalogue, produced by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              major publication covering the artist’s
a bold black font “We are the slaves of objects around us – Goethe”, and “He            artist Gregor Stephan (10 Oct – 1 Nov).                     artist and the centre, includes essays by
                                                                                                                                                                                                              work since the 1950s was launched.
entered shop after shop, priced nothing, spoke no word, and looked at all objects       The show comprised of video, photography                    Sally Timmons, Cliodhna Shaffrey and                           www.solsticeartscentre.com/www.rubicongallery.ie
with a wild and distracted stare – Edgar Allan Poe”.                                    and object-based works by nine artists                      Pádraic E Moore.
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                                                                                                                                                                 has produced public art pieces for cities

                                                                                                                 News
MOVING DEATHS                                          RECENT IMMA SHOWS                                                                                                                                                  BRIEF CLOSURE FOR IMMA
                                                       An exhibition of paintings, watercolours,                                                                 across the UK and has exhibited                          The Irish Museum of Modern Art will be
                                                       and drawings by William McKeown was                                                                       worldwide.                                               closed for renovations from Monday 12
                                                       recently held at IMMA (5 Nov – 4 Jan). As                                                                        Buttress intends to encourage                     January to Monday 2 February 2009
                                                                                                                NEW SAOITHE IN AOSDÁNA
                                                       the press release noted “McKeown is best                                                                  input from local people living near the                  inclusive. This is due to upgrading work
                                                                                                                In mid November, President of Ireland
                                                       known for his luminous, near abstract,                                                                    landmark sculpture. He will be holding                   being carried out on the building’s
                                                                                                                Mary McAleese presided at a ceremony
                                                       paintings that explore states of mind,                                                                    creative workshops with groups from                      electrical supply. The Museum’s café and
                                                                                                                in the Arts Council to mark the election
                                                       such as happiness and freedom, and                                                                        the Greater Village and St James’ areas of               bookshop will also remain closed.
                                                                                                                of visual artist Camille Souter and                                                                                                       www.imma.ie
                                                       qualities of nature, like light, air and sky".                                                            Belfast.
                                                                                                                composer Seóirse Bodley as Saoithe in                                            www.belfastcity.gov.uk
                                                       Running concurrently at IMMA was ‘In                     Aosdána. The honour of Saoi is bestowed                                                                   THE CURFEW TOWER
Gavin Murphy 'Moving deaths' – exhibition view.
                                                       Praise of shadows’ which featured “works                 for singular and sustained distinction in        MEMORIAL FOR DEFENCE FORCES                              Throughout 2009 Void. Derry will have
Gavin Murphy’s ‘Moving Deaths’ at the                  in the form of shadows, shadow theatres                  the arts.                                                                                                 full curatorial responsibility for The
Lab, Dublin (7 Nov – 6 Dec) featured                   and silhouettes”. 'In Praise of Shadows                                              www.artscouncil.ie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Curfew Tower, Cushendall, Co Antrim.
sculptural assemblage, video, text, and                'was inspired by the history of shadow                                                                                                                             The Tower is owned by Bill Drummond
                                                       theatre in Turkey and Greece and                         DAVy pORTRAIT WINNERS
various forms of photography.                                                                                                                                                                                             who has set up the ‘In You We Trust’ that
                                                       featured works that were based on folk                   Davy, provider of stock broking, wealth
      According to the press release the                                                                                                                                                                                  offers short-term residencies for artists
                                                       tales or simple contemporary narratives.                 management and financial advisory
works in the show celebrated “the                                                                                                                                                                                         in the Tower.
                                                       Featured artists included William                        services, has awarded Dublin based artist
inevitable uncertainty that is, in a post-                                                                                                                                                                                     The Curfew Tower was built in
                                                       Kentridge, Jockum Nordström, Kara                        Joe Dunne with first prize in the
enlightenment world, the reward of                                                                                                                               Brian King. Memorial to the Defence Forces. 2008.        1817, to confine riotous prisoners. The
                                                       Walker, Nathalie Djurberg, and Andrew                    inaugural Davy Portrait Awards for his
investigation. The result betrays a                                                                                                                                                                                       Tower is 20 feet square, tapered, and rises
                                                                                                                work ‘Portrait of Cara’.
compulsive need to create structure and                Vickery.                                                                                                  A memorial to members of the Defence                     four storeys to a height of 40 feet, topped
                                                                                                                      The awards, in association with
order, while at the same time giving in to                                                                                                                       Forces who died in service was unveiled                  by modest battlements. The Tower hosts
                                                                                                                Arts & Business, were open to artists
the notion that these very actions are                                                                                                                           on Saturday 6 November in Merrion                        small single bedrooms, so not more than
                                                       ON AT MOTHER’S                                           working in traditional and non-
futile”.    The LAB, Dublin also recently                                                                                                                        Square, Dublin by President Mary                         two artists can stay at any one time.
                                                                                                                traditional media across Ireland. The
hosted ‘Krickle Krackle’ (14 Oct – 22                                                                                                                            McAlees.                                                 Residencies are for periods of no less
                                                                                                                judging panel comprised Royal
Nov) by Dorothy Ann Daly.                                                                                                                                             The memorial, designed by artist                    than a week and generally no more than
                                                                                                                Hibernian Academy President Stephen
                                                                                                                                                                 Brian King, was the winning entry in an                  three weeks. Void is inviting artists to
                                                                                                                McKenna, Royal Ulster Academy
                                                                                                                                                                 international competition. It depicts                    submit applications for 2009.
DARKNESS AND LIGHT                                                                                              President Rita Duffy and international
                                                                                                                                                                 members of the Army, Navy, Air Corps                                                www.derryvoid.com
‘Darkness and Light’, an exhibition of                                                                          art critic and writer Gemma Tipton.
                                                                                                                                                                 and Reserve cast in bronze standing
work by members of the lecturing staff of                                                                             Belfast-born Martin Wedge picked
                                                                                                                                                                 guard over an eternal flame that                         RUA RED TO OpEN IN FEB
the Department of Creative and                                                                                  up second prize for his oil on canvas
                                                                                                                                                                 emanates from the Defence Forces Badge                   The official launch of RUA RED, South
Performing Arts at Waterford Institute of                                                                       portrait entitled Figure C3.10. Third prize
                                                                                                                                                                 at the centre of the structure. The work                 County Dublin’s new centre for
Technology, was recently held at                       Kevin Cosgrave Office. Oil on Linen. 50 x 60 cm. 2008    was awarded to Gary Coyle for a charcoal
                                                                                                                                                                 is installed near the corner of Merrion                  creativity, will take place from 5 to 8
Waterford Regional Hospital (16 Oct – 5                                                                         on paper portrait of his father.
                                                                                                                                                                 Square South and Merrion Square West                     February 2009. Based in Tallaght, RUA
Nov).                                                  Mother’s Tankstation re-opened after                           The winning works can be viewed
                                                                                                                                                                 in Archbishop Ryan Park, Dublin 2.                       RED represents an investment of almost
      The artists exhibiting in this show              their summer break with ‘The Untitled                    alongside 21 other shortlisted paintings
                                                                                                                                                                      President Mary McAleese led the                     €10 million in cultural facilities by
included Michael Beirne, Gerard Casey,                 First Album’ Kevin Cosgrove’s first solo                 selected from over 300 entries at the
                                                                                                                                                                 unveiling ceremony, which was attended                   South Dublin County Council. The
Susan Connolly, Pat Cunningham, Fiona                  exhibition (22 Oct – 15 Nov). The press                  inaugural Davy Portrait Awards
                                                                                                                                                                 by Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Minister for                   centre host galleries, performance space,
Dowling, Ben Reilly, Joy Rooney, Tony                                                                           exhibition at the Naughton Gallery in
                                                       release      explained         that      Cosgrove’s                                                       Defence Willie O’Dea, and families and                   music rooms, incubators and artists’
Ryan, Lorenzo Tonti, Mary-Ruth Walsh,                                                                           Belfast until 31 Jan 2009. The exhibition
                                                       “relatively traditional upbringing in a                                                                   Defence Force comrades of deceased                       studios and aims to be a creative hub for
Mairin Grant, Joe Hunt, Reiltin Murphy,                                                                         will move to the Farmleigh Gallery in
                                                       mining community in the central                                                                           personnel.                                               the arts community to make, present
Sheila Naughton, John O’Connor and                                                                              Dublin in March 2009.
                                                       heartlands of Ireland has instilled a                                       www.davyportraitawards.com         Artist Brian King was born in                       and disseminate work.
Martin Quigley.                                        strong sense of survival, craft and                                                                       Dublin in 1942. He studied in the                              The 4-day celebratory launch
                                                       industry into his skilfully austere and                  ART & ARCHITECTURE OF IRELAND                    National college of Art and Design in                    programme includes exhibitions,
THIS RATHER THAN                                       muted canvases of under-populated                        Art and Architecture of Ireland is a new         Dublin where he lectured for a number                    performances, hands-on workshops and
Galway Arts Centre recently held ‘This                 workplaces:           factories,       workshops,        major project which will be undertaken           of years and, and then became the Head                   tours of the facilities and will be marked
Rather Than…’ a group exhibition                       industrial yards and offices.”                           by The Royal Irish Academy (RIA). The            of the Department of Sculpture from                      by an exhibition ‘House Warming’
featuring five Graduates from GMIT,                           More         recently          the      venue     aim of the project is the creation of a          1984 –2004. More info on Brian King can                  co-curated by Ruairí Ó Cuív and Cliodhna
Institute of Technology, Sligo, Limerick               presented‘Northland’ a solo exhibition                   comprehensive history of Irish Art and           be found on his website.                                 Shaffrey and presenting work by artists
                                                                                                                                                                                                      www.sculpture.ie
School of Art and Design and Crawford                  by the Australian painter Noel McKenna                   Architecture to be published in five                                                                      Jesse Jones, John Jones, Vera Klute, Clare
College of Art & Design (2 Oct – 1 Nov).               (19 Nov – 20 Dec). As the gallery notes                  volumes covering the years 400 – 2000.                                                                    Langan, Sean Lynch, Bea McMahon,
                                                                                                                                                                 RHA ANNUAL AWARDS
The show was curated by Russell Hart – a               explained “McKenna’s apparently naïve,                        The publications will deal with the                                                                  Liam O’Callaghan and Beth O’Halloran.
                                                                                                                                                                 Painter Comhghall Casey is the winner
Galway based independent curator. The                  small-scale paintings on plywood panels                  Island of Ireland as a whole and will                                                                           In addition 6 artist studios will
                                                                                                                                                                 of the Hennessy Craig Scholarship
exhibition featured work in a range of                 are pervasively occupied by silence, yet                 involve liaison with relevant institutions,                                                               become available for rent from February
                                                                                                                                                                 Worth €12,000 for his painting Red
media including print, video, painting                 not peace. They delicately search out                    including the Ulster Museum, Queen’s                                                                      2009. If you would like more information
                                                                                                                                                                 Bicycle. The award is given each year to a
and sculpture.                                         societal cracks and schisms, prising them                University, Belfast and the University of                                                                 on the facilities or to apply for a space
                                                                                                                                                                 painter under the age of 35 years who
      The participating artists were                   a little further apart until they start to               Ulster.                                                                                                   please email events@ruared.ie. Deadline
                                                                                                                                                    www.ria.ie   exhibits in the open submission section
Rebecca Massey, Selma Makela, Damien                   leak whispers of the disquiet contained                                                                                                                            for applications is 30 January 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                 of the RHA Annual Exhibition. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         www.ruared.ie
O’Connell, Donal Moloney, and Eva                      therein.”                                                                                                 addition painters Ann Quinn & Majec
                                                                                www.motherstankstation.com      RISE FOR BELFAST
Maher. This exhibition coincided with                                                                                                                            Bedkowski both received subsidiary
                                                                                                                A design plan for the biggest public art                                                                  JOy GALLERy AT REDSpACE
‘An Absence of Evidence is Not Evidence                                                                                                                          awards of €2,500 as part of this award.
                                                       SINKS AND RESERVOIRS                                     sculpture in Belfast, to be situated at a                                                                 RedSpace is a new not-for-profit, artist-
of Absence’ a solo exhibition by Maeve                                                                                                                                Other award winners included the
                                                       ‘Sinks & Reservoirs’, an exhibition of new               main gateway to the city, was unveiled                                                                    led initiative located in Dublin City
Curtis in gallery 3.                                                                                                                                             inaugural Bank of Scotland (Ireland) and
                                                       work from Alan Boardman was recently                     recently. Rise will be built at Broadway                                                                  Centre comprising work spaces, artists'
                                                                                                                Roundabout by the artist Wolfgang                Irish Arts Review Photographic Portrait
                                                       presented at the Crow Gallery, Dublin                                                                                                                              studios, a gallery, recording studio and a
LUAN AN TSLEIBHE                                                                                                Buttress and will stand at 123ft high by         Prize of €6,000 awarded to Patrick
                                                       (28 Nov – 6 Dec). The exhibition                                                                                                                                   rehearsal space.It was established with
‘Luan an tSléibhe’, a new body of work by                                                                       98.4ft wide.                                     Donald for his photograph Fairground
                                                       comprised a series of photographs, digital                                                                                                                         the aim of providing a supporting
Geraldine O’Neill was exhibited recently                                                                               The globe shaped white and silver         Scene, Cuba; The RHA Sculpture Award
                                                       images and paintings. Commenting on                                                                                                                                environment for creativity and cross-
at Draiocht (3 Oct – 22 Nov). O’Neill’s                                                                         aluminum sculpture – a representation            of €10,000 awarded to Janet Mullarney
                                                       his work the artist said “the core                                                                                                                                 collaboration at the intersection of art,
practice was described a being “defined                                                                         of a new sun rising to celebrate a new           for her work Earthly Creatures and The
                                                       inspiration for this new series of works                                                                                                                           technology, music and media.
by a commitment to figurative and                                                                               chapter in the history of Belfast – should       De Veres Award of €3,000 for a first time
                                                       comes from an interest in the structural                                                                                                                                   RedSpace is home to The Joy
representational painting, a genre to                                                                           be visible from several miles away when          exhibitor awarded to Kim Cunningham
                                                       similarities of social, economic, and                                                                                                                              Gallery, a not-for-profit art space
which she brings a fresh and innovative                                                                         it is constructed in 2009.                       for her work Tea Dancers No. 1.
                                                       biological systems. These systems are                                                                                                                              focussing on experimental art, music/art
approach”. A publication with an                                                                                        Wolfgang Buttress was selected                In all 20 artists’ awards were
                                                       drawn together through their foundation                                                                                                                            cross-collaborations and new media
introduction by Brian Maguire and an                                                                            after competition from more than 40              awarded worth a total of €75,500 in an
                                                       in the laws of thermodynamics”.                                                                                                                                    work. The current exhibition ‘Life at The
essay by Medb Ruane was produced to                                                                             artists from Ireland, the United Kingdom         award ceremony in the Royal Hibernian
                                                                                                www.canvas.ie                                                                                                             Joy Gallery’ presents the work of the
accompany the show.                                                                                             and internationally. An experienced              Academy on Sunday 9 November 2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          artists Laura de Burca, Oisin Byrne, Fiona
                                     www.draiocht.ie
                                                                                                                artist and sculptor from Birmingham, he          Full details on the website.
                                                                                                                                                                                     www.royalhibernianacademy.com        Hallinan, Ruth Lyons, Rachel Ni Chuinn,
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Kate Strain, Alex Synge and Amy Walsh          marketing and tourism professional;        and contemporary projects including             RESALE RIGHT DELAy                            the right for artists' heirs and beneficiaries
with an accompanying text by Claire            Caroline Senior, Artistic Director,        the United States Pavilion at the Venice        Just prior to going to press VAI received     in 2010, IVARO did everything possible
Feely. The exhibition will represent the       Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford and     Biennale.                                       notification from the Department of           to make the case for artists and their
work of these artists over the course of       Orlaith McBride, Director, National             The artists selected for Launch 08         Enterprise, Trade and Employment that         families.
the next year and will continually evolve      Association for Youth Drama (outgoing      are: Peter Cábocky (IADT), Sabina               they have once again sought to delay full           The Irish Government delayed this
with the artists practice and the              member reappointed).                       MacMahon (NCAD) & Ian Slattery                  implementation of the Artists Resale          decision once already in 2006. Their
development of the gallery. Participating              The new chairperson and            (DIT). LAUNCH continues until 31                Right for artist’s heirs and beneficiaries.   decision to once again delay
artists will invite writers and theorists to   members will join the six current board    January.                                        Full implementation would have seen           implementation is due in no small part
contribute to the exhibition as it             members who are Maurice Foley,                                      www.fourdublin.com     artists’ heirs being entitled to receive      to the unjustified claims of the art
continues and develops.                        Deputy Chairperson; John Crumlish,                                                         monies from the resale of their works         market that business has been impacted
      The gallery opens on Saturdays           Manager of the Galway Arts Festival;       NO GRANTS GALLERy                               through the art market. Now they will         negatively by Right. There is no evidence
from 12 – 6 or by appointment where a          Philip King, filmmaker and musician;       NGG (No Grants Gallery) curated and             be denied this measure until 1 January        that the Right has affected the art market
concession store called Bread and Butter       Aibhlín McCrann, musician and              managed by artist Carol Eakins, takes           2012.                                         adversely, in fact all research in the UK,
sells magazines, records, zines, artists'      communications consultant; Alan            the form of a non-profit gallery where                We are especially disappointed that     which has the largest art market in
prints and other merchandise and crafts        Stanford, actor and writer Colm            artists pay a nominal 50 Euro fee for a         the announcement makes no positive            Europe, has shown that the Right has
from the associated artists and musicians.     Tóibín.                                    two-week exhibition slot which includes         comment about the success of the Resale       not damaged business in any way. Both
The Joy Gallery / RedSpace is located at 2                                                promotional support from TBCT.                  Right and fails to signal any commitment      Ireland and the UK held consultations in
Rutland Place, Parnell Square East,            LAUNCH 08                                                                                                                                September 2008 regarding the
                                                                                                Artists interested in showing their       whatsoever to artists and their families.
Dublin 1.                                      Launch, the annual event supporting
                             www.redspace.cc
                                                                                          work at NGG should contact ngg@                       The Artist’s Resale Right entitles      introduction of the Right to benefit
                                               recent graduates opened at the LAB in      templebar.ie or Carol Eakins at 01 677          artists to a small royalty when their         artists heirs. 90% of the respondents to
                                               late December. Presented by FOUR and       2255.                                           original works of art are resold by art       the UK consultation wrote in favour of
NEW ARTS COUNCIL
                                               the LAB, Launch provides exposure to                                                       dealers, galleries or auction houses. This    implementing the Right for artists’ heirs
In late December Martin Cullen TD,
                                               innovative artists and offers an           EMERGING VISUAL ARTIST AWARD                    royalty system has been in place in           without further delay. Despite this the
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism
                                               important platform from which these        Dublin based visual artist Vera Klute is        Ireland since June 2006 and it has            UK Government has also chosen to
announced the appointment of new
                                               artists can develop their creative and     the recipient of the third annual               allowed many artists, including the           ignore their views and disregard the
members to the Arts Council including
                                               professional practice. In addition it is   Emerging Visual Artist Award. The               young and unestablished, to receive           mountain of evidence that proves that
the appointment of independent
                                               intended to promote opportunities and      Award is run by Wexford Arts Centre in          royalties for the first time.                 this Right does not damage business.
theatre and film producer, Pat Moylan
                                               public discussion of new developments      partnership with the Arts Department of               In advance of the introduction of             Artists are the life blood of the art
as the new Chairperson.
                                               in emerging contemporary Irish art.        Wexford County Council and the Arts             the Resale Right VAI helped establish the     trade and yet once again it is they that
     The appointments are as follows:
                                                     Launch 08 is curated by Jasper       Council. The initiative supports                Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation      will be feeling the pinch in the coming
Pat Moylan, Chairperson, Independent
Theatre and Film Producer; Louise              Sharp, a writer and curator based in       promising visual artists with an award of       (IVARO) a not-for-profit organisation         years.
Donlon, Director, Dunamaise Arts               Vienna. He worked from 1999-2005 as        €8,000 and a solo exhibition at Wexford         which has been collecting and
Centre, Portlaoise; Paul Johnson,              Exhibitions Organiser and Collections      Arts Centre.                                    distributing resale royalties to its’
Dancer, Choreographer & Chief                  Coordinator at the Peggy Guggenheim                             www.wexfordartscentre.ie   members since 2006. While it was
Executive of Dance Ireland; Fiona              Collection, Venice, where he was                                                           always going to be a difficult challenge
Kearney, Director, Glucksman Gallery,          responsible for all temporary                                                              to persuade the government to introduce
Cork; Sheelagh O’Neill, Former                 exhibitions, collection installations
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                                                                                                                                                          buildings as the creation of a temporary ‘synchronic monument’. This
                                                                                                                                                          minimal gesture by Moore redirects attention from these buildings
                                                                                                                                                          usual use-function into temporary ‘monuments’. This self- declaration
                                                                                                                                                          of certain buildings as monuments invites us to also engage with
                                                                                                                                                          structures in a more idiosyncratic and personal manner.
                                                                                                                                                                The continued evolution of our built environment is a central
                                                                                                                                                          concern in Jesse Jones’ project, Psychic Architecture. This project
                                                                                                                                                          comprised the installation of a hardback book with an accompanying
                                                                                                                                                          audio piece in the National Library on Kildare Street. The book is made
                                                                                                                                                          up of multiple images of a person building a model architectural city.
                                                                                                                                                          The figure is seated at a work desk and the images are presented in a
                                                                                                                                                          red hue. As one progresses through the book, the city becomes more
                                                                              Jesse Jones Psychic Architecture book.                                      and more elaborate, eventually verging on the surreal with buildings
                                                                                                                                                          crowding each other and balancing in precarious manners. The audio
                                                                                                                                                          piece accompanying the book takes the form of a lecture being
                                                                                                                                                          delivered by a practising psychic architect. The talk begins by
                                                                                                                                                          identifying a pattern of neurosis amongst architects. As the piece
                                                                                                                                                          continues the descriptions, which begin in a cool and academic style,
                                                                                                                                                          become more and more frantic, as the psychic architect breathlessly
                                                                                                                                                          describes buildings developing a life of their own. The audio piece
                                                                                                                                                          closes with the gradually audible whispering of Karl Marx’s The
                                                                                                                                                          Communist Manifesto becoming increasingly dominant.
                                                                                                                                                                Eilis Mc Donald’s Dublin City Colouring Book was a playful and
                                                                                                                                                          accessible work. This 20 page colouring book, which had 2,000
                                                                                                                                                          editions printed, was distributed for free through various public
                                                                                                                                                          institutions throughout the city over the weekend. Featuring in the
                                                                                                                                                          book were many familiar Dublin city landmarks portrayed in unusual
                                                                                                                                                          ways. Liberty Hall is depicted spouting water and floating amongst
                                                                              Screening, Meeting House Square, Bea Mc Mahon’s Transport
Inside the City Hall on Tastes Like Lego tour.                                                                                                            clouds while the Civic Office has multiple tentacles. Here again, is the
                                                                                                                                                          invitation to regard architecture as a malleable and unfixed medium.


Activating Spaces
                                                                                                                                                                Over two nights of the ‘Culturstruction’ weekend Butler and
                                                                                                                                                          Kennedy selected a series of video works, which were screened in
                                                                                                                                                          Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. The programme on both nights
                                                                                                                                                          adopted the same structure, showing three short video pieces on a loop
SARAH LINCOLN PROFILeS CuLTuRSTRuCTION, A WeeKeNd OF duBLIN BASed ARCHITeCTuRe-                                                                           for an hour each. Michelle Browne, Christine Sullivan / Rob Flint and
ReLATed ART PROJeCTS (17 – 19 OCT ’08) ORGANISed IN CONJuNCTION WITH THe OPeN HOuSe                                                                       Bea McMahon had pieces shown on the first night. Emma Houlihan,
INITIATIVe OF THe IRISH ARCHITeCTuRe FOuNdATION.                                                                                                          Gareth Kennedy / Sarah Browne and Finola Jones had their work
                                                                                                                                                          screened on the second night. The mood in many of these pieces was
                                                                                                                                                          contemplative and sometimes light-hearted. However, more than in
My guide instructs me in a calm voice to place my hair against the            time, in which her input as an artist was incorporated into aspects of      any of the other commissioned works, specific re-developments were
whirring air vent. “Yep, I can feel the pressure alright … oh, my ear-not     their projects. Both women acknowledge that their experiences since         referenced. Christine Sullivan and Rob Flint’s Generator was funded
my hair”. Indeed there was a curious tick-tock noise coming through           NCAD were formative in encouraging them to begin studying                   through Breaking Ground and references notions inherent to that
the vent, which would have been entirely imperceptible through my             architecture. However, they are also both aware of how the Sculpture        redevelopment. Gareth Kennedy and Sarah Browne’s Episode 306:Dallas,
hair. I am on Mary Jo Gilligan’s Tastes Like Lego alternative architectural   Department in NCAD has informed the path which they subsequently            Belfast is concerned with the compromises which inevitably occur
tour, which formed one strand of ‘Culturstruction’, a weekend of art          chose. Butler states, “there was an emphasis in the Sculpture               around the re-development of areas. Emma Houlihan’s Everywhere is a
projects from the 17 to the 19 of October, ‘08. In order to participate in    Department of NCAD on interaction with the public space and with            Playground took a bleak snapshot of parts of Limerick which are due to
this piece, the audience members (limited to four people at a time) had       redevelopment, all of which directly intersects with architecture”.         be redeveloped. These particular pieces highlight a deeper sense of
to agree to be blindfolded for the hour-long tour. As a participant, you      What encouraged both women to develop ‘Culturstruction’ was the             unrest surrounding the redevelopment of areas.
were allocated your own personal guide who led you through the City           unexpected interest in art on their architecture course. When                     ‘Culturstruction’ was funded through the Open Spaces Project,
Hall and Palace Street Offices. Over the course of the hour I was invited,    elaborating upon theoretical and practical concerns to architecture,        which is a Dublin City Council Arts Office initiative. Open Spaces had
amongst other things, to rub my hands across what I believed to be a          their fellow architecture students increasingly referenced                  its inaugural event in October ‘08 and lists other events in its
very large and shiny wooden table, to take note of the contrast in            contemporary artist practices. Butler and Kennedy knew many artists         programme through late ’08 and into early ’09 as ‘phase one’ in the
acoustics as we moved from exterior to interior spaces and to inhale          who were influenced by architecture, what they didn’t realise was that      project. In a tacit recognition of the sprawling and non-definable
and note that unmistakable newly furnished office smell. Mary Jo              this interest was reciprocated.                                             parameters of artworks in the public space, Open Spaces emphasises
seemed to have choreographed the hour perfectly: while she read                     Butler and Kennedy met with the organisers of Open House in           their intention to foster ‘creative partnerships’ through their
personal and more theoretical passages, the chimes of lifts and opening       June ’08. They were enthusiastic about ‘Culturstruction’ and supported      programme. One of the first events in the Open Spaces programme
of doors seemed to punctuate her texts right on cue.                          the project by providing it with PR and press. It was later in the          was the launch of a report, which Dublin City Council Arts Office
       ‘Culturstruction’ was organised by Jo Anne Butler and Tara             summer that funding was secured through Dublin City Council Arts            commissioned in order to examine innovative international models
Kennedy to run as a parallel event to the annual Open House weekend           Office, at which point Jo Anne and Tara pushed ahead with the project.      for art in urban and suburban open spaces. In the introduction to the
(1)
   , which is organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation. While           The artists commissioned by ‘Culturstruction’ were selected through         report a distinction is made between the two terms public art and open
Open House’s popularity is founded upon a curiosity that the public           various criteria, one being that each artist had to have lived in Dublin.   space, “over the course of our research and during the fieldwork phase
have for accessing buildings normally closed to them, ‘Culturstruction’       Additionally, there was an attempt to select artists who were at            in particular, the description ‘open space’ was well understood as
was pre-occupied with diversifying the means by which we experience           different stages in their careers and whose practices intersected with      allowing for a broader definition of arts practice in public space”. In
and occupy buildings. Butler and Kennedy commissioned four visual             architecture in differing ways. Each artist was given an open brief, so     conclusion the report re-visits this point stating that “this relatively
artists to respond through an artwork to either a building, or groups of      that the emphasis from the beginning was based around the artist’s          short research journey underlines the liberation of public art practice
buildings in Dublin. Evidenced in the work produced was a                     practice, as opposed to insisting on the artist seeing through a pre-       from its monumental origins and its associated relation to permanence,
commitment by these artists to test the means by which architecture           meditated proposal.                                                         revealing a great diversity of practice” (2).
can be more than just physical structures. Each of the artists was                  The placement of many ‘Culturstruction’ projects was, in many               ‘Culturstruction’ made an important contribution to opening out
interested in architecture’s potential to articulate both critical and        cases, key to the work. Padraic E Moore carefully chose three buildings     the diversity of arts practices visible in ‘open spaces’. The works in
celebratory aspects of our built environment.                                 – Liberty Hall, The Abbey Theatre and the Civic Offices at Wood Quay        ‘Culturstruction’ were not monumental; being transient pieces that
       Kennedy and Butler both graduated in 2005 from the Sculpture           – in which to install a series of three screen printed posters (produced    sought to co-exist with the buildings in which they were situated,
Department in NCAD. Having graduated from college, both women                 with Swollen Design Studio). The posters contained abstract geometric       illuminating possibilities, or hidden narratives. This strategy was
worked as practising artists whilst also operating in the art world           forms each reflecting in a loose manner the aesthetics of the buildings     successful in activating both the work and the space in which they
under various guises. Butler worked as the assistant project manager          in which they were installed. At the bottom of each print is a date         were located in a fresh and captivating manner.
on the Breaking Ground regeneration project in Ballymun. While                indicating when each building was completed. It was intended that                                                                                   Sarah Lincoln
Kennedy took part in the ‘Two Minds’ project organised by the Royal           through the poster’s placement, the buildings would be activated to         1) www.architecturefoundation.ie/openhouse
Society of Ulster Architects. This project involved Kennedy being             highlight the multiple layers of history that preside within them, both     2) ‘A Report on Innovative International Models of Support’, Vagabond Reviews, december ’07.

twinned with an architectural firm in Northern Ireland for a period of        personal and communal. Moore described his choice of these three
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 INTeRNATIONAL




