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The week-long residency programme will see artists living and working in the rural domestic setting of Mrua Studios at Monreal North in Ennistymon to question the conflation of domestic and public spaces. The artists will research the theme of “The Future is Domestic!” www.the-future-is-domestic.blogspot.com through workshops, presentations and group discourse.
Amongst those attending the workshop will be artists from MoKs Centre for Art and Social Practice in Estonia and SERDE a centre for art, folklore and heritage in Lativia, along with an informal association of artists based in rural North Clare named Outrider Artists.
Commenting on thee programme, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, “Culture Connects is a wide and varied programme engaging artists and citizens in Ireland with artists and colleagues based elsewhere in Europe. The upcoming programme in Clare encourages artistic partnership and co-operation across international boundaries in Europe and recognises international artistic exchange and transnational cultural co-operation as important dimensions of Irish arts.”
“The Future is Domestic! has a strong European dimension featuring international artists who have a very considered art practice/social engagement and bring aspects of their cultures very clearly defined with them. They have a history of merging domestic and public spaces, through hosting artists in their homes, creating pop up galleries, sharing facilities and knowledge and exhibiting/performing in unusual spaces here and abroad,” explained Siobhan Mulcahy, Clare Arts Officer.
She continued: “Outrider Artists now wish to continue that positive creative empowerment through collaborating with artists from MoKS and SERDE. Shared workshops and public presentations are the formats to explore the theme of this gathering and acquire new artistic skills through the process of making.”
“The unique creative team of Evelyn Muursepp and John Grzinich from MoKs, both internationally recognised artists in their individual fields of drawing and sound, have constructed a workshop that also has a level of social consciousness to be explored in its realisation. SERDE are offering two workshops; gathering herbs and making alcohol tinctures. Techniques of distillery and fermentation are new to us and welcome as new methodologies for making and creating,” Ms. Mulcahy added.
MoKS, SERDE and the invited artists participating in the workshops will give public presentations at the beginning and at the end of the weeks' work in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, to a public audience. The free events take place on Sunday 12th May (3-5pm) and Saturday, 18th May (3-5pm).
According to Ms. Mulcahy: “By setting up innovative conditions for creative experiment, taking risks and peer to peer learning through workshops and a residential shared week together, we are opening the knowledge base in this inventive gathering for new artistic methodologies to emerge. Focusing on dialogue through the materiality of making, while exploring the theme topic “The future is domestic!”, unusual models of art praxis may arise to support novel ways of sustaining art in rural remote areas.”
“The high standard of creative output by these
visiting artists of various art disciplines combined with their diverse
backgrounds in art training and education, matched by those of their Irish
counterparts, creates an environment for cross fertilization of disciplines
that potentially can ultimately lead to radically ground breaking new
artworks being created,” she concluded.
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