Get Together 2021: Sustainable! Ambition!

Get Together 2021 will take place online from 5th – 7th of October.

Keynote Speaker

Christian Jankowski

Querying many notions of authorship, ownership, originality, propriety and authenticity that might otherwise be taken for granted

Artist Speak

Each day there will be presentations by exemplary artists speaking about their work, the development of their careers and their own personal experience as professional visual artists.

Tuesday 4th October

Andi McGarry

Andi is an experienced artist and maker with an extensive background in participatory arts. He is a recent graduate of MA Social Practice and the Creative Environment from Limerick School of Arts and Design. The nature of his visual arts practice has enabled him to interact and collaborate with many Arts community and education bodies, managing the minutia of projects, often temporarily becoming part of organizations and multi-tasking in a range of different roles. One of his key strengths is the ability to strategize, plan, develop and visualize in a creative way and to follow though overseeing and implementing the agreed plan. Andi can start any project from the ground up. His varied experiences have enabled me to grasp how to form new collaborations and develop partnerships with a wide range of individuals, group, agencies, and funding bodies. Andi has a strong and distinct leadership style and can galvanize groups and focus outcomes which follow good governance/ best practice. Much can also be achieved by fostering a spirit of encouragement, collaboration, and mutual support often using humor as an effective tool to lubricate the components. As a volunteer himself, Andi values the contribution volunteers make to a community and treats all volunteers – as a valuable human resource. Andi has been actively involved and very successful in many different funding applications with many years planning and budgeting for a variety of small, medium, and large-scale projects.

Atoosa Pour Hosseini

Atoosa Pour Hosseini is a Dublin-based visual artist, filmmaker, member of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, and co-director of Experimental Film Society. She makes film, installation and performance work about the nature of memory, illusion, reality and perception. She attempts to convey and examine several recurring themes that relate to location, reflection, alienation and her relationship with her surroundings. She works with the material textures of 8mm and 16mm as well as digital processes to explore layers of space and time, superimposing imagery and creating entrancing patterns of repetition with startling interruptions. This is usually presented in two visual planes: the captured image and the surface of the film strip itself. She holds an MA in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin as well as BA in Fine Art Painting at Azad University of Art and Architecture, Tehran. She has shown her work extensively and won numerous awards nationally and internationally. Her films Antler (2018) and Mirage (2015) were recently acquired for The Arts Council Collection and The Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection. Her work has featured and reviewed in The Irish Times, RTÉ Culture, MUBI Notebook, Winter Papers, Visual Artists Ireland among international film journals.

Caoimhe Kilfeather

Caoimhe Kilfeather’s work is predominantly sculptural and often generated through a combination of experimental and intuitive processes in the studio alongside more directed research and reading. The histories and legacies of vernacular architecture, humankind’s’ ritualistic tendencies as well as the impact and imprint of landscape on human subjectivity are subject matters which inform her work. Photographs often provide a context or orientation for the viewing of sculptural work. Exhibitions sometimes take the form of an environment – with the creation of a ‘new place’. Such installations have a reflective presence; they are sparsely appointed with crafted objects that are charged with thoughts, memories, and other associations. These objects can behave like facsimiles of ‘real life’: things as well as art objects in and of themselves. In this way the installation might feel simultaneously like two separate places – one ‘real’ and another imagined. Kilfeather employs processes as diverse as weaving, casting, carving and photography and materials as wide ranging as glass, bronze, iron, plaster, paper, silk, wood, and coal. This broad range of materials and processes is reflective of the world to which the work is addressed and derived from. Kilfeather teaches on the Sculpture and Combined Media programme in the Limerick School of Art and Design. She is based in Dublin.