An epic Art Journey
                                                                                                                                                                                                for me, including Tamy Ben-Tor’s Gewald (2007), a video which
                                                                                                                                                                                                included the artists performing an unsettling sung rendition of If this is
                                                                                                                                                                                                a man. In Omer Fast’s video Looking Pretty for God (after G.W.) (2008)
                                                                                                                                                                                                child actors mouth the words of an unseen American funeral director
RAyNe BOOTH RePORTS ON MANIFeSTA 7, THe euROPeAN BIeNNALe OF CONTeMPORARy ART                                                                                                                   as he talks graphically about the mysteries of the embalming process.
(19 JuLy – 20 NOV 08), HeLd IN TReNTINO, SOuTH TyROL, ITALy.                                                                                                                                    The show also contains five separately curated projects or ‘museums’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                ‘The Museum of European Normality’ (Marian Theresa Alves, Jimmie
                                                                                                                                                                                                Durham and Michael Taussig), the ‘Museum of Learning Things’
                                                                                                                                                                                                (Brigid Doherty), ‘The Museum for Franco Basaglia’ (Stefano Graziani),
                                                                                                                                                                                                the’ Museum of projective Personality testing’ (Sina Najafi &
                                                                                                                                                                                                Christopher Turner) and ‘the Museum of the stealing of Souls’ (Florian
                                                                                                                                                                                                Schneider). Each of these intriguingly titled museums is loaded with
                                                                                                                                                                                                research and art works related to each subject.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The next town on the route was Bolzano, German speaking, just
                                                                                                                                                                                                45 minutes by train from Trento. A bus from the train station took me
                                                                                                                                                                                                through the pretty town and out to the industrial estate where
                                                                                                                                                                                                Ex-Alumnix, an ex aluminium processing plant, was located. Curated
                                                                                                                                                                                                by the Indian media collective RAQS, this show was called ‘The Rest of
                                                                                                                                                                                                Now’, and in their catalogue essay they ask us to “rest for now…and
                                                                                                                                                                                                consider what remains from a century devoted to the breathless
                                                                                                                                                                                                pursuit of tomorrows promised riches”. This sentiment would have a
Work by Claire Fontaine from Manifesta 7 Trentino – South Tyrol. (19 July – 20 Nov ‘08)   Installation view ex Peterlini – Manifesta 7 Trentino – South Tyrol. (19 July – 20 Nov ‘08)           particular resonance in India, a country where recent economic
SINCE 1996 the Amsterdam based Manifesta Foundation has initiated                                                                                                                               growth has caused major social changes, and in the empty factory
a series of ambitious bi-annual exhibitions, each located in a different                                                                                                                        RAQS have chosen art that speaks about capitalism, globalisation and
European city. Then, as now, the Manifesta exhibition encourages new                                                                                                                            industry. Sanjay Kak’s mixed media installation A Shrine to the Future:
and innovative artists, and promotes new models for the display of                                                                                                                              Memory of a Hill documents the mining of bauxite for aluminium
contemporary art, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas between                                                                                                                           manufacturing in eastern India. This installation of photographs,
visual art practitioners and professionals, curators, and audiences, in a                                                                                                                       newspaper cuttings and hand written text on post-it notes, illustrates
Europe that has changed greatly over the 12 years of Manifesta’s                                                                                                                                each stage of the Bauxite mining and its effect on local ecology and
existence.                                                                                                                                                                                      society. Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty’s multimedia map Multifarious
      This year Manifesta 7 (19 July – 20 Nov ‘08) was for the first time                                                                                                                       Nows: Mumbai Mill land Stories similarly charts the history of Mumbai’s
hosted by an entire region, rather than by a single city. The affluent                                                                                                                          textile mills from the 19th century to the present day. Dayanita Singh’s
Trentino – South Tyrol region is located at the very northernmost                                                                                                                               large photographs of Indian aluminium factories and Graham
corner of Italy, bordered by Austria and Switzerland. This is breathtaking                                                                                                                      Harwood’s book Aluminium again directly reference the former
countryside where giant rock formations, spurs of the Dolomite                                                                                                                                  function of the venue. Judi Werthein’s documentary video about the
Mountains, protrude suddenly from flat fields of vines, apple trees and                                                                                                                         Colonia Renacer settlement in Chile stayed with me. Its inhabitants are
corn. The region is bilingual, having been part of the Austrian empire                    ex Tabachi – Manifesta 7 Trentino – South Tyrol. (19 July – 20 Nov ‘08)
                                                                                                                                                                                                exclusively German and moved to Chile after the war, creating a kind
from 1815 until its annexation by Italy in 1919. After the Second World                                                                                                                         of utopian high-tech cult-like community. Again, in Bolzano,
                                                                                          or responded to the recent history of the venue. Christian Philipp
War a small faction of German speaking separatists emerged, whose                                                                                                                               documentary and research based artwork seemed to be in favour but
                                                                                          Müller based his installation Carro Largo on a packet of Russian
influence can still be seen in graffitied slogans on the walls of Trento                                                                                                                        there were several exceptions to this. Harold De Bree’s M1 SS Bailey
                                                                                          ApolloSojus cigarettes he found in the building during a site visit in
and Bolzano. While various violent factions, including a Nazi group                                                                                                                             Bridge (2008), a military pre fabricated bridge first used by the Allies in
                                                                                          2008. The cigarettes, now sitting under a glass vitrine in Müller's
calling themselves ‘The Werewolves’, operated in the region post war,                                                                                                                           1943, spanned the ornamental pool outside the factory and brought
                                                                                          installation, were produced to commemorate the first joint flight of the
their activity died down in the 1960s. More recently, a Tyrolean                                                                                                                                modernist sculpture to mind.
                                                                                          American and Soviet space programmes. The tendency towards
advocacy group, the ‘Sudtiroler Schutzenbund’, organised a petition                                                                                                                                   The final day of my art pilgrimage I travelled to Fortezza/
                                                                                          meticulously researched or documentary art is evident at Rovereto, but
calling for Austria to protect the rights to self-determination of the                                                                                                                          Franzenfeste, a small town near the Austrian border. ‘Scenarios’ is a
                                                                                          I did not feel that it specifically engaged with the history and
German speaking population of South Tyrol. This petition was signed                                                                                                                             collaborative project conceived and curated by all three of the curatorial
                                                                                          surroundings of the town. A possible exception is the work of Libia
by 113 mayors out of the 116 South Tyrolean communities before                                                                                                                                  teams from the other venues. It comprises a series of sound installations,
                                                                                          Castro and Olafur Olafsson. Their video piece The Caregivers (2008)
being presented to the Austrian Parliament (1).                                                                                                                                                 to me somewhat overshadowed by the majesty of the incredibly
                                                                                          focuses on the recent phenomenon of Eastern European female
      In Tyrol, old conflicts bubble below the surface. By contrast,                                                                                                                            imposing Hapsburg fortress in which they are situated. The fortress
                                                                                          economic migrants who have become the main caregivers to elderly
Nicosia, where Manifesta 6 was to be held in 2006, is a clearly divided                                                                                                                         was built in the 1830s to defend against impending Napoleonic attack,
                                                                                          Italians in their own homes. This same subject also crops up in Bolzano,
city, split politically, socially and physically into Greek and Turkish                                                                                                                         and its design is curiously modern in feel: rooms of red brick, built-in
                                                                                          in Alexander Vaindorf’s three channel video installation Detour, One
Cypriot sectors. The curators of Manifesta 6 had planned a new model                                                                                                                            vaulted arches, each containing nothing but a dirt floor, perhaps a high
                                                                                          Particular Sunday (2006-2008). Runa Islam’s film piece The House Belongs
of art college for the city, part to be located in the Turkish or ‘occupied’                                                                                                                    window, a specially commissioned piece of furniture designed by
                                                                                          to Those who Inhabit it echoes Claire Fontaine’s work in Ex Peterlini,
sector of Nicosia. These plans offended the Greek Cypriot authorities,                                                                                                                          Martino Gamper, and a sound installation in one of three languages;
                                                                                          drawing on the recent history of the town. The title of this film was
who terminated the contracts of the Manifesta 6 organisers and                                                                                                                                  English, Italian and German. Ten writers were commissioned to write
                                                                                          found scrawled on a wall at Ex Peterlini and is also the body of the film
curators who – I would speculate – learned a valuable lesson                                                                                                                                    texts directly responding to this extraordinary space. Though signs
                                                                                          with Islam’s camera work examining the spelling out of the slogan’s
concerning the power of art as a bridge builder between seriously                                                                                                                               urged quiet, a gaggle of Italian visitors on a guided tour, coupled with
                                                                                          words.
conflicted communities. The choice of South Tyrol, a wealthy region                                                                                                                             the intense cold inside the brick structure made really engaging with
                                                                                                The train station at Rovereto also plays host to the third exhibition
where the trains run on time, is a far safer location option for Manifesta                                                                                                                      these spoken texts hard going. The author Margaret Obexer’s piece
                                                                                          in the town. ‘Manifestation’ – curated by the Office for Cognitive
7 – and yet would seem to fit with Manifesta’s policy of situating itself                                                                                                                       Defending Europe was located in a series of interconnecting rooms in
                                                                                          Urbanism, claims to “search out the incongruities of claims to local and
in cities and regions of territorial conflict.                                                                                                                                                  which a switch could be pressed to activate the sound. Obexer took her
                                                                                          also regional identity”. As an exhibition, ‘Manifestation’ felt very
      I began my visit in Rovereto, a small town surrounded by the                                                                                                                              starting point from the fortress, and the idea of ‘fortress Europe’ and her
                                                                                          uncared for, with some of the exhibits damaged and little information
looming Dolomite Mountains. The Adam Budak curated exhibition                                                                                                                                   piece follows a young African immigrant woman from her arrival in
                                                                                          available. Two months after the opening of Manifesta, and one month
'Principle Hope' aims to "map transregional dimensions" (2), using the                                                                                                                          Europe through a series of letters home to her family. Other authors
                                                                                          before its end, it felt like the organisers had all but forgotten this part of
town as a point of departure. The venue Ex Peterlini, an old cocoa                                                                                                                              and writers taking part in the collaboration are Shahid Amin, Adriana
                                                                                          the show.
factory located in the heart of Rovereto, has been abandoned for the last                                                                                                                       Cavarero, Mladen Dolar, Renee Green, Thomas Meinecke, Glen Neath,
                                                                                                In Trento, the exhibition was curated by Anselm Franke and Hila
40 years, although occasionally illegally occupied by a local anarchist                                                                                                                         Arundhati Roy and Ant Hampton.
                                                                                          Peleg, and took place in the Palazzo delle Poste, the city’s main post
group. A video installation by Miklós Erhardt and Little Warsaw                                                                                                                                       The walk back to Fortezza train station offered spectacular views
                                                                                          office. Here, a real sense of engagement between the exhibition and the
focuses on this group, who squatted in the building in 2002,                                                                                                                                    of the river and mountains, where trees were beginning to change
                                                                                          city’s inhabitants could be felt. Perhaps the fact that the Palazzo delle
investigating the motives and relationships leading up to the short-                                                                                                                            colour. After a long wait at the seemingly abandoned train station I
                                                                                          Poste is located in a buzzing city centre, rather than an outlying
lived occupation. In a gesture intended to extend the anarchists                                                                                                                                made my way back to Venice before flying home the next day. I felt as
                                                                                          industrial estate accounts for this. Entitled ‘The Soul or, Much Trouble
agenda, Daniel Knorr's Ex-Privato (2008) removed the doors of Ex                                                                                                                                though I had taken part in an epic and solitary art journey, in which I
                                                                                          in The Transportation of Souls’, Franke and Peleg’s show took
Peterlini for the duration of the exhibition, effectively turning unused                                                                                                                        learned a little more about the current contemporary art zeitgeists, saw
                                                                                          inspiration from the city of Trento being the venue for the 16th century
private spaces over to the public domain. Claire Fontaine’s neon piece                                                                                                                          some wonderful art and some fantastic countryside. It is interesting to
                                                                                          Council of Trent. It was here the Catholic Church – clarifying its
We are with you in the night takes its title from an Italian activist slogan                                                                                                                    note that more often than not, I was the only visitor to the exhibitions.
                                                                                          position in relation to the reformation – decreed the believer should
from the 1970s. When approached in the middle of a dark night in Ex                                                                                                                             The crowds that descended for the opening week have not returned,
                                                                                          confess innermost thoughts, fantasies and desires, as well as actual
Peterlini, this neon axiom feels more like a threat to the local populace,                                                                                                                      but perhaps this is more to do with the commitment, time, money and
                                                                                          committed actions and deeds. The Palazzo delle Poste contains
rather than a message of support for the activists who once inhabited                                                                                                                           hassle involved in visiting four separate cities to see one exhibition,
                                                                                          numerous small former office rooms over three floors, all converted
this space.                                                                                                                                                                                     rather than the quality of the artwork.
                                                                                          into a maze of interconnecting galleries and almost every one of these
      The second venue I visited in Rovereto was the Ex Manifattura                                                                                                                                                                                          Rayne Booth
                                                                                          galleries is dedicated to video or film installations. It would take about
Tabacchi, another industrial space just outside the city centre. In                       90 hours to view it all from start to finish, yet several works stood out                             1) Spiegel 1/27/2006. Available at www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,397621,00.html
                                                                                                                                                                                                2) Manifesta Catalogue
keeping with Budak's theme, many of the artists engaged directly with
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                           January – February 2009                                                                                                                                                   11


FOCuS – INTeRNSHIPS




       That's Showbiz, Baby.
                                                                             SARA BAuMe CONSIdeRS THe PITFALLS ANd POSSIBILITIeS OF INTeRNSHIP PROGRAMMeS
                                                                             CuRReNTLy BeING OFFeRed By VARIOuS VISuAL ART INSTITuTIONS



ON finishing art college, the vast majority of graduates will immediately    days per week with extra hours around installations and openings.            and to show their appreciation for the unpaid hours the interns had
fall into one of four distinct categories. There are those that, suddenly    Interns split their time between being in the gallery space interacting      dedicated to the general well-being of the gallery, they were given a
struck by the everyday reality of existing in the working world, will        with artists and public, and being in the office observing and helping       platform for their work, a forum for discussion and the invaluable
readily switch their priorities from art-making to money-making and          out with the more practical administrative side of things. ‘Split’           formation of alliances – a far richer and more lasting recompense than
deviate entirely from the artistic route. They finally start to see the      internships are good because it allows the intern to gauge whether it’s      cold hard cash.
sense in what their old Dad was getting at four years ago when he            the administrator or the curator, the artist or the technician, etc. that         Most interns are not really involved, for the most part and for the
attempted to manipulate them in the direction of accountancy or              they most aspire to be.                                                      majority of programmes, in a creative way. Their aesthetic opinion or
computing. A decent number, unwilling to crawl out from under the                  Some galleries / institutions / organisations have no standard         personal knowledge is not sought in any capacity. Institutions should
safety blanket of the education system, will trudge on with MAs and          internship programme as such, but will take on ‘interns’ for short,          be open to the possibility that interns can bring fresh perspectives that
H-Dips. Of course there are the lucky few that hit the jackpot first time    fixed periods in order to assist with temporary projects. This has the       the frequently dusty and complacent old staff sometimes just can’t.
around – winning awards and residencies, being launched into a               potential to be something exciting – assisting with the set-up and           While they are in no way obliged to take the suggestions or
whirlwind of emerging talent showcase exhibitions, even getting              running of a special event, conducting research or compiling                 contributions on board, art institutions of all descriptions should be
taken on by gallerists. Lastly, there are the die-hards - those determined   information, aiding the installation of a particularly elaborate or          constantly questioning themselves, open to the potential from all
to engage with the visual art scene by whatever means. In the                ambitious exhibition. Short internships for specific projects might be       directions for change, transformation and renewal.
aftermath of graduation, die-hards tend to drift, to flounder –              tailored to the exact skills, interests and competencies of the individual         When I first started to research this article I spoke with a few
volunteering at festivals or participating in artist’s projects, working     intern. They could equally turn out to be as dull as dishwater – an          gallery interns who were emphatically negative about their
part-time in bookshops or art house cinemas, fumbling awkwardly for          overhaul of the office filing system, a clear-out of the overflowing         experiences, bandying about terms such as ‘exploitation’ and ‘personal
the first rung on the ladder, a chance to establish themselves. They         stock cupboard, a week spent shredding a year’s supply of old invoices       slave.’ Exercised to expose the scam of hiring youngsters to do the dirty
make art sporadically, read lots of Frieze and Modern Painters, have         – major but mundane chores that the regular staff have long been             work for free, under the ethical security-blanket of providing education,
their pictures taken for Image magazine at exhibition openings. In the       avoiding.                                                                    I was quite disappointed to discover that there are no real scandals
best scenarios, die-hards become the true heroes – acting on their own             Visual art institutions offering some form of internship               inherent in the business of taking on interns. My only real criticism of
initiative to found co-operatives in dilapidated country houses and to       programme claim to do so for two fairly standard reasons; to benefit         internship programmes is that too many are relatively unstructured
curate innovative and socially-engaged community art projects. But           and educate the individual intern, and to facilitate the smooth              and unpredictable. Fine art graduates, in particular, are already
where either luck or opportunity is lacking, it can be a cold, cruel         running of the organisation. Noel Kelly, Director of Visual Arts Ireland,    sufficiently lacking in stability without being taken for granted by an
circle for even the keenest of graduates.                                    indicated that the VAI’s interns were invaluable and that certain            organisation for which they are volunteering. Those co-ordinating the
     While internship programmes are by no means a new addition to           projects would simply not be achievable without them. He was keen            programmes should be explicit about time frames, job descriptions,
the working world of the Irish art scene, a significant number have          to emphasise that the programme worked best when interns were                the possibility of rewards, etc. in advance. Websites should outline and
materialised across the country in recent years, and particularly in         assigned a dedicated role and trusted with the necessary responsibility      detail the intern’s role. Clarity, in so far as is possible, is not such an
recent months. It is important to clarify that an internship is distinct     to execute it. As a result, VAI favour individuals with specific areas of    unreasonable prerequisite.
from a fellowship or scholarship. These are geared toward further            interest or experience. My research has indicated that assigning exact            My other concern is that a growing abundance of interns could
courses of study and will typically come with monetary grants and            roles and trusting interns with particular responsibilities seems to be      be in danger of spelling the end for paid invigilation work. Why would
funding attached. The Glucksman Gallery in Cork run a fellowship in          the most comfortable and successful formula for all involved.                a gallery / institution be so crazy as to pay staff, when there is a whole
Curatorial Practice, and The Limerick City Gallery of Art award the                Another dual benefit is that internships regularly function like a     parade of volunteers scrambling to do the same job for free? Internships
Shinnors Scholarship as an MA in Curatorial Studies. Plenty of               training programme for prospective staff, with interns being taken on        benefit the baby generation in their early twenties, but can end up
institutions provide work experience for transition year pupils, or          in a paid position as soon as a vacancy arises. Temple Bar Gallery &         penalising the mid-to-late twenty-somethings that are more established
participate in some form with exchange programmes for                        Studios have facilitated interns for years, with a number of their           and only managing to pay for their studio and keep their developing
undergraduates from universities overseas. The Irish Museum of               current regular staff having originally started work with the gallery in     practice afloat by propping themselves up with the modest income
Modern Art has been involved with what is known as the Leonardo              such a role.                                                                 provided by casual invigilation.
programme, facilitating a large number of students from Italian                    On a purely practical level, with interns the premises get a                In conclusion, nobody will deny that life is hard for the die-hard
universities. Perhaps the most successful variety of internship is that      sweeper-upper, an enveloper, a coffee-maker, a photocopier, an unpaid        graduate most likely to begin their working life as an intern. Most of
which the LCGA aims specifically at college students. Their interns are      invigilator. Having said that, I was unexpectedly reassured that             the interns I spoke to were forced to either work part-time, suffer the
harvested from the nearby Limerick School of Art and Design. Because         galleries and institutions are genuine in their desire to groom and          indignity of being supported by adoring parents, or claim social
galleries, art institutions and organisations are understandably             enlighten the next generation. In general, the interns do get what is        welfare in order to sustain themselves for the duration of their
reluctant to take on an employee with absolutely no experience, this         promised in the advertisements or initial inductions – practical skills      internship. However, I did note that a number of graduates who left
allows graduates to emerge from the education system already with            and invaluable knowledge. Institutions get a runner, as well as the          the system with a good grade entertained unreasonable allusions of
some level of expertise to adorn their CVs and recommend them to the         cosy satisfaction of knowing that they are doing something good.             grandeur. Everybody who is anybody - from artist to director – has
working world.                                                                     With the exception of the Douglas Hyde Gallery studentship             started at the very bottom of a vertiginous ladder – having to claw and
     The internships upon which I am focusing are predominantly              (which offers a stipend of €12,000 for 10 months), the Sebastian             crawl their way up to achieve any kind of security or recognition.
aimed at recent graduates, though that is not to exclude the possibility     Guinness Gallery in Dublin’s Temple Bar (which pays its one regular               In the words of one astute ex-intern, who hated interning but was
of mature graduates or individuals aiming to establish a new career, or      intern €12 per hour), and the VAI (which provides an allowance               gratified by the insight it granted her “basically I think the art world is
those who have backgrounds in art history, event management,                 toward travel costs), every other internship of which I am aware offers      like show business and you have to start at the bottom, and the bottom
marketing, journalism, etc. Most likely to be publicised through Visual      no official financial remuneration. In many cases non -commercial,           is unpaid internships and you just have to grin and bare it”. The intern
Artists Ireland, Creative Careers or on the specific organisation’s          not-for-profit organisations are wholehearted and willing to pay             who takes up an internship for all the right reasons in an institution
website, the advertisements will be rich in superlatives but scant on        volunteers, but very understandably do not have much cash to spare.          that provides an internship for all the right reasons, will realise that
details. Prospective interns are offered all manner of sparkling             However, there are often bonuses depending upon circumstances, and           with even with the dullest and dirtiest of work there is something to
opportunities; to interact and work closely with artists, to assist with     other intermittent rewards arguably more valuable that the monetary          be learned, some aspect to be taken from the experience that will
general administration, to handle significant artworks and gain direct       ones.                                                                        benefit them at a further point along the way in life. Art school is like
experience of curation techniques, installation, etc. Dazzled by the               Perhaps one of the most important aspects of an intern’s overall       this wonderful cocoon that wraps-up students in its silken casing and
promise of such creative environments, friendly atmospheres and              experience is meeting, interacting and collaborating with like-minded        shields them from the real world. Graduates will abruptly discover
spring-boarding opportunities, who could possibly resist?                    and identically ambitious individuals outside of a college environment.      that there is less of the butterfly and more of the spider about life after
     While broadly similar in practice, the programmes take on               After they had been a year with the gallery, Pallas Contemporary             hatching – less of the swooping and gliding and more of the getting
different forms according to the requirements of the gallery/institution/    Projects in Dublin’s Smithfield offered its seven interns the chance to      stuck in bathtubs and trying to avoid being trodden on. Unfortunately,
organisation, not to mention the needs of the chosen intern. Very few        come together to put on their own exhibition. The result was the             that’s showbiz, baby!
offer a solid or minutely defined structure, with contracts and funding.     formation of an emerging art collective (the Pallasades) and a                                                                            Sara Baume
Interns will rarely have anything like a weekly timetable or an exact        foundational show that ran in August 2008. Pallas had the insight to
task list. Most gallery programmes will consist of one or two fixed          recognise that its interns were all art practitioners in some capacity,
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PROJeCT PROFILe




Always The Right Time
                                                                                                                                                                           initially formed to lobby for its members against societal oppression
                                                                                                                                                                           and discrimination. These are the kind of dynamics that OST actively
                                                                                                                                                                           interrupts and dispels. OST directs people to focus on issues rather
ÁINe IVeRS RePORTS ON AN INNOVATIVe WeeK OF TRAINING IN MeTHOdS OF PuBLIC dIALOGue                                                                                         than engage with and navigate power structures. The facilitator’s role
ANd NeGOTIATION, ORGANISed By INTeRFACe IN BeLFAST (10 – 16 SePT ’08).                                                                                                     is crucial; rather than mediate, he or she facilitates direct
                                                                                                                                                                           communication between people. OST deems all participants equal in
                                                                                                                                                                           a meeting and rejects top-down power structures.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Those who attended the training developed a sense of community
                                                                                                                                                                           and inclusiveness through the process. It seemed that, to encourage
                                                                                                                                                                           this, the facilitators incorporated into their presence a sense of
                                                                                                                                                                           exclusion, through their impartiality and their lack of input into
                                                                                                                                                                           discussions. They worked without offering comment or opinion, and
                                                                                                                                                                           avoided investing in issues or answering questions. By embodying the
                                                                                                                                                                           idea of exclusion in their presence, they tightened the sense of
                                                                                                                                                                           inclusion between participants. As participants, we discussed such
                                                                                                                                                                           strategies, and how they are found in religious and commercial
                                                                                                                                                                           organisations.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Similar community-forming concepts are evident in ideas of
                                                                                                                                                                           nationalism, patriotism and consumerism. A striking correlation
                                                                                                                                                                           between OST and organised religion is the reinvention of the Christian
                                                                                                                                                                           perception of ‘free will’ in OST, in the way the facilitator creates and
Open Space Technology training in process. Organised by Interface at the university of ulster                                                                              holds a ‘space’ in an ever-present but non-intrusive fashion, while
(10 – 16 Sept ’08). Venue: Connswater Community Centre in east Belfast.
                                                                                                                                                                           participants have ‘free will’ within the ‘space’ through the ‘law of two
                                                                                                                                                                           feet’. Although initially wary of these parallels, I found that the goal-
                                                                                                                                                                           orientated process of OST resulted in practical, action-based outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                           that mitigated religious overtones. These concepts function as
                                                                                                                                                                           temporal structures in OS meetings that allow people to share ideas
                                                                                                                                                                           and communicate.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Arts practitioners who attended the training week were primarily
                                                                                                                                                                           interested in OST as a way of thinking and sharing useful in the
                                                                                                                                                                           context of participatory art processes. I was struck by the contrast
                                                                                                                                                                           between the ‘removed-ness’ of the facilitator and the ‘present-ness’ of
                                                                                                                                                                           the participant in OST, and wondered how that would impact on
                                                                                                                                                                           artist-facilitators using OST in their work.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Overall, Susanne Bosch saw OST as a way to foster collective
                                                                                                                                                                           decision-making processes, and suggested that it might be an excellent
                                                                                                                                                                           tool to address what happens when an artist finishes working with a
Open Space Technology training in process.                                                      Open Space Technology training in process.
                                                                                                                                                                           group, as this is often a residual issue of collaborative projects.
 LAST September Interface             (1)
                                            at the University of Ulster hosted an                      The workshop consisted of an intense week of group exploration             Cherie Driver succinctly described the training experience –
 Open Space Technology training week – OST being a process for                                  through experiential learning. There were no lectures, and participants    over the course of the week she found herself challenged to realign
 facilitating complex meetings. I attended and found it to be an                                were actually encouraged not to take notes – so as to be fully present     her intentions, motivations and goals in order to be able to receive the
 interesting and rewarding experience. This report contains ideas from                          in the process. Instead, knowledge was generated through discussions       methodology of OST. I suspect others at the training had similar
 a conversation with Susanne Bosch and Cherie Driver of The                                     between participants in Open Space meetings. Facilities included a         experiences. OST can be seen as a constructive process of critical
 University of Ulster, who initiated and organised the event, as well as                        ‘library’ of publications and audio material about OST, a ‘cinema’ of      engagement with oneself through honesty and transparency about
 participating in the training themselves.                                                      video recordings of OS meetings, a ‘cyber-room’, and a canteen where       one’s motivations for one’s actions.
       Developed by American facilitator Harrison Owen in the 1990s,                            an all-day buffet was laid out each day. The buffet especially                    Driver described the aims and outcomes of the training week in
 OST has four tenets – “whoever comes to the meeting are the right                              contributed greatly to the success of the training. Food organisation is   the following terms – “a key thing was that there would be people
 people”; “when it’s over it’s over”; “whenever it starts is the right time”;                   considered a vital component of OST, based on the fact that food-          trained in Open Space in Northern Ireland. People would be able to go
 and “whatever happens is the only thing that could have”. There is                             sharing encourages formative conversations. Participants could eat         out and facilitate other groups, we would be able to have these large
 one law – “the law of two feet”; anyone can walk away from any                                 whenever hungry; and take coffee breaks whenever it suited.                collective meetings, to create Open Spaces, to talk about issues,
 discussion at any time. Theses tenets are designed to foster a relaxed,                               Different aspects of the training process dominated conversations   whatever they might be. That’s caught on quite quickly! There have
 inclusive atmosphere, and to encourage engaged group-work and                                  throughout the week. A sense of personal exploration, discovery and        been a few suggestions of Open Spaces in the future, and people,
 cross-fertilisation of ideas. The law affords the individual responsibility                    sharing was top of the list. The role, the motivations and personal        particularly in Northern Ireland, have met and we’ve had an Open
 for his or her presence, open-mindedness and actions. Open Space                               well-being of the facilitator were issues well explored. Passion was the   Space sense. We’ve already facilitated an Open Space!”(3)
 Technology is people-centred and result-orientated, it allows people                           most central issue of the week. Discussions explored and critiqued             Since the training week an all-Ireland OS facilitators network
 to broach difficult subjects together and address conflict. Participants                       ideas about the passions that drive individuals and communities. OST       has been established. And an OS meeting on the subject of digital
 in Open Space meetings are empowered by being made responsible                                 itself and its potential applications became more prominent                technologies and cultural practices has been hosted by Interface in
 for their own interests, desires and actions. OS meetings have involved                        conversation topics as the week progressed.                                collaboration with The International Symposium of Electronic Arts
 anything between five and over 2000 participants. Based on the                                        I was intrigued by the concept of self-organising systems in OST    in Belfast. Chrissie Cadman is using OST to reframe the way
 philosophy of self-organising systems, OST invests in the concept that
                                                                                                (2)
                                                                                                   . Susanne Bosch was particularly interested in OST as a process that    information is disseminated amongst members of the University of
 people do best when they represent themselves.                                                 eliminates the search for role-models or scapegoats by individuals         Ulster Students’ Union. Theatre Forum Ireland scheduled an OS
       A need for OST facilitator training in Northern Ireland was                              within groups, referring to the idea that a collective only works if       meeting in December, and Create aims to sponsor a meeting of
 identified by artists Cherie Driver and Susanne Bosch – who both                               individuals are conscious of their individuality within the collective.    collaborative artists in 2009 in Dublin. An OS learning exchange is
 work at the School of Art and Design at University of Ulster. Interface                        During the training week each participant represented their own            being planned. I am organising an experimental OS meeting for
 approved the training project and Bosch and Driver organised the                               interests only. People who shared similar interests gravitated towards     members of The Market Studios, Dublin. Whenever it happens is the
 event with The Berlin Open Space Co-op. Partial funding was received                           each other for discussions on those topics, and drifted towards other      right time! (4)
 from the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council. Twenty-                                 groups once those discussions concluded. This is self-organisation in           Áine Ivers
 five people took part in the training, mostly individuals from Northern                        action; it occurs naturally within groups but is not often trusted as an
                                                                                                order-generating structure, as it is in OST.                               1) Interface, established in 2004 is an interdisciplinary and practice based research centre
 Ireland; but participants also came from Germany, Latvia and Scotland.                                                                                                    situated in the School of Art and design, university of ulster, Belfast campus.
                                                                                                       OST breaks down power dynamics that occur within groups.            2) The philosophy of self-organisation has applications in physics and sociology. I found this
 Two came from the Republic of Ireland, one being myself. The
                                                                                                                                                                           definition interesting: “The essence of self-organisation is that system structure often appears
                                                                                                Self-representation, the absence of agendas and chairpersons assist in
 participants worked in areas such as arts, consultancy, youth-work,                                                                                                       without explicit pressure or involvement from outside the system. In other words, the
                                                                                                this. But there are other forces at work here. During the week of          constraints on form … are internal to the system, resulting from the interactions among the
 community care, community relations and sustainability.                                                                                                                   components and usually independent of the physical nature of those components.” From the
                                                                                                training I explained OST to a friend. She then told me a story of an
       Michael M. Pannwitz and Jo Töpfer led the training, supported by                                                                                                    website Self-Organising Systems (SOS), Frequently Asked Questions’, Version 3 September
                                                                                                advocacy organisation that disbanded as it failed to resolve internal      2008. uRL http://www.comp.theory.self-org-sys
 Yaari Pannwitz and assisted by Belfast-based MA students Chrissie                                                                                                         3) The conversation on OST between Cherie driver and Susanne Bosch and myself took place
                                                                                                conflicts and bullying issues – despite mediation efforts. The             in The university of ulster on 16 Oct 2008.
 Cadman and Eleanor Phillips. The training, which took place over                                                                                                          4) For more on Open Space Technology see – www.openspaceworld.org
                                                                                                breakdown was a result, she contended, of societal power structures
 seven days, was based at the Connswater Community Centre in East
                                                                                                being reflected, replicated and unwittingly played out amongst the
 Belfast.
                                                                                                group’s committee members. It was a minor tragedy, as the group had
14                                                                                                                                               The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                          January – February 2009


