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“VERGE” Symposium

Date: Monday 19th April 2010
Venue: Theatre 1000,New Building, GMIT, Dublin Rd., Campus, Skerrit Roundabout, Galway.
Time: Georgina Barney Presentation: 2.30
Symposium: 3 - 6pm

The aim of this symposium is to consider the form and content of a new visual art publication, VERGE. The publication is intended as an alternative to urban-based visual arts publications and contains articles from writers, artists and poets on issues relating to rural arts and profiles of pertinent projects.

Each speaker has particular knowledge to bring to this discourse- visual arts practice, art history, sociology, agriculture, heritage and critical theory. It is intended that they bring an external perspective to the publication and stimulate an open interrogation of the direction and dissemination of future research at the institute. The symposium will inform the focus of future trans-disciplinary and practice-led research at GMIT.

Research already developed at the institute has fed into a module on Art and Heritage in Rural Contexts. A significant proportion of students studying at GMIT are from rural backgrounds. At a time of accelerated socio-economic, cultural and environmental change, the particular challenges of all forms of visual art practice in rural public spaces is a subject of ongoing research within the institute.

The symposium will be preceded by a presentation by UK based artist Georgina Barney, on her project Great British Farming. The artist is currently undertaking a PhD through practice at Grey's School of Art Aberdeen. http://www.an.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/369830

Panelists:
Jay Koh, Artist, http://ifima.net/
Megs Morely, Artist/Former Public Arts Officer Galway City Arts Office. www.theartistledarchive.com/
Pat Cooke. Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (UCD)
Michaele Cutaya, Freelance Writer/Artist.
Dr. Anne Byrne School of Political Science and Sociology (NUIG)
Dr. Aine Macken Walsh, Teagasc Rural Economy Research Centre
Jenny Haughton Public Arts Policy Advisor, the Arts Council
Catherine Marshall, Art historian.

Chair: Deirdre O'Mahony, Artist/Lecturer (GMIT)

The symposium is free but places are limited.
To register please email deirdre.omahony@gmit.ie

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