OUR THRIVING TRIBE
A Curatorial Project Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Arts in Ireland
As a curatorial project Our Thriving Tribe (OTT) aims to expand upon the current discourse on entrepreneurship within the arts in Ireland. A process of enquiry into the context of artistic practice by researching entrepreneurship from the perspective of the artist in order to generate new knowledge within this field. OTT is produced by Visual as part of the Arts & Humanities Entrepreneurship project (AHEH)
The AHEH project brings together 14 partners from across 7 EU member states to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of A&H students with an innovative programme of entrepreneurial training. This approach aims to develop a tailored Arts & Humanities entrepreneurship model that improves the long-term entrepreneurial prospects for A&H students.
Our Thriving Tribe uses a process of enquiry as ‘case studies’. This ‘research through practice approach’ by the curators, aims to expand upon the current discourse on entrepreneurship within the arts in Ireland. Curatorial research is open to interpretation. The curators of OTT value how curatorial research practices can be used as a vehicle for imagining possible futures. Developed within the wider framework of the AHEH project and produced by Visual. OTT is Co Curated by David Francis Moore and Juliette Harvey at Visual.
David and Juliette’s collaboration on OTT began in 2020 and has brought their individual practices within the disciplines of Arts and Humanities into conversation. A collaboration and conversation that is relevant for the AHEH project whose aims are to develop a tailored Arts and Humanities entrepreneurship model that improves the long-term entrepreneurial prospects for A&H students. Our Thriving Tribe's webpage can be found here with further details on the project that include The Zoom Room Sessions, Gesture & Perspective.
This session’s invited guests are critically acclaimed Director and Choreographer Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall Dance Company, multidisciplinary Artist, Sarah Devereux and one-half of the hilarious comedy dance duo Lords of Strut, Cian Kinsella.
Lords of Strut’s Cian Kinsella is currently Artist in Residence for 2020 at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art. While in residency Cian will be researching and developing new material for Lords of Strut’s newest stage production. As an Irish arts professional Cian Kinsella brings the magic… looks fantastic and is very smart! Cian reminds us you need no formal training to be a dancer or very good at other stuff and to stay calm and don’t take yourself too seriously. Cian is best known as one – half of the circus comedy duo Lords of Strut, who are a well-known and a very well-liked performance company. With 10 years’ experience in street theatre, theatre, cabaret and T.V they are almost a household name in Ireland.
Sarah Devereux, is currently Artist in Residence for 2020 at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art. As an Irish arts professional, Sarah has exhibited and performed internationally. She is an award-winning animator (*cough cough* on her first attempt at animating) and has performed her comedic theatrical bizarre characters at festivals such as body and soul, electric picnic, all together now, Vodafone comedy festival, and the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019, which was nominated for the Spirit of Wit Award. Sarah is the co-creator of “SPICEBAG”, a queer performance variety show where she hosts, creates visuals and performs. Sarah creates merchandise of her colourful, humourous designs under the name The Dirt Bird so that she can spread her art and thoughts in a more accessible way!
Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall Dance Company, is an Associate Artist for 2020 at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art. As an Irish arts professional Emma is currently working on the creation of 2 new interconnected shows, both of which centre around her ongoing work with 5 young female dancers from Carlow in Ireland. Emma is a dancer and choreographer who began making shows in 2010, following a prolonged hiatus as a ballet dancer, during which she waitressed, drew, played in a band and got a degree in Russian and Theatre. Her company, United Fall was formed in 2015. Emma creates work that often combines dance, live music, theatre and distinct visual universes, always with the raw expression of dance as it’s driving force. Her work has been commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Arts Center and has been co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival, Irish National Opera, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival and Centre de Développement Chorégraphique, Toulouse. She was an associate artist with Dance Ireland and Artist in Residence at Visual 2012-2018. Most recent theatre collaborations include Arlington (2016) with Enda Walsh and Danse, Morob (2017) with Olwen Fouéré. Martin was a drummer in the DIY no-wave band You can call me Frances.