 WORKSHOP / ReSIdeNCy




What do you Want to Say?
LISA FINGLeTON dISCuSSeS HeR exPeRIeNCe OF THe eSOdOC (THe euROPeAN SOCIAL dOCuMeNTARy FILM PROGRAMMe)




                                                                                                                                                          Happy Out (2008), Still from the film I made through the eSOdOC programme. Screened at the
                                                                                                                                                          Cork Film Festival. (photo: Lisa Fingleton)




(photo: Lisa Fingleton)                                                                                                                                   At work on the beach in Latvia with Katerina Cizek, Filmmaker in
                                                                                                                                                          Residence with the National Film Board of Canada. (photo: Lisa Fingleton)

WHAT is the heart of your film? Why you? Why now? Why should                      The second week, which was based in Latvia, focused more on                   I was really inspired by her work as Filmmaker in Residence with
anyone care? These are some of the questions that taunted me during          skills development within a number of elective workshops. We had             the National Film Board of Canada (www.nfb.ca/filmmakerinresidence).
my recent ESoDoc experience. ESoDoc (the European Social                     the opportunity to do an intensive workshop on multi-skilling camera         She talked about her experience developing an experimental media
Documentary film programme) is a part of the EU’s Media Plus                 (how to shoot an entire film on your own). One particularly good piece       programme at a Toronto Inner City Hospital. In the Drawing from Life
training initiative. The tutors come from all over the world with an         of advice from the tutor Phil Cox in relation to the visual story was        film project she worked with a group of people who had attempted
incredible combined experience in, and passion for, social                   “You should always show, not tell!”.                                         suicide more than once as they went through a 20 week support
documentaries.                                                                    I had assumed that the main focus of EsoDoc would be on making          programme. What I found particularly interesting were the ethical
       Each year EsoDoc supports approximately 20 documentary film           the traditional hour-long documentaries for TV. Surprisingly there was       protocols she developed around her projects regarding issues of
makers to develop projects in the areas of human rights, social justice      greater emphasis throughout the programme on the basic principles            consent and the right to respond).
and environmental protection – particularly in the developing world.         of documentary filmmaking, new media and participatory video.                      The third strand of EsoDoc was Participatory Video. Kavita Das
The group meet for three week-long sessions over a six month period               Hugh Purcell and Sabine Bubeck-Panz constantly reminded us of           Gupta works with community video project in India called Drishti
in different locations around Europe. In between sessions the group          the basics. Hugh is the chair of ESoDoc and the former Head of               (www.drishtimedia.org). She talked about the power and potential of
stays in touch through an online forum. The programme varies every           Documentaries at the BBC. Sabine is a Commissioning Editor for the           media “What if the poorest ten million people of the world had their
year as it tries to respond to the needs of participants.                    German Broadcaster ZDF / ARTE. Sabine kept asking “What is the story         own media industry?”. Drishti facilitates local people, trained as
       I heard about ESoDoc thanks to Kate Kennelly the Kerry Arts           you want to tell? What do you want to say? What do you really want           community video producers, to create films in their local area. They
Officer, who forwarded me an email from Mediadesk. I was intrigued           to find out?”. Hugh encouraged us to of find a universal theme in a          are supported to explore issues that affect their local community and
and wondered if it might be relevant to me as an artist / film maker. At     particular story, create a trail for the audience to follow and identify a   they aim to show one film per month in each village. They also try to
the time, I was just completing my last term as Filmmaker in Residence       source of conflict or tension with which to hook the audience.               identify solutions to the problems in a post-screening debate. According
with Kerry County Council. In my own practice, I had been making                  On the very first morning Hugh stressed the importance of               to Kavita, thousands of people view these films each month. As part of
short creative films for a number of years. I also found that I was          audience: “Who is your project for? How will it be transmitted? Why          EsoDoc, Kavita worked with Amy Gabor from Living Lens (www.
gathering a lot of video footage over the years, without any strategy for    should people watch it?”. According to Sabine, commissioners now             livinglens.co.uk) to facilitate workshops in participatory video.
how I might transform this stack of tapes into a finished artwork or         want film projects with online elements in order to engage an                      By the last session in Sicily in October, we had the option to pitch
film. In essence, I was documenting without knowing anything about           audience who have already moved from TV to the internet.                     our projects to an international panel of experts including Lena
the art of documentary.                                                           One of the general themes of the entire programme, was that you         Pasanen, the Chair of the European Documentary Network. The panel
       I decided it was worth going through the fairly arduous application   can’t expect the audience to come to you – you need to go to your            were there to offer concrete advice and assistance on the future of the
process – even though I was intimidated by the 500 who had already           audience. In today’s world this often means having an active online          projects.
expressed interest on the website. My project was to make a film with        presence. Florian Thalhofer gave an eclectic presentation called My                We spent almost the entire week distilling what we had learned
Mná Mná, the lesbian choir in Cork. After a few weeks I was notified         Beautiful Online World. He has developed a number of online film             into a five minute presentation and two minute film trailer. Thanks to
that my application was accepted. I had to pay the fee – €1,200 –            projects, which have had millions of hits. He developed a non-linear,        the expert guidance of Sybille Kurz (www.pitching.de) I learned the
immediately (which did momentarily quench my excitement I have to            rule-based system of storytelling called the Korsokow system. The            importance of practice, practice, practice. Furthermore I was shocked
admit!). This fee covered all the tuition, food and accommodation – but      software can be downloaded and used free of charge as long as the            to learn that I had to add English subtitles to my trailer as people
excluded travel. Thankfully, I received a Travel Award from the Arts         source is acknowledged (www.korsakow.com or www.thalhofer.com)               couldn’t understand the Irish accents!
Council, which covered some of the costs.                                         Filmmaker Katerina Cizek was also ready with lots of ideas on                 Through EsoDoc I made a short film called Happy Out which was
       I remember arriving the first day to a breathtaking location in the   how to use new media to develop projects and reach your audience.            shown at the Corona Cork Film Festival 2008. I am now working with
North of Italy. I was glad I caught a glimpse of the Dolomite peaks on       She was particularly keen that we use the tools already available            Evelyn Quinlan the musical director of the Mná Mná choir, to further
that first day, because I soon found out that there really is no official    through the internet such as blogging, social networking sites, wiki,        develop this film project. At the time of writing we are looking for
free time in ESoDoc. The programme starts at 9am immediately after           delicious (http://del.icio.us/katciz) and YouTube. She also talked about     funding to expand the creative team and are exploring possibilities
breakfast. There are breaks for lunch and dinner, after which                emerging trends and possibilities for social documentary filmmaking:         with regard to broadcasting and distribution.
participants and tutors regroup to view and critique films until about       ■ Gaming – simulating issues in the real world through interactive                 While the experience was overwhelming and very demanding at
11pm. It is fascinating, but also really intense from the beginning.            games (http://worldwithoutoil.org)                                        times, there was always great camaraderie in the group. If you are
       The first week focused very much on developing our ideas; and         ■ Mobile / locative – using mapping and locative media to tell a             interested in social documentary and have something you want to say
exploring lots of different possibilities for documentary film making.          story (http://www.traces-of-fire.org)                                     I would thoroughly recommend the ESoDoc experience.
Throughout the entire programme there was a strong emphasis on               ■ QR codes / 2D barcodes – using the mobile phone to scan a bar                    The closing date for this year’s ESoDoc 3 March 2009 – further
developing our own projects through individual and group tutorials.             code that then brings you to the related internet site (www.              information can be found at www.esodoc.eu.
We learned a lot from watching each other’s projects evolve over the            semapedia.org)                                                                                                                                        Lisa Fingleton
six months.                                                                  ■ Immersive - developing an online experience that pulls you into            Lisa Fingleton is an Artist/Film maker and a member of the Backwater Artist’s Group in Cork. Lisa
                                                                                curated non-linear story.                                                 can be contacted on: lisafingleton@gmail.com
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                            January – February 2009                                                                                                                                                                                15


ReGIONAL PROFILe




 Visual Arts
                                                                                                                                                   dLR Visual Arts Programme



 Resources & Activity

 dLR: dun Laoghaire /
 Rathdown
An Artist in the Borough


                                                                                                                                                   Aoife desmond Wetland (Simultaneous presence of land and sea)




                                                                                                                                                   Alan Phelan Bald Finch                                          Seamus Kennedy Lumens. Sandycove. dLR public Art programme.

                                                                                                                                                   DUN Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts                      photographer Noel Bowler who will undertake
                                                                                                                                                   Office was established in 1994 – and since that time            ‘Islam in Ireland’, a contemporary look at one of the
                                                                                                                                                   has commissioned and developed an exciting range                fastest growing religions in Ireland today. This new
                                                                                                                                                   of festivals, exhibitions and initiatives. Behind all of        work is a fresh exploration and unprecedented look
                                                                                                                                                   the activities of DLR Arts is a belief in the value of          at life inside the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                   the Arts and their ability to improve quality of life.                While       in    Dundrum,        The     Public
                                                                                                                                                   The aims of DLR Arts are twofold, to support artists            Communications Group consisting of artists Brian
                                                                                                                                                   and to create opportunities for public participation            Maguire, Brian O’Connor and Dominic Thorpe will
Gary Coyle. Lovely Water, Swim No 2449, 2/09/2008. C print edition of 5
                                                                                                                                                   in the Arts. Thus the Visual Arts Programme is                  undertake a project entitled Signatures. It will centre
I was born in Dun Laoghaire – and bar an eight year                        thinking “you’re an artist not a writer” and parked                     committed not just to exhibiting work but also to               on engagement with individuals from various
long period spent in New York and London from the                          them in a drawer for a few years. Finally I showed                      commissioning new work from Visual Artists.                     cultural and ethnic backgrounds and would like to
                                                                                                                                                         The Concourse Installation Programme has                  challenge and question assumptions about people
late 1980s to 1990s, I have always lived here. When                        them to a friend, who encouraged me to bring them
                                                                                                                                                   been a highlight of DLR Visual Arts programme to                who come here from other countries and the
I first returned, I rented various flats and studios in                    on further, which eventually resulted in me standing
                                                                                                                                                   date and invites artists to make work for a non-                succeeding generations of those who have
Dublin, but never really used them as I was always                         in front of an audience of 100 people for a hour a
                                                                                                                                                   gallery local government context within the civic               immigrated to Ireland. Portraiture and audio
out here.                                                                  night for a week, projecting my photographs of Dun
                                                                                                                                                   space of Dun Laoghaire County Hall. Artists who                 recording will be used to make artwork, which will
       It’s difficult for me at this stage to say what it is               Laoghaire and telling stories about the town and my
                                                                                                                                                   have taken place in this programme include Sally                be communicated through radio advertising and
exactly it is about the place that grips me. I do love                     relationship to it. And though I found (and still find)
                                                                                                                                                   Timmons, Fiona Mulholland, Linda Quinlan, Daniel                bus shelter posters. These three projects have been
the feel of the town itself. It is not suburbia, it is a                   the whole business of performance immensely
                                                                                                                                                   De Chenu, Nicos Nicolaou and many others. A                     commissioned through Place and Identity, DLR’s
town in its own right with a bustle and an energy. I                       stressful, it is also exhilarating and liberating to face
                                                                                                                                                   catalogue and an education programme have                       Percent for Art Scheme.
like its shabby Victorian streets and squares – and                        down your worst fears.                                                                                                                        DLR Arts also supports Visual Arts through
                                                                                                                                                   accompanied each exhibition.
the fact it has been quite resistant to gentrification.                          I am also working on a percent for art                                                                                            their residency programme. In partnership with
                                                                                                                                                         In 2008 this programme saw a further
It’s an atmospheric place, something enhanced by                           commission for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County                                                                                            Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company Julie Merriman
                                                                                                                                                   development with the Installation Programme
the fact that it is a seaside town.                                        Council, for which I am doing a series of large                         being moved offsite to Blackrock Park where Visual              is mid-way through a five-year residency mapping
       Since the summer of 1999, I have swum more                          charcoal portraits of people from the town (I get to                    Artists Aoife Desmond, Mark Garry and Alan Phelan               re-developments of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
or less on a daily basis in the Forty Foot in Sandycove,                   choose the subjects) and also a series of large format                  were asked to respond to the environs of the park.              Another visual art residency is offered on an annual
taking photos with a water proof camera while in                           photos of the area. I don’t see the point in doing a                    The Concourse Installation Programme (and                       basis in partnership with Airfield Trust and has
the sea and documenting anything of note that                              public commission, unless it pushes you in some                         Concourse Offsite) have provided an opportunity                 previously been awarded to Jennie Moran, Dominic
happens in diaries. The whole enterprise started off                       new direction, exploring something you wouldn’t                         for emerging and established artists to exhibit their           Turner and Louise Meade.
as a spoof on performance art, but like with many                          normally do. To my surprise I’ve really enjoyed                         work while also offering opportunities for the                        The DLR Arts Education Programme offers
things it took on a life all of its own. And now I find                    making the portraits drawings, but have found the                       public to encounter contemporary art outside a                  opportunities for both school children and
myself tailoring my days to fit around swimming in                         photography rather difficult. I imagined it would                       gallery setting. Also in 2008 an Open Submission                community groups led by a panel of artists to
the sea. This material – approximately 2,600 swims                         have been the reverse. Though I work in various                         Exhibition gave artists based in or originally from             experience creating and viewing the visual arts.
– documented in 40 diaries, 7,500 photographs                              media, the thread that runs through my work is a                        Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown an opportunity to exhibit                      Meanwhile continued investment in the
(plus various sundry items) is the basis for my next                       fascination with the everyday and the commonplace.                      their work within the Concourse in Dun Laoghaire                County Collection and Public Art Collection also
show At Sea, a spoken word performance which will                          I have always admired artists who have made work                        County Hall.                                                    offer opportunities for artists to create and exhibit
be in the Project from the 2 – 7 February 2009.                            out of their everyday lives and environment and I                             In 2009 the Concourse will host an exhibition             work and for the public to experience the visual arts
       It follows on from an earlier performance that                      am attempting to do the same.                                           of new work by Dun Laoghaire based artist Gary                  in a variety of local non-gallery settings.
I did in The Project in 2006, called Death in Dun                                                                                                  Coyle. The exhibition will feature a series of large-                 DLR Arts will continue to provide opportunities
                                                                                                                               Gary Coyle
                                                                                                                                                   scale portrait drawings in charcoal of people from              for visual artists to work and exhibit in Dun
Laoghaire. For a long time I had been photographing
                                                                           (1) At Sea, Commissioned by the Arts Council & The Project, Gary        Dun Laoghaire and will also continue to examine                 Laoghaire Rathdown and to create opportunities for
my area, but making very little headway – which                            Coyles spoken-word performance, previews on Monday 2 Feburary,
                                                                                                                                                   his hometown through the medium of                              the citizens of and visitors to the County to
was very frustrating. But it was only when out of                          Opens on Tuesday 3 February and will run nightly until Saturday 7
                                                                           February . At Sea will be accompanied by a 130 page full colour book,   photography.                                                    experience high quality Visual Arts programming.
desperation I began to write stories to accompany                          published by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery; designed by Atelier;
                                                                           featuring essays by Maeve Connolly, Mia-lerm Hayes and Gary Coyle;            The west of the County will also be well served                                                Carolyn Brown,
the photographs, did they started to work. I then got
                                                                           along with an introductory text introduction by Patrick T. Murphy.      by two exhibitions; with the first by emerging                              Senior Arts Administrator / Visual Arts
kind of scared by the whole business of writing –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Co-ordinator.
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ReGIONAL PROFILe


A Creative College                                                                                                                                up for Artists




'Open door' installation view 2008. exhibition organised by VAP(Visual   'Open door' installation view 2008. exhibition organised by VAP(Visual
Arts Practices) year 2 students. Photo: Cora Cummins.                    Arts Practices) year 2 students. Photo: Cora Cummins.

                                                                                                                                                  Julie Merriman – working on the dLR residency programme

                                                                                                                                                  DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown has always been home                  programme would prove challenging and
                                                                                                                                                  to artists. Maybe it is the sea, maybe it is its closeness   controversial. There was a sense at times that we
                                                                                                                                                  to the city, or the fact that it has a college of art        were walking a tight-rope. Icebreakers, as Sarah
                                                                                                                                                  (IADT), and maybe it is because it was always                Searson so well understood, take time and require
                                                                                                                                                  considered to be the most pluralist, most liberal, of        mediation. And she moved things on with flair. Last
                                                                                                                                                  communities.                                                 year the concourse programme went off-site to
                                                                                                                                                        In more recent times, however, artists have            Blackrock Park, curated by Carolyn Brown and
                                                                                                                                                  found it hard to settle here – with house prices             Clare Power and with artists Mark Garry, Aoife
                                                                                                                                                  exorbitant and rents expensive. To an extent,                Desmond and Alan Phelan. This is the way a
'Open door' installation view 2008. exhibition organised by VAP(Visual   'Open door' installation view 2008. exhibition organised by VAP(Visual
Arts Practices) year 2 students. Photo: Cora Cummins.                    Arts Practices) year 2 students. Photo: Cora Cummins.
                                                                                                                                                  therefore, the artists that live in Dun Laoghaire-           programme like this might best evolve –
                                                                                                                                                  Rathdown include the more established artists                uncontained and mobile.
THE School of Creative Arts can trace its origins                              Students can continue their art education on                       alongside a transient community of students –                      Last week, I was back in Dun Laoghaire-
back to 1970, when it was based in the centre of Dun                     the MA in Visual Arts Practice or MAvis (www.                            usually tucked away learning in Kill Avenue’s                Rathdown Arts Office, to sit on its public art
Laoghaire town. In 1997 it was incorporated into                         mavis.ie) as it has become known. Headed by                              institution.                                                 advisory group. It is impressive to see how they
the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and                           Amanda Ralph, the course encompasses pathways                                  A second feature of the county is that it still        have focused on public art with the highly capable
Technology (IADT) – a new autonomous higher                              in art-making, criticism and curating. IADT is also                      has no designated visual arts spaces. There is of            Ciara King, as dedicated specialist. A thematic
education institution within the Institutes of                           part of GradCAM (Graduate School of Creative Arts                        course the Concourse space at the heart of the               approach focusing on the complex and elusive
Technology sector. In the last ten years, the college’s                  and Media) a new fourth-level collaborative                              County hall – used for exhibition, but it is really          subject of 'Place and Identity' sees new work
student body has grown from 450 to over 1,650 full-                      initiative of national and all-island institutions                       more of a civic space. In Airfield House – an                commissioned from Gary Coyle; Patricia McKenna,
time students with 800 part-time students. The                           including the Dublin Institute of Technology (www.                       Educational Trust established in Dundrum – there             Noel Bowler, Brian McGuire, Dominic Thorpe and
Visual Arts programme has had many successful                            dit.ie), the National College of Art & Design (www.                      are print studios and darkroom facilities. In a few of       Brian O Connor. The programme is exciting because
graduates – such as Eithne Jordan, Graham Knuttel,                       ncad.ie), the University of Ulster (www.ulster.ac.uk),                   the libraries and public offices there are small             it places artists’ practice at the centre, while still
Fergus Martin, Fergus Feehily, Mark Garry, Gavin                         and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology,                         community exhibition spaces. When I was there as             supporting them to engage with place and people
Murphy and more recently Nina Cannell – to name                          Dun Laoghaire (www.iadt.ie).                                             arts officer, in the mid to late 1990s, there was            in a way that is interesting for them. And, critical
but a few.                                                                     While the developing campus of IADT is not                         always the demand for studio space and the                   reflection, mediation and dissemination of thinking
      The teaching team in the Visual Art Practices                      quite in the heart of Dun Laoghaire town, the                            proposal for some sort of municipal gallery which            around public art are being built in.
BA (Hons) is made up of practising artists and                           students of VAP have worked on many projects in                          remained on the backburner. We found some                          At this meeting, I also heard of new plans for
research-active academics, which helps to keep the                       the town – for example curating works from the                           temporary studio spaces for artists, with the help of        an Arts and Cultural centre as part of the new
programme vibrant and in touch with a changing                           collection at IMMA, which were displayed in                              the Parks Department – but something more solid              library building at Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire. A
art world. The programme is interdisciplinary. This                      various shop fronts and locations around the town.                       was always an ambition.                                      facility that would support workspaces for artists
flexibility places various practices beside one                          Last year a group of students teamed up with the                               To an extent then, the development and                 and a designated exhibition space as well as
another, reflecting the situation in the art world.                      writer in residence project and exhibited in the                         investment in visual artists arose out of these              considering novel approaches to combining
The creative pathways provided embrace drawing,                          pavilion theatre as part of the Poetry Ireland Festival.                 conditions – a progressive county, up for artists, but       community interests. With studio spaces clearly on
painting, video, sculpture, printmaking,                                 IADT have been regular exhibitors at the Concourse                       without any specialist facilities. We had to be              the agenda, Kenneth Redmond the current Arts
photography, sound, installation, performance and                        space in the town hall.                                                  inventive and create opportunities for artists and           Officer, speaks of funding artists’ bursaries and
other related techniques.The programme links                                   An increasing phenomena is that of IADT                            support their work utilising oddball places and in           consolidating partnerships. And the students from
critical theory and studio practice, along with a                        graduates setting up artists groups such as Moxie                        front of sometimes confused though often                     Kill Avenue are at last breaking free, and seek –
strong history of visiting lecturers that cross over                     (moxiedublin.com), Sodium (sodium.ie), FAF                               ‘discerning’, audiences. There was the need also to          with local authority support – occupation of empty
the disciplines of philosophy, science, criticality and                  (fafartists.com), Mongrel (mongrelfoundation.com)                        connect with others, form partnerships and                   shops in Dun Laoghaire for collective style can-do
practising artists. We encourage students to develop                     and The Market Studios (themarketstudios.                                consolidate possibilities – various artists’ residency       curation programmes.
a comprehensive body of work, which can be tested                        wordpress.com). Many students have been successful                       programmes were initiated out of partnerships                      Perhaps, having good artists, but no real arts
against the ‘real world’ situations of contemporary                      in gaining gallery representation by galleries such                      with schools, industries, community groups and               spaces, forced all of us who worked there over the
art practice. The programme is also offered on a                         as the Kerlin, Mothers Tank Station and The Green                        the IADT. One particularly excellent residency,              years to think a bit outside of the box, sometimes
flexible basis by the same staff, in the evenings, over                  on Red. As the artist Michael Craig Martin has stated                    which is on-going and initiated by Sarah Searson             misfiring, sometimes frustrated that artists’ facilities
4 years, through the ACCS (Accumulation of Credits                       (1) “the most important thing about art schools is                       while she was Arts Officer (2000 06), sees the               were not forthcoming, and, sometimes perhaps,
and Certification of Subjects) system to facilitate                      the creation of a sympathetic ambience, in which                         County Council and Dun Laoghaire Harbour                     starting things that helped consolidate the ingrained
non-traditional learners, mature students and part-                      people feel comfortable and free to act according to                     Company supporting Julie Merriman with a five                philosophy of ‘up for artists’. Dun Laoghaire the
time study option.                                                       their own instincts ... basically you are trying to set                  year residency focusing on the Carlisle Pier – the           Victorian town with its great harbour, but strange
      Recent developments include ‘The Electric                          up relationships between artists, to set things up                       disused ferry terminal awaiting demolition.                  main street that somehow finds it hard to ‘take off’
Fireside’ a weekly discursive gathering chaired by                       where something might happen”. These types of                                  The Concourse Programme, initiated for the             and Dundrum, the once small village to the West,
Maeve Connolly and Saoirse Higgins, along with a                         relationships formed in college are priceless - when                     County Hall in 1997, focused on installation,                now consumed by shopping developments and
series of rolling fourth year exhibitions, in which                      students meet and work with their peers, form                            primarily because it was nearly impossible to hang           commercial takeovers, experiences the opposite. As
students hang a professional show in two days,                           collectives, create work, put on events etc. IADT                        work on its walls. Starting with Abigail O Brien and         a county, it remains ripe with potential and has
followed by a critique with their peers and tutor                        especially values creating this type of stimulating                      Mary Kelly’s visceral and powerful video installation        much to offer artists. And now with deflation and
Jonathan Carroll from the Project Arts Centre. Third                     and fertile environment for its students.                                How to Butterfly a Leg of Lamb and followed by Nicos         hopefully cheaper rents artists might look again to
year students have the opportunity to work on the                                                                                                 Nicolau and Julie Merriman’s Self Feed – an expansive        relocating here.
                                                                         (1) Modern Painters, September 2007.
CREATE-Inter college placement programme with                                                                                                     installation of Wavin sewage piping and cardboard                                             Cliodhna Shaffrey
DIT, NCAD, Tisch School NYU.                                                                      Cora Cummins, Lecturer IADT.
                                                                                                                                                  tubing that literally hijacked the space, this
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FOCuS – SPART




                                                                                                     20 Revolution (a revolutionary workout), Le Lieu, Quebec City 2006.   Nathan Crothers at the opening ceremony of the SPART Action Winter Game 2008, Belfast.




Play is Older than Culture
                                                                                                                                                                           interested in making works that would not so much represent these
                                                                                                                                                                           things, but rather embody them in everyday situations.
                                                                                                                                                                                 From my perspective, the great granddaddy of SPART was the pre-
                                                                                                                                                                           Dadaist Arthur Craven who in 1916 challenged then heavyweight-
JuSTIN MCKeOWN dISCuSSeS THe CONCePT OF SPART ANd OTHeR SPORT / ART HyBRId PRACTICeS.
                                                                                                                                                                           boxing champion of the world, Jack Johnston, to a fight. While this is
 IN 2001 I had an epiphany, that just as the 20th century demanded            those things singled out as art, and, thereby, the superiority of the form                   his most overt sport / art hybrid work, a quick glance at his biography
 new forms of art, so too does the 21 century demand new forms of
                                       st
                                                                              of life which celebrates them, and the social group which is implicated.                     reveals a larger than life character who understood that one’s existence
 leisure. To this end I proposed SPART: the ultimate hybridisation of         This boils down to an assertion that bourgeois society, and the ruling                       and appearance in the world could be composed as a work of art in
 sport and art, and therefore the most evolved form of leisure on the         class within it, is somehow committed to a superior form of knowledge”.                      itself. The realisation of such a thing necessarily embodies all the
 planet. In 2001, when I first articulated the concept of SPART, I was        (2)
                                                                                                                                                                           qualities of game play. Craven was last seen disappearing off the coast
 virtually on my own in my enthusiasm for the development of such a                 Therefore the idea that art as a vehicle of superior knowledge is                      of Mexico in a rowing boat in November 1918. He was presumed dead,
 practice. And though my concept of SPART has grown a support                 nothing more than a particular type of play enjoyed by a particular                          but a body was never found.
 network of collaborators in Europe, Canada and America, and even             section of society, is not something that sits easy in the minds of many                           Since Craven’s first sport / art experiment others have been thin
 earned me a solo show in the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, these                of those involved in the production and consumption of contemporary                          on the ground. However in recent years this has been changing. Since
 SPART practices have remained marginal. Yet today, my articulation of        art. Yet perhaps the mistake made by those who are perturbed by the                          the announcement of the 2012 London Olympics and the shifts to
 the concept of SPART seems to have had some prescience since sport /         idea of art as play is that they mistakenly believe that their concept of                    funding this has caused, various artists all over the UK have been
 art hybrid practices are becoming evermore significant as an area of         art is being undervalued, rather than realising that they themselves                         dabbling in the hybridisation of sport and art. Indeed the UK
 cultural experimentation. I was therefore pleased when Visual Artists        may be undervaluing or misunderstanding the significance of play.                            government’s need for a cultural Olympiad has been an economic
 Ireland invited me to write this article on SPART and other related          For as Johan Huizinga put it “play is older than culture, for culture,                       driving force in these developments. While Martin Creed has flown
 practices for this edition as it offers me a vehicle through which to        however inadequately defined, always presupposes human society,                              the SPART flag for Brit Art with his minimally titled Work No 850,
 clarify some key aspects of my thinking on this subject.                     and animals have not waited for man to teach them their playing” (3)                         which saw runners gracing the floor of Tate Britain (4), perhaps the
      What the reader must first understand is that my concept of                   Thus it was with a head full of these and related thoughts I found                     most notable events to spring forth as a direct result of the Olympics
 SPART is very particular; indeed my understanding of art is quite            myself in London in 2001 watching the performance art festival SPAN                          are the large artist’s sports days organised by the Grunts for the Arts
 particular. Since I first began making art, I have been concerned with       2. One morning on my way to the festival I was having a coffee in a                          Campaign in protest at the affects of the Olympics on cultural funding
 the simple question: given the world we live in what is the point of         street flower market with a friend. While sitting with her I watched a                         . In a more banal way the term SPART seems to be coming into more
                                                                                                                                                                           (5)


 making art? This concern necessarily developed into an understanding         kid on a skateboard weaving his way through the crowds of people. As                         common usage. A quick google search reveals a SPART club ran by
 that art is an open system of knowledge whose basis is material.             a one time skateboarder I remembered the sensation of riding across                          Lincolnshire council as an after schools club for kids. The term also
 Thought of in this way, art provides us with a material based system         different surfaces, of choosing which bits of the pavement and road                          seems to have had some currency in Australia, where rather a lot of
 for exploring and reasoning the conditions of the world around us. By        were best to ride on, essentially pitting the materiality of myself and                      money seems to be spent presenting annual SPART awards (6).
 extension of this logic, artworks are not so much expressions of view        the skateboard against the materiality of the city, not in opposition but                          Even in Belfast SPART seems to be catching on. The activities of
 but rather crystallisations of moments of material thinking. This way        in a kind of flowing harmony.                                                                myself and fellow SPART Action Group; Meabh McDonnell, Gerard
 of thinking about art necessarily led me to work with time-based                   In recalling this I also recalled my love of martial arts and the                      McKeown, Nathan Crothers, Paul Stapleton, Caroline Pugh, James
 mediums such as performance, video, installation and sound.                  sensation of the flow of fighting in which conscious thought disappears                      Black and others aside, other completely unrelated groups have been
 Simultaneously I was also interested in art historic precedents for this     and all is left is the materiality of the body meeting the materiality of                    producing their own SPART-style works. These include a wrestling
 particular view of art, which could be found in the activities of            another. The kid on the board was poetry in motion. Then, he fell off a                      match organised by the Lawrence St Workshops at the Giants Ring
 movements such as Dada, Surrealism, Lettrism, Situationism, Fluxus,          curb and landed on his ass. Our eyes met and he looked back at me                            titled The Fling in the Ring (7) and the Tit-tat Disco Olympics recently
 Dutch Provo, Punk et al, who seemed to be primarily concerned with           with embarrassment. There it was lying naked for me to see, the whole                        hosted by Catalyst Arts (8). Yet even though SPART seems to be gaining
 redressing the divisions between art and life in one way or another.         poverty and poetry of early 21 century life, the Hollywood ‘cool’ of
                                                                                                                  st
                                                                                                                                                                           ground, we within the SPART Action Group are choosing this moment
      Something important in my readings of the activities of these           the Jackass generation was lying at the bottom of a curb in London. Yet                      to officially announce a SPART Strike within Northern Ireland,
 movements was the significance of play as a creative endeavour. Many         this kids hobby and his desire to pursue a particular type of glamour                        beginning in January 2009. This is in protest at the cuts to funding
 of the aforementioned movements were of a utopian current, aiming            through it was no different than the desire expressed by both artists                        caused by the 2012 London Olympics. However, don’t expect SPART to
 for a society in which man would be free in which to endlessly create.       and sportsmen from all walks of life.                                                        disappear, rather await the application of our corkscrew logic to the
 This is as evident in the demands of Dadaist Richard Huelsenbeck for               In this moment I realised the underlying commonalities between                         idea and context of the Strike. It seems we already have the support of
 “the introduction of progressive unemployment through the                    both fields of endeavour: the conditions of the game, the drive for                          these people (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=paovxoOmDdY )
 comprehensive mechanisation of every field of activity”       (1)
                                                                     to the   success and the risk of failure. The ruthlessness of the pursuit of ones                           Why not go on strike yourself?
 playground style city envisioned by the Situationist Constant’s New          desires, the idea of fair play, the assumption of abstract rules as guiding                                                                                    Justin McKeown
 Babylon architecture project.                                                principles governing the interrelation of form and content. Not to
      Yet the concept of art as a form of play does not sit well with         mention the underlying way in which both sporting and artistic                               Notes
                                                                                                                                                                           1) R. Huelsenbeck cited by S.Home in The Assault on Culture, AK Press, p5,
 many who treat art as a serious business. The reasons for this are           pursuits explore the materiality of being, albeit through quite different                    2) S. Home, The Assault on Culture, p43,
                                                                                                                                                                           3) J. Huizinga, Homo Ludens, Paladin Press, p19,
 varied but perhaps at the root of all of them is a problem summed up         strategies. Therefore, I first conceived of SPART as a category or
                                                                                                                                                                           4) http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/jul/06/art.tatebritain
 succinctly by Stewart Home when he commented: “Rather than                   creative endeavour that would embody these conditions. In doing this                         5) http://gruntsforthearts.wordpress.com
                                                                                                                                                                           6) http://www.verve.org.au/spart/index.html
 having universal validity, art is a process that occurs within bourgeois     I wasn’t seeking to combine sport and art, rather I was seeking to                           7) http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=OMi1ffxAMu4
 society, one which leads to an irrational reverence for activities which     embody, materialise and explore the emotional and material                                   8) http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/index.php?mact=Calendar,cntnt01,default,0&cntnt01even
                                                                                                                                                                              t_id=59&cntnt01display=event&cntnt01lang=en_GB&cntnt01detailpage=73&cntnt01retur
 suit bourgeois needs. This process posits the objective superiority of       commonality that underpins both. As I begun doing this I was                                    n_id=15&cntnt01returnid=73
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                            January – February 2009                                                                                                                                                                    19


 HOW IS IT MAde?