Kathryn Nelson

TBC

Wednesday 5th October

Chanelle Walshe

At present the motif of the flower is the starting point to my work, which is based in painting. My current work is a projection of the female gaze onto a female subject / motif (the flower). The paintings are love letters to, memories of, and portraits of female lovers. My recent paintings point back to earlier works about the brain and the heart and point forward to abstraction and self authorship. The paintings are love stories branching from the tradition of minimalist figurative abstraction. In the process of making, pressing questions have emerged about myself as a queer artist who is now assembling their most autobiographical work, dealing with themes of discomfort, supression, lust, desire, growth, expansion and retraction – much like the cyclical stages of a flower. Earlier works, which explored functionality and energy were made with the support of The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, where I had access to heart and lung specimens. As the daughter of a figurative painter father and a medical scientist mother it is interesting to address this as a narrative backdrop, it also feeds my curiousity about other people’s work. Emotion and the lived experience play a valuable part in the formal decisions of painting – the paint is applied carefully, delicately and slowly. My images consider ideas of arrangement and the point at which, through the process of interpretation and deconstruction, a form alludes to a story and becomes something it previously was not. My practice is nurtured by conversations with other artists where I learn about their work and also about how to articulate and contextualize my own work. As an emerging artist, I am looking to expand the conversation around the lived queer experience and how this works its way into visual art, and also how queerness can be erased, suppressed or avoided in discussions, especially about painting. Chanelle Walshe graduated from NCAD in 2010. She completed a mentorship program with Turps Banana Art School London in 2019. Recent exhibitions include Fallout: Art In This Time, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana (2020), ARTWORKS at Visual Carlow (2019), Hope for tomorrow at Westport Arts Festival (2018), Beatland, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2017 solo), Nerve and Sinew, Custom House Gallery, Westport (2017, 2 person with Betsy Stirratt), A Knowing Nature, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon (2016 group), Panorama, curated by Kathy Tynan and Chanelle Walshe, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2015) and Not Life Necessarily, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, (2014, 2 person with Chloe Brenan). Walshe was artist in residence at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 2015-16. Her work was acquired by Trinity College Dublin in 2021 and The Arts Council of Ireland in 2020. Chanelle lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Elke Westen

TBC

Jonah King

TBC

Duc Van Pham

Vietnamese Fine Art painter and Lacquer ware artist Duc Van Pham has been studying and working in the field of fine art for over a decade. He holds a BA in Fine Art from the Fine Art University of Ho Chi Minh city. Pham Van Duc has exhibited extensively Including an exhibition in the Fine Art Museum of Ho Chi Minh City in 2010. In 2012 and 2013 Duc held exhibitions in Dublin and in London. His works have sold internationally. Duc worked as a full time lecturer of Fine Art at the Architectural University of Ho Chi Minh until he moved to Ireland in 2010. Duc Van Pham currently resides in Ireland where he is a full time painter My work is about the exploration of the human spirit and diversity in society. Through my political activity in Dublin I met people with diverse backgrounds and became fascinated by exploring this. In my paintings I have worked with people who are homeless, immigrants, people with cancer and one of the biggest themes was abortion. It would be collaborations and interactions between me and the sitters to create the paintings about themselves and their roles and concerns in society. I have been working on my project for 5 years which delved into diverse social issues and human spirit, and that I suppose very important in the art works as a theme for a long run. Working on my project I have had to challenge myself and my style of painting. In capturing the emotion of the person I found expressionism the best way for me to delve deeper into this. I also work in abstract and find that a great way to invent and allow room for interpretation. The combination of abstract and expressionism has worked well in my paintings and allowed me to expand my creativity hence my artworks would be more exciting, refreshing and attractive.

Panel Discussions

Each day, from 11am we will invite a panel to discuss a topic related to the Get Together 2021 theme.

Craft Crashing through the walls of Visual Arts Galleries

Aaron Angell
Amber Cowan
Gareth Mason
Liza Lou

Sustaining a Practice and Working with Ambition

Practice & The Anthropocene

Book Your Ticket

Get Together 2021 will take place online from 5th – 7th of October.

Booking your ticket here will give you access to the 3 day conference platform for all talks, panel discussions and networking areas.

A ticket must be booked before registering for any add on sessions of Speed Curating or Clinics.

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Speed Curating

Ever wish you could get a chance to sit down with a curator to introduce yourself and show them your work? At Speed Curating there’ll be 40 of the top curators in Ireland waiting for you to do just that.
These sessions are for 20 minutes and you will have the opportunity to send questions, images of your work or an artist statement etc. in advance of your meeting.

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Specialist Clinics

Do you have an area in your practice you need help with or would just like some advice on where to go next? Get help in 20-minute one-on-one meetings with experts in their field.

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Tuesday 5th October
Andi McGarry
Atoosa Pour Hosseini
Caoimhe Kilfeather
Kathryn Nelson
Wednesday 6th October
Chanelle Walshe
Elke Westen
Jonah King
Duc Van Pham
Thursday 7th October
Martin Marley
Barbara Kenneally
Sinead Brennan
Elaine Harrington

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