Collaborative Practice Workshop
With artists Marie Brett, Kate Wilson and Naomi Draper
There are a growing number of opportunities for artists to work collaboratively. These include ongoing residencies in schools and community groups, realising a project in a healthcare setting, working within a company or collaborations with other artists. These programmes are often supported by Local Authority Arts Offices, the Arts Council, as well as a number of different agencies through schemes like Artists in the Community, Artist in Schools, and Arts and Health. More recently Creative Ireland with its emphasis on community, youth and children create even more opportunities for artists and creative practitioners to work in exciting new contexts.
Working collaboratively can be very enriching to your professional artistic practice but it can also be challenging. In this practical workshop we will explore some exciting artistic collaborative projects while asking the questions what is collaborative and socially engaged practice; how does it relate to other parts of my practice; how can I develop my skills and capacity to work collaboratively; as well as hints and tips on how to generate interesting ideas and manage your project.
The workshop will consist of presentations, group exercises and discussions. It is aimed at both emerging and established visual artists, writers, musicians, theatre producers and any creative practitioners who are currently working or interested in working in collaborative and socially engaged arts. As part of the workshop we will also look at what opportunities exist in Leitrim and beyond for working collaboratively.
The workshop will be facilitated by artists Marie Brett, Naomi Draper and Kate Wilson.
Date: Thursday October 5th
Time: 10.30 Registration, 11am – 4pm
Venue: The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim
Cost: €20 to Creative Frame members, € 40 to non- members
Marie Brett is a visual artist based in Ireland who uses digital media, sculpture and immersive installation to produce artwork as a reflection on contemporary life. Her practice involves a social and collective dimension and her approach to collaboration with community and place to inform and influence the making of new work has gained national interest. As part of her collaborative practice Marie produces artwork responding to the social and physical environments developing site specific artworks for an island military fort (Nest, 2014 ), a disused hotel (‘She Took to the Bed’, 2012 ), a deconsecrated church ( Nemeton, 2012 ), as well as a fish and manufacturing factories in Iceland (‘Cho Rhi’, 2009). Marie has received numerous awards for her practice and her artwork is held in collections nationally and internationally.
Kate Wilson is a graduate of the Slade School of Art, UCL, London. Since moving to Ireland in 1995 she has worked as a painter, performer, director and arts facilitator. In 2012 Kate founded the cross arts company, Hereinafter Performance. Her work in performance and film often involves exploration of links across the arts. Collaborations in cross arts include Gill Clarke (Independent Dance); Echo Echo Dance Theatre; Le Coque director Jean Marie Perinetti & musician Lauren Kinsella. Kate’s most recent collaborative performance works ‘Under the Surface’ (2015) and ‘Undercurrent’(2016) are both supported by the Arts Council of Ireland through the Artist Project Awards. Her new collaborative project ‘Winter Ground’ will form part of a double bill with Irish Modern Dance Theatre in November 2017. Kate has been invited to facilitate cross arts workshops across Ireland for all ages, including for IMMA, The Ark, The Model and The Dock. She also regularly facilitates workshops engaging local communities, mixed ability groups and schools.
Naomi Draper graduated from NCAD with a Bachelor of Design specialising in glass in 2007. In 2011, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Arts Education at NCAD. Naomi has participated on a number of residency programmes within contemporary art institutions, community and educational contexts; including the LOCIS Residency at Residence Botkyrka, Sweden, The Model, Sligo, and The Harrington Studios, Boyle, Co Roscommon. In 2017 Naomi will deliver two solo exhibitions of work in Roscommon Arts Centre and Artbox, Dublin. Previous exhibitions include A seed’s a star, the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, On Beauty, Roscommon Arts Centre, One Million to One, Botkyrka Konstall, Sweden, Paper for the Sky, Interstate, Brooklyn, NY and Practice national tour; West Cork Arts Centre, Axis Balymun, Dublin, The Model, Sligo. Naomi’s multi-disciplinary practice explores the fragility of our built and natural environment, investigating what defines space and how it is lived and activated by humans and non-humans. Combining a range of mediums and processes particularly through drawing and glass, Draper examines the structures and boundaries, limitations and new potentials of public and private environments.