                                                                                                                                                                          using photographs of organic substances to represent the tumours and
                                                                                                                                                                          impose them onto the drawings – a technique that she had previously
                                                                                                                                                                          used on other animation pieces. Using Photoshop, Flash, QuickTime
                                                                                                                                                                          and Final Cut Pro we developed a 45 second seamlessly looped
                                                                                                                                                                          animation. It was great to team up with and avail of Vera’s expertise.
                                                                                                                                                                          She has great technical skills, which meant we were able to make an
                                                                                                                                                                          animation in a short amount of time (4).
                                                                                                                                                                                I worked on the book simultaneously. I initially tried to include
                                                                                                                                                                          deboss text and a concertina fold in the one book using an old
                                                                                                                                                                          typewriter without a ribbon. Following numerous unsuccessful
                                                                                                                                                                          attempts I then contacted various commercial printers, but costs
                                                                                                                                                                          became prohibitive. Aware of the limitations of modern digital
                                                                                                                                                                          printing methods for debossing, I attended a second workshop at the
                                                                                                                                                                          National Print Museum in letterpress printing. This involved the use of
                                                                                                                                                                          metal type composed by hand using a compositing stick. The
                                                                                                                                                                          completed text was tightly bound together, mounted in a press and
                                                                                                                                                                          printed using the original machines in the museum. Hand compositing
                                                                                                                                                                          was the original technique used predominantly in printing up until
                                                                                                                                                                          the end of the 19th century.
                                                                                                                                                                                A volunteer from the museum, retired typesetter, Con Devlin,
                                                                                                                                                                          facilitated the workshop. I explained my idea to him using a digitally
                                                                                                                                                                          printed draft of the book. He had never printed with blind deboss text
                                                                                                                                                                          before and was intrigued by the challenge. He agreed to work with me
                                                                                                                                                                          and so we spent the following two weeks setting the type, working on
                                                                                                                                                                          the layout and printing the book. Con suggested using Rockwell
                                                                                                                                                                          typeface, as it was closest to the old typewriter font. The book was
Kate Minnock, Karkinoma, Installation shot, front of thisisnotashop as LuAS passes
                                                                                                                                                                          made using five frames printed onto separate sheets of paper. For the


disquieting Beauty
KATe MINNOCK TALKS ABOuT THe CReATION OF HeR ReCeNT exHIBITION ‘KARKINOMA’ AT
                                                                                                                                                                          purpose of producing a blind deboss, as required, we printed the final
                                                                                                                                                                          frames without the use of ink and with slight additional pressure from
                                                                                                                                                                          the press. Unexpectedly the deliberate, laborious yet meditative
                                                                                                                                                                          process of letterpress printing became an intrinsic element within the
THISISNOTASHOP (2 – 12 OCTOBeR 2008).                                                                                                                                     work.
My recent practice has been primarily research and collaborative                                                                                                                Due to the sensitive nature of the deboss and as I was using a
based. My work spans site-specific installation, print and drawing. The                                                                                                   concertina fold, I was unable to use any industrial machinery to
primary focus of my work has been radiation and its effect on specific                                                                                                    assemble the pages of the book. Finished by hand, the need for such
human and environmental systems.                                                                                                                                          accuracy reduced my initial ten editions to three. I had already
      Earlier this year, I made a body of work for a two-person show                                                                                                      contacted Library Bindings in Santry who offered to bind a limited
titled ‘Cellscape’, at Wicklow County Buildings. Comprising print-                                                                                                        edition, with the title ‘Karkinoma’ debossed on a hardback cover. The
based studies of malignant cells this work was a response to preliminary                                                                                                  cost of producing the book was escalating rapidly at this point so I was
research into the possible effects of low-level radiation on cell growth.                                                                                                 delighted when they offered to hand-bind three copies in exchange for
Over the summer, I worked on a site-specific commission for ‘about                                                                                                        a piece of my work. The bartering system is still alive to some small
100 experiments’, curated by Eilís Lavelle. Following a series of                                                                                                         extent!
discussions about my practice, I decided to move away from the                                                                                                                  In tandem with realising my two concepts, I was considering the
aesthetics of printmaking, which had been dominating my work, and                                                                                                         gallery space and how I would install the work. I was familiar with the
to allow my research and concept to arrive to the fore. This saw me use                                                                                                   space and wanted to create contrasting viewing experiences while
                                                                                            Kate Minnock, Karkinoma, (detail), blind deboss artists book, 21cm x 130cm.
elements of print and drawing as a conceptual tool for the first time.                                                                                                    utilising the glass shop front. With this in mind the animation was
                                                                                            illustration in my work, my aim was to juxtapose art and scientific
Through dialogue and self-directed research, I decided that my focus                                                                                                      back projected onto one window of the gallery. This could be viewed
                                                                                            illustration by using animation.
for this project would be the pollution of farmland with Chromium 6,                                                                                                      from the LUAS which passed by the gallery frequently, by pedestrians
                                                                                                  Earlier in the year I had attended a bookmaking workshop at the
a carcinogenic toxin, by a local saw mill. I felt it was important to give                                                                                                outside and from within the gallery space, as mostly a communal
                                                                                            National Print Museum. I was hopeful that this new medium would
weight to the final aesthetic of this piece without compromising its                                                                                                      experience. The viewer, on the other hand, was encouraged to view the
                                                                                            provide exciting possibilities for combining print and text based work.
context.                                                                                                                                                                  book while seated at a table. My hope was to create a solitary and
                                                                                            I began to look at various options with bookbinding and layouts in the
      At this time I was approached by Aideen Darcy to exhibit at                                                                                                         intimate experience of engaging with this conceptual piece. I displayed
                                                                                            studio, making rough drafts from imagery relating to karkinoma. I
thisisnotashop. As this was my first solo exhibition in a contemporary                                                                                                    the book on a purpose made table so as to accommodate the full
                                                                                            finally rested on the idea of making a solely text-based book. While I
gallery space in Dublin, I was eager to expand and develop my practice.                                                                                                   unfolded length of the timeline. This gave the gallery an overall
                                                                                            had used text before, this approach felt like quite a brave and
I began to reflect and re-evaluate the previous works I had made. I                                                                                                       minimal feel, which became an important element within the
                                                                                            challenging step forward for me. I decided the book would take on the
wanted to maintain a research-based practice that incorporated issues                                                                                                     exhibition.
                                                                                            format of a timeline that would highlight significant events relating to
relating to the environment and cancer. I decided to rent a project                                                                                                             On reflection I think ‘Karkinoma’ was a challenging and difficult
                                                                                            Roffo’s research. The final layout and content of the book was quite
studio for 10 weeks to focus on the exhibition.                                                                                                                           exhibition for me. As I had never made a book or an animation before
                                                                                            simple but required an effective yet minimal approach in its fabrication.
      The starting point for ‘Karkinoma’ came from a collection of                                                                                                        it required different layers of collaboration. It was necessary to
                                                                                            My intention was to print the book as a blind deboss. Without the use
scientific illustrations. These exquisitely detailed drawings of sprawling                                                                                                convince those whose help I sought that I was serious about my work
                                                                                            of ink the text would appear buried in the paper, an allusion to the
tumours in rats accompanied the work of Argentinean scientist, Angel                                                                                                      and that my idea was valid. Asking people to work on a project you
                                                                                            suppressive nature of political and economic forces within science (3).
H Roffo. His pioneering research into links between environmental                                                                                                         have devised requires you to have confidence and faith in yourself and
                                                                                            Finished with a concertina fold, the book could be unfolded to reveal
workplace hazards and cancer was predominantly ignored by                                                                                                                 your practice, something that doesn’t always come naturally to me. I
                                                                                            in full the details of the timeline.
mainstream science. This exhibition sought to acknowledge the                                                                                                             was fortunate enough to have regular studio visits from another
                                                                                                  As I had never made an animation or a book before the only way
suppression of this research and comment upon the sublime in the                                                                                                          practising artist and a curator, both of whom I had previously worked
                                                                                            to enable my project to come to fruition was through collaboration. I
grotesque. The title refers to the term first used by the Greek physician                                                                                                 with. They encouraged me to take risks and develop what I hope is a
                                                                                            approached Vera Klute to help with the technical aspects of producing
Hippocrates 2,500 years ago to depict a tumour as a “muddled irritable                                                                                                    more dynamic practice. Working with technical assistance was a key
                                                                                            an animation. Familiar with her work, I explained my idea to develop
cavity with spindly legs flaring out of control in all directions”.                                                                                                       factor in realising my aim for this project in quite a restricted time
                                                                                            a drawing based animation using the scientific illustrations from
Fascinated with its evil animal-like appearance, he called it karkinoma,                                                                                                  frame. Animation and book making are two complementary ways of
                                                                                            Roffo’s research. From my initial sketches of the illustrations I had a
cancer, the Greek word for crab.                                                                                                                                          working which I would like to return to in the future.
                                                                                            clear idea of how I wanted the drawings to appear. I worked on the
      Presented at an international congress on cancer in Belgium in                                                                                                                                                                               Kate Minnock
                                                                                            final sketches with another artist, Damien Flood. Vera and I then used
1936 (1), the drawings accompanying Roffo’s paper evoke a disquieting
                                                                                            the drawings together with photographs as the basis for a stop-gap            Notes
sense of beauty. I wanted to translate these scientific illustrations into
                                                                                            animation. Titled No. 2 / Fig. 6 it shows a rat with tumours developing       1. The Second International Congress of Scientific and Social Campaign Against Cancer, 1936.
an animation. My aim was to call into question our accepted ideas of                                                                                                      2. Strange and Charmed, Science and the Contemporary Visual Arts, Sian ede, Calouste
                                                                                            and receding. In our first discussion about how we might be able to           Gulbenkian Foundation, 2000.
beauty. I wanted to explore whether images like the pleasing                                                                                                              3. The Secret History of the War on Cancer, devra davis, 2007
                                                                                            realise my idea it became clear that it was important to bring an             4. To view the animation click on youtube.com/KateMinnock
symmetries or harmonious colours that appear in the molecular
                                                                                            organic and fluent feel to the piece. While the animated rat should
shapes of a malignant cancer cell or animated cancerous tumours
                                                                                            appear delicate, similar to the original illustrations, Vera recommended
could be considered a thing of beauty (2). Wary of using scientific
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PROJeCT PROFILe




emptying the Body
SÉAMuS duNBAR PROFILeS THe BOdy/LANdSCAPe WORKSHOP HeLd ON INIS OIRR, 14 – 20 SePT 2008.




Séamus dunbar negotiating the landscape, Inis Oirr.                           day report Friday Sept 19.                                                    Siobhán Clancy, Niamh Geoghegan and Christopher Mahon, working at manipulations

THE third Body/Landscape workshop to be held in Ireland took place                                                                                          without prejudice is becoming of increasing interest to the scientific
on Inis Oirr last September. An international cast of participants, many                                                                                    community and van de Ven was previously invited to participate in an
from a visual arts background, used the exhilarating rocky landscape                                                                                        expedition to determine how a Dutch crew survived being shipwrecked
as a medium to explore the relationship between body and environment                                                                                        on the remote island of Nova Zembla in the Arctic Ocean in the late
(1)
   . In addition to the specific training and investigations conducted                                                                                      sixteenth century. Unfortunately this potentially fascinating project
under the direction of Dutch choreographer and dancer Frank van de                                                                                          never reached fruition – but is nonetheless evidence of the regard for
Ven, the workshop also involved the development of individual                                                                                               the value of artistic insight and experience in its capacity to re-examine
personal projects, which were presented in the final days of the event.                                                                                     the relationship between action and the material world. Other
       Much of the work, by its nature, took place out of doors. Amazingly                                                                                  examples would include the play Mnemonic by the company Complicité
what had been unrelentingly wet weather obliged us with a temporary                                                                                         (www.complicite.org) which dealt with the impact of the discovery in
ceasefire – this greatly increased the enjoyment and benefit of the                                                                                         1991 of the so called ‘Iceman’ in the Ötztaler Alps and closer to home,
activities, particularly on a memorable day trip to Inis Meáin. And we                                                                                      the ongoing investigations of the Umha Aois experimental bronze
remained blissfully unaware as the world slid into financial turmoil –                                                                                      casting project. (www.umha-aois.com)
being attuned instead to the journey of the sun from its rising over the                                                                                         It took several years for van de Ven and other European colleagues
cliffs of Moher, to its setting over Inis Meáin, governing the vicissitudes                                                                                 to integrate their Japanese experiences into a western movement
of island life as it has done for four millennia.                                                                                                           vocabulary. A most welcome ally was found in the work of French
       After the workshop, I spoke at length to Frank van de Ven about                                                                                      philosophers Deleuze and Guattari, in particular their book A Thousand
the practical and philosophical basis of the ‘Body Weather’ system and                                                                                      Plateaus (4). In particular in the chapter How to make yourself a body
its application to performance, visual arts, and life in general. He                                                                                        without organs, he found strong analogies with the notion of body
explained that the key to understanding the concept is the metaphorical                                                                                     weather, as the text defined the body as being multi-centred and non-
use of the term ‘weather’ – both in its meteorological sense of climate;                                                                                    hierarchical in terms of its functions or experiences.
but also as a milieu; or an environment; or ecosystem – and by                                                                                                   This prompted an exploratory project, which occupied van de
extension any set of prevailing conditions including social and cultural                                                                                    Ven for several years, which comprised of a dialogue between a
contexts. Weather is simultaneously all-encompassing and specific; a                                                                                        number of people from the worlds of dance and theatre with
universal system and a local phenomenon. Likewise the body is a                                                                                             philosophers in order to translate these ideas into concrete strategies
complex system, but with specific possibilities being manifested in any       A still moment for the group.                                                 that could be experienced in real and physical ways – in bodies,
given part at any given time. Van de Ven spoke of “bodies as weather”                Moreover, this training is not about a style of movement or            moving in the studio and beyond. The project resulted in numerous
or “bodies having weather and therefore, because the body is constantly        technique in itself – but more of a tool that can be applied to many         performances, actions and interventions – such as invading discos
changing, an awareness of the body should acknowledge this state of            types of creative activity. There is a focus on an ‘emptying out’ of         with a small group of people and trying to influence and ‘bend’ the
flux – leading directly into ontological questions about the nature of         intention – in order to simply be; or to investigate without expectations    atmosphere; to exploring notions of territorialisation and
being.                                                                         and preconceptions. It is emptying out in order to prepare the ground        de-territorialisation; or wandering aimlessly for hours through a city
       Body/Landscape, then, may be simply defined as body weather             so that some really new and different experience can come in. There is       landscape reminiscent of the Derivé of Situationist fame.
research in a real and tangible environment. Much movement work is             also an aesthetic to the empty body itself. “The empty body can be                The Aran Islands had long fascinated van de Ven as a result of his
developed in the relatively neutral space of the dance studio – so to          filled with anything. And the empty body itself is beautiful to perceive,    having seen the film Man of Aran (1934. Dir. Robert J Flaherty) many
work in an outdoor space adds another rich layer of possibility to the         witness and to be with – because there is a primordial quality to it. The    years ago. The grainy images of rugged landscape and the direct
enquiry. It places the body very definitely in its wider surroundings,         empty body is not shaped by life, age, gender, culture, history. Its         confrontation with the sea lingered in his mind – so in many ways
with the skin perceived as a dividing membrane – and a thin one at             emptiness invites us to project onto it – and that is one example of how     conducting a Body/Landscape workshop here was the realisation of a
that – not a fixed border, but one which is permeable and open                 it can be applied to performance. If you can be really empty, you can be     dream.
allowing some things to pass through. This understanding developed             really filled with something new – or filled in a different way – and also        On Inis Orr the participants in Body / Landscape 2009 experienced
during van de Ven’s decade of training with Min Tanaka in Japan was            to go beyond the obvious, the well known or what you already know            an extraordinary sense of both distance and proximity. The mainland
further refined on his return through his continuing collaboration             in performance. The empty body can then be anybody; can become               was very near, very visible, yet one really had the sense of being on an
with Czech artist Miloš Sejn on the Bohemiae Rosa project. (www.               anybody; can become another body – and so it creates space for               island. And despite it being such a small island, we only explored a
bohemiaerosa.org)                                                              transformation. And if it can indeed become another body then it             limited part of it. The week yielded up great richness and diversity. The
       Body Weather training is an enquiry on many levels. It probes the       questions or opens up the relationship between spectator and                 personal projects conducted by the participants variously invoked the
relationship between body and world; between parts of bodies and               performer – so that the audience could have another entrance into a          elemental forces of rock and sea; reinterpreted old places of worship
between the body and other bodies. It observes the relationship                performance. If that body can be anybody on stage – and even if it is a      and recalled now vanished practice of burning seaweed for kelp –
between body and mind – or between body and self and one’s own                 60 year old male on stage – then you can still have a direct or a gut        when the islanders tended their kilns through the long night. Indeed,
notion of one’s self. The training is also by its essence a group activity.    connection even if you’re a 20 year old woman.” (2)                          we witnessed the ‘Hag of Beara’ leading a midnight pilgrimage to
Van de Ven pointed out that the Japanese word for human being or                     The visual arts are also open to an application of this approach –     rekindle the old kelp burning flames, and the illuminated moon rising
person, the pictogram ‘Ningen’, is made up of two parts – almost like          particularly sculpture, which is of its nature a very physical and tactile   and coming ashore from the dark waters of the harbour.
two bodies leaning towards one another. Typically in body weather              activity. The practice of drawing on to a sheet of paper held against the                                                                          Seamus Dunbar
training one works for a bit; and then tries to communicate what one           body has previously been described by Fergus Byrne (3) in these pages,       Body/Landscape would like to acknowledge the support of Áras Éanna on Inis Oirr. For
has experienced – while acknowledging that not everything can or               in addition van de Ven posits the possibilities of focusing more on the      information on Body / Landscape Ireland 2009 email seamusd62@eircom.net More
                                                                                                                                                            information about Body Weather at http://bodyweatheramsterdam.blogspot.com
should be captured in words. This effort deepens the understanding of          body that sculpts rather than on the outcome of the activity. The
one’s own and others’ experience. It is only what you recognise in other       mechanisms to achieve this might include working ‘blind’ or even
                                                                                                                                                            1) Séamus dunbar, Rosie O’Regan, Hilary Williams, Siobhán Clancy, Christopher Mahon, Kateřina
                                                                                                                                                            Bilejova, Niamh Geoghegan, Marco Regueiro, Jason O’Neill, Lucy Nooren, Anne Genevieve
people that you can then find in yourself – and vice versa. So while you       while naked. And the purpose of this would be to achieve an emptying         Hanway, Tian Rotteveel.
can work and make a certain amount of progress on your own,                    out with the ultimate aim of returning to ones more regular practice
                                                                                                                                                            2) Frank van de Ven, quoted from an interview conducted with the writer.
                                                                                                                                                            3) Fergus Byrne. Body Weathers / Body Apparatus. The Visual Artists News Sheet. March / April
working with colleagues and them being a mirror to your work is                awake to new possibilities and with a new level of awareness.                2007.
really crucial.                                                                      This capacity to experience conditions as one finds them and
                                                                                                                                                            4) deleuze, Giles and Guattari, Felix. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia.
                                                                                                                                                            university of Minnesota Press 1987.
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A different Frame
                                                                                                                                                                                theory as a basis for institutional critique. Applying the theme of
                                                                                                                                                                                anthropophagy, Frazer pronounced appropriation as a form of
                                                                                                                                                                                cannibalism. The term was coined by critic Oswald de Andrade,
                                                                                                                                                                                referring to the mixed cultural origins of Brazil and how culture and
ANNA COLFORd RePORTS ON ‘MuSeuM 21; INSTITuTION IdeAS PRACTICe’ – A CONFeReNCe ON                                                                                               hence artistic practice is built by a cannibalistic ingestion of the other
MuSeuMS ANd GALLeRIeS HeLd AT IMMA (12 – 13 NOVeMBeR 2008).                                                                                                                     (1)
                                                                                                                                                                                   . More recently she has been engaged with structures of ambivalence,
                                                                                                                                                                                which from a psychoanalytical position means opposition in relation
                                                                                                                                                                                to one and the same object, for instance love / hate. The conjunction of
                                                                                                                                                                                those two opposing affects is for Frazer the locus of institutional
                                                                                                                                                                                critique.
                                                                                                                                                                                      In a polished presentation, Carey Young outlined a series of her
                                                                                                                                                                                projects comparing the institutions of art with the institutions of
                                                                                                                                                                                business and law, which according to Young, seem to have fallen
                                                                                                                                                                                outside the artistic interpretation of the word “institution”. The art
                                                                                                                                                                                world, she claims, has a lack of insight into the business world.
                                                                                                                                                                                Capitalism, on the other hand, has tended to fetishise creativity using
                                                                                                                                                                                it as a driver of growth. Her work, well documented for those who wish
                                                                                                                                                                                to investigate more closely, is performative, often elaborate in
                                                                                                                                                                                conception involving audience participation, which can last beyond
                                                                                                                                                                                the time frame of the exhibition, as in Donor Card. In this piece the
                                                                                                                                                                                artist disseminated 500 free, signed donor cards in the gallery, which
                                                                                                                                                                                only took on the legal status of an artwork when signed by the viewer
                                                                                                                                                                                and which will retain their status only for as long as the artist or the
                                                                                                                                                                                viewer remain alive. The qualities of absurdity and humour are
                                                                                                                                                                                evident in the work and she cited Deleuze’s concept of pleasure as a
                                                                                                                                                                                point of reference.
Closing discussion; Andrea Fraser, Susan Pearce, Kevin Atherton Carey young, Okwui enwezor and enrique Juncosa. Photography by Richard Gilligan, images courtesy of IMMA.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The keynote speaker of the afternoon session was curator and
MUSEUM 21 is the fourth in a series of biannual international                                    a move away from the traditional format of museum as public domain
                                                                                                                                                                                writer Okwui Enwezor. Though familiar with his writings and his
symposia hosted by IMMA, aimed at investigating new perspectives                                 toward a concept of commons, that which is belonging to all of us,
                                                                                                                                                                                curatorial enterprises, I had not heard Enwezor speak before. During
on the role and function of public galleries and museums in the 21st                             which even the museum cannot own.
                                                                                                                                                                                the course of the day he made valuable contributions to the open
century by exploring their key challenges, frictions and possibilities.                                 Susan Pearce, a sociologist and a specialist in the interpretation of
                                                                                                                                                                                discussions, so I was slightly disappointed at the content of his
Previous symposia include ‘To Have and to Hold’, which addressed                                 material culture, seemed at odds with current modes of thinking
                                                                                                                                                                                prepared talk, which in fairness to him, did as its title, Politics of the
collecting policies (2002); ‘Curating Now’, which looked at international                        around collecting within the context of art museums. Her entertaining
                                                                                                                                                                                Spectacle: The 7th Gwangju Biennale and the Asian Century, suggested it
curatorial practice (2004) and ‘Access All Areas’, which addressed                               paper, entitled Collecting the New, described ‘The Peoples’ Shows’ where       would. Outlining the historic and political context for the emergence
issues of access to contemporary art in public museums and galleries                             members of the public were offered an opportunity to bring their               of Gwangju as a location for a major exhibition, his presentation, to my
(2006). Details are available on the museum website – www.imma.ie/                               collections to the Walsall Museum, everything from shoe trees, to              mind, did not fully attend to the theme of the symposium. At the
museum21/archive. Speakers at Museum 21 included Bart de Baere,                                  aeroplane sick bags to snow globes, which Pearce alleged demonstrated          outset he suggested a shift from collecting to exhibiting as another
Okwui Enwezor, Andrea Frazer, Enrique Juncosa, Susan Pearce and                                  an underworld of collecting that is the norm. The Department of                possible way in which museums might reflect their changing position
Carey Young with Siun Hanrahan as chairperson and Kevin Atherton                                 Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, where Pearce is based, is       within the communities in which they operate but he did not proceed
acting as panel moderator.                                                                       home to the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG).                  to explore how this might manifest itself in practice in the context of
      The first thing that caught my interest when I read the promotional                        Inextricably linked to the British Labour government’s social inclusion        museums. Instead he traced various shifts in the development of
material for ‘Museum 21’ was the high profile of the various speakers                            agenda the focus, for the RCMG over the last decade has been the               exhibitions from before 1990 when they were organised under the
invited to participate. Previously embedded within a local (and some                             visitor experience and the centre has conducted numerous visitor               auspices of internationalism to the present day where, he claims,
critics would claim parochial) context, IMMA has in recent years                                 studies providing the government with copious amounts of data on               exhibitions rather than museums belong to the domain of a civil
dedicated itself to addressing a broader international framework of                              museum audiences.                                                              society or commons. The distinction, he explained in the open
institutional discourse. Not to undermine any determination on the                                      Pearce presented one such study about the collections of                discussion, goes to the idea of the museum as public sphere, whereas
part of the institution, this has no doubt been facilitated by increased                         approximately a thousand random people; the findings of which she              the term civil society allows the participation of a broad array of non-
state funding having afforded the museum the resources to attract                                claimed were valueless in normal museum terms, as conventional                 governmental institutions, more prominent in societies undergoing
speakers of the calibre of Okwui Enezwor and Andrea Frazer – a                                   epistemologies cannot speak to them. In traditional museums                    transitions, Gwangju being a case in point.
condition surely about to change in light of recent global economic                              knowledge was created in the fabric of the display. The placement of                 The final speaker was Enrique Juncosa, director of IMMA who
developments. Hopefully this will not mean an end to such gatherings                             objects was based on appearances, by annotating similarities and               discussed the relevance of the museum in an Irish context. Closing the
because as an event this symposium was both ambitious in aspiration                              differences value was created. Modernist pattern making, as she                circle of the day’s proceedings he maintained that the collection is the
and sophisticated in delivery, a view echoed by Frazer in her opening                            designated it, faltered in art when what became of interest were               most important thing. How MoMA and the Centre Georges Pompidou
comments when she stated that it was an incredibly well organised                                personal histories. In corresponding this to de Baere’s concept of an          display work makes sense to the development of art in those cities, but
conference. High praise indeed from one who has, by her own                                      integrated museum – where articulating engagements becomes the                 much is left out. For instance, Tate he claimed only exhibited Latin
admission, been closely identified with institutional critique since the                         economy of the museum – the questions posed at the panel discussion            American and Indian artists in the last few years. The undertaking at
1980s, and is no fledgling commentator when it comes to speaking to                              were of enormous relevance. Is the shift toward living practices in            IMMA is to show art from other canons and narratives that have been
and in the museum. From my perspective Frazer’s contribution to the                              contemporary art merely an oppositional strategy to the market – and           overlooked by the big power centres. Juncosa went on to make several
proceedings was the main feature of the day, both in her prepared talk                           what does this confirm about contemporary practices? What is the               references to literary models from Latin American and Spanish writers
and in her engagement in the panel discussions.                                                  role of the public institution in a world so understood? Are museums           whose ideas had resonance for him. It would have been useful for the
    The issues addressed were wide ranging stemming from the                                     sites of transience? Is collecting and recording redundant?                    audience had there been a power-point presentation to support his
opening question “what is the point?” of a museum in the 21st century.                                  In a thoughtful account of her body of work over the last two           reading from notes as I felt that much of what he proposed was lost on
The morning session was dominated by reflections on the nature of                                decades, Andrea Frazer traced the shifts in her practice from the 1980’s       the audience. That said, overall the symposium was a really successful
collecting, coming as they did from two different and seemingly                                  critique of institutions to a present day understanding of the institution     event. I would have preferred if it had been staged over two days or a
opposing viewpoints. Bart de Baere, Director of MuHKA, the Museum                                of critique. Her work has often been perceived as a positioning of the         day and a half as the emerging strands of thought were not given full
Of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, described collecting as immaterial,                              artist against the institution, which she claimed, is not the case.            scope for discussion due to time constraints. Also the inclusion of a
a performative activity that is not about collecting objects, but more                           Drawing from the sociological theories of Pierre Bourdieu and Michel           specialist in material culture may have seemed questionable and it is
about creating an ouvre or a network of relations. This would entail a                           Foucault, she proposed the institution as a social field of which artists      true to say a certain tension was in evidence during the open
shift from the catalogue or assembly of artworks to a field in which the                         are a part. Constituted as sites for different kinds of stakes, she            discussions. I concur with Andrea Frazer that contemporary art
possibilities of collecting are rethought. He offered various examples                           maintained that museums are complex not unitary, monolithic or                 museums operate within a different frame. But we must not forget that
of how MuKHA has constructed its collection along this vein through                              mono-vocal, but often made up of factions where conflict exists.               contemporary art in all its forms contributes to the material culture of
the donation and purchase of documentation and preparatory works                                 Depending on which ‘faction’ invites her to the institution, she has           our times and it is the remit of publicly funded institutions to preserve
by artists. These cannot be ascribed an exchange value but contribute                            over the course of several projects appropriated particular positions          that legacy for future generations, otherwise one may well ask what is
to the building of an archive of public assets or rights which may take                          and functions within the museum as a form of critique. Performing the          the point?
the form of assets. Giving the example of the bequest by the artist                              roles of tour guide, curator, service provider, trustee, corporate sponsor,                                                                               Anna Colford
Panamarenko of his house to the museum, (the house will not be                                   she uses each occasion to challenge both internal and external
dismantled and reconstructed within the gallery space but will remain                            structures highlighting the intricate matrix of relationships inherent         (1) Oswald de Andrade, Manifesto da Poesia Pau-Brazil in A Utopia Antrofagica, (Sao Paulo:
                                                                                                                                                                                editora Globo S.A. 2001) Originally published in the Correio da Manha, 1924.
where it is only to be maintained by the museum), de Baere proposed                              in all institutions. Her current concerns are situated in psychoanalytical
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Attitudes to Movement
ALex dAVIS ON ARTISTS’ MOBILITy – ASPIRATION OR ReALITy? THe euROPeAN COuNCIL OF ARTISTS CONFeReNCe, HeLd AT IMMA (8 NOV 2008).
WHILE the question of whether Ireland is spiritually closer to Boston                                                                                       Office red tape when inviting artists to the UK from outside the EU.
or Berlin is a matter of opinion, it is a matter of fact that today an Irish                                                                                Pauline has been active and vocal in challenging the new UK Border
citizen can travel to Berlin, or indeed any part of the European Union,                                                                                     Agency regulations published in February 2008. These restrictive
to visit, live or work with very little difficulty. The same cannot be said                                                                                 regulations mean that non-EU artists and cultural workers are granted
of Boston. 2006 was marked as the European Year of Workers’ Mobility                                                                                        entry to the UK only if they meet draconian entry criteria. The risk that
and it is fair to say that the EU is proud of the relative freedom with                                                                                     artists from “complicated” areas are been excluded from entering the
which its citizens can move within its borders. However the expansion                                                                                       UK is obvious.
of Europe to the east, immigration issues and recent terrorist threats                                                                                            A total of 230 people have been refused entry to the UK since 2005
have led to the situation where Europe is becoming more ‘fortress’ like                                                                                     based solely on ideas they expressed. Ideas, which were considered to
in its attitudes to movement both within and between its borders.                                                                                           be offensive by the Home Office. While most right thinking people
      Barriers to the free movement of artists, culture professionals and                                                                                   would be offended by the views expressed by some of these people,
artworks formed the basis of the European Council of Artists’ (ECA)(1)                                                                                      including religious extremists and neo-nazis, the question of what
annual conference, which was held in the Irish Museum of Modern                                                                                             constitutes ‘unacceptable views’ must be posed. What criteria are used
Ireland recently. The issues under discussion included visa rules; the                                                                                      to judge this and how is it proved that the views are unacceptable? The
European Arrest Warrant; employment and copyright laws; migration              eCA conference, IMMA. Photo: Annette Hollywood.                              current restrictions have a presumption of guilty until proven innocent.
and integration policies. All of these obstacles are been tackled under        relationships with old neighbours that are non-EU members.                   Pauline gave the example of the artist Giuseppe Di Bella, who made
the ECA’s current Mobility Project which, considering the complexity                 This year Slovenia became the first of the new EU accession States     postage stamps with some of the notorious images from Abu Ghraib
of the issues, is expected to continue over the next three years.              to take over the Presidency of the EU. According to Helena a priority of     prison in Iraq which he intended putting into general circulation.
      The ECA is an umbrella body composed of interdisciplinary                the Slovenian Presidency was to make cultural cooperation a                  However, they were impounded by the British authorities in London,
artists’ councils and artists’ organisations from 25 European                  fundamental part of the EU foreign policy agenda. A lesson, which            who informed the artist that they would be ‘kept there indefinitely’.
countries. This year’s conference entitled Artists’ Mobility – Aspiration      Slovenia has learned from the changes in the Western Balkans, is that        The story of the Abu Ghraib series inevitably points to the events of
or Reality? was hosted by the ECA’s Irish member organisation, Visual          involvement by civil society is essential for obtaining sustainable          9/11 and the Madrid and London bombings and their aftermath.
Artists Ireland (VAI). Approximately 60 participants from 20 European          results in the creation of cultural cooperation. Key to this success were    Although the introduction of new security measures is understandable,
countries attended including artists, MEP’s, representatives of the Arts       policies that encouraged and promoted people-to-people contacts,             we must wonder whether these new laws pose a threat to our freedom
Council and other national and European Institutions with particular           which built mutual understanding and the development of a strong             of speech and artistic expression and if they infringe our civil liberties.
interests in culture. The day’s sessions aimed to highlight the current        civil society. In Helena’s opinion, small countries such as Slovenia (and          Lithuanian curator and ambassador of the European Year of
issues facing the mobility of artists and cultural works and to discuss        Ireland) are a little more open and flexible than their larger European      Intercultural Dialogue (4) Lolita Jablonskiene presented the latest
solutions and ways of improving the situation.                                 counterparts and more adept at creating a dialogue between civil             edition of the VAI publication Printed Project. When invited to curate
      Chaired by Noel Kelly, Chief Executive of VAI, the conference            society and government institutions. As Helena stated “We believe that       the tenth issue of the journal, Lolita described how she “re-imagined
featured presentations by an international line up of guest speakers           civil society from any part of Europe and even outside of the European       the space of the contemporary city as a magazine, and projected places
beginning with the Austrian MEP, Eva Lichtenberger. Eva drew                   Union should be a partner in putting together the European Culture           where the city’s strangers (who might well be migrants) congregate
attention to the growing state of fear in Europe that has become the           Agenda, [so] making the strategy part of EU foreign policy”.                 and where their voices are heard” — creating specific spaces that
basis for new mechanisms of control and regulation of its citizens.                  When asked what policies there were to enable civil society to         produce a convergence of contemporary art and an exploration of the
Blasphemy, anti-racist laws and other restrictions on freedom of speech        fund cultural projects, Helena explained that while the EU commission        art of living together. Entitled The Art of Living with Strangers the journal
and artistic expression normally come under national jurisdiction.             had funds available there were very complicated application forms and        contains artistic and literary perspectives on intercultural dialogue,
However, with the new European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in combination             that this often precluded smaller organisations from applying. Eva           cross-cultural experiences and hybrid expressions.
with the increasing ease with which creative works can be published,           Lichtenberger agreed that this was a problem as was the manner in                  The Spanish MEP Maria Badia i Cutchet had to withdraw from
copied and distributed, the risk for challenging and provocative artists       which the Commission prefers to limit its dealings to a small number         speaking at the conference due to ill health, however her paper was
to find themselves on the wrong side of the law is very real and present.      of organisations, which are large and usually of an international            presented in her absence. As a member of the Culture and Education
Eva cited the example of the Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer who           character.                                                                   Committee of the European Parliament, Maria has drawn the attention
found himself subject to an EAW having been found guilty of                          Ole Reitov from Freemuse, an independent international                 of the European Commission, Embassies and the foreign affairs
blasphemy by a Greek court and then sentenced to six months. His               organisation which advocates freedom of expression for musicians and         departments of member states to the difficulties faced by artists,
book Das Leben des Jesus (The Life of Jesus), a satire in which Jesus is       composers worldwide, presented a recently finalised white paper Visas        performers and performing arts organisations in relation to travel to
portrayed as an incense-addicted hippy was banned in Greece in 2005.           – the discordant note, which documents how visa regulations and              the US. As Maria’s paper noted “in a time when global cultural
Haderer was not even aware that his book had been published in                 administrative practice hinder third country artists entering the            exchange is of increasing importance both culturally and economically,
Greece when the prison sentence was declared. However the ban and              European union (3). This is clearly against the provisions of the UNESCO     performers and artists of all types – from household names to up-and-
sentence were reversed on appeal. The EAW was meant to aid the fight           convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of               coming musicians, singers, dancers or actors; solo performers or artists
against global terrorism but such sweeping legislation can have                cultural expressions and causes severe economic and cultural                 as part of an ensemble, orchestra, dance company, or theatre company,
unforeseen consequences and as such the EAW poses a serious threat             consequences.                                                                are finding many difficulties in gaining access to the United States of
to the mobility of artists.                                                          Ole described the experience of a Malian duo, who have toured          America”. As a solution to this problem, Maria does not seek preferential
      The expansion of Europe has managed to close down cooperation            internationally for the past three years with great success. Their French    treatment for artists. Rather she would be hoping to see them treated in
between artists with the new borders and travel restrictions that have         tour organisers report more than 350 concerts in this time period and        the same as others working in similar fields, such as professional
been put in place. Ease of movement and dialogue between traditional           record sales in the region of 500,000. Current UK regulations require        footballers, golfers, jockeys, racing drivers and tennis players, to name
neighbours, particularly those countries that were formally behind the         that work permit visas are submitted in the country of which the             a few, who can all benefit from entering the US under the far simpler
‘iron curtain’, has been curtailed. Even within the EU, we have the            applicant is a national or legally live. Since there is no UK embassy or     and cheaper Business (B-1) Visa system or even visa free. Maria is keen
situation that countries such as the UK and Ireland, who have not              visa application centre in Mali the artists are obliged to go to Dakar in    to change fear-driven, control orientated policies into more constructive
signed up to the Schengen Agreement, have in place restrictions on             Senegal in order to apply for UK visas. As both artists are blind they are   ways of managing migration and encouraging cultural cooperation.
travel, even for EU passport holders and Schengen Visa recipients (2).         unable to travel unaccompanied which naturally further adds to travel              In the subsequent discussions it was pointed out that consciousness
These must be removed if true cultural co-operation in the broader             and accommodation costs.                                                     among artists, cultural operators and others involved is necessary in
Europe is ever to take place.                                                        The main mobility issues which Ole described in his white paper        order to resist the general development towards a more closed society.
      With its remarkable diversity and in the context of its troubled         are as follows:                                                              The wish to protect the freedom to cooperate and partake in global
past, the Western Balkans region is a stark example of where the                Lack of harmonised visa and work permit handling procedures at             exchanges was shared by the conference participants, although it was
coexistence and mobility of different cultures has been radically                (EU/EC) embassies and consular services across the world.                  noted that some sectors might require reciprocal conditions in order to
altered in the last two decades. Helena Dvorosek Zorko, from the                Schengen embassies / consular services, in spite of the provisions of      maintain their activities on national level.
Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discussed initiatives to                  the Schengen Agreement, often seem to avoid taking overall                       A full conference report will be issued later this year – and
implement the EU agenda for culture in a globalised world by                     responsibility for the entire Schengen area.                               concrete follow up activities will be discussed among ECA members
promoting cultural exchange and cooperation in the Western Balkans.             The distance often travelled in accessing embassy or consular              and other partners involved in the coming months.
Slovenia was, until 1992, a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of            services in the artists / performers country of origin (or                                                                                              Alex Davis
                                                                                                                                                            (1) www.eca.dk
Yugoslavia. This large communist state also included present day                 neighbouring country) entails vast amounts of time for travel and is       (2) The Schengen Agreement allows the citizens of signatory states to travel within the
Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia                extremely costly for artists.                                              Schengen area without being subject to police controls. The Agreement also provides for
                                                                                                                                                            tougher controls on the eu’s external borders, harmonisation of visa and asylum policy and
among others. The freedom of movement which inhabitants of this                 Artists are required to leave the Schengen area and return home to         closer cooperation between legal and police services. The united Kingdom and Ireland are not
region were accustomed to was curtailed when Yugoslavia began                    re-apply or renew the visa at a Schengen representation in their           part of the Schengen area.
                                                                                                                                                            (3) www.freemuse.org/sw30534.asp
breaking apart into separate states and new borders sprung up where              home country.                                                              (4) www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu
previously there were none. Yet again the political borders of Slovenia              Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed, expanded on the
were redrawn on entering the European Union in 2004, affecting                 practical difficulties facing small institutions in handling British Home
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CONFeReNCe RePORT


