This conference has been organized for you by a group of visual artists from Limerick. It presents an unprecedented opportunity to examine our visual art systems in a new way – as an Ecology.
Bringing together a diverse range of visual art stakeholders and experts, this conference aims to promote conversation and offer a starting point that can lead to a sustainable, healthy Visual Art Ecology in Limerick. The conference is organised by a core group from the Visual Art Pillar who aim to realise the full potential of a visual art community in Limerick.
Speakers include, Hannah Clark (Bristol Biennial), artist Michelle Browne, writer John Holden, Francis McKee (Director CCA, Glasgow), Callum Lee (Director, BOP Consulting), Mike Fitzpatrick (Director Limerick European Capital of Culture 2020 Bid) and artist Fiona Reilly.
The Visual Art Pillar has posed a question: What is the current/recent state (last 5-10 years) of the Visual Art Eco-System in Limerick and how can it develop towards a sustainable Visual Art Ecology (next 5-10years)?
On their behalf John Holden, writer, speaker, and cultural commentator is currently researching this very question. John will present his findings at the conference.
All are invited to attend and contribute, from local business people and political public representatives, to artists and cultural practitioners and anyone who has an interest in the development and future of the visual art and cultural ecology in Limerick.
This conference is FREE but places are limited, so booking is essential.
Thursday 6PMLSAD Clare St.
Friday 10am69 O'Connell St.
Friday 10.30am69 O'Connell St.
Friday- 10.45amMike Fitzpatrick
Friday- 11.45amBristol Biennial
Friday- 1.45pmCallum Lee>
Friday- 2.45pmMichelle Brown and Fiona Reilly with Chris Hayes
Saturday 10am69 O'Connell St.
Saturday 10.30am69 O'Connell St.
Saturday- 10.45amFrancis Mckee
Saturday- 11.45amJohn Holden
Professor John Holden is an Associate at the think-tank Demos, (where he was Head of Culture for 8 years), a Visiting Professor at City University, London, and an Honorary Professor of the University of Hong Kong. He has been involved in numerous major projects across the cultural sector in the visual arts, heritage, libraries, music, museums, the performing arts, and the moving image, working with governments, agencies, cities and organisations such as Tate, the British Museum, the V&A and the Royal Shakespeare Company. John is the author of works including The Ecology of Culture Influence and Attraction, Democratic Culture, and Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy, and is the co-author of The Cultural Leadership Handbook, Cultural Diplomacy and All Together. He has given many keynote speeches in the UK, the rest of Europe, Japan, Asia, North America and Australia. John is a Trustee of the Hepworth, Wakefield, and a member of the Strategy Board of the Clore Leadership Programme, the European Expert Network on Culture, and the Learning Committee of the Design Museum.
Fiona Reilly is a multidisciplinary artist based in Dublin. She graduated from the painting department of NCAD in 2008 with a first class hons. degree. Working predominantly with drawing, video and sculpture she exhibited throughout Ireland and abroad, receiving numerous awards including an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award and the EV+A 2010 John Hunt Memorial Award. In 2012 she was Artist in Residence at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania, where she began experimenting with actions in public space. Following this she completed a Masters in Social Practice and the Creative Environment at Limerick School of Art Design, graduating in 2014 with a first class honours. Fiona is currently undertaking the Digital Media Skills Development residency at Firestation Artists Studios, Dublin. At the heart of Fiona's practice is an investigation into the relationship between art and everyday life. Inherent in this is the continuous questioning of how and why we make art.
Bristol Biennial has been described as "impressive, radical and artist-led" (a-n). Emerging in 2012, the festival responded to the need for opportunities for early-career artists to present their work professionally across the city. Led by four practicing artists, Bristol Biennial values hopefulness, nurtures talent and promotes accessibility within the visual arts ecology. We reconnect artists and audiences, foster international and local partnerships and operate an unorthodox festival model in a precarious climate.
