Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, will host its annual Networking Day on 26 September 2019 at Millennium Hall, Cork City in partnership with Crawford Art Gallery (Cork), Counterpoints Arts (London), Cork City Arts Office and Heart of Glass (St Helens). The Networking Day opens up a space to ask a shared and urgent question: how can collaborative forms of arts practice – engaging with the embodied experiences and knowledge of citizens – initiate and implement real civic agency and significant momentum for social change?
The Networking Day provides an opportunity for those working in the collaborative arts, or with an interest in this area of practice, to learn from world-leading academics, artists, thinkers and activists, and to network with colleagues and friends.
The day will open by looking at the institution as commissioner, with a central focus on world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera, who will discuss her work on the Tate Modern Turbine Hall Hyundai Commission.
Afternoon breakout sessions reflecting current collaborative initiatives include:
Mid-point: Creative Enquiry Artists-in-Residence in conversation: Mary Brady of Cork City Council and The Creative Enquiry Artists in Residence Susan McManamon, Marie Brett and Colette Lewis will take part in a roundtable discussion of how best to facilitate meaningful opportunities of creative engagement and dialogue with older people. The artists will share their creative approach to engaging older people in the processes of art making; consider the residency model as an effective access point for older people to creatively encounter arts practice; evaluate how these parallel residencies advance the work; and consider the legacy of the project.
The concept of citizens as commissioners will be discussed in the second panel of the day and the closing discussion will look at the notion of commemoration and the symbolic role of public art.
The day will conclude with a reception to mark the launch of the new Create Strategy 2020-2024.
Full programme and booking information: https://www.create-ireland.ie/activity/create-networking-day-2019/