                                                                                                                                                                                    The keynote speaker for the conference was the high profile
                                                                                                                                                                              international curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. His talk was focused on
                                                                                                                                                                              tracing his various connections and relationships with books, noting
                                                                                                                                                                              that along the way that as his kitchen had become so filled with books,
                                                                                                                                                                              he longer has space to cook! He also recounted how his very first
                                                                                                                                                                              exhibition had a literary impetus and was located in a kitchen – and
                                                                                                                                                                              he expressed an interest in thinking about the spaces and rooms of
                                                                                                                                                                              buildings as spaces akin to the pages of a book.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Obrist also conducted ‘in conversation’ sessions with Rirkrit
                                                                                                                                                                              Tiravanija and Joseph Grigley, in which the artists perused a number
                                                                                                                                                                              of books taken from their own collections –their live interactions with
                                                                                                                                                                              the texts being digitally projected for the audience’s benefit.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Tiravanija showed an early book project by him, which was
                                                                                                                                                                              derived from a plan for a student field trip, and was based on the form
                                                                                                                                                                              of a passport and had many foldouts and stapled on sections, mimicking
                                                                                                                                                                              the formats of visa and identity papers. He also mentioned a sound
                                                                                                                                                                              work of his that was issued as free CD included in a magazine – which
                                                                                                                                                                              featured the sounds of people cooking the recipes included in the
                                                                                                                                                                              publication. Tiravanija cited Michael Snows Cover to Cover; Ronald
                                                                                                                                                                              Barthes’s Migrateurs along with various publishing projects by General
                                                                                                                                                                              Idea, Fluxus and Martha Rosler as key influences on his practice.
                                                                                                                                                                              Tiravanija made the interesting point that for him some print
                                                                                                                                                                              techniques and their physicality – such as hand printing – offered
                                                                                                                                                                              potential forms of resistance, a way of “resisting certain speeds and
                                                                                                                                                                              slowing things down”.
                                                                                          Printed Matter Stand at the Ny Art Book Fair. October 2008. Photo: Olive Barrett.         Amongst other books, Grigley showed pages of his own book


Booked Out
                                                                                                                                                                              Kitchen Conversations – which was composed of reproductions of
                                                                                                                                                                              paintings featuring individuals engaged in conversation. As a deaf
                                                                                                                                                                              artist, Grigley explained that he was fascinated in how we actually see
                                                                                                                                                                              sound and the ways in which verbal conversations have been are
CORA CuMMINS RePORTS ON THe ARLIS / Ny CONTeMPORARy ARTISTS BOOK CONFeReNCe
                                                                                                                                                                              visually encoded in paintings throughout the history of art through
(VARIOuS LOCATIONS, NeW yORK 23 – 26 OCT 2008).                                                                                                                               pose attitude and gesture. He has had experience of numerous speech
                                                                                                                                                                              recognition and synthesis devices, yet he finds that the basic visual
THE ‘Art Libraries Society of New York / NY Contemporary Artists               “retired”. She noted that art practice had always taken place
                                                                                                                                                                              tools – a notebook and pencil – to be far more effective for immediate
Book Conference’, held October last year, coincided with the NY Art            symbiotically with the production of art historical, critical and
                                                                                                                                                                              and spontaneous communication.
Book Fair (1). The conference was hosted in key venues in New York,            theoretical knowledge. As such the field of artists’ books could be seen
                                                                                                                                                                                    Issues of appropriation and reproduction were considered in the
which have a relationship to the field of collecting artists’ publications,    as perhaps the best indicator to the future path of art history, theory
                                                                                                                                                                              talk ‘Limited Edition: The Artists Book as Art Multiple’. In this context
chiefly – The Museum of Modern Art          (2)
                                                  and The New York Public      and criticism. By way of explanation she pointed out many of the most
                                                                                                                                                                              Bettina Funcke discussed one of her curatorial projects that had
Library .
        (3)
                                                                               well know contemporary artists are superb historians of their own
                                                                                                                                                                              featured an installation of Xerox reproductions of Avalanche magazine;
     The first panel discussion I attended was ‘Multiple Ideas: Artists        work – and that “the long arm of the artist” was behind many so-called
                                                                                                                                                                              and Brian Kennon talked about his book works Cindy Sherman’s I’d Like
Periodicals as Site for Collaboration and Distribution of Ideas’ which         critical monographs.
                                                                                                                                                                              to Fuck (2003) and Black and White Reproductions of the Abstract
was moderated by David Senior, Bibliographer at the Museum of                        Lauf made, what was for me was one of the most important
                                                                                                                                                                              Expressionists (2002). Kennon’s works – published under the self-styled
Modern Art Library. As part of this session David Reinfurt and Stuart          points of the entire conference – she argued against the segregation of
                                                                                                                                                                              Loose Cannon imprint, in particular seemed to be striking challenges
Bailey outlined how their publishing venture Dexter Sinister                   the field of artists’ books and publishing into a separate branch of
                                                                                                                                                                              to the notions of the sanctity of intellectual property and copyright. As
originated in explorations of a ‘just-in-time’ model and economy of            medium-specific study. Instead, Lauf asserted that books are a vehicle
                                                                                                                                                                              he put, his works could be seen as “bootleg catalogues”; which he
print production that “ran counter to the assembly-line realities of           equal to any other manifestation of an artist’s work – and thus it is the
                                                                                                                                                                              noted were often mistaken for legitimate monographs on the artists
large-scale publishing”. Theirs is a thrifty print-on-demand model,            duty of writers, artists, curators, critics and librarians to show these
                                                                                                                                                                              whose work he plunders.
whereby publications are only printed when a reader / buyer orders             works as part of and alongside any other productions in the artists
                                                                                                                                                                                    As an artist who has a strong interest in artist’s books and self-
them. Costs are also kept low by utilising local resources and alternate       oeuvre. By way of example cited the genre-defying bookworks by
                                                                                                                                                                              publication (5) I came to this conference with a sense of anticipation
distribution strategies, in order to “collapse distinctions of editing,        artists such as Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Joseph Beuys, Mark Dion,
                                                                                                                                                                              and excitement. In the event, it mostly lived up to my expectations.
design, production, and distribution into one efficient activity”.             Maurizio Cattelan, Tobias Rehberger and Christian Philip Mueller.
                                                                                                                                                                              But I was surprised that even in New York, a global centre of
     Bailey and Reinfurt also spoke about the importance of ‘spin’ as          And in these terms, she even suggested that Damien Hirst’s auction
                                                                                                                                                                              contemporary art practice and discourse, there were occasional lapses
their work is quite lo-key and ephemeral – often taking the form of            catalogue could be considered as an artwork / artists book.
                                                                                                                                                                              – with occurrences of the classic bugbear of conferences; the delivery
pamphlets. Thus, art galleries were a crucial platform for them, rather              Another engaging speaker was Buzz Spector – artist, critic, and
                                                                                                                                                                              of presentations offering no more than overviews of the speakers
than bookshops where their modest works would be lost on the                   professor of art at Cornell University. In his presentation Are We Asking
                                                                                                                                                                              biography and activities, with little correspondence to actual subject
shelves. In the gallery context, they talked how they curated and              the Right Questions?, Spector pondered, “we have art criticism and
                                                                                                                                                                              at hand. Nonetheless, overall I was impressed – if not slightly daunted
presented their publications, having designed various hybrid shipping          literary criticism – but what do we call the critic who writes about
                                                                                                                                                                              – by the sheer scale of activity within the field of artists publishing
container / display cabinets.                                                  artists’ books?” Spector argued along the same lines as Lauf that the
                                                                                                                                                                              that was revealed over three days of conference and the plethora of
     Emily Roysdon, an artist concerned with language, memory,                 field of artists books comprised a diverse “zone of activity” – the latter
                                                                                                                                                                              high quality publications presented at the NY Art Book Fair. What
collectivity and the processes of history, talked about editing LTTR, a        being a term from Johanna Drucker’s book The Century of Artists Books.
                                                                                                                                                                              emerged as one of the most interesting issues was the question of the
queer / feminist journal. LTTR had operated on the basis of open-              As he explained, Drucker’s book was a valuable resource as it is not shy
                                                                                                                                                                              critical and theoretical appraisal of what is such a vast field – which
submission, the theme of each edition dictated by the material they            about declaring how the ‘community’ of book artists, is rife with
                                                                                                                                                                              paradoxically considering its printed form too often goes
received; and it existed only for a short run of five issues. Key issues for   ideological and technical oppositions – offset versus letterpress,
                                                                                                                                                                              un-documented and textually un-remarked upon. Hopefully this
Roysdon were notions of shared labour and notions of “organic                  unique versus edition – along with the perennial and overarching
                                                                                                                                                                              critical vacuum will not persist indefinitely (6).
organisation”. Indeed Roysdon admitted that LTTR came to an end for            dispute about what exactly is an artists book? (4)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cora Cummins
the fundamental reasons of “running out of stream, energy and                        Spector was also interested in the huge variety of modes of
                                                                                                                                                                              Notes
money”. To some extent, Roysdon felt that this state of affairs was a fair     physical and mental engagement offered by books. By way of                                     1. The Ny Art Book Fair, is an annual event organised by Printed Matter, which showcases
trade off against autonomy and accessibility gained by working with            demonstration he presented amusing slides of himself reading tomes                                artists books, fanzines, art journals and magazines, specialist publishers and dealers (www.
                                                                                                                                                                                 nyartbookfair.com). Printed Matter (founded in 1976) the world’s largest non-profit
no expectation or desire for financial reward.                                 of different formats and dimensions in various positions in his library                           organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. www.
     In light of the low profile of much artist led publishing, the next       / office at Cornell. And from the conference lectern he showed a                                  printedmatter.org The visual artists Ireland publication Printed Project was exhibited at the
                                                                                                                                                                                 Ny Art Book Fair, with the support of Culture Ireland.
talk was particularly interesting – ‘Outside Looking In: The State of          couple of different editions of Gerhard Richter’s Atlas – a small-scale                        2. details of the the Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection can be
                                                                                                                                                                                 seen at www.moma.org
Artists Books Criticism’. Dr Cornelia Lauf of Universita Iuav di Venezia       version with many images on each page, that could be flicked through                           3. The New york Public library collects artists’ books as part of its holdings. www.nypl.org
– an independent curator and long-time editor of artists’ books – began        quickly; and a large –almost sculptural – coffee table version with one                        4. Johanna drucker’s book The Century of Artists Books; Granary Books 2004 is regarded as
                                                                                                                                                                                 one of the key texts in what is still an under theorised and historicised field.
the proceedings with her talk Truth and Lies in Art and Books. Lauf            image per page and blank interleaves that encouraged a slower and                              5. I am co-editor with Alison Pilkington of The Fold www.theworkroomelsewhere.blogspot.
observed, “Criticism of artists books does not exist, because it is not a      more immersive form of progress through the book. Related to this, he                             com and I teach in the area of print at IAdT dun Laoghaire.
                                                                                                                                                                              6. The subject of artists publishing is set to be discussed again later this year, and closer to
money making area”. Lauf also argued that the academic divisions               was also interested in the notion of how artist’s books should be                                 home – in September (25 – 27) the Whitechapel Art Book Fair, at the Whitechapel Gallery,
                                                                                                                                                                                 London will feature a programme of talks and events www.thewhitechapel.org
between art history, theory and practice were “flip sides to the same          displayed – he was critical of vitrine style or “glass cage” modes of
coin” and that the division between history and practice should be             gallery and library presentation of artist’s books.
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  VAI WeST OF IReLANd RePReSeNTATIVe                                                                                               ARTISTS BOOKS



 The Rest of Ireland Rep                                                                                                         Artists Books
 AIdeeN BARRy'S WeST OF IReLANd RePORT
                                                                                                                                 DECONSTRUCTING THE MAZE                                 Helena O’Connor, Maire Clinch, Michelle Hall,
                                                                                                                                 Artists: Dara McGrath, Conor McFeely, John Reid,        Michelle Connolly, Darragh O’Callaghan, Fiona
                                                                                                                                 Marianne O’Kane Boal, Rachel Andrews. Title:            Fullam, Linda Rafferty, Karen Azoulay, Alan Butler,
                                                                                                                                 Deconstructing the maze. Published: Oct 2008.           Hazel Lim, Cathy Henderson, Seamus Nolan, Niall
                                                                                                                                 Publisher: Dara McGrath and John Reid. Format:          de Buitlear, Rob Costello, Benjamin Gaulon, K Bear
                                                                       expanding Remit ...                                       120 pages, full colour .23x28cm. Soft cover. silk       Koss, Tim Lloyd, Jack Phelan, Sharon Phelan, Tim
                                                                                                                                 paper. Edition: 750. Available: daramcgrath@            Redfern, Paul Murnaghan. Vox Pop contributors:
                                                                       AS another year draws to a close, I have decided to       hotmail.com       and     mariannejok@gmail.com.        Rene Zechlin, Mary McCarthy, Oliver Dowling,
                                                                       try to expand the remit of my role as the West of         Contributors: Dara McGrath, Conor McFeely, John         Jeanette Doyle, Peter Fitzgerald, Patrick T Murphy,
                                                                       Ireland rep for the VAI.                                  Reid, Marianne O’Kane Boal, Rachel Andrews.             Aisling Prior, Jesse Jones, Mark Garry, Cliona
                                                                            I am currently conducting VAI info clinics in        Content:       Marianne O’Kane: Isolate Zones:          Harmey.
                                                                       the West, but I have also started to move a little        De-construction     and     Creation-Intro      Essay
                                                                       outside my borders, albeit tentatively. The general       Dara    McGrath.     Deconstructing       the   maze-   MARKS
Image: Lochlann Hoare with his former student international jeweller
Slim Barrett, at the Cluain Mhuire Show in 2006.                       remit of my role encompasses the counties of Mayo,        Photographic portfolio, 21 full plate images            Circa and The Stinging Fly recently launched their
                                                                       Sligo, Galway, Leitrim and Roscommon. However,            John Reid. Beautiful images in an awkward space-Essay   joint publication Marks at Studio 6, Temple Bar
                                                                       the role meant that covering interesting initiatives      Conor Mc Feely; The Testing Room-film stills. 20 full   Gallery and Studios, Dublin. Marks features the
 A Great Loss to Galway and Beyond                                                                                               plate images. Rachel Andrews: The Topography of         outcomes of collaborations between six writers
                                                                       outside of these areas was not possible. So in the
                                                                       new year I hope to branch out a bit. I am interested      Demolition in the Maze-Essay. Description: Emerging     who were paired with six visual artists. The brief for
 ONE of Ireland’s greatest art lecturers passed away
                                                                       to hear about organisations and artist-led practices,     from a previous project, Two Minds, Artists+            each pairing was to fill four pages with whatever
 last week – and his loss is felt by all in Galway and
                                                                                                                                 Architects Collaboration (2006-2007). Deconstructing    they wished, through a collaborative exploration of
 beyond. Lochlann Hoare, formerly of Ballymurry,                       outside of the West (as well as in) – in order to get a
                                                                                                                                 the maze is the publication that accompanies the        the possibilities. The pairings were: Caitríona
 Roscommon taught at the Galway / Mayo Institute                       bigger picture of activities; and also to look at
                                                                                                                                 photographic and multi-media installation that was      O’Reilly (writer), Isabel Nolan (artist); Kevin Barry
 of Technology until his retirement in 2006. For over                  examples of best practice. Keep your eyes peeled for
                                                                                                                                 held on site in Oct 2008, located in the kitchen        (writer), Sean Lynch (artist); Nuala Ní Chonchúir
 30 years, Lochlann was an inspirational teacher. He                   clinics, which will be held in Cork, Waterford,
                                                                                                                                 building of the former prison facility.                 (writer), Cora Cummins (artist); Alan Jude Moore
 made a major contribution to the development of                       Tipperary, and Limerick in the new year.
                                                                                                                                                                                         (writer), Bea McMahon (artist); Sinéad Morissey
 the Art and Design Dept at the Galway/ Mayo                                More recently, I held an info clinic in
 Institute of Technology; and was one of the main                                                                                THE LAB: 40 ExHIBITIONS 06 – 08                         (writer), Benji de Búrca (artist); Sean O’Reilly (writer),
                                                                       Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery and Studios,
 contributors to the development of the visual arts                                                                              Description: An illustrated book of exhibitions         Peter Maybury (artist) ; The launch (DATES?)
                                                                       which was well attended and raised some important
 in Galway and the West. He was a visiting lecturer                                                                              held in the Centre from May 2006 to May 2008            featured readings by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Kevin
                                                                       concerns about the welfare of the arts in the county
 at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin                                                                               edited by Gemma Tipton with essays by Mick              Barry and Alan Jude Moore, and a soundwork by
                                                                       of Clare. I hope to focus on Clare in the next report,
 and a frequent visiting lecturer on the art teachers’                                                                           Wilson and Joseph R WolinPublished: October 2008.       Peter Maybury. Available from: www.stingingfly.
                                                                       where I will look at the county arts plan and the
 diploma course at Limerick School of Art and                                                                                    ISBN: 978-0-95542811-1-1. Content: Edited by            org / www.recirca.com
                                                                       ambitions for cultural activity over the next three
 Design. He developed a special relationship with                                                                                Gemma Tipton with essays by Mick Wilson and JR
                                                                       years. I will also focus on artist-led initiatives like
 the University of Ulster, where his Foundation                                                                                  Wolin. Artists: Sean Hillen, Esther Shalev Gerz,        WICKLOW pHOTOGRApHS
                                                                       Deirdre O’Mahony’s XPO project, the post-grad
 Course in Galway was seen as a model.                                                                                           Marie Falksten, Susanne Mooney, Ian John Coghlan,       Artist: Peter Evers. Title: Wicklow Photographs.
                                                                       programmes of the Burren College of Art and
       Lochlann took a genuine interest in each                                                                                  Linda O’Keefe, Barbara Vasic, Bea McMahon, Des          Dimensions:            250mm           x       250mm.
                                                                       problems faced by artists living in the county.
 individual student, of which many of us were                                                                                    Kenny, Michael McLoughlin, Gillian Kenny, Jeanette      No.of     Pages:      192.     Format:       Hardback.
                                                                            I hope to continue to act as an advocate for
 privileged to dominate his time in tutorials.                                                                                   Doyle, Vera Klute, Christine Mackey, Alan Phelan,       Contributors: John Moriarty (courtesy of Lilliput
                                                                       Visual Artists Ireland; and I am extremely interested
 Geraldine Quinn (fellow Lecturer) wrote on his                                                                                  Rhona Byrne, Alan Burns, Maire O’Mahony, Priscila       Press), and Selina Guinness (introduction).
 retirement from the Art and Design Department in                      to hear from organisations that have thus far not
                                                                                                                                 Fernandes, Sarah O’Neill, Keith McCann, Aoife           Isbn:  978-0-9560637-0-0. Published: 2008.
 2006: “He taught with passion and conviction and                      benefited from being in the represented areas of
                                                                                                                                 Merrigan, Fiona O’Connor, Fiona Whitty, Marie           Available: www.wicklowphotographs.com /
 led stimulating seminars. Students greatly valued                     Northern Ireland and the West. I will also be
                                                                                                                                 Louise Molly O’Dwyer, Niall de Buitlear, Stephen        www.peterevers.ie
 his tutorials; these were energising, challenging and                 continuing my duties in the West – and it is my
                                                                                                                                 Gunning, Hannah Doyle, Michael Murphy, Michelle
 motivating. He was respected by students through                      hope that in the new year the VAI will facilitate
                                                                                                                                 Deignan, Doireann Wallace, Brian Fay, Mark Beatty,
 the decades, and his insights were always relevant.                   more info clinics in the West. Professional practice                                                                 yOUR BOOK LISTED HERE
                                                                                                                                 Frederica Bastide Duarte, Ian Charleworth, Paul
       He encouraged debate and questioning. Seeing                    workshops are in the pipeline, along with a                                                                          If you are an artist and have recently
                                                                                                                                 Flannery, Roisin Lewis, John O’Connell, Cora
 their developing confidence heartened him. He                         symposium on contemporary curation practices –                                                                       produced (in the last 12 months) a
                                                                                                                                 Cummins, Alison Pilkington, The Fold, Mary Nunan,
 frequently enlivened discussions by recalling his                     which will hopefully be held in Galway in February                                                                   monographic publication, simply email the
                                                                                                                                 The Third Person, Alan Mongey, Janine Davidson,
 own days at art college in London in the heady                        / March.                                                                                                             following details to jason@visualartists.ie –
                                                                                                                                 Tom Moore, Fiona McDonald, Nicholas Ward, Sarah
 Sixties, and relayed many anecdotes.”                                                                                                                                                      date of publication; title; dimensions; number
                                                                                                                                 Browne, Gayle Anderson, Kevin Gaffney, Frances
       Lochlann was also a practising artist and                                                                                                                                            of pages; format (eg: spiral, stitched perfect
                                                                                                                                 Hayes, Alan Burns, CX Hayden, Felicity Clear,
 exhibited throughout the west of Ireland including                                                                                                                                         bound, hard-back / soft-back etc.); list of
                                                                                                                                 Katrina Maguire, Thomas Brezing, Naomi Sex,
 the Galway Arts Festival (1981 and 1983); UCG                                                                                                                                              contributors; ISBN number (if relevant); short
                                                                                                                                 Aisling Conroy, Seamus Donovan, Tracy Hanna,
 Gallery (1984), Spanish Arch Gallery (1988) and
                                                                                                                                 Kevin Cosgrove, Sophie Linehan, Myrna Epstein,             description (two or three lines).
 EV+A Limerick (1989). This inspirational man will
 be missed. May he rest in peace.




