Other People’s Practices is an artist residency and research project that supports professional artists to produce collaborative, socially engaged projects in Usher’s Island, a post/semi-post forensic mental healthcare setting. Emma Finucane, a print maker who has been researching and making visual art in health contexts for over ten years, will speak about her practice and the aims of her inaugural four-month residency with Other People’s Practices. This lunchtime talk is taking place on 26 March 2019 at Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD.
Usher’s Island is a National Forensic Mental Health Service community centre for recovered and recovering service users of the Central Mental Hospital. John Conway, the director and curator of Other People’s Practices, will briefly present the project and its context before introducing Emma. Fellow artists in residence Glenn Loughrann and Jonathan Cummins will also join the talk.
Other People’s Practices is a partnership between John Conway, The National Forensic Mental Health Service, National College of Art and Design and Waterford Healing Arts Trust. It is funded by Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund.
Emma Finucane has been researching and making visual art in health contexts for over ten years. Her work is created through dialogue, process based, participatory and collaborative practice. Emma investigates the way we connect and communicate with places and each other and how this ultimately contributes to the quality of our lives. Her work frequently combines education, research and artistic practice. Most recently Emma’s art practice led her to a residency in the UCD School of Nursing and Midwifery.
A founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray Co.Wicklow, Emma completed a BFA at NCAD in 1997 and an MFA in 2006. She has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow, Carlow, Cavan and has been working on The Creative Well Project with Kildare County Arts Service since 2011. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally and can be found in many private and public collections including OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD.
Emma is interested in exploring Usher’s Island as a vital space within the lives of the service users who pass through it as they recover. Using dialogic art-making workshops, Emma will work with service users to question the potential of a creative journey and ask: What happens when we navigate this place together as artist and service user?
Date: Tuesday 26 March
Venue: Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD