Daily Archives: July 10, 2017

a-n launches five-year Valuing Artists strategy, UK

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 21,000 members. On behalf of its members, a-n has launched a five-year strategy to tackle the growing challenges they face in sustaining their careers as they contribute to the UK’s £1.9bn visual arts success.

The Valuing Artists strategy was developed with input from a-n’s members and AIR Council. The strategy has a fundamental aim of ensuring policy makers and commissioners value the artist as well as the art.

The strategy will build support for:

  • A Brexit that works for visual artists in the UK, focusing on freedom of movement, residency and rights and, beyond 2019, will continue to promote the rights of artists as they are affected by our withdrawal from the EU by exploring solutions to the issues our members face.
  • More sustainable livelihoods for visual artists by building on a-n’s core advocacy work to make the case for fair payment of artists; to understand and articulate the wider range of issues which impact on artists’ livelihoods and the nature of their practice today; and promote credible solutions to these issues to government.
  • Greater diversity in the visual arts sector by using a-n’s unique position as the largest grassroots visual arts membership organisation in the UK to deliver valuable, nuanced intelligence around the scale and impact of diversity as it is reflected in artist-led practice today, while promoting greater diversity at all levels of the sector.

a-n Director Jeanie Scott said: “As a sector, the visual arts make a significant contribution to our economy and our international reputation. However, as a nation we do not place the same value on the artists that create the work and reputation we cherish.”

“Artists are resilient but we have got to recognise and find solutions to the unique set of challenges they face. The Valuing Artists strategy is about working with our members, our partners with shared interests and with local, regional and national policy makers to do just that.”

a-n will also partner with a variety of membership organisations to build the case for change on shared issues. This week sees the launch of the first Valuing Artists project and partnership, with a-n working alongside the Incorporated Society of Musicians to highlight key Brexit issues impacting on self-employed artists.

The core members of a-n’s new Paying Artists Working Group will be announced over the summer and a research and advocacy partnership with Visual Artists Ireland around social security for artists will be announced in the autumn, followed by details of further campaigns and projects into 2018.


Survey | Belfast, Derry and Strabane European Capital of Culture 2023 Bid

Belfast City and Derry City and Strabane District Council are working together to submit a joint bid to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture.

In order for us to prepare for stage one, they invite you to tell them of any EU or international project or partnership that you are involved in, and what future opportunities you feel could be developed. They will then use this information to shape the bid.

They would appreciate if you could take ten minutes to complete the online survey.


Galway 2020 announces appointment of Chris Baldwin as Creative Director

Chairperson, Aideen McGinley and board members of Galway 2020 are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Baldwin as Creative Director of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

As Creative Director, Chris will be responsible for the delivery of the programme of events for 2020 for Galway City & County. Chris comes from a very strong Artistic and Cultural background with a proven track record in the delivery of international cultural events and programmes.

Chris will work with Hannah Kiely, Chief Executive Officer at Galway 2020 and together they will build the creative team that leads Galway City and County on this extraordinary journey towards the European Capital of Culture in 2020 and beyond.

Chris has become widely known for Teatro de Creacion (TdC) – an approach to making large scale interdisciplinary performance designed for a place, about that place – its history and relationship to local people and usually made in deep collaboration with the people of that place. For over thirty years he has been directing and writing for companies in Spain, UK, Poland, Bulgaria and Germany and elsewhere.


Commission | Shannon Fisherman Archive Documentary Project

The deadline for submission of all requested material is 5pm Friday, 21 July 2017.

As part of the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022, Limerick Archives are working on a Shannon Fisherman Archive project and are pleased to invite expressions of interest from filmmakers to deliver a short documentary.

Limerick has a long fishing tradition and a unique relationship with the river Shannon from Doonass down to Scattery Island. The fishing takes place between these junctions, traditionally from Doonass to the lax weir in Corbally by the Abbey Fishermen. They lived mainly in the Abbey area of Limerick City, Sheep Street, Gaol Lane and Meat Market Lane.