       Visual Artists Ireland Living Artists' Archive
       The VAI Living Artists Archive is intended as a central point of research for curators, artists and researchers looking at current practice across visual art
       disciplines in Ireland. The archive is stored electronically on a computer and based at the offices of Visual Artists Ireland. Artists can choose to be part of the
       archive when joining Visual Artist Ireland or renewing their membership. At the time of taking up or renewing membership, artists may provide a CV and
       four images of current work for the Archive on a Cd. These will be electronically stored and accessible in the Visual Artists Ireland office.

       As a first outing, the archive will be made available to researchers as part of the 'Ireland at Venice' pavilion during the Venice Biennale 2009 and other events
       in which Visual Artists Ireland take part.


       Information on how to get your incuded in the archive can be found at www.visualartists.ie/ap_artistsarchive.html
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 ART IN THe PuBLIC ReALM                                                                                                  ART IN THe PuBLIC ReALM ROuNduP




                                                                                                                         Art the Public Realm
                                                                                                                         Roundup
                                                                                                                         ReCeNT PuBLIC ART COMMISSIONS, SITe-SPeCIFIC WORKS, SOCIALLy
                                                                                                                         eNGAGed PRACTICe ANd OTHeR FORMS OF ART OuTSIde THe GALLeRy.
Work created during 'No Man's Land'                       Work created during 'No Man's Land'




Paradigms Creaked
                                                                                                                         UNIT                                                                    ART IS GOOD FOR yOU




PIIA ROSSI OuTLINeS ‘NO MAN’S LANd’ A PRINT-BASed PROJeCT THAT
exPLORed NOTIONS OF LOCATION ANd SPACe.
THE project ‘No Man’s Land’ which ran at the
Original Print Gallery from October 8 – 19, was an
experiment in what can happen when a gallerist
allows an artist space and time to play with an idea.
During this the course of this alternative print                                                                         diagramatic outline of the 'unit' project.
exhibition; the Original Print Gallery, Dublin was
transformed from a commercial space to a factory of
ideas.
      I am a Finnish artist living and working in                                                                                                                                                Art is Good For you – website screengrab.
Dublin; and for the last couple of years my art
practice has been concerned with ideas of home,                                                                                                                                                  Art is Good For You was a digital art project by
                                                          'No Man's Land' participants at work.
space and territory. In recent times my work has                                                                                                                                                 Saoirse Higgins, which utilised Bluetooth
                                                          had. The work evolved continually over the week,                                                                                       technology and took place in area around Thomas
developed into participatory projects that allow me
                                                          as the collaborators designed, played with and
to combine my experience in running educational                                                                                                                                                  Street, Dublin 8 from (10 – 17 Nov). Submissions of
                                                                                                                         Work by Ruth Lyons
                                                          marked the ‘terra incognito.’ The participant were
workshops with my studio practice. Crona Connolly,                                                                                                                                               artworks in the form of images, text, video, animated
                                                          given carte blanche – as well as printing and
the Director of the Original Print Gallery, was aware                                                                                                                                            GIF files and sound were requested and 32 artists
                                                          displaying their works they were also given the
of my work and suggested working in collaboration                                                                                                                                                were selected to participate by Mike Stubbs, director
                                                          opportunity to embellish their vision by drawing or
with her to run a participatory print exhibition in                                                                                                                                              of FACT Liverpool. The selected artworks were
                                                          expanding from the work directly onto the blank
the Original Print Gallery. This was a rare alliance                                                                                                                                             disseminated to the mobile phones of people in the
                                                          canvas of the gallery’s walls, marking a new way of
and opportunity for an artist – to work creatively                                                                                                                                               area via Bluetooth hubs located along Thomas
                                                          experiencing the space.
and spontaneously in a gallery environment. The                                                                                                                                                  Street in Café Noto, NCAD, The Digital Hub, and
                                                                The collaborators artworks explored not only
communal nature of the project was quite daunting                                                                                                                                                IMMA.
                                                          differing print techniques, but also the different
as I had to relinquish my personal vision and                                                                                                                                                          The project aimed “to express something of
                                                          ways we see and feel the world personally. Whilst
control of the project to the other participants. The                                                                    Hope Apparent Hope Inherent – publicity image for 'unit'.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the creative dialogue in and around the ‘creative
                                                          one participant viewed the no man’s land as the
title chosen for the project, ‘No Man’s Land’,                                                                                                                                                   corridor’ of Thomas Street and offer this to the
                                                          confusing, suffocating, mosquito ridden area he had            ‘Unit’ is a project initiated by Sarah Searson and
reinforced this principle, as it refers to a fictional                                                                                                                                           public.” It was organised as part of a Dublin City
                                                          experienced between national border posts in Asia,             commissioned by Laois Arts Office involving four
designate and describes an area not assigned to any
                                                          another papered an area in the gallery with mini                                                                                       Council artists’ residency programme and was one
owner.                                                                                                                   curators each working closely with an invited artist
                                                          maps of a city’s lost urban spaces. Conversations,                                                                                     of a series of events taking place during the ISEA
      It soon became apparent that both of our roles                                                                     (13 Nov – Feb). The curators and artists were asked
                                                          collaborations and even renegade interventions                                                                                         (International Symposium for Electronic Art) pre-
in the ‘No Man’s Land’ project were to be                                                                                to commit to spend time working within Portlaoise
                                                          happened daily, as the white cube that is usually the                                                                                  symposium week.
multifaceted: facilitators, administrators, guides and                                                                   and to respond to that experience. The curator /                                                      http://artisgoodforyou.wordpress.com
                                                          gallery space transformed into a symposium on
artists. This offered me and Crona an opportunity to                                                                     artist pairs are Padraic E Moore and Theresa                                                                        http://www.isea2009.org
                                                          interactions. Paradigms creaked if not shifted a little
present a project that explored the true nature of                                                                       Nanigian; Cliodhna Shaffrey and Vera Klute; Sally
                                                          as this commercial space in Temple Bar turned into                                                                                     GRACELANDS
collaborative art projects, as well as experience                                                                        Timmons and Ruth Lyons; and Sarah Searson and
                                                          a creative arena.
ideas-driven creative practice. For our heterogeneous                                                                    Hope Inherent (Jennie Moran & Tara Kennedy).                            ‘Gracelands’ was a screening, sculpture, and
                                                                On some of the days there were up to eight
group of participants ‘No Man’s Land’ offered a                                                                                Hope Inherent aim to undertake an                                 performance event curated by Vaari Claffey in
                                                          people at a time busily inking up and printing their
chance to experience first hand the nature of                                                                            “environmental study” of Portlaoise Prison, with                        partnership ship with the Model Arts and Niland
                                                          works. This hive of activity and energy attracted the
printmaking.                                                                                                             the hope of changing perceptions. Vera Klute’s                          Gallery, which recently took place on Grace Weir
                                                          attention of many passers by and encouraged people
      In advance of the intervention, this group of                                                                      work draws its inspiration from the hospital with                       and Joe Walker’s land near Dromahair in Co. Leitrim
                                                          to come in and enquire about the project, it also
contributors were gathered from the fields of                                                                            the objective of offering “some small insights into                     (1 Nov). The site surrounds Weir and Walkers home
                                                          brought to life the various print techniques and was
architecture, urban planning, design and illustration                                                                                                                                            – The Mimetic House, designed by architect
                                                          a wonderfully thought provoking experience not                 the patterns of a modern society as viewed through
and invited to explore their differing perspectives of                                                                                                                                           Dominic Stevens. The notion of the ‘mimetic’ was
                                                          only for the participants but also visitors to the             a small town’s hospital and its cycles of life”.
a utopian or personal ‘no man’s land’. Each                                                                                                                                                      echoed in the selection of works for the programme.
                                                          gallery. This was one of the primary objectives of             Nanigian’s research unfolds “the complex status
participant was given a preparatory pack containing                                                                                                                                              According to the press release “The works and
                                                          this project for Crona and the Original Print                  that exists for populations at various stages of
a handbook outlining the concept of the project,                                                                                                                                                 situation also address the idea of making ‘gatherings’
                                                          Gallery.                                                       connection with Portlaoise”. Ruth Lyon’s intention
their brief, background and technical information                                                                                                                                                – mimicking a festival in its format and in the
                                                                We feel that the success of this project was in          is “to commence an investigation towards the
on the print technique they would be utilising, as                                                                                                                                               collective experiential reception of the works”. The
                                                          its overall collaborative nature where the roles of            possible construction of a physical means or
well as the materials they required to create their
                                                          the artist, the gallerist, the facilitator, the participants                                                                           artists who participated in the screenings were
work. The different print techniques and their                                                                           purpose by which movement might be facilitated
                                                          and the audience got completely merged and the                                                                                         Johanna Billing, Aleana Egan, Lars Laumann, Joan
qualities were outlined and thought was given to                                                                         in a direction towards Portlaoise”.
                                                          final result, the exhibition, eroded the image of the                                                                                  Jonas, and Sarah Pierce. Karl Burke and Isabel Nolan
the most natural correlation between participant                                                                               The project aims to “investigate the seen and
                                                          artist as a solitary worker creating instead a                                                                                         presented new work on site and shelter/warmth
and technique. Monoprinting was assigned to the                                                                          unseen visual cultural aspects of Portlaoise and
                                                          community of co-creators.                                                                                                              units designed by Rhona Byrne were supplied.
architects for its quality of line and adaptability,                                                                     explore its social, economic and geographical
                                                                Crona and I would like to thank all the
screen-printing to the designers and illustrators for                                                                    contexts”. Project planning began in June 2008, but
                                                          participants: Ashling Bracken, Karen Brett, Amelie                                                                                     AUDIO DETOUR
its strong planar characteristics and so on.                                                                             the main focus of the artists’ time runs from early
                                                          Conway, Art Defective, Adrian Duncan, Bob Gray,                                                                                        It’s an Audio Detour: Forever and Ever by the Audio
      On the first day of the gallery intervention I                                                                     November to February ‘09. A follow-up publication
                                                          Andrew Hetherington, Samantha Martin-McAuliffe,                                                                                        Detourists a 30 minute long audio walking tour on
drew a single longitudinal line around the gallery                                                                       of the findings will be produced in 2009.
                                                          Harry McLaughlin, Stuart McLaughlin, Eóin                                                                                              iPod, which is available on an ongoing basis from
walls, staking the territory of ‘No Man’s Land’ which
                                                          Murphy, Rowena Neville, Aíne Nic an Riogh, Amy                                           http://www.laois.ie/LeisureandCulture/Arts/
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar was launched
the collaborators map / vista merged or connected
                                                          O’Sullivan, Luke O’Sullivan, Ellen Rowley, Rachel                                                                                      earlier in 2008. The walk / tour is experienced by
with. Each day, we were on hand in the gallery to
                                                          Russell, Annika Šimko and Henk VanderKamp.                                                                                             pairs of participants, who are each given a separate
show participants how to utilise the differing print
                                                                                                           Piia Rossi                                                                            iPod and headset at the Project Arts Centre box
techniques and to assist them with any queries they
30                                   The Visual Artists’ News Sheet                                          January – February 2009


  ART IN THe PuBLIC ReALM ROuNduP


office. The participants listen to two separate audio                                                                                       DECONSTRUCTING / TESTING                                   THE GREEN ROOM
recordings, which consist of spoken directions, a
site-specific soundscape, and text. The directions
they hear lead them on separate but synchronised
and intersecting routes from the Project Arts Centre
out onto the city streets on a short walking tour that
finally leads them back to their starting point. The
tour’s sound and words were commissioned
specifically for the spaces encountered on the route.
The sound elements were composed by Alex Synge;
the text written by Fiona Hallinan; and routes were                                                                                         dara McGrath Deconstructing the Maze – installation view
choreographed by Maebh Cheasty. Fiona Hallinan                          Colonisation – website screengrab.                                                                                             Pauline Keena Are you Sure you Had a Baby
has also been commissioned to create an Audio
Detour in collaboration with Caoimhín O’Ragallaigh                     for a period of four months. The project is intended                                                                            'The Green Room' was a collaboration between
for the exhibition ‘Self as Selves’ at IMMA which                      as “a reaction to the modernisation of the                                                                                      visual artist Pauline Keena and a group of mothers
continues until 19 March 2009.                                         environment that we inhabit” and aims to deal with                                                                              who experienced the loss of an infant. An exhibition
                         http://www.notalittlepony.com/audiodetour
                       Fiona Hallinan Audiotour, Launched April 2008   our relationship with nature and how we infringe                                                                                presenting the outcomes of the project was shown
                                                                       upon it by imposing nature back onto the urban                                                                                  in the Education Exhibition Room at Dublin City
FORUM                                                                  environment.                                                                                                                    Gallery, The Hugh Lane (21 Oct – 11 Nov 2008). The
                                                                                                                      www.colonisation.ie                                                              exhibition was accompanied by a publication
                                                                                                                                                                                                       featuring texts by the participants and an essay by
                                                                                                                                            dara McGrath Deconstructing the Maze – installation view
                                                                       FLOOD                                                                                                                           Professor Timothy Emlyn Jones entitled Creativity
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Loss: Are you sure you know what you know? The
                                                                                                                                            Artists: Dara McGrath, Conor McFeely, John Reid            publication can e downleaoded as a free PDF from
                                                                                                                                            and writer Rachel Andrews Curated by Marianne              the Kildate Arts Office website.
                                                                                                                                            O’Kane Boal,                                                     Responding to an advertisement by the artist
                                                                                                                                            Title of work: Deconstructing the maze / The Testing       in the ISANDS Newsletter, bereaved mothers
                                                                                                                                            Room                                                       embarked on the Green Room project in the clinical
                                                                                                                                            Commissioner: Self-commissioned                            environment of the Rotunda Hospital in 2007 –
                                                                                                                                            Date of Project: 14 – 20 October 2008.                     2008. As the exhibition press release noted “by
                                                                                                                                            Location: The former Maze / Long Kesh Prison               implicating the process of grief and mourning in an
                                                                                                                                            facility, Lisburn, Northern Ireland                        artmaking process, the project allowed the mothers
                                                                                                                                            Project Partners: Arts Council of Ireland, Arts            to explore a range of emotions around the loss of
                                                                                                                                            &Business Northern Ireland, Robinson McIlwaine             their infant – profound grief, unspeakable loss and
Andy Parsons Forum– installation view.
                                                                                                                                            Architects, Mc Quillan Group. Office of the First          sense of failure”.
                                                                        Flood – website screengrab.
                                                                                                                                            Minister and Deputy First Minister                               Keena, an artist from Clane, Co Kildare was
                                                                                                                                            Project budget: €32,800                                    funded by Kildare County Council Supports for
                                                                       Flood is a Dublin-based contemporary art project                     Project Description: Emerging from a previous              Professional Artist programme to carry out the
                                                                       curated by Paul McAree and Rachel O’Hara McAree                      project, ‘Two Minds, Artists and Architects                work as part of her research into her own practice.
                                                                       which “was initiated out of a desire to organise                     Collaboration’ (2006-2007), Deconstructing the             Her previous career as a neo-natal mid wife was the
                                                                       projects with a different modus operandi to                          maze was a site-specific photographic and multi-           impetus for ‘The Green Room Project’ and allowed
                                                                       traditional art spaces in Dublin - providing                         media installation, located in the former facilities       her to work with the mothers in an informed and
                                                                       opportunities for the presentation and dissemination                 kitchen that responded to the demolition of the            sensitive way. Keena is currently researching the
                                                                       of work in alternative ways”. The initial projects do                former prison facility.                                    work of linguist and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva.
                                                                       not use any exhibition space instead each takes the                        Multi-Media artist Conor Mc Feely utilized two             Through ‘The Green Room Project’, the artist’s
                                                                       form of a leaflet / poster available for free on                     black boxes / projection rooms designed by architect       idea was to “investigate and explore, through an
                                                                       request.                                                             John Reid to present his video works, The Testing          engagement with ideas, processes, procedures,
                                                                             Theresa Nanigian’s I will be a Phenomenon is the               Rooms.                                                     materials and making how the physicality of grief
Andy Parsons – research image for Forum
                                                                       first of these projects and has been available by                          Dara McGrath’s long-term photographic                could be expressed in a vocabulary specific to
                                                                       request since 1 December 2008. “Nanigian’s poster                    documentation of the demolition of the site was            itself”.
Forum an installation by Andy Parsons, based on A
                                                                       looks at the role of the artist in a humorous yet                    presented as two back projections of selected images,            The exhibition comprised of a series of framed
View of the Forum in Rome by the 18th Century
                                                                       disarmingly honest way, composing a private                          which were integrated into the kitchen’s physical          prints, drawings, stained glass and a number of
engraver and architect Piranesi, was presented at the
                                                                       manifesto of often competing and contradictory                       structure. Also presented by McGrath were 5                poignant miniature baby garments, as well as a
Lakeland Forum Leisure Centre, Enniskillen, Co.
                                                                       fears, hopes and aspirations.”                                       additional back projections that also exploited the        neon signage artwork, by the artist entitled Are You
Fermanagh, (26 Sept – 5 Oct). As the press release
                                                                             Flood will organise exhibitions from 2009,                     structure of the buildings interior rooms                  Sure You Had a Baby, inspired by a comment made to
noted “the work is in two parts – there is the large
                                                                       initially on an ad-hoc basis, which changing venues                                                                             one of the mothers after the loss of her child.
sculptural assemblage based on one element of the
                                                                       allowing for a flexibility of approach with each                     CROSSING TIMES                                             The research and development phases of this project
Piranesi, which is deliberately ramshackle in
                                                                       project.                                                             Title: Crossing Times                                      and the subsequent exhibition forms part of Kildare
appearance; and the adapted version of a Piranesi                                                                www.theresananigian.com
engraving, which has been laboriously transcribed                                                                   www.flooddubin.com      Artist: Maeve Collins                                      County Council’s Arts in Health Programme, which
and with examples of civic buildings from 1960s.                                                                                            Medium: Time based temporary sound and film                is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            www.kildare.ie/arts/artsservice
The contrast between the precision and glamour of                      GARDEN SNAKE                                                         public instillation
the Piranesi piece and the sculpture it stands in                      The ‘Sculpture in the Walled Garden,’ project, now                   Location: Meeting house Square, Templebar, D2.
front of can be seen as a metaphor for the way that                    in its second year at has commissioned the sheet                     Date: 21 December – Winter Solstice 2008 (12.15             yOUR WORK HERE !
some grand architectural schemes may fall short of                     metal sculpture Composition with a Serpent by                        low tide – 19.04 high tide – sound. 16.40 dusk              If you have recently been involved in a public
their lofty aims”. The work follows on from the                        Romanian artist, Virgil Scripcariu, which was                        –projection)                                                commission, a percent for art project, socially
recent installation Romantic at Teach Ban Nua                          unveiled on 26 October. Scripcariu’s work was                        Description: Crossing Times used sound and film             engaged practice or any other form of ‘art
Gallery, Drumcliffe Co Sligo.                                          described as being “influenced by Oriental,                          projection to explore “where time and tide overlap”         outside the gallery’ we would like you to send
                                                                       Romanesque, and Byzantine art, and centred on the                    in a contemporary urban environment. Between the            us images and a short text (no more than
COLONISATION                                                           human figure – the themes with which he engages                      low and the high tide times on the 21st December            around 300 words) in the following format –
Colonisation is a project initiated by Sinéad Carey,                   examine the universal tension between good and                       the tide is re-presented in the form of an audio piece,      Artists name.
which involves reclaiming urban space by placing                       evil and he offers a Orthodox Christian and solution                 played within the sound scape of the city. A looped          Title of work.
                                                                                                                                            four-minute film projection will be screened                 Commissioning body.
plants around the city. The project, which began in                    to this problem”. In Composition with a Serpent a
                                                                                                                                            beginning at dusk, under a clock that keeps its own          date that the commission advertised.
February ‘08, consists of eight phases – phase three                   pregnant woman is protected by the unborn child
                                                                                                                                            time. The issue of our alignment in time and space
                                                                                                                                                                                                         dates project was sited / carried out.
is currently underway and comprises a residency                        in her womb, representing ‘good’ who slays the                                                                                    The project budget (NB artwork / site work).
programme run by Dublin City Council Arts Office                                                                                            to the sea and the universe is explored temporary
                                                                       serpent who represents ‘evil’.                                                                                                    Type of commission
                                                                                                                                            installation.
– through which the artist is working with the                                                                                                                                                           Project partners.
multi-denominational primary school in Ranelagh                                                                                                                                                          Brief description of the work
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OPPORTuNITIeS


                                                                             NADINE, BELGIUM                       invent the remaining structure       painting, drawing and print are                   provided with accommodation
                                                                             Nadine, a transdisciplinary           of the residency, working            invited to apply for residencies of               in log cabins. Facilities in the
                                                                             laboratory for contemporary           together or individually on          up to three weeks per year, with                  main cabin include a library,
                                                                             artists, invite applications to its   projects. Proposed projects          possible extension, at the Frans                  conservatory cabin equipped
                                                                             residency programme for               should have an open-ended            Masereel Centre in Kasterlee,                     with an upright piano, stereo,
                                                                             curators, researchers, painters       structure and be based on recent     Belgium. Artists in residence                     computer with internet access
                                                                             and artists working with film,        studio practice. They must be        have access to assistants, teachers,              and wi-fi. Application fee $25. To


