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Ground Up - rural art project 2003 - 2007
Background to the Project:
Ground Up was established by the Arts Office as an experimental programme of contemporary art in rural contexts in Co. Clare. In the main the Arts Office was concerned with the following questions:
Curated by Fiona Woods, the Regional Arts Coordinator for North Clare at the time, Ground Up involved 22 artists over three strands between 2003- 2007, staged a series of public events, generated two publications and 11 temporary public artworks. It had a strong artist-led ethos and laid emphasis on research.
The aims of the project were:
The desired outcomes of the project were:
In the first two strands (2003 – 2005) invited artists were paid to engage in a relatively short, collective research process, which had an inbuilt training and/or mentoring budget that the artists could spend as they chose. Some artists were subsequently commissioned to carry out temporary public works, which themselves involved research stages of various lengths.
The third strand (2006) brought an international dimension with 5 Irish and international artists participating in the programme, assisted by a number of local artists, promoting an exchange of knowledge and information between the two. This strand, titled Rural Vernacular drew an international audience through the conference and on-site symposium Shifting Ground; New Perspectives on Art and Rural Culture 2006. Shifting Ground is a partnership project established between Clare County Council and GMIT.
The County Arts Office produced a publication that documented and extended the researches of Ground Up in 2008, titled Ground Up; Reconsidering Contemporary Art Practice in the Rural Context, ed. Fiona Woods.
The Arts Office also facilitated the establishment of the Ground Up Artists’ Collective (GUAC) in 2008 – an independent artists collective.
The County Arts
Office also initiated the Shifting Ground Project in association with
Galway Mayo-Institute of Technology in 2006.