In the July/August 2015 issue we present the first iteration of VAI’s 20:20 Vision project, comprising responses to the question ‘What do you want from the art world?’, gathered by Glenn Holman and Andy Parsons at VAI’s Get Together 2015. VAI are creating the first long-term vision document dedicated to individual artists, informed via a research programme of artist peer-group gatherings.
As ever, the VAN focuses on the contexts in which visual artists work and live. Participants in the Arts Council’s Curator-in-Residence programme reflect on the scheme’s benefits to artists. Michaële Cutaya reports on ‘Nimble Spaces, Ways To Live Together’ (Visual, Carlow), a conference on creative strategies for housing, and Rob Hilken discusses ‘Developing Creative Practice Across Borders’, a seminar showcase for this trans-European exchange project.
Our columnists present a bouquet of issues and ideas. Jonathan Carroll wonders Who’s afraid of performance art? Tara Byrne alerts us to ageism and cognitive dissonance. Joanne Laws introduces FOOTFALL, a survey of Irish artist-led organisations. Chris Clarke writes about curating Newfoundland and Labrador’s representation at Venice.
In a report on our Professional Development Programme, our project partners reflect on how and why they work with VAI. Details of upcoming Professional Development Programme workshops, peer reviews and seminars are on page 35. North Down and Ards gets the regional profile treatment. Reports from the Arts Office, Seacourt Print Workshop and artists Jo Hatty, Sharon Regan and Lee Boyd offer insights into visual arts resources and activities.
Other regional focuses include Catherine Harty’s round up of visual arts issues and activity in Cork and Northern Ireland Manager Rob Hilken’s consideration of digital art practices in Northern Ireland. Two new venues are profiled: the Social Studios and Gallery, Derry and An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk.
Reviewed in Critique section are: Basic Space at 126, Galway; Gabhann Dunne, The LAB; ‘I will go there, take me home’, the MAC, Belfast; Kathy Prendergast, Crawford Gallery, Cork and Daniel Chester, Paul Roy and Gary Robinson, Luan Gallery, Athlone.
Suzanne’s Mooney’s career development article reflects on her move to Japan, while photographer George Robb outlines his recent shift to becoming a full-time artist. ‘How is it Made?’ articles include ‘Making Metal Sing’, an interview with sculptor Jane Murtagh and Karla Black discussing her IMMA exhibition, which utilises cosmetics and craft materials.
We also showcase varied modes of collaborative / public art practice. Helen O’Donoghue interviews artist Bernie Masterson about her work in prison education. Fiona Whelan considers the motivations and thinking behind her book Ten: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation: A Critical Memoir. Cliona Harmey outlines the making of Dublin Ships, a generative systems-based public artwork for Dublin’s Docklands and Denis Roche profiles ‘Panchaea’, a two-year engagement with mental health service users in Carlow County. And of course there is more: exhibition and public art roundups, news from the sector and various current opportunities.
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