           OPPORTuNITIeS
                                                                             multimedia or performance art         achievable in eight weeks and        4 lithographic hand presses, 3                    apply, complete an online
                                                                             for a duration of 2 or 3 months.      within a $1,000 budget               engraving presses, 4 offset presses               application and send samples of
                                                                             Professional equipment for            (excluding final exhibition          and darkroom. Accommodation                       your work to:
                                                                             filming, recording, montage,          expenses) and must engage            in 4-person apartments is                         Address
                                                                             projection is provided. Artists are   others in its articulation and       provided free of charge. Artists                  Eastern Frontier Educational
FUNDING
FUNDING                               online.
                                                                             invited to send a short description   production.                          contribute a fee of €75 per week                  Foundation & Norton Island
                                      Website
                                                                             of their project, accompanied by      Website                              for studio/material costs.                        Residency, 446 Long Ridge Rd
pOLLOCK-KRASNER GRANT                 www.cowhousestudios.com
                                                                             visual material (video/DVD/           www.blueskydayton.org                Address                                           Bedford, NY 10506, America
Established painters, sculptors       www.wexfordartscentre.ie
                                                                             photos). The period, duration,        Deadline                             Frans      Masereel         Centre,               Email
and artists who work on paper         residency/index.html
                                                                             presentation technical support,       January 31, 2009                     Zaardendijk 20, 2460 Kasterlee,                   webmaster@easternfrontier.
(including printmakers) are           Deadline
                                                                             etc., will vary according to each                                          Belgium                                           com
invited to apply for the Pollock-     30 January 2009
                                                                             project and will be adapted to the    1646, THE NETHERLANDS                Telephone                                         Website
Krasner Foundation Grant.
                                                                             artistic process as much as           1646 is an artists’ initiative/      0032 14 852252                                    www.easternfrontier.com
Criteria for grants are:              TyRONE GUTHRIE CENTRE
                                                                             possible.                             project-space in The Hague           Email                                             Deadline
recognisable artistic merit and       The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in
                                                                             Address                               which promotes exchange              fransmasereelcentrum@                             1 March 2009
demonstrable financial need           Annaghmakerrig              offers
                                                                             Herderstraat 30 rue du Berger,        between local, national and          vlaanderen.be
(professional and/or personal).       residencies to established
                                                                             1050 Brussels, Belgium                international artists and art        Website                                           THE GRIFFIS ART CENTER
Grants are intended for a one         professional artists from Ireland
                                                                             Telephone                             spaces, and works as platform for    www.fransmasereelcentrum.be                       Twice a year a visual artist is
year period. The Foundation will      and abroad in all disciplines, and
                                                                             0032 2 513 41 04                      discussion, research, production     Deadline                                          selected for a five month
consider applicant’s need on for      also organises a Regional Bursary
                                                                             Email                                 and presentation of visual art.      Ongoing                                           residency at The Griffis Art
all legitimate expenditures           Scheme for younger, emerging
                                                                             info@nadine.be                        1646 offers residencies to                                                             Center in Connecticut. Their AIR
relating to his/her professional      artists in co-operation with 27
                                                                             Website                               international artists/curators for   ATELIER pRESSÉ pApIER                             programme offers an opportunity
work and personal living,             local authorities throughout
                                                                             www.nadine.be                         a maximum of two months. To          The Atelier Pressé Papier in                      for professional artists to explore
including medical expenses. Size      Ireland. Residencies are offered
                                                                             Deadline                              find out more about applying         Quebec invites applications from                  their full creative potential. The
of the grant is determined by         for between 1 week and 3
                                                                             Ongoing                               contact:                             media artists, photographers,                     apartments for the International
individual circumstances of the       months. The Centre offers
                                                                                                                   Email                                printmakers and woodworkers                       Artists are located in Sapphire
artist. To apply, send a cover        accommodation, dark room,
                                                                             O’ ITALy                              email1646@hotmail.com                interested in taking part in its                  House and the Gemfire Studio in
letter, application form (available   music room and performance
                                                                             O AIR is an international artist      Website                              residency programme. The                          a quiet residential neighborhood.
online) and slides of current         room. Cost starts at €150 plus
                                                                             and theorist residency program        www.enter1646.com                    Atelier provides working and                      To apply, complete an application
work to:                              utilities per week. To apply,
                                                                             based in Milan in the O’ Art          Deadline                             living space, access to technical                 form (available online) and
Address                               established artists should send a
                                                                             Association headquarters. It          Ongoing                              assistants, computers, a large                    submit along with two letters of
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation,       letter of application accompanied
                                                                             offers space to experiment and                                             press for engraving and                           recommendation, images of
Inc. 863 Park Avenue, New York,       by documentation of previous
                                                                             time for reflection, discussion       ART FACTORy, pOLAND                  lithography, a small press for                    recent work, and $25 application
New York 10021, USA                   work and description of the work
                                                                             and verification. Residencies are     Visiting artists work in close       wood engraving, two print tables                  fee, to:
Email                                 that they intend on undertaking
                                                                             offered to curators, researchers,     contact with other artists and       for screen printing and a dark                    Address
grants@pkf.org                        while at the Centre, or if you are
                                                                             and visual artists working in all     cultural organisations in            room. Residencies may last from                   The Griffis Art Center, 147 State
Website                               an emerging artist, contact your
                                                                             media, who have at least three        Bialystok, north-eastern Poland.     one month to one year. Artists in                 Street, New London, Connecticut
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                                                                             years experience as professionals,    Residencies are non-prescriptive     residency pay for their                           06320, America
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Ongoing                               Address
                                                                             months. Accommodation, studio         artists, designers and writers to    according to individual artists’                  001 860 447 3431
                                      Tyrone Guthrie Centre,
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RESIDENCIES
RESIDENCIES                           Annaghmakerrig Newbliss, Co.
                                                                             provided. Further information         their      new      environment.     should have some experience of                    director@GriffisArtCenter.com
                                      Monaghan
                                                                             on application procedures is          Collaborative projects are           printmaking                          and/or       Website
WAC & COW HOUSE STUDIOS               Telephone
                                                                             available from:                       encouraged. Accommodation in         photographic                 techniques.          www.griffisartcenter.com
Each year Cow House Studios, an       047 54003
                                                                             Address                               university dormitories or with       Enquiries and applications                        Deadline
artists’ space set on a 180 acre      Email
                                                                             O’, Via Pastrengo 12, 20159           host families and studio space is    should be addressed to:                           15 February 2009
farm near Rathnure, Co. Wexford,      thetgc@indigo.ie
                                                                             Milano, Italy                         provided for an eight week           Address
provides two residencies open to      Website
                                                                             Telephone                             period. Participants have the        Atelier Pressé Papier, 73, 75 rue                 INTERSpACE
Irish and international artists,      www.tyroneguthrie.ie
                                                                             0039 (0) 266 823357                   opportunity to display their         Saint-Antoine, Trois Rivières,                    Interspace New Media Arts
and one residency open to             Deadline
                                                                             Email                                 work at the end of the residency.    Québec G9A 2J2, Canada                            Centre (Sophia, Bulgaria) calls
international artists only which      Ongoing
                                                                             info-o.artoteca                       Applications in English or Polish    Telephone                                         for application from film and
is run in partnership with
                                                                             uovodicolombo.com                     should include a letter of           001 819 3731980                                   media artists to apply for their
Wexford Arts Centre. All              ATELIER AZUR
                                                                             Website                               application,         CV       and    Email                                             AIR programme. I-Space provides
residencies run for 10 weeks.         The Atelier Azur runs residencies
                                                                             www.o-artoteca.org                    documentation of recent work         p r e s s e . p a p i e r. a t e l i e r @ t r.   access to assistants, computers,
Cow House Studios provide             in Casaterra, Italy, and Hval
                                                                             Deadline                              (min. 10 pieces), and be sent to:    cgocable.ca                                       and equipment (audio and
shared accommodation, 24-hour         Station in Hønefoss, Norway.
                                                                             Ongoing                               Address                              Deadline                                          video). Expenses for provided
access to the 2,400 square-foot       They aim to re-establish Hval
                                                                                                                   Art factory, ul. Wyszynskiego        Ongoing                                           accommodation must be covered
open plan studio space that           Railway Station as a site that
                                                                             BLUE SKy pROJECT, OHIO                9/77, 15-888 Bialystok, Poland                                                         by the artist. Please send your
contains a wood shop, darkroom        functions as a place that supports
                                                                             The Blue Sky Project in Dayton,       Telephone                            NORTON ISLAND RESIDENCy                           portfolio, a motivation letter and
and computer lab and individual       artistic transition and inspiration.
                                                                             Ohio, seeks proposals from            0048 784 780 491                     The Norton Island Residency                       a project proposal to:
spaces measuring 18sqm (natural       Shared accommodation and
                                                                             artists, filmmakers, writers, etc.,   Email                                Programme (Maine USA) is a                        Address
light). 2009 residencies will run     studio space is provided, as well
                                                                             for their summer residency            art.factory.bialystok@gmail          non-profit initiative that invites                27 Benkovski Str., Ent. 2, fl. 1, ap.
from 14 Sept – 1 Dec. The             as facilities for painting, drawing
                                                                             programme. The Project runs for       com                                  visual artists and writers to apply               18, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
International Residency also          and sculpture. To apply, send a
                                                                             eight weeks from mid-June to          Website                              for its summer 2009 residencies.                  Telephone
provides an opportunity to            proposal of work to:
                                                                             mid-August at the University of       www.myspace.com                      Residencies take place on Norton                  003592 94 33 470
exhibit at Wexford Arts Centre.       Email
                                                                             Dayton. Mondays to Thursdays          artfactorybialystok                  Island, a remote, 150-acre island                 Email
The programme provides an             atelierazur@hotmail.com
                                                                             from 10am to 3.30pm are devoted       Deadline                             off the coast of Maine, for a                     home@i-space.org
opportunity for international         Website
                                                                             to collaborations between artists     28 February 2008                     period of two weeks. 16 writers                   Website
artists to live, work and exhibit     w w w. a t e l i e r a z u r. n e t
                                                                             and a small group of local                                                 and 6 artists will be selected for                www.i-space.org
in Ireland. Full details of the       Deadline
                                                                             teenagers, culminating in a final     FRANS MASEREEL CENTRE                residencies starting on 15 June                   Deadline:
application process are available     Ongoing
                                                                             exhibition. Artists-in-Residence      Visual artists working with          and 1 July 2009. Residents will be                Ongoing
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THE MEET FACTORy                       KUNSTHAUS TACHELES,                   but should have an interest in        exhibitions. Please send letters of    shifts,     cultural      hybrids);    statement (max. 150 words),
The Meet Factory International         Kunsthaus Tacheles (Berlin)           working with glass in new ways,       interest, CVs and documentation        Rathmines (urban planning,             current CV, contact details,
Atelier Residential Programme          invites application from artists      exploring the diversity of glass or   of work to:                            gentrification, periphery); Moore      proposal (max. one A4 page) and
(Czech Republic) offers artists        working with painting, sculpture,     its relationship with new media,      Address                                Street (maintaining of traditional     project timetable and budget, if
working with drawing, painting,        media art and drawing for its AIR     film and video, science,              John Mc Hugh, Unit 1, 15               culture, Potemkin village).            relevant, to:
film, multimedia and sculpture         programme. Tacheles aims to           architecture and design. To           Westport Industrial Park,              Submissions should include your        Address
the opportunity to work as an          promote an international              submit a proposal, send a             Newport Road, Ireland.                 single channel work on DVD             Creative Director, National Glass
AIR for between 2 to 12 months.        dialogue between different artists    statement (max. 150 words),           Closing date                           (NTSC or PAL), completed               Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland
The Meet Factory provides 4 to 6       from different disciplines. Studio    current CV, contact details,          30 January 2009.                       submission form from their             SR6 0GL, England
ateliers for international             space only is provided. For more      proposal (max. one A4 page) and                                              website and supplemental               Email
residents, accommodation, and          information contact:                  project timetable and budget, if      ‘My SpACE’ pROJECT                     information about the work or          info@nationalglasscentre.com
sound and recording studios for        Address                               relevant, to:                         ‘My Space’ is a project initiated      artist. Send submissions to:           Website
emerging artists. Applications         Kunsthaus Tacheles,                   Address                               and curated by Cecilia Moore           Address                                www.nationalglasscentre.com
should be sent to:                     Oranienburgerstraße 54/56-A,          Creative Director, National Glass     commissioned by Breaking               International Guerrilla Video          Deadline
Address                                10117 Berlin, Germany                 Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland       Ground, the PerCent for Art            Festival, 244 Fifth Ave, Suite J245,   Ongoing
Meet Factory, Zborovská 46 Meet        Telephone                             SR6 0GL, England                      programme for Ballymun                 New York, NY 10001, USA
Factory o.p.s., Praha 5, Czech         0049 30 2826185                       Email                                 Regeneration Ltd. Six mini-            Website                                MANIFEST, OHIO
Republic                               Email                                 info@nationalglasscentre.com          galleries will travel to non-gallery   www.igvfest.com                        The Manifest Creative Research
Email                                  office@tacheles.de                    Website                               venues throughout Ireland until        Deadline                               Gallery and Drawing Center in
david@noise.cz                         Website                               www.nationalglasscentre.com           June 2009. ‘My Space’ exhibits         23 January 2009                        Cincinnati, Ohio, announces a
Website                                http://super.tacheles.de/cms/         Deadline                              artworks, installations and                                                   call to artists for ‘Mythography:
www.meetfactory.cz                     Deadline                              Ongoing                               materials exploring ideas of           ExHIBITIONS INTERNATIONAL
                                                                                                                                                          EXHIBITIONS INTERNATIONAL              An Exploration of Narrative Art’,
Deadline                               Ongoing                                                                     identity, personal interests and                                              that will run from 6 March to 3
Ongoing                                                                      ARTISTAy IN FRANCE                    opinion. Artists wishing to            WET SOUNDS 2009                        April 2009. Juried by a committee
                                       TICA, ALBANIA                         Artistay is a new initiative that     participate in the project should      Wet Sounds, the Underwater             of professional and academic
BURG BEESKOW, GERMANy                  The Tirana Institute of               aims to secure residency places       email Cecilia at:                      Sound Gallery by Newtoy, will          advisors. Submission open to all.
Burg Beeskow provides studio           Contemporary Art welcomes             for international artists who         Email                                  return in summer 2009 and is           $10 entry fee per work submitted.
space and accommodation for            applications for its 2 month          wish to complete a residency in       cecilia.myspace@gmail.com              now open for proposals for sound       For more information see website
artists, facilities for traditional    residency programme from              France. Artistay works with a         Website                                work, performances, and                of contact Jason Franz at:
art media, including pottery (clay     artists working with drawing,         network        of    professional     www.ceciliamoore.ie                    installations for its second UK        Telephone
and kiln) and engraving. Artists       painting, sculpture, media art        residencies in France and their       Deadline                               tour. Wet Sounds takes place in        001 513 861 3638
may stay for between 2 and 6           and film. The ongoing TICA AIR        goal is to match suitable artists     Ongoing until June 2009                public swimming pools. Work            Email
months and cost for rent of            programme provides a return           to residencies that will                                                     accepted for the event will play       jason@manifestgallery.org
studio, accommodation and food         flight       ticket,       shared     complement their practice. They       pROJECTO ELECTRO                       throughout       Wet     Sounds’       Website
is €15 per day. To apply send a        accommodation and studio              offer their services free of charge   Projecto Electro is a new Electro      installations 2009 -2010. Audio        w w w. m a n i f e s t g a l l e r y. o r g /
proposal and documentation of          space in Tirana, Albania, a           and without obligation. Artists       Art Club project from media art        work should be between 4 and           mythography/
your work to:                          monthly allowance of €400 and         send an application to Artistay       collective MART. It aims to offer      10 minutes duration. Performance       Deadline
Address                                the opportunity to take part in       who will then examine your            a new platform for upcoming            work should be durational or           30 January 2009
Frankfurter Straße 23, 15848           an          exhibition/public         application, consider what            artists and musicians using            take place throughout the event,
Beeskow, Germany                       presentation at the end of the        residency may be right for you,       digital media. MART are                performed in the water or              ApW GALLERy, NEW yORK
Telephone                              residency. To apply, send your        and submit an application on          encouraging artist to submit new       elsewhere in the pool area.            APW Gallery announces a call to
0049 3366 20579                        CV, 300 words max. about your         your behalf. If the application is    work and ideas for inclusion in        Installations should engage the        artists for ‘World of Imagination
Deadline                               practice, 300 words max. on why       successful then Artistay will pass    Projecto Electro nights, video art     audience and compliment the            Vol. 2’, an exhibition featuring
Ongoing                                you would like to do the              on all contact details to you and     projections from MART artists/         swimming pool and Victorian            2,000 12 x 12 inch paintings.
                                       residency at TICA and                 you will then be free to              VJ’s, the Performance Zone             Baths, e.g. decorative work,           Exhibition will be held from 6 to
LOWER SAxONy                           documentation of your work            communicate directly with the         (merging contemporary dance            lighting, sculpture, plants,           29 March 2009. Artists from all
Media AIR Programme 2009               (800 x 600pix .jpeg/QuickTime         residency facilitator and decide      and theatre), interactive digital      interactive work. Performances         over the world may submit up to
The Foundation of Lower Saxony         format video for email                whether or not the residency is       games and vox pops. For more           and installations/interventions        5 paintings on canvas. Entry Fee:
at the Edith-Russ-Site for Media       submissions, or printed images        right for you. Applications           information please contact Ciara       will command a fee of £150. For        $50 (everyone will be accepted
Art, Oldenburg, will award three       for postal submissions), to:          should include a current CV,          on:                                    more information please contact        and featured in this exhibition).
six-months work stipends               Address                               documentation of work, short          Telephone                              Joel at:                               One exhibitor will be given the
(€10,000 each) from July to            Tirana Institute of Contemporary      description of the work that you      087 9699945                            Email                                  chance to present a solo
December 2009. Submitted               Art, c/o Delta Publicity, Rr. Luigj   intend to complete on the             Email                                  wetsounds@newtoy.org                   exhibition in the APW Gallery.
project proposals from artists         Gurakuqi, Pall 89, Sh. A, Kati 12,    residency,         letter        of   info@mart.ie                           Website                                The jurors are Hans Yim, Kerry
working with new media will be         Tirana, Albania                       recommendation/professional           projectoelectro@gmail.com              www.newtoy.org/wetsounds               Lee. For more information
reviewed by an international           Email                                 reference (if possible), preferred    Website                                html                                   contact Hans Yim or visit the
jury. A minimum residency of           contact.tica@gmail.com                dates and length of stay for          www.mart.ie                            Deadline                               APW website.
one month is required. Artists in      Deadline                              residency and any other               www.myspace.com                        9 March 2009                           Email
Residence will be integrated into      Ongoing                               information that you feel is          projectoelectro                                                               info@apwarts.com
the institution’s activities. Studio                                         important.                            Deadline                               GLASS CENTRE, SUNDERLAND               Website
and      accommodation           are   GLASS CENTRE, SUNDERLAND              Email                                 Ongoing                                The National Glass Centre              www.apwarts.com/
provided. Information on               The National Glass Centre calls       apply@artistay.com                                                           welcomes         proposals      for    worldofimagination
application procedures is              for applications for its ongoing      Website                               GUERRILLA VIDEO                        exhibitions and ideas for the          Deadline
available online.                      Artist in Residence programme.        www.artistay.com                      The International Guerrilla            commissioning and production           30 January 2009
Address                                Applications are welcomed from                                              Video Festival Dublin 2009 will        of new work. The National Glass
Edith Russ House for Media Art,        both individuals and collectives      EXHIBITIONS IRELAND
                                                                              ExHIBITIONS                          be held from 19 to 20 February         Centre is looking to work with         ART BELOW
Peterstrasse 23, 26121 Oldenburg,      for short or long-term residencies.                                         2009 in Parnell Street, Rathmines      artists across all art forms and no    Art Below provides artists with
Germany                                The Centre’s facilities include a     CUSTOM HOUSE STUDIOS                  and Moore Street. The IGVFest is       previous experience of working         advertising space on the London
Telephone                              visiting artist’s studio, wireless    The Custom House Studios are          a mobile festival integrating          with glass necessary. Access to an     Underground, turning ad space
0049 441 2353208                       internet access, an experienced       inviting     submissions       for    video art with the urban and           external panel of advisors and an      into art space. For a fee, your
Email                                  hot glass studio team on hand to      exhibitions for 2009 and 2010.        social environment. Works              experienced hot glass studio           work will be displayed for a
i n fo@e di th - rus s- haus.d e       support the production of new         Custom House Studios are              relating to the social conditions      team who support the production        period of 2 weeks in a station of
Website                                work, excellent exhibition spaces     currently constructing an             of the site will be projected onto     of new work is provided. Ideas         your choice. There is also a web
www.edith-russ-haus.de                 and an experienced curatorial         extension and renovations – set       building facades, monuments            may reflect the diversity of glass     page for online viewing.
Deadline                               team and external panel of            to reopen March 2009. The             and temporary structures.              or its relationship with new           Telephone
28 February 2009 (postmark)            advisers. Applicants do not need      gallery is located on street level    Themes to be addressed on the          media, film and video, science,        0044 20 8948 4491
                                       to have any experience of             and enjoys high visitor numbers.      sites include: Parnell Street          architecture and design. To            Email
                                       working with glass first-hand,        There is a full programme of          (immigration, demographic              submit a proposal, send a              info@artbelow.com
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Website                                  Website                               THERE IS BEAUTy IN THE CITy           Email                                          CF11        7LA,   Wales               and St. Brendan’s College,
www.artbelow.com                         www.royalwatercoloursociety.          There is Beauty in the City’ is a     natalie.mckeever@gmail.com                     United Kingdom                         Belmullet, Co. Mayo. The budget
www.myspace.com/artbelow                 co.uk                                 participatory project by Anna         Website                                        Email                                  for St. Patrick’s College is €34,800
Deadline                                 www.banksidegallery.com               Francis that is open to everyone.     www.jerseycitymuseum.org                       contact@outcasting.org                 and the budget for St. Brendan’s
Ongoing                                  Deadline                              Simply ask for a magnet or print      Deadline                                       Website                                College is €36,500. Budgets
                                         14 January 2009                       off a template from the project       6 March 2009 (postmark)                        www.outcasting.org                     should include artists’ fees,
LAND / DREAM-SCApES                                                            blog, below, then take the magnet                                                    Deadline                               design costs, material, fabrication
Call for entries for ‘Landscapes/        MOUNT pLEASANT GARDENS                to your chosen beauty spot,           RHIZOME WRITERS INITIATIVE                     ongoing                                and all other associated costs,
Dreamscapes’, a 2-D show that            Artists are invited to submit         photograph the magnet in situ         The Rhizome Writers Initiative                                                        including VAT. The commission
will take place at the JayKay            work for the Mount Pleasant           and send in the photo as .jpeg        gives writers, artists, critics and            RHIZOME COMMISSIONS                    is a two-stage open competition.
Gallery (Switzerland), a renovated       Gardens Annual Sculpture              (less then 2MB) to the email          curators the opportunity to                    The Rhizome Commissions                Projects will be evaluated by the
farmhouse in Carrogue, near              Exhibition. The show, scheduled       address for display on the blog       explore in-depth a diverse range               Programme at the New Museum            Per Cent for Art Selection
Lake Geneva in Switzerland. All          for September 2009, will feature      and Facebook sites.                   of topics related to contemporary              awards grants to emerging artists      Committee of Mayo VEC.
entrants will be considered for a        all types of sculpture in ten acres   Email                                 art engaged with technology and                working with new media.                Successful entries will reflect the
Reflect-arts show in New York            of landscaped gardens near            thereisbeautyinthecity@yahoo.         to develop their own language                  Commissioned works can take            ethos and activities of the school
City. The jurors will be Juliette        Chester in Cheshire. Entrance         co.uk                                 and understanding of this field. If            the final form of online works,        communities. Full brief is
Pelletier and Karen Hafsett Nye.         fee of £50 covers submission of       Www                                   you have an idea on a topic                    performance, video, installation,      available by request from:
Entry fee is $30 for 4 images and        up to 8 pieces, and organisers        www.thereisbeautyinthecity            related to new media art send                  or sound art, and should               Address
$5 for each additional entry. For        will charge 20% commission on         blogspot.com                          your proposal to:                              creatively engage new and              Sharon Moore, Mayo VEC,
more information please contact          sales. To apply contact:              Deadline                              Email                                          networked technologies or              Newtown, Castlebar, Co Mayo
Juliette Pelletier or visit their        Telephone                             Ongoing                               editor@ rhizome.org                            reflect on their impact. Projects      Telephone
website.                                 0044 1829 751592                                                            Website                                        can be made for the context of a       094 9024188, extension 245
Telephone                                Email                                 LENS-BASED NEW MEDIA
                                                                               LENS BASED / / NEWMEDIA               www.rhizome.org                                gallery, public space, the web or      Email
001 646 3440864                          louiseworthington@btinternet.                                               Deadline                                       networked devices. Rhizome             smoore@mayovec.ie
Email                                    com                                   ROADSIDE ATTRACTION                   Ongoing                                        Commissions awards should              Deadline
info@reflect-arts.com                    louisedarlington@btinternet.          Another Roadside Attraction is                                                       contribute substantially towards       27 February 2009
Website                                  com                                   an organisation dedicated to the      NANOART                                        the total cost of the project and
www.reflect-arts.com/jaykay09            Website                               promotion of new contemporary         The NanoArt International                      are usually in the region of           SHAMROCK pLAZA
Deadline                                 www.mountpleasantgardens.             art. Approximately every eight        Online Competition is open to                  $3,000 to $5,000. Proposed             Competition          Commission
31 January2009                           co.uk                                 weeks      Another      Roadside      all artists. Participating artists             projects should be carried out         Monaco Properties wishes to
                                         Deadline                              Attraction organises an evening       will be provided with 3 high                   within one year. More                  commission a work or works of
FEED 2009                                28 February 2009                      of artists’ video and film            resolution        monochromatic                information about submission           art for a civic space in front of the
FEED is a national juried biennial                                             screenings in The Griffin,            electron scans to work from.                   procedures is available from the       new Shamrock Plaza building in
exhibition organized by 1708             LITTLE WOMEN!                         Shoreditch, London. To submit         They will then use the electron                Rhizome website. Submissions           Carlow. This commission is a
Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.           Call for female artists to submit     work for consideration, please        scans as a starting point from                 will be accepted from 15 January       result of the planning process
Entries for FEED 2009 are open           work for the 13th annual Little       send a copy of your work (with        which to make work. Artists can                2009 until the deadline.               engaged in with the County
to artists working in any media. 5       Women! exhibition, celebrating        stamped SAE for return) on DVD        submit up to 5 images (artworks).              Website                                Council and should relate
winners will be chosen who will          International Women’s Day. The        to:                                   All submitted works will be                    www.rhizome.org/                       directly to the social, cultural or
each       receive     a     $1,000      show will be an unthemed              Address                               exhibited on the nanoart21.org                 commissions/2009/procedures.           economic environment of the
honourarium           and        the     exhibition of small work that         Another Roadside Attraction, 55       site until 31 March 2009, together             php                                    area. The budget of €30,000
opportunity to exhibit multiple          will take place from 7 to 28          Bayford Business Centre, Bayford      with artist’s name, web site and               Deadline                               should include artist’s fees,
works at FEED 2009. Images of            March 2009 at the Willis              Street, London E8 3SF, England        e-mail. The competition will be                2 April 2009                           design costs, material, fabrication
work should be submitted as              Museum in Hampshire. To               Telephone                             judged by Jeanne Brasile, artist,                                                     and all other associated costs,
72dpi       .jpegs    and      DVD       submit work contact:                  0044 208 9814312                      director and curator of the Walsh              KELLICUTT INTERNATIONAL                including VAT. The commission
submissions should be sent in            Telephone                             Email                                 Gallery at the Seton Hall                      The Coastal Arts League is now         is a two-stage open competition.
their entirety (no clips or trailers).   0044 1256 478493                      info                                  University and Rocky Rawstern,                 accepting entries for the 2009         Projects will be evaluated by a
Entrance is $30 for 5 pieces of          Email                                 anotherroadsideattraction.org         artist and former editor of                    Kellicutt International Juried         Selection Committee comprising
work. The jurors are Ashley              linda_hasking@hotmail.com             Website                               Nanotechnology Now. Top 10                     Photo Show which will be on            members of Monaco Properties,
Kistler, Director of the Anderson        Deadline                              www.                                  artists will be exhibited on                   show in April and May 2009 at          Carlow Town Council and the
Gallery          at       Virginia       14 February 2009                      anotherroadsideattraction.org         nanoart21.org site for one year                the Coastal Arts League Museum         Carlow Local Arts Office. A full
Commonwealth University, and                                                   Deadline                              and will be invited to exhibit at              in Half Moon Bay, California.          brief is available online or by
Mark Sloan, Director and Senior          ‘OVERVIEW’ OF pAINTING                ongoing                               the 3rd edition of The                         First Prize $2,000. The jurors for     request from:
Curator of the Halsey Institute of       Artists of all media are called to                                          International Festival of NanoArt.             the competition are Michael            Address
Contemporary Art at the College          submit work to ‘Overview’, an         JERSEy CITy MUSEUM                    For more information, please                   Collopy, Charles Cramer and            Monaco Properties, Waterford
of Charleston.                           exhibition that will aim to be        The Jersey City Museum’s Media        visit the competition site or                  Janet Jones. Open to all               Telephone
Website                                  representative of both painting       1x1 Series is calling for             enquire by email.                              photographers internationally          051 857787
www.1708feed.org                         today and work in other media         submissions of videos that            Email                                          and all forms of photography.          Email
Deadline                                 that reacts to the practice of        investigate the idea of ‘place’. Up   2008@nanoart21.org                             Entry fee is $20 for first entry and   LGough@monaco.ie or
30 January 2009                          painting and/or the artist as a       to nine videos will be chosen for     Website                                        $5 for each additional entry. For      ATobin@monaco.ie
                                         painter. The exhibition will take     participation in the series which     w w w. n a n o a r t 2 1 . o r g / h t m l /   more information contact Jeff          Website
‘21ST C WATERCOLOUR’                     place from 20 Febr – 20 March         will play on three screens on the     nanoart_2008.html                              Klagenberg at:                         www.monaco.ie
Call for entries for the Royal           2009. Submission fee of £7            first floor of the museum from        Deadline                                       Telephone                              Deadline
Watercolour Society open                 applies for up to 5 pieces of work.   May to September 2009. Please         15 January 2009                                001 650 4303677                        12 noon, 31 January 2009
competition ‘21st Century                Submissions should be sent on a       submit work on unformatted                                                           Email
Watercolour’. Artists are invited        disk as .jpegs. Work can be for       DVDs (NTSC format only and            OUTCASTING                                     jeff@shakesplace.com                   HARLOW ART TRUST
to submit up to three water-based        sale and 30% will be charged on       preferably as .movs), a short         Outcasting is an internet based                Deadline                               Harlow Art Trust in Harlow,
paintings on paper for                   sales. To submit work, post your      synopsis of the work and contact      screening channel for all forms                31 January 2009                        Essex, owns a significant
consideration for the exhibition.        submission to the gallery and         details. Entries should be sent by    of moving image work. All films                                                       collection of modern and
Entry is £10 per work and prizes         email for an application form.        post to the address below and         will be archived online and there              COMMISSIONS
                                                                                                                                                                    COMMISSIONS                            contemporary public sculpture
include cash, purchase awards            Address                               enquiries may be made by              will be the possibility of DVD                                                        in Britain which is on permanent
and art materials. Successful            Elysium Gallery, 41 High Street,      emailing the curator, Natalie         distribution for selected works.               MAyO VEC                               display in public spaces around
entries will be exhibited at the         Swansea, SA1 1LT, Wales               McKeever.                             All work should be submitted as                Mayo Vocational Education              the town. The Trust is now
Bankside Gallery from 20 Feb –           Email                                 Address                               full quality data files on DVD /               Committee (VEC) is offering a          inviting submissions from
15 March 2009. Handing in dates          elysiumgallery@yahoo.co.uk            Investigations of Place Video         MiniDV tape / or as Flash Movies               commission under the PerCent           practicing sculptors resident in
are 14 and 15 February 2009. For         Website                               Program, Jersey City Museum,          and sent to:                                   for Art Scheme in respect of two       the UK and Ireland for an open
more information please see the          www.elysiumgallery.com                P.O. Box 428, Jersey City, NJ         Address                                        new school extensions and              competition for the Lady Gibberd
Royal Watercolour Society’s              Deadline                              07303-0428, USA.                      Outcasting, Michael Cousin, 116                renovated premises at St. Patrick’s    Sculpture Commission. The new
website.                                 31 January 2009                                                             Paget Street, Grangetown, Cardiff,             College, Lacken Cross, Co. Mayo,       work will commemorate the life
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and work of Lady Patricia              documentation of work to:             Telephone                            EDWARD MARSHALL TRUST                  own interests and specialities.       0044 870 7743 486 or 0044 207
Gibberd, former chairperson of         Address                               0044 161 2953841                     Artists and designers with             The position is unpaid but local      681 0983
the Trust. It is not intended that     John Mc Hugh, Unit 1. 15              Email                                eligible design projects (up to        travel expenses will be               Email
this should be a portrait. The         Westport Industrial Park,             l.m.kelly@salford.ac.uk              £50,000) that are both accessible      reimbursed. To apply send a           international@icye.org.uk
Trust is looking for an emerging       Newport Road, Ireland.                Website                              by the public and inspired by an       covering letter and CV to:            Website
sculptor, able to deliver a creative   Closing date                          www.pg.salford.ac.uk/gtas            ideology relevant for today are        Address                               www.charlottemillerartproject.
work of public sculpture that is       30 January 2009.                      Deadline                             invited to submit proposals for        Education Manager, Dulwich            co.uk
permanent, durable and low in                                                6 February 2009                      the Edward Marshall Trust Award        Picture Gallery, Gallery Road,        Deadline
maintenance costs for a new            COMPETITIONS //AWARDS
                                       COMpETITIONS AWARDS                                                        that aims to promote projects          London SE21 7AD, England              1 June 2009
public space being developed in                                              pORCELAIN AWARD                      that examine what objects mean         Website
Harlow.        The       proposed      OxFORD pOSTGRAD                       Artists working with porcelain       and how they interact with the         www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.         CONFERENCES
                                                                                                                                                                                               CONFERENCES
commission is worth up to              The University of Oxford is           are invited to submit work for       world. Further information is          uk
£35,000 depending on size,             calling for applicants of high        the 6th Zelli Porcelain Award.       available on the Award’s               Deadline                              CORK TExTILE CONFERENCE
material and current prices of the     academic merit to submit              The theme of the award for           website.                               4 May 2009                            A one day conference for artists
successful applicant’s work. This      proposals for their AHRC              porcelain sculpture is ‘Proverbs’.   Website                                                                      and craftspeople with an interest
sum should include design,             Postgraduate Studentships 2009.       Artists are invited to choose from   www.edtrust.org.uk                     CERAMICS FESTIVAL                     in contemporary textiles will be
fabrication and artist’s fee. Full     Starting in October 2009 these        eight proverbs, each one from a      Deadline                               Students with an interest in          held in Cork on 7 March 2008.
brief is available on the website.     one and two-year awards for           different country. Short-listed      31 January 2009                        ceramics are invited to apply for     The conference will feature
For full brief contact Michael         Research         Master’s      and    sculptures will be exhibited in                                             an opportunity to work alongside      lectures from some of Britain and
Paraskos at:                           Professional Masters’ degrees,        Zelli’s West End gallery from 19     THE CITy OF CAROUGE                    some of the most well respected       Ireland’s leading contemporary
Address                                and up to three years for doctoral    to 31 October 2009. Short-listed     The City of Carouge, Geneva,           demonstrators in the world            textile artists as well as a choice
Harlow         Council        (Arts    degrees, are available in a range     entries will be judged by a panel    organises an open biennial             during      the      International    of afternoon workshops in Stitch,
Development), Civic Centre,            of subject areas including Fine       of three experts and the winner      competition in ceramics. The           Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth,       Miniature Books, Print, Paper
Harlow, CM20 1WG, England              Art, Film Studies and History of      will receive a prize of £3000.       subject of the 2009 competition        Wales, from 3 to 5 July 2009.         Casting, Collage and Paint/Stitch/
Telephone                              Art, Architecture and Design. UK      There will be an additional prize    is a cup and its saucer, part of the   Student helpers are required to       Collage with tutors Jan Beany,
0044 20 8676 4610                      students are eligible to apply for    of £500 for the sculpture showing    same set. Competitors may              assist demonstrators, staff on the    Anna King, Debbie Godsell,
Website                                full awards covering fees and         the best use of colour. £10 entry    submit one entry each, presenting      front desk, help set-up exhibitions   Dominic Fee, Mary Timmons,
www.harlowarttrust.org                 maintenance and EU students           fee. For further details contact:    no more than one set. The object       and cup sale, assist with kiln        Lynn Kenny and Helen Stringer.
Deadline                               may apply for fees-only awards.       Address                              must be an original, recently          building, firings and staged          Attendance         costs      €80.
4pm, 30 January 2009                   Payments of up to £9,040 for          Zelli Porcelain Award, 55-57         created work. The work must be         events, organise equipment and        Registration forms available
                                       Master’s awards and £12,940 for       Chiltern Street, London W1U          in ceramics. The work of selected      materials and for front of house.     online.
STUDIOS
STUDIOS                                Doctoral awards are available per     6ND, England                         competitors will be exhibited in       Helpers will have free access to      Email
                                       annum. £25 application fee. For       Telephone                            the Musée de Caroug from 19            the festival, accommodation, and      ctn@oeanfree.net
STUDIO/COLLECTIVE DUBLIN               more details on eligible subject      0044 20 7224 2114                    September to 1 November 2009.          a small payment towards               Website
A group of approximately 40            areas/courses,           residency    Email                                Prizes include The City of             expenses. Application forms are       www.corktextiles.com
artists and craftspeople working       eligibility criteria and academic     info@zelli.co.uk                     Carouge 2009 Prize worth 10,000        available online, or for more         Deadline
in any and all media are sought        eligibility criteria, and on how to   Website                              Swiss francs (approx. €6,300),         information contact Sophie            7 March 2009
for a new city centre collective.      apply for an AHRC studentship         www.zelli.co.uk                      The Bruckner Foundation Prize          Bennett at:
The space on Drury Street,             at Oxford, see the notes of           Deadline                             for the Advancement of Ceramics        Address                                CALL FOR pApERS
                                                                                                                                                                                               CALLSFOR PAPERS
Dublin 2, will be mixed use with       guidance online.                      26 September 2009                    worth 2,000 Swiss francs (approx.      International Ceramics Festival,
approx. 3,500sqft studio space         Website                                                                    €1,200) and a prize of 1,000 Swiss     Abwerystwyth Arts Centre,             THE KUMASI SyMpOSIUM
and 1,500sqft retail space. The        www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/              pRINCE OF WALES BURSARy              francs (approx. €600) awarded by       UWA, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion,         The Kumasi Symposium 2009,
project has been designed to           graduate_study/ahrc/ahrc              The British School at Athens         the Swiss Ceramics Association.        Wales SY25 6RF                        ‘Tapping Local Resources for
provide both retail and studio         notes_of_guidance                     offers a bursary for a period of     An application form is available       Email                                 Sustainable Education Through
space to visual arts practitioners     Deadline                              artistic study/work in Greece for    to download from the website           sob@aber.ac.uk                        Art’, held in association with
and craftspeople for a fee of €400     23 January 2009                       British artists. All disciplines     and should be returned to the          Website                               AfriCOAE, calls for the
per calendar month inclusive (a                                              considered. Maximum bursary of       address below.                         www                                   submission of proposals for
deposit of the same will be            UNIVERSITy OF SALFORD                 £2,500. The British School is        Address                                internationalceramicsfestival.        theory papers, presentations,
required). The space is in a           The University of Salford calls       committed to the lasting and         Musée de Carouge, Case postale         org                                   exhibitions and workshops to be
commercial area with good              for potential PhD students at the     universal values of Greece and       1576 CH-1227-Carouge, Genève,          Deadline                              presented at the symposium that
footfall. Interested parties can       university to apply for the           Hellenism, and to contributing       Switzerland                            1 February 2009                       will be held in Kumasi, Ghana,
contact Claudia at:                    positions of Graduate Teaching        significantly to present day         Email                                                                        from 31 July to 14 august 2009.
Email                                  Assistants commencing in              intellectual and cultural life.      musee@carouge.ch                       VOLUNTEERING IN ECUADOR               Proposed contributions should
claudiaterry@gmail.com                 October 2009. The scheme offers       Applications should reflect these    Website                                The Charlotte Miller Arts Project     address one or more of the
Deadline                               UK and EU Doctoral students the       principles. Applications should      www.carouge.ch                         and ICYE-UK are seeking               symposium strands and topics:
Ongoing                                opportunity to study for a PhD at     not be longer than two pages,        Deadline                               individuals with experience in        Art Education Practice, Studio
                                       the Adelphi Research Institute        and must include a statement of      30 March 2009                          the arts and volunteering sector      Practice, Curatorial/Museum/
CUSTOM HOUSE STUDIOS                   for Creative Arts & Sciences,         the applicant’s intentions, the                                             to help run arts-based workshops      Community Arts Practice, Art
The Custom House Studios are           University of Salford, while          amount requested from the Fund        INTERNSHIpS VOLUNTEER S
                                                                                                                  INTERNSHIPS / / VOLUNTEERS             with street children in the           History/Criticism,         Arts
inviting submissions for use of        undertaking teaching duties in        and a provisional work timetable.                                           Guayaquil region of Ecuador.          Administration/Management/
studio space for 2009 and 2010.        areas usually related to their PhD    This should include some             DULWICH pICTURE GALLERy                Placements are particularly           Marketing Practice, and Open
Custom House Studios are               research. Successful candidates       residence at the School. A CV,       Graduates and post-graduate            suited to those who have worked       Session. Expression of interest
currently constructing an              will work under the direction of      names and addresses of two           students wishing to pursue a           in the educational sector,            and proposals for plenary
extension and renovations – set        an academic staff member for up       referees and photographs/colour      career in the museum and gallery       especially with children, and         sessions and exhibitions/
to reopen March 2009. The              to 180 hours over the academic        copies (not exceeding A4 size        world are invited to apply for the     have a good grasp or arts-based       practical workshops will be
Studios complex houses seven           year (average of six hours per        with true dimensions written on      ongoing placement scheme in            community            work.       A    reviewed until 17 January 2009
artists studios, gallery and a print   week). Scholarships are worth         back) of not more than ten pieces    the Dulwich Picture Gallery,           conversational level of Spanish is    and applications for individual
studio. These facilities are housed    £13,290 per annum. Suitable           of work, including stamped SAE       London. Placements are for at          also required for these               paper      presentation     and
in a historic restored Customs         subject       areas       include     for return of same should be sent    least 3 days per week for a period     placements. A limited number of       participation will be reviewed
House building on the Quay in          Contemporary Arts Practice,           to:                                  of 3 months and they involve a         six or 12 month long placements       until the space is filled. All
Westport, on a prominent               New Media, Performance Studies,       Address                              variety of tasks from basic office     are available departing in June       submissions should be sent to:
redeveloped waterfront street.         Film      Studies,       Museum       The Secretary, The British School    duties to assisting with the           2009, December 2009 or June           Email
The studios are located up stairs      Management and Heritage               at Athens, Senate House, Malet       running of the schools                 2010. Volunteers will need to         africoae@gmail.com
overlooking the harbour. All           Studies, and Sound Art. For more      Street, London W1E 7RU,              programme in the Gallery and           fundraise in order to help finance    Website
studios have daylight and 24hour       information on application            England                              Sackler Centre for Arts Education.     direct costs. For details of how to   www.afropoets.tripod.com/eta
access. One studio is available for    procedures please contact Linda       Deadline                             Those able to commit for longer        apply contact Jebby Williams,         www.knust.edu.gh
shorter stays. Please send letters     M. Kelly at:                          16 January 2009                      may be given particular projects       Sending Co-ordinator, at:             Deadline
of      interest,      CVs      and                                                                               or research that tie in with their     Telephone                             19 June 2009
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OPPORTuNITIeS