I am an expert in the cultural and creative industries, trusted by some of the largest organisations in the sector. I work across BOP’s projects – from focused evaluations to major strategies. Everything I do has a focus on data and evidence, often using new or innovative approaches. At BOP (www.bopconsulting.eu), my recent projects include the evaluation of culture in ERDF for the European Commission, the evaluation of the BFI Film Academy, or the development of the Technology Strategy Board’s Creative Industries Strategy (now Innovate UK). Between 2013 and 2015, I was also the Deputy Director of the European Creative Business Network. I believe there are strong economic and social arguments for greater engagement with European institutions. I introduced BOP’s annual internship scheme with the Social Mobility Foundation. In the last few years, I have spoken at events in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Singapore. I’ve been in the Guardian and on Germany’s ZDF TV.
I am the course director for the MA Festive Arts Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. My research focuses on Irish studies, with an emphasis on the art and architecture of Ireland, concepts of space, memory, performance and the body. I am particularly interested in exploring these concepts through visual images, built landscapes, poetry and prose fiction. My current research also includes work on arts management, cultural entrepreneurship and innovation, and ideas of measurement and value in the arts and cultural sector.
Director of Limerick's European Capital of Culture 2020 Bid, previously Director, Limerick National City of Culture 2014. On secondment from role of Head of School, Limerick School of Art and Design , LIT, a position held since 2009. Irish Commissioner for the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015 along with Curator Woodrow Kernohan and artist, Sean Lynch. Previously Commissioner/Curator for the 52nd Venice Art Biennale with the work of Gerard Byrne in 2007. Director/Curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art 2000 – 2009 curated over eighty exhibitions by Irish and international artists. As an artist exhibited in Ireland, UK, USA, Hungry, Australia and Italy.
I joined Limerick City Council in August 1989 as Arts Officer. While working full-time I undertook a BA and an MA as a Mature student and am a graduate of English Literature from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (BA 1996, MA 2003). In my work as Arts Officer I have published an Integrated Arts Strategy for Limerick City and have advised on policy on a range of issues, including Cultural Diversity, Artist in the Community, Local Arts Development the development of Creative Limerick. I have been part of Eva International since 1990. I was part of the team for Limerick that bid for European Capital of Culture in 2001 and helped develop the proposal to Government for Limerick City of Culture 2014 along with other Council officials. As part of Limerick National City of Culture I was part of the team that brought 'Granny' to town! I am currently part of the European Capital of Culture 2020 bid team for Limerick.
Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin. Much of her work is performance based and collaborative and she has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally recently taking part in Motivational Deficit, Crawford Gallery, Cork; Using the Museum, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland; The Workers, Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon. Browne has curated a number of exhibitions including Out of Site from 2006-2008, Between You and Me and the Four Walls for IETM at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Tulca Season of Visual Art 2010, and These Immovable Walls: Performing Power at Dublin Castle 2014. Browne is currently lecturer in sculpture and expanded practice at NCAD.
Francis McKee is a tutor and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art, working on the development of open source ideologies. From 2005 to 2008 he was also curator of Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art. He has curated many exhibitions including This Peaceful War, The Jumex Collection for the first Glasgow International in 2005; Zenomap (together with Kay Pallister), the presentation of new work from Scotland for the Venice Biennale in 2003; and he was one of the curators invited to contribute in Lyon Biennale 2007. Previously, Francis worked as a historian of medicine for the Wellcome Trust and as Head of Programme at CCA. For the past fifteen years he has written extensively on the work of artists such as Christine Borland, Willie Docherty, Ross Sinclair, Douglas Gordon, Matthew Barney, Simon Starling, Catherine Yass, Joao Penalva, Kathy Prendergast and Pipilotti Rist. A recent collection of essays has been published and he was one of seven writers to collaborate on a sci-fi novel entitled Philip. Selections of his writing are also available on his website: francismckee.net