As part of the Culture Connects National Programme, celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of Europe, the Arts Office of Clare County Council in conjunction with Outrider Artists is delighted to present ‘The Future is Domestic! in Ennistymon from the 12th to the 19th May. This workshop-led exploration of the theme “The Future is Domestic!” will include artists from MoKs, Centre for Art and Social Practice, Estonia, with SERDE, a centrefor art, folklore and heritage in Lativia, and Outrider artists and friends in a rural domestic community in Monreal North, Ennistymon, Co.Clare.
Outrider Artists is a loose association of artists based in rural North Clare, varying in numbers and participation in response to each project. They have a history of merging domestic and public spaces, through hosting artists in their homes, creating pop up galleries, sharing facilities and knowledge and exhibiting/performing in unusual spaces here and abroad. Outrider Artists now wish to continue that positive creative empowerment through collaborating with artists from MoKS, Estonia, and SERDE, Latvia. Shared workshops and public presentations are the formats to explore the theme of this gathering and acquire new artistic skills through the process of making.
The unique creative team of Evelyn Muursepp and John Grzinich, from MoKs, both internationally recognized artists in their individual fields of drawing and sound have constructed a workshop that also has a level of social consciousness to be explored in its realization. SERDE are offering two workshops; gathering herbs and making alcohol tinctures. Techniques of distillery and fermentation are new to us and welcome as new methodologies for making & creating.
MoKS, SERDE and the invited artists participating in the workshops will give public presentations at the beginning and at the end of the weeks’ work in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, to a public audience.
All are welcome to this free sharing from 3-5pm Sunday 12th May and Saturday, 18th May from 3-5pm.
According to Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Ministers for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, “Culture Connects is a wide and varied programme engaging artists and citizens in Ireland with artists and colleagues based elsewhere in Europe.” The Future is Domestic! is funded through the Arts Council element of Culture Connects. “This … element encourages artistic partnership and co-operation across international boundaries in Europe and recognises international artistic exchange and transnational cultural co-operation as important dimensions of Irish arts” he goes on to say.
The Future is Domestic! has a strong European dimension featuring international artists who have a very considered art practice/social engagement and bring aspects of their cultures very clearly defined with them. This process is ambitiously reaching out to use the trans-local seeds of creativity to generate new models of collaboration and art practice in rural settings.
By setting up innovative conditions for creative experiment, taking risks and peer to peer learning through workshops and a residential shared week together, we are opening the knowledge base in this inventive gathering for new artistic methodologies to emerge. Focusing on dialogue through the materiality of making, while exploring the theme topic “The future is domestic!”, unusual models of art praxis may arise to support novel ways of sustaining art in rural remote areas. The high standard of creative output by these visiting artists of various art disciplines combined with their diverse backgrounds in art training and education, matched by those of their Irish counterparts, creates an environment for cross fertilization of disciplines that potentially can ultimately lead to radically ground breaking new artworks being created.
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