Image shown: Amaranta Family Practice and deAppendix studio April 2013. Image courtesy of Ciara-McMahon.

deAppendix together with Amaranta Family Practice has been short listed for the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, in the section ‘best use of creativity in the community’. The award is for socially and culturally responsible projects that result in engagement by a community in the arts.

deAppendix is a cultural space in the heart of Dublin’s ‘burbs. Co-located with a GP surgery, deAppendix hosts a changing calendar of contemporary art exhibitions and artists talks. While not a therapeutic project itself, deAppendix lives in symbiosis with the therapeutic space of a GP surgery for it’s existence.?Through its artist in residence programme deAppendix challenges how such spaces are activated and in so doing questions accepted norms for this genre of space. deAppendix is a project by GP and artist Ciara McMahon, whose art practice frequently examines the potential for hybridity between the disciplines of Art and Medicine.

Other nominees include:

BAM Contractors & Cork Midsummer Festival for Parallel Cities
Brown Bag Films / The Irish Times & Fighting Words
The Irish Times & Fishamble: The New Play Company for Tiny Plays for Ireland 2

The winners of the 2013 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on 10 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. These awards seek to recognise the importance of arts and business organisations working together. The Awards will be presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, TD.


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