                                       LIMERICK pRINTMAKERS                  course fee is £450. For further      theoretical framework of the          PUBLICATIONS                           Council, this award, offered by
WORKSHOpS / COURSES                                                                                                                                      pUBLICATIONS
WORKSHOPS / COURSES                    Bookings are currently being          information contact Dr Noha          course the student will then                                                 the Arts Council in partnership
                                       accepted for places on the            Nasser on:                           produce a written paper and a         FOUR CORNERS FAMILIARS                 with the Office of Public Works,
TACTIC WORKSHOpS                       following two-day weekend             Telephone                            completed project proposal.           Four Corners Familiars is seeking      aims to support the creative
TACTIC is a cross-national             courses at Limerick Printmakers:      0044 121 3315894                     Course will run for one evening       proposals from artists, at any         development of the architect and
laboratory for tactical art making:    PhotoEtching with Suzannah            Email                                per week for 13 weeks from 6 to       stage in their careers, to have a      to direct funding towards
investigation,      intervention,      O’Reilly, 24 & 25 January 2009,       noha.nasser@bcu.ac.uk                9pm each Monday, starting on 26       volume published in the Four           architectural excellence and
discovery, testing and application;    €210; DryPoint Etching with           Website                              January 2009. The fee for the         Corners Familiars series. The          innovation. The biennial award
a space for activists, artists and     David Lilburn 21 & 22 February        www.bcu.ac.uk/cudos                  course        is   €150.      25      series presents artists’ responses     is valued at €50,000 over a two-
other interested parties to meet       2009 (to be confirmed), €210;         Deadline                             places. Application forms and         to classic novels and short stories    year period offers an emerging
in Dublin, inform each other’s         Silkscreen for Beginners and          27 January 2009                      further information are available     and participants are encouraged        architect the opportunity to
practice and develop creative          Intermediate with Vincent Casey,                                           from GMIT. Applications should        to come up with innovative,            develop and deliver a research
projects and interventions.            22 & 23 March 2009, €200;             AppLIED ART ULSTER                   be sent, along with payment           distinctive         ways          of   project in the first instance.
TACTIC is asking for submissions       Silkscreen for Intermediate and       Applied Art Ulster, in association   (cash, cheque payable to GMIT or      complementing         the      text,   Following completion of this, the
towards a series of workshops to       Advanced with Derek O’Sullivan,       with the University of Ulster, are   credit card), to:                     preferably far removed from            architect will be contracted to
be hosted in their residency space     24 & 25 January 2009, €200;           running a series of Masterclasses    Address                               traditional notions of illustration.   design and run a building
at the LAB in February and March       Monoprint with Fiona Quill, 7 &       in Ceramics, Silver and Jewellery,   The Lifelong Learning Centre,         Payment for successful proposals       contract for the Office of Public
2009. Submissions welcome              8 March 2009, €200; Mezzotint         and Textiles which will be held      GMIT, Dublin Road, Galway City        will be £750 plus 30 copies of         Works (OPW). For further
from artists, activists and            with Pamela Dunne, 21 & 22            in the Ormeau Baths Gallery in       Telephone                             their book. Application and            information / application forms:
collectives for ideas, themes and      March 2009, €250. Cost of all         Belfast. The programme offers an     091 742257 / 742496 / 742412          submission details are available       Contact
workshops that Tactic should           courses includes tuition and          international standard of            Email                                 from:                                  Aisling McKone, Architecture
host while at the LAB. TACTIC          materials. For more information       practitioners across silver and      mary.maccague@gmit.ie          or     Website                                Assistant.
will document all projects             please see website. Places limited.   jewellery, ceramics and textiles.    mary.creaven@gmit.ie                  www.fourcornersbooks.co.uk/            Telephone
worked on in its space. Please         For bookings please contact:          The details of the Masterclasses     Website                               OpenSub.html                           +353 1 6180253
send submissions to:                   Address                               are as follows:         Ceramics     www.gmit.ie                           Deadline                               Email
Email                                  Limerick Printmakers Studio and       Masterclass with Keith Harris,       Deadline                              10 April 2009                          aisling.mckone@artscouncil.ie
tacticproject@gmail.com                Gallery, 4 Robert Street, Limerick    Wednesday 14 January 2009            26 January 2008                                                              www
Website                                Telephone                             from 1.30pm; Silver and Jewellery                                          THE FIRST TIME pROJECT                 www.artscouncil.ie
www.tacticproject.blogspot.com         061 311806                            Masterclass with Junko Mori,         GLASS LECTURE                         The First Time Project will be an      Closing date
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MASTER OF ART IN pUBLIC                com                                   with      Shelly      Goldsmith,     artists and kilncasters Richard       from around the world. Each
The Master Art in Public at the        Website                               Wednesday 11 March 2009 from         Whiteley and Brachlow which           publication will be a themed,
University of Ulster, Belfast, seeks   www.limerickprintmakers.com/          1.30pm. Tickets are free but         will travel to colleges and           limited edition artists’ book. The
to develop testing modes of            education                             capacity is limited. To reserve a    universities throughout the UK.       project invites submissions for
working that are dialogic,                                                   place please contact Ormeau          Each day-long programme will          its inaugural publication from
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                                                                                                                                              'your Not Welcome' discussion panel. L–R. Noel Kelly, Pauline Hadaway, yvette Vaughan Jones and david Jacques




you're Not Welcome (Any More)
JOHN ByRNe dISCuSSeS THe Re-deFINITION OF THe ARTIST, IN LIGHT OF THe dISCuSSION ON THe IMPLICATIONS FOR ARTISTS ANd ART INSTITuTIONS
OF THe uK’S POINTS BASed VISA SySTeM – WHICH WAS PReSeNTed By VAI ANd BeLFAST exPOSed IN SePTeMBeR AS PART OF THe TALKS PROGRAMMe
OF THe 2008 LIVeRPOOL BIeNNALe.

OVER the last two decades, our understanding of art and, perhaps more        shows. As it becomes harder to justify the need to invite artists from           would go some way to explaining the general dismay which greeted
precisely, just what it means to be an artist, has been radically affected   countries whose political, economic and social circumstances are in              Vaughan Jones suggestions that curators may have to find ways of
by international mobility. Until the recent ‘credit crunch’, one of the      some degree of turmoil (and who, therefore, might have the most                  inviting artists into the UK thought the channels of ‘visitor’ or
clearest manifestations of ‘globalisation’ has been the availability of      pertinent things to say about particular subjects or have the most vital         ‘businessman’. On the other, it acted as a direct reminder of the lessons
cheap travel coupled, of course, with a concomitant growth in domestic       experiences to share), Hadaway argued that we may conceivably reach              handed to us via Structuralist and Post-Structuralist theory – and I’m
airline flight paths. As a result of this, more people from more varied      the stage were the curation of shows is overtly influenced by these              thinking particularly here of the writings of Edward Said – that our
walks of life have been sampling the delights of ‘other’ cultures – or at    policies. Her principal fear was that it may soon become just too                notions of identity and difference are produced in and through the use
least dabbling in the mass-produced fantasies of (inter)nationalism          difficult in terms of time, bureaucratic logistics and costs to put the          of language.
and identity provided by the major centres of the tourist and leisure        kinds of shows together that really matter. The result of this will,                    Let’s face fact. We live in a global economy of image exchange.
industry. So successful has this form of globalised image production         perhaps, be a more sanitised and less edgy contemporary art experience.          This is underpinned by a commodity culture, which has successfully
been, that most major cities are now recognised as ‘international            On the other hand, Yvette Vaughan Jones, of Visiting Arts UK, poured             encoded us all to our roots. The recent credit crunch has, if anything,
destinations’ - ‘hubs’ of creativity and business success, ‘brands’ of       oil on these troubled waters. Though emphasising that she was not an             proved how much and how far, we are structured by notions of
foresighted governmental planning and, of course, ‘homes’ of culture.        agent of the state, Vaughan Jones pointed to the need to keep a ‘cool            exchange and trade. Within this globalised condition, culture is no
We all recognise them and, if they’re worth their money, most will play      head’ in the wake of these new forms of border control and to actively           longer some kind of ideological window dressing, its is now a core part
host to International Biennials of Contemporary art.                         think of positive ways to re-use or subvert them.                                of the economic foundation of most nations whose gross national
     And this is where our new notions of the artist come in. No longer           However, as the debate unfolded and questions were asked. What              product is affected by the ‘soft’ culture industries and their related
bound by the traditional duties of studio-based practice, or the ivory       became the focal point of debate was not the direct impact of the new            markets of tourism and leisure. Welcome to Biennial land and the
towers of self-imagined elitism, they cohabit the new spectacular            border regulations themselves, but the ramifications of their                    circulation of big name professional artists whose job it is to supplement
spaces of urban internationalism alongside Gucci, Armani, MacDonalds         re-definition of the category ‘artist’. According to the new UK border           the intercultural flow of ideas, art, commerce and capital. And, if there
and Subway. Their practices may either be based on a direct critical         regulations, artists (as we now know them) would have to find                    is a way to counterbalance this desperate state of affairs, it’s not to be
engagement with their new-found fluidity, or simply a supportive             alternative ways of seeking entry into the UK. This is because – since a         found in the cold (and false) comfort of being a self-proclaimed artist.
celebration of the new ‘isms’ of exchange. Either way, the rhetoric’s of     statement of changes in UK parliament on June 30, 2008 – the category            Being an artist has long since been any guarantee, in itself, of alternative
exchange, trade routes, interculturalism and post-colonial discourse         of ‘artist’ has been dropped from a visa entry list of ‘Entertainers’ that       radicality.
are now the food and drink of a new contemporary hierarchy of                still includes Boxers, Jockeys, Fencers and Actors.                                     Art no longer provides any automatic safe haven – or even
cultural production. This, of course, has encouraged a whole network              According to Noel Kelly, this has resulted in the visa authorities          counterpoint – to the world of commodity excess. In fact, as the new
of mainstream, (and not so mainstream) galleries, journals, curators,        becoming obstructive, and often openly hostile, towards any attempts             UK visa application process proves, it’s quite a handy tool to be used in
artists and critics to engage more directly with some of the key issues      at bringing artists into the UK who they do not regard as professional           the sanitisation of culture on a governmental level. The question is no
that may or may not face the future of our rapidly evolving planet – or      – and here a professional artist is being defined by the UK border               longer ‘how to be different’ from the morass of neo-liberal state control
at least until the recent shadow of more stringent immigration laws          agencies as somebody whose sole income, of at least £10,000 per                  (and I’m afraid the feel good factor of Barack Obama provides no
have raised their ugly heads.                                                annum, is generated from their practice. The implications of this are            alternative here) – the question is now ‘how to make a difference’. If
     Some of the implications of these newer, tighter, more ‘fit for         immense. For example, as Kelly pointed out, this would mean that                 this means that artists – or those who once used to be called artists –
purpose’ barriers to human diversity and exchange were discussed in          81% of Irish artists would not be allowed into the UK if Ireland, as a           need to be prepared to find alternative ways to produce even the most
Liverpool at the ‘You’re not Welcome’ discussion panel (1). Hosted by        member of the EU, didn’t have exemption from the new rigours of UK               modest alternatives to the dominant flow of corporatised culture, then
Printed Project, this discussion focused on the particularly instrumental    border control. This observation, however, avoided the other direct              so be it. After all, in the age of ‘Postproduction’, cultural producers
imposition of a new ‘points style’ immigration system for entry into         inference of this assessment – in the eyes of the UK government, 81%             (artists?) are supposed to be able to use any means or combination of
the UK. Chaired by Noel Kelly, CEO of Visual Artists Ireland, a panel of     of Irish artists aren’t artists. One could safely assume that, in the UK         available media in order to manufacture effective projects that have
three speakers gave their initial impressions of these new laws whilst,      itself, the figure of ‘artists’ who derive their main source of income           impact and relevance – so what does it matter if its called art or not? In
perhaps somewhat ironically, a debate for international curators was         from other revenue streams (and therefore supplement their part time             a sense Yvette Vaughn Jones was right – what does it matter if ‘artists’
being hosted by Liverpool Biennial elsewhere in the UK’s current             artistic activity) is equally high. So does this mean that they are not          have to become visitors or businessmen to meaningfully engage in the
European Capital of Culture. For David Jacques, himself an artist, the       artists either? Perhaps not – the true consequence of this statistical           job of ensuring the now tenuous process of inter-culturalism – aren’t
possibility of freedom of movement and increased availability of travel      criterion is that well over 80% of practising artists are now regarded as        we all already visitors and businessmen whether we like it or not?
has had a profound effect on individual practitioners who have been          amateur. This will have big and perhaps hurtful implications to many                                                                                               John Byrne
willing to engage and interact with the work and ideas of others.            people’s cherished notions – and shared self-perceptions – of themselves
                                                                                                                                                              (1) ‘your’re Not Welcome’ Saturday 20 September 2008. 2.00 pm – 4.00pm. Site, Hope Street
Drawing from his own experiences, Jacques warned of the impact that          and each other as artists.                                                       Lecture Hall, School of Art and design, Liverpool John Moores university, 68 Hope
such new regulations would have on individuals whose identities and               In point of fact, it was more the implications of this semantic             Street, Liverpool. Hosted by Printed Project (a Visual Artists Ireland publication) and Belfast
                                                                                                                                                              exposed. Speakers: david Jacques (Artist), Pauline Hadaway (director, Belfast exposed, and
subject positions will come under the direct scrutiny of cultural            bombshell – rather than the more pressing problem that this may be a             yvette Vaughan Jones (Visiting Arts, uK). Chair: Noel Kelly (CeO Visual Artists Ireland).
‘means testing’ forms. As Director of Belfast Exposed, Pauline Hadaway       far more effective way of black listing creative individuals than
drew attention to the impact that new and highly interventionist visa        targeting the vagaries of ‘undesirable’ nationality – that seemed to
control bureaucracy was having on the organising and selection of            cause most discussion at ‘Your Not Welcome’. On the one hand, this
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PROBLeMS                                                                                                          PABLO HeLGueRA'S ART WORLd MANuAL


The Problem Page                                                                                                  The Collector
Our consiege / curator of agony responds to a selection of queries and                                            THE collector (or trustee)’s position within the art world is the most enviable of all, given that collectorship
conceptual quibbles – offering in return, nothing less than life-shattering,                                      is not a profession but a hobby. Collectors don’t receive pressure or influence from any part of the AW(1).
dilemma-inducing, paradigm-shifting nonsense.                                                                     Collectors thus perform their activities in an entirely free but not altogether disinterested manner – given
                                                                                                                  that some do regard this activity as a professional sport – competing with other collectors.
Busyness                                                   engaged person and moreover that I possessed                 Collectors rarely have any artistic background, and in general this background is not necessary for
                                                           no interest in community dealings.                     collecting, since they can be guided by specialists (curators, museum directors) who advise them in their
                                                                One hour and some 45 minutes later, I             shopping efforts. Nevertheless, collectors today have evolved from a passive to an active involvement in the
                                                           returned to refill my coffee cup. The two self-        AW. Before, toward the middle of the XXth Century, collectors would provide donations to institutions and
Dear Concierge of Agony,                                   styled ‘socio-naughts’ (for goodness sake!) were       would support artists by buying their work. Nowadays, collectors are stockholders in a high risk market
How busy do I have to be so that people believe I          still sitting on their arses chatting about the        where artists are their portfolio, and inasmuch the acquisition of the work represents a financial risk, they
am busy? I’ve been trying to explain to friends            importance of engaging with society. They              become directly involved in influencing the direction of the AW. An influential collector, for instance, who
and family – who work in conventional trades               feigned to ignore me, until I poked one with the       would get rid of all the works in his collection belonging to a certain artist, by flooding the market of these
and professions – just how busy I am at the                pointy end of one of my brushes “See here              works can very well cause a drop in the prices of such artist. On the other hand, given their economic and
moment preparing for the inclusion of a couple             you...” I began, and I continued thus “… isn’t all     physical mobility, collectors end up being better exposed to artworks and artists. Being the main clients of
of my works in group exhibition and the short              art socially engaged? It’s made by people for          galleries and museums, they are the ones with the best ability to pressure for certain kinds of art to be
biographical and explanatory text I have to                people … and you know how long I’ve been a             displayed. This is why it is understandable that immaterial art that cannot be bought is not greatly favored
submit for the publication. Artists are workers            member of my local badminton club; and on              by the AW.
too! How about some recognition?                           any given Friday night am I not across the road              What makes a good collector/trustee? Like in any sport, The collectors have to fare well in the following
                                                           in the pub quaffing with you young messers.            categories: a) Quality of works in their collection; b) Amount of those quality works; c) Giving record
Hmmm – it reminds me of the time I tried to tell a         And what’s more getting the rounds in. Do you          (amount of works they have given or promised to give in the past) d) Supportive family (to make sure that
friend that curation and project-management are            know how many invitations to dinner parties,           the family will not fight the will giving works to the institution or change the mind of the collector at the
real jobs – they harrumphed and said “Mate, a              private views and weekends in the country I            last minute) e) Extent of institutional affiliation (a collector affiliated with more institutions dilutes the
fireman or a nurse is a real job …”. Anyhow, I advise      get? Or the number of committees, panels,              giving possibilities) f) Interference with institutional agenda (it is preferable, in the best of all possible
you to take a completely different tack. Perhaps I am      boards, and associations…”.                            worlds, to have a collector who simply gives and doesn’t try to run the institution’s agenda, although most
missing my pal’s point, but I took him to mean that                                                               believe this is now a thing of the past) e) Curatorial aspirations (some collectors even attempt to curate- a big
it is most vulgar for an artist to ever declare to the     Only for the sake of brevity and in acknowledgement    turnoff for institutions), and last but not least f) Interest in hosting (collectors need to supply the entertaining
public-at-large that they might be even more that          of the ever-shrinking attention span of most readers   for most social instances in the AW).
moderately occupied. And you are of course doomed          have I abridged the lengthy but informative rant
to failure if you even attempt to explain your shock       you faxed into my under-concierge’s secretarial              The following are a few etiquette musts for the good collector:
and indignation that in recent times, in preparation       bureau. But let me assure you, in the popular          1. The collector will have to embrace his role and status in the AW. Some duties will involve attending
for your project you have had to spend your time in        parlance of the day – I so-oo get your point.              boring board of trustee meetings, approving budgets, listening to the director’s promotional speeches,
an unexpectedly ‘busy’ state. So please, for all of our                                                               attending openings, and hosting gala and opening parties for institutional sponsors.
sakes, try to maintain the myth that art is not a                                                                 2. Collectors will have to excel in their patience. They must understand that the AW in its entirety is
matter of (shudder) multi-tasking, research,               The Other RHA                                              always in constant competition for their attention. In social occasions, even in instances where they are
negotiation, knowledge production, budgeting,                                                                         not interested in the least to someone’s conversation, they will have to show courtesy to those who
administration and fabrication. Should the friendly                                                                   show him merchandise or invite him to social events.
but provocative question “what’cha up to then,                                                                    3. The collector shall not abuse his/her power in the AW, forcing curators, dealers and artists to see his/her
dosser?” pop up again soon in conversation, I trust        Dear Concierge of Agony,                                   personal family album, or seating them to see each work in their collection, especially if the collection
you know what to say. "Busy? Who me?"                      Can you explain this? My studio compatriots                exceeds 4,000 works.
                                                           and myself have recently had an outstanding            4. The collector should not be too cruel in the seduction process of a gallerist of artist, making them
                                                           proposal quashed. We are proposing setting up
                                                                                                                      believe that he/she is interested in them when he/she only wants to have fun.
A pressing Social Engagement                               an educational outreach programme entitled
                                                                                                                  5. Similarly, the collector should have certain regard toward dealers, curators and artists in social events
                                                           The Roving Hands Association – or R and H+ A
                                                                                                                      that he/she organizes. All these people will feel obligated to attend, listen the collector’s personal
                                                           for short. Our ambition is to establish an
                                                                                                                      stories, and nod approvingly to everything the collector says, including the most passing thoughts, for
                                                           exclusive atelier system offering tuition from
                                                                                                                      as long as the collector speaks. It is important for the collector to realize that the reason that this
Dear Concierge of Agony,                                   masters and mistresses in the fields of drawing,
                                                                                                                      entourage has been assembled is purely for work reasons: the situation is similar to when the office
Having left some primed canvases to dry in my              sculptural modelling and impasto painting –
                                                                                                                      boss subjects his employees to an interminable story of his family vacations. The collector must
studio the other morning, I popped down to the             with a strong emphasis on the haptic. This is to
                                                                                                                      understand that his/her concerns, likely resulting from a comfortable position of money and privilege,
kitchen space of the shared studio warehouse               say we want to stress the hand and eye lustily
                                                                                                                      are generally fairly incomprehensible, irrelevant, and superficial to others who are not able to partake
where I rent a space, and I happened on couple             ranging over the surfaces, contours and folds
                                                                                                                      in that kind of life.
of the newer tenants chatting over their herbal            and undulations of forms and persons. One of
                                                                                                                  6. Many collectors, when they start improving the quality of their collection, will start to look into ways
brews.                                                     our key tenets is for the artist, in order to truly
                                                                                                                      in which they can get rid of the works of certain artists who may not be “at the level” of the rest of the
     “Yeah, like totally. This whole renting-a-            apprehend and indeed contribute to the world
                                                                                                                      collection, especially those that perhaps were acquired at an early stage of their hobby. This activity,
studio lark is getting so-oo bogus and redundant.          around them in a reciprocal – one might even
                                                                                                                      while essential, is delicate in extreme and can cause a complete downfall in the artist’s career. The
Especially     when        socially   engaged     and      say relational and socially engaged way – is "go
                                                                                                                      collector will have to observe the maximum discretion.
collaborative practice is where it’s at”. “True,           on, don’t be afraid, and give it a good clenching
                                                                                                                  7. In some occasions some collectors who serve as trustees will have the opportunity to pressure the
true. I feel really uptight sitting here, when I           grasp".
                                                                                                                      museum director to exhibit the works of the artists that conform their personal collection, in order to
should be out there, sharing the authorship and                 It was intended that our classes would take
                                                                                                                      raise the value of this collection. It is unethical, nevertheless, to influence the museum to operate in
creativity. And just generally proselytizing for a         place on mid-week afternoons, in locations
                                                                                                                      such a way without promising the donation of some works of this collection to the museum—or,
sense of community and agency amongst my                   scattered around the leafy enclaves of the city in
                                                                                                                      alternatively, if the museum is not interested in those works, to offer money toward the construction of
fellow citizens…”.                                         our private home studios – well heated and
                                                                                                                      a new wing. Since the museum is risking its reputation by following the wishes of the collector, this
     Their glances fell on me. I felt strangely            luxuriously appointed with soft orientalist
                                                                                                                      one will also have to show his/her support.
conspicuous in my primer-spattered apron. The              fabrics and velour upholstered day beds – with
                                                                                                                  8. It is recommended for collectors that, in order to acquire certain perspective of the situation of others,
shorter one addressed me “… hey granddad –                 the offer of fine clarets and burgundies. And the
                                                                                                                      to take “reality courses”. These courses will have the objective to imagine their life without any kind of
heh, heh – you got to get with the community               first terms starter courses were to be labelled
                                                                                                                      financial resource or security, having to live exclusively out of their own talent. Given that this
man; you’ve got to socially engage. Get out more,          ‘afternoon delight’. As our approach seems to
                                                                                                                      experience can be extremely traumatic for most collectors, it is recommended to participate in these
rather than being holed up here just making                gel so well with both traditional notions of
                                                                                                                      courses for no more than three to four days at most.
work for your gallerist and buyers; and stop               studio bound practice and the more rangy
being such a bread head…”.                                 aspirations of dialogical practoce, we are totally
                                                                                                                  extracted from The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style Guide, published by Jorge Pinto
     I    acknowledged          to    two      young       baffled by the powers-that-be’s indifference to
                                                                                                                  Books, New york. Copyright Pablo Helguera. Available at all good art booksellers in Ireland and
whippersnappers with no more than a nod of                 and rejection of our proposal.
                                                                                                                  worldwide. Further details from www.pintobooks.com
my head, but on returning to my studio I puzzled
over their remarks. In fact, the more I thought            I do occassionaly wonder if all of the dilemmas sent
                                                                                                                  NOTES
about it, I began to take serious exception to the         my way are entirely genuine.
                                                                                                                  1) AW – acronym for the ‘Art World’
suggestion, that in some way, I was not a socially

				
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