Here are some highlights from the many wonderful Irish projects that were supported by Creative Europe Culture funding! Some events and exhibitions began in 2017 and some will continue into 2018.
The Arts Council has also introduced a Co-funding Award to support the Irish elements of successful Creative Europe Co-operation Projects. The award is offered on an annual basis and is open to Irish arts organisations who have secured funding under the Co-operation Projects Strand of Creative Europe Culture.
The Arts Council gave the Co-funding Award to four Irish organisations in 2017:
- The Glucksman Gallery for Voyage Inside a Blind Experience
- Cork Midsummer Festival for Circus250: Diverse, Real, Physical,
- Fidget Feet Aerial Dance for the Vertical Dance Forum
- West Cork Music for the project READ ON
In Public, In Particular (IPIP) develops and promotes participatory art methods and situation specific art among European audiences. The main tools used are audience research, public workshops and international street happenings by artists and art students in close cooperation with street actors and the public on four European streets including Dublin.
The Irish partner, NCAD, chose Thomas Street and its environs for their event. The Culture Office opened the In Public, In Particular exhibition in NCAD which ran over two days from 30 Nov to 01 December, 2017. Students and graduates of NCAD engaged with street vendors, local builders, shop owners and local historians to create a range of interventions, performances, audio tours and photographic installations that looked at the historical, social and political aspects of Thomas Street and its inhabitants.
Eoin Haide (pictured) presented a photographic series of posters entitled Urban Cowboys, made with the horsemen of the Thomas Street area to celebrate the culture of horse husbandry in the area. Clara Scullion offered audio tours of the Thomas Street area, sharing the local knowledge of those who live and work there, looking beyond the official tourist narrative that has recently been made more visible on the street. Andrew Weilens worked with the Bridgefoot Street Men’s Shed and the Bridge Street Project on Francis Street to develop a special performance through the streets of the Thomas Street area.
'In Public, In Particular is an excellent example of a Creative Europe supported trans-national European collaborative arts project,' says Katie Lowry of Creative Europe Desk Ireland.
Circus250 (Cork Midsummer Festival)
Circus250: Diverse, Real, Physical brings together a four-country partnership led by Crying Out Loud (UK) plus partners Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland), Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde (France) and Subtopia (Sweden) to address the need for high quality ethnically diverse performances that can appeal to popular audiences. The partners are highly experienced and widely recognised for supporting emerging artists, initiating work that integrates artforms, and developing local as well as sector specific audiences.
This project will enable hip hop and circus artists to work together through a year-long series of workshops, residencies and performances. They will deliver an international circus hip hop project for Circus250 which will mark the anniversary of the birth of the modern day circus by Philip Astley in 2018.
'Cork Midsummer Festival is delighted to be part of the successful four country Creative Europe bid for Circus250: Diverse, Real, Physical led by UK partner, creative producers Crying Out Loud. The project will enable talented hip hop theatre artists and highly skilled circus artists to work together through a year-long series of workshops, residencies and performances through the lens of football to explore the physicality of the body and sport.'
'2018 is the 250th anniversary of Philip Astley’s first modern Circus ring in London (and subsequently Dublin) and we will use this anniversary to profile contemporary innovation in European circus with the same values and draw parallels between the way circus has integrated other artforms, then and now,' said Kath Gorman, Artistic Curator, Cork Midsummer Festival.
[Circus250; Image by Camilla Greenwell]
Vertical Dance Forum (Fidget Feet Aerial Dance)
Fidget Feet, based in Limerick, was successful as a co-partner with Vertical Dance Forum (VDF). The project is a partnership of seven vertical dance professionals working in Europe and Canada, representative of the diversity in this artform.
'Fidget Feet Aerial Dance is thrilled to be a partner in the Vertical Dance Forum; a capacity building initiative between professionals across six European countries in the sector, facilitating and increasing international mobility through exchange, networking, reflection and promotion of practice'
'This very special trans-European initiative focuses a spotlight on the extraordinary artistic engagements that are happening to increase artistic community empowerment, engagement, and professional practice in the aerial and spectacle art forms across regional Ireland and Europe.'
VOYAGE INSIDE A BLIND EXPERIENCE (GLUCKSMAN GALLERY)
The VIBE exhibition will invite audiences to experience how visual impairment affects one’s engagement with art. The Lead Partner in this Smaller Scale Cooperation Project is Cooperativa Atlante (Italy) with co-partners Instituto dei Ciechidi Milano (IT); MSU museum in Zagreb (HR); Glucksman Art Gallery Cork (pictured), and University College Cork.
Is it possible to experience abstract artworks without using your eyes? And how can the aesthetic experience of sighted visitors be enhanced to understand the experiences of the visually impaired?
Voyage Inside a Blind Experience will be an exhibition that can be enjoyed by a visually impaired public, through works by the renowned artists Anni and Josef Albers as well as tactile models, darkroom installations, interactive displays and educational programmes.
National Print Museum Ireland is the Irish partner in CREATIVE MAKERS: kids’ fablabs for letterpress & printing inspired by tinkering and making (CREAM). Creative Makers will create 4 Fablabs for children, to reinvent letterpress and printing through tinkering and making. The CREAM partnership includes:
- Explora, the children’s museum of Rome (Italy);
- Neapolis, a maker space that will soon create its own fablab in Vilanova i La Geltrù (Spain);
- Labora, a space for hand-on letterpress and printing workshops in Tallin (Estonia);
- National Print Museum in Dublin, a museum fully dedicated to printing in Dublin (Ireland).
Fablabs are dedicated spaces where children, teachers and parents are actively involved in new hands-on workshops which combine the basic concepts of printing and letterpress with digital fabrication and other new technologies. Local test events and collaborations with existing fablabs, artists and makers will also be scheduled, with the focus being on schools and families.