Citizen Artist 2016-2018 Awards

In 2016 studio 468 created a new awards programme CITIZEN ARTIST that seeks to interrogate our current state of being as a nation and inform new thinking and artistic practices.

The studio team is pleased to announce the following 11 artists/groups/collaborations who have been selected for residencies over the next 2 years. The majority of those awarded will share their space with each other and groups during their CITIZEN ARTIST award.

CITIZEN ARTIST invited proposals that challenge, explore and responds to what possibilities does art provide? What is the art of politics? What is the place of arts and culture in our Republic? What is the place of artistic practices in Dublin 8, Dublin City, in our present and future Republic? How have we constructed our state’s value systems? What might true equality look like? How did we, or can we truly embrace all our citizens, culturally, socially and economically? What do we mean by community? What is, or could be, a Republic beyond 2016?

A series of public events and invitations will be published during the award period and the public are invited to register their interest in being contacted and informed on these events by emailing info@commonground.ie

The CITIZEN ARTIST awardees 2016 to 2018 are:

Kerry Guinan and Rosi Leonard – A People’s Museum – Ireland 2116

July – December 2016

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances Kerry Guinan and Rosi Leonard will be unable to take up their residence at studio 468. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

The year is 2116. Ireland is preparing to celebrate the centenary of the 2016 Feminist-Socialist revolution, following which all forms of social and economic inequality were eventually eradicated. Life expectancies creep into the 120’s, reproduction has been largely mechanised and the national mental health standard is at a record level. The Church, the capitalist economy and the State have been replaced by a non-hierarchical organisation of collective production and distribution that values the abilities and needs of all living on the island.

Their proposal is to co-ordinate a people’s museum set in Ireland 2116, one hundred years on from this fictional revolution. This museum will showcase artefacts and testimonies from the revolutionary period. These stories and their artefacts may be real or fabricated, but together they will form a fantastical story of a possible Irish future.

The project will be made for the occasion of the Easter Rising centenary. The 1916 Proclamation of an Irish Republic called for an Ireland in which all citizens are equal, an unfinished vision that they intend to realise in this museum. With priority given to non-party-political movements and minority groups, they will use the backdrop of 1916 to increase the visibility of grassroots movements in Ireland today and provide a platform for their aims.

Kerry Guinan graduated from NCAD in 2014 with a First Class Honours BA in the History of Art and Fine Art Media. Kerry’s art practice interrogates the intersections of art, politics and capitalism through public interventions. Her most recent work, Liberate Art, entailed her standing for the Irish General Election 2016 on the promise of liberating art from class. Other recent projects include the co-curated exhibition ‘Knowledge and other Myths’ at Platform Arts Belfast (2016), participation in IMMA’s research seminar ‘Art, Memory, Place’ (2015), and residencies in D’Clinic Studios Slovenia (2015) and in Block T, Dublin (2014/2015) and 126, Galway (2014). Upcoming projects include an exhibition in Hotel Maria Kapel, the Netherlands (2016), and a solo exhibition hosted by Block T, Dublin (2016). Kerry is supported by Fingal Arts Office.

Rosi Leonard graduated with a B.A. Honours in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2013. Since then she has worked as a museum assistant and researcher in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. In 2013 she co-founded arts collective Bluebottle, which has held regular events and exhibitions in the city, most recently in the Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of their 2015 exhibition “More Than One Maker”. She co-runs a bi-annual feminist magazine, Glitter Stump which has most recently collaborated with Real-Productive Health in the promotion of access to emergency contraception. She is an activist working with housing, water and reproductive rights movements in Dublin.

Laragh Pittman – The Invisible Museum

Two stage award – June 2016 – December 2016 & March 2017 – September 2017

The Invisible Museum – Laragh’s proposal will be a flexible, migratory and virtual space. It will be designed to act as a repository to capture the complexity of experience of new people settling in Dublin city. It will visualise the often transient and unacknowledged contribution they make to the fabric of Irish life. The Invisible Museum is inspired by the Silent University: initiated by Turkish artist Ahmet Ögüt in 2012; an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Laragh’s CITIZEN ARTIST award will provide a framework and contact to further question socially engaged practice particularly in the area of cultural diversity. Laragh will further expand her collaborative artwork and proposes that intercultural dialogue will enrich and disrupt the Irish art scene.

Since 2014 Laragh has engaged with a group of Muslim Women in Dublin 8. She seeks to expand her relationships with a wide range of local women living in Dublin 8 during her CITIZEN ARTIST award and to create a space for conversation and discussion and create a slowly emerging communication and artwork.

Pat Curran, Mark Holburn, John Bissett, Chris Maguire & Marja Almqvist – a collective response to the CITIZEN ARTIST essay by Dr Aislinn O’ Donnell’s paper – Epistemic Injustice and the Policing of the Artworld.

