Whose interests are addressed in the aesthetics and validation of documentation in community arts and media?
In this session we will consider who benefits from documentation in community arts and media and how documentation can create deeper connections between diverse practices. Participants are invited to bring along resources related to arts and culture in and with communities during the 1970s, 80s and 90s, from which artist Fiona Woods will establish a Living Archive reading room to photograph and log these materials. Activist film maker, Paula Geraghty will explore questions such as: who is all this work for; how do we share what we create; how can we hold the memories; and how can documentation assist people newly working in the aesthetics of resistance.
Tuesday 18th October at 10am
Where is Community Arts positioned as an artistic tradition within civil society and what is its agency today?
A panel of practitioners drawn from the cultural, community and youth work fields will examine the sustainability of community arts traditions and the impetus for cultural democracy at governmental level. The implementation of Culture 2025, and the Policy Framework for Local and Community Development are important opportunities, but can community arts find its agency therein? Invited to assist in our exchange are, artist, Fiona Woods, art historian, Catherine Marshall, curator Declan McGonagle (TBC) as well as organisations like Community Work Ireland, CREATE, and Claiming Our Future’s Declaration for a New Republic.
Tuesday 18th October at Midday
How do we create new channels for community culture to address human and cultural rights and solidarity?
The institutionalisation of the field of practice previously described as community arts has, it is argued, regulated and disciplined the practice, shaping an outcomes-based mentality. In the face of civil disasters such as austerity, the migrant crisis, environmental degradation and the decline of public services, this session will consider bottom-up networks and projects that offer non-institutional approaches through practices at community level in fields as diverse as environmental destruction; local tragedies; urban regeneration; accommodation structures for refugees; Claiming Our Future’s Declaration for a New Republic; and the United States Department of Arts and Culture.
Tuesday 18th October at 2 pm
A deliberation focused on continuity and commitment to grow a synchronised network of living practices.
How do we imagine a platform for solidarity and communication?
How can cultural work take forward some of the themes emerging from this event?
A creative team has come together to accompany our exchanges led by Brian Fleming with Catherine Young, Sean Millar and friends.
Place: Institute for Lifecourse & Society, North Campus, Daingean, NUI Galway, Galway City .
Date: October 17 at 6pm (Evening only) and
October 18 from 10.00am to 4.30pm.
Donations to support costs associated with this event are needed including in-kind support.