Ardnacrusha disrupted this way of life when the Scheme altered the flow of the river. The tail race reduced the volume of water in the original course and when the turbines released flood water vast quantities were allowed to flow through the original channel. This meant the water was moving faster and it also changed the way the fish behaved. Old salmon patterns were disrupted as the salmon chose the fastest stream path and got caught in the turbines and killed meaning they could not reach their spawning beds way upriver. When they fry (babies) came down they got caught in the turbines also so the few that did get through were unlikely to successfully spawn young.

All groups fished with a draft net (from shore) and a drift net (from a boat). In 2006 the EU conservation policy saw major changes as the government bought the licences from the majority of the fishermen and it became illegal to use a net on the river.

We are looking for a filmmaker to deliver a documentary on the above practices. The film duration should be approximately 10 minutes.

Download the Full Project Brief, Timeline and Submission Requirements Here: gallery.mailchimp.com/Shannon_Fisherman_Archive_Filmmaker_Call_Out.01.pdf

Please submit the expressions of interest to: archives@limerick.ie with a following reference in the email subject line: Shannon Fisherman Archive Documentary.

Laura Fitzgerald, Richard John Jones Bridget O’Gorman and Sue Rainsford Awarded IMMA Freud Project Residencies

IMMA has announced three new Freud Project Residencies which have been awarded as the result of a recent Open Call. They will be working with artists Laura Fitzgerald and Richard John Jones and a collaborative project with artist Bridget O’Gorman and writer and researcher Sue Rainsford. Each project has its own unique perspective on Lucian Freud and his work and we are excited by the potential in each selected proposal.

Launched in October 2016, the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, 2016 – 2021 centres around a significant five-year loan of 50 works by one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century, Lucian Freud (1922-2011). Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. The works, on loan from private collections, are presented in a dedicated Freud Centre in IMMA’s Garden Galleries for five years. With this extraordinary resource IMMA is creating a centre for Freud research with a programme of special exhibitions, education partnerships, symposia and research that will maximise this important opportunity for schools, third level students, artists and audiences all over Ireland and beyond.

A key element in this exploration is engagement with contemporary artists and art practitioners in response to Freud, revealing exciting new perspectives on this major artist today. IMMA are particularly interested in supporting process-based research though the IMMA Residency Programme. Earlier this year IMMA invited interested candidates to propose contexts and research within their own practice which would explore, contest, expand, complement or radicalise the resonance and impact of the work on show in the Freud Centre. Through this opportunity IMMA wants to support the development of studio practice and artistic production to open new possibilities around the work, and to explore with residents new ways of working with IMMA’s many audiences.


Radiofare #2 on Dublin Digital Radio

Radiofare’s second broadcast will take place on Tuesday 11 July from 10pm – 11pm on Dublin Digital Radio (listen.dublindigitalradio.com)

Radiofare is a new monthly programme of curated sound art and experimental work. The project aims to transgress the ordinary boundaries of radio by creating a platform for the disruptive and unexpected. Selected work loosely responds to the history, politics and technologies of mainstream, pirate, and DIY radio, and the manipulation of radio as a tool of mass communication.

Curated by Rory Caraher and Kerry Guinan.

Listen to Radiofare # 1 here:

Further information: radiofaredublin@gmail.com

Open Call | Annual Residency Competition at Stiwdio Maelor, Wales (Submission Fee)

Closing date: 15 July

In 2015, Stiwdio Maelor started an annual competition, the aim of which is to enable an artist to win an opportunity to complete a residency at Maelor. Each year a different technique/medium is chosen. The competition for this year is Multimedia. The award is a two week residency at Stiwdio Maelor with gift vouchers from local businesses plus a £200 voucher from Great Art. Travel costs are the responsibility of the artist.

There will be an online exhibition on Maelor’s website of all submitted entries. The winning work will be selected from JPEG’s submitted. Artists can submit up to three jpegs per work if 3D. Work can be offered for sale via the website. A 30% commission will be charged on sold works.

Please note there is an entry fee of £10 per work.

For more information and to download application form: stiwdiomaelor.wordpress.com/events/annual-competition