September 2017 – May 2018

They state; ‘We are Citizen Artists. During our residency in studio 468 we will host a series of seminars and public events that explore the local history of socially engaged arts practice, some current manifestations and future directions’.

Mark Holburn studied as a mature student at NCAD , graduating with an BFA in June 2015 from the Fine Art Faculty. He often works with recycled materials, creating large, bright and colourful installation pieces based on natural forms and magical gardens. Over the last two years he has been facilitating workshops in a number of contexts including with students at NUI Maynooth and the Recreate recycling centre at Ballymount, Dublin. Mark is currently working in collaboration with Pat Curran on an instillation for the Science building at UCD .

Patrick Curran studied as a mature student at NCAD, graduating with an MFA from the Fine Art Faculty in June 2014 . In his painting there is a sustained reflective element, a lens through which he reviews his early childhood here in Rialto, the extremely harsh realities of school life and the poverty that surrounded him growing up. Much of his work is autobiographical and reflects on the Ireland of the 1960’s and 1970’s. His work takes into account the wider areas of social justice and cultural expression in the contemporary context. In the summer of 2015 he exhibited work and spoke on his practice at the Galway International Summer School on Arts and Human Rights at NUI Galway.

Dr. John Bissett is a sociologist working in the south inner city with the Canal Communities Local Drugs Task Force. His current research includes the role of class and gender in public housing. Since the economic collapse of 2008 he has been associated with the development of the Spectacle of Defiance and Hope, the street spectacle which both protests cutbacks in public spending and celebrates the survival and defiance of marginalized communities across the city and beyond. John and Chris have collaborated on a variety of creative projects with the community reps of the CCLDTF over the last ten years and are currently editing a second documentary film based on this work.

Marja Almqvist studied textiles in NCAD. On graduation she set up her own weaving studio in Toronto. Returning to Ireland in the mid 80’s she completed an MA in Adult and Community Education and over the next 18 years worked in the field of local development , with much of that time devoted to projects based in Rialto and the south inner city. In 2008 she returned to study and her own art practice. She graduated with an MLitt in Global Women’s Studies in 2013 and established The Yarn School, a community-based textile studio in Inchicore. Through her work she explores the intersections between textiles, feminism and community development. Current projects include the performance lecture, A Short History of Feminism , and The 77 Women Quilt a collaborative art project reflecting on the legacy of the women of 1916.

Chris Maguire is a lecturer at NCAD and a long-time community activist in the south inner city. He studied in the Painting Dept at NCAD and graduated in 1982 with a BFA. Chris has sustained a studio practice in Rialto since 1992. From the mid-nineties he has been involved in a long term social documentary photography project locally which continues today. This project includes an in-depth documentation of the entire period covering the regeneration of Fatima Mansions. In 2004 he graduated with a MA in documentary photography from the University of Wales. Since 1990 Chris has been a lecturer in the Painting Department at NCAD. He also worked on the H.Dip in Community Arts Education throughout its lifetime and continues to lecture and tutor on the MA in Socially Engaged Art in NCAD.

Chris was a member of the Board of Directors of the Rialto Development Association from 1993 until 2014 and a Community Director on the Fatima Regeneration Board throughout its ten year existence.

Seoidin O’Sullivan

Two stage award January –March 2017 & October – December 2017.

HARD GRAFT – Seoidin will re-visit many of the places and groups she previously worked with in the Dublin 8 area. Pertinent to Seoidin’s practice is exploring issues of sustainable cities, land access, food access and spaces of commoning and now with this studio award what is means to WORK/ ‘GRAFT’.   Seoidin asks ‘What is work? What is a working class? Who are the working class?’

Seoidin’s CITIZEN ARTIST residency will also consider and respond to the ideas of invisible labour – people who care for others and mothers/ minders. Seoidin proposes to spend time researching ideas of Work/ Labour as it relates to other artists practices, to feminist theory and to ideas of a commons. As part of this two stage residency award Seoidin proposes to secure a commons site to plant a community orchard and share the skills of fruit tree grafting.

Fiona O’Reilly

January – May 2017 & June – December 2018

Fiona graduated in 2014 with an M.A Social Practice and the Creative Environment (MASPACE) Limerick School of Art and Design. Fiona was one of the Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation 16 X 16 Bursary Awards in 2016. Fiona’s artistic practice investigates the rise of precarious and unwaged work in Ireland. The project stems from an ongoing interest in labour, value and time.

Fiona’s proposal identifies St. Andrews Community Centre where time is often communal rather than individual and a place where people often work on a volunteer basis. Fiona seeks to work collaboratively with other people to share work life experiences and shine a light on the circumstances we live in and the complex state of chrono-instability which increasingly effects more and more people. Time is often described and viewed as a resource, something that is owned and quantifiable, with phrases like “my time” and “spare time”. Fiona’s research in studio 468 will further explore the precarious nature of work and time.