This session’s invited guest is Felicia Olusany aka Felispeaks, a Nigerian-Irish Poet, Performer, Playwright from Co. Longford, Ireland.
Felispeaks has also been nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival Sep. 2018 Judges for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play by Dagogo Hart and herself. Felispeaks has also performed her poetry at Concern 50th Anniversary in Dublin Castle in September 2018. It included speakers such as UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, President Bill Clinton and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. Felicia has also been honoured with an award by the (APNI) African Professional Network of Ireland for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City, December 2017.
Felispeaks is member of WeAreGriot, a poetry collective consisting of herself, Dagogo Hart & Samuel Yakura – curating poetry/rap events – Talkatives and writing plays. Felispeaks is currently enjoying creating poetry and performance pieces that always promises to introduce her audience to the journey of emotion in every story. Honoured to share her thought processes about life’s experiences and her passions on stage; Felispeaks hopes to inspire thought, excitement and perspective.
This session’s invited guest is Brian Sheil an award-winning Music producer and Mixer who works with artists from Ireland to the U.S to create chart topping records in diverse genres.
Brian himself began making his mark on the music industry at sixteen years old when he set up Ireland’s first exclusive internet radio streaming service, Klubb FM. Additionally, he assisted Lady Gaga during the recording of her 2011 album, Born This Way. Brian went on to receive a gold disc for his mixing and mastering work on country star Derek Ryan’s fifth album, “The Simple Things”, which went to #1 in the Official Irish Album Chart. He is currently the in-house sound/recording engineer and Senior Theatre Technician at VISUAL Center for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow.
Brian finished at the top of his graduating class at the University of Central Lancashire and holds a First Class Honours degree in Music Production, as well as a Diploma in Strategic Business Management & Leadership from the Institute of Business & Technology, Dublin.
This sessions invited guest is Lynnette Moran an independent Arts Producer & Festival Director specialising in Live Art, Theatre, Visual Art and Digital platforms; with distinct experience of producing collaborative & socially engaged arts practice & public art commissions.
In 2009 Lynnette established Live Collision, Ireland’s leading annual curated festival of Live Art and Ireland’s first independent Creative Producing House working with exceptional artists nationally & internationally. Lynnette is Creative Producer with ANU productions & Louise Lowe since 2013. Lynnette was co-founder & Lead Producer for CAPP (Collaborative Art Partnership Programme), a four year transnational partnership across six countries and nine partner organisations co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Associate Producer at Create for six years. Lynnette has directed over 25 works for theatre and gallery spaces, as well as for screen and digital media. Together with Kate Craddock they co-founded mouth to mouth, an international performance collective based in eight countries around the world, rehearsing and devising online before the performances took place in realtime over one or multiple locations. Commissions included LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre, UK), Arnolfini (UK), Wunderbar Festival (UK), Absolut Fringe Festival (Ire); Northern Stage (UK), Dance City (UK), Whitechapel Gallery (UK), Culture Lab (UK), BScene (Switzerland), University of Victoria (Canada) and BAC (Battersea Arts Centre, UK).
Lynnette began her career in London, cutting her teeth with some of the UK’s leading arts organisations including LIFT and BAC (Battersea Arts Centre). She holds a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art, and an MA in Performance Art from Goldsmiths College, London.
This sessions invited guest is Harry Walsh Foreman, born in Dublin where for the most part he has been based since either making art, teaching art or sometimes both.
Having recently graduated from the MFA in Fine Art Paint in the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) in Dublin. He has exhibited extensively through Ireland in numerous group shows where he has honed his particular approach which celebrates the human and the marks we make on the world from the architecture of a skyline to the tagging on a storefront. It is made in celebration of the local, the small-scale, the eccentric and the down-right ordinary. It is a search for the moments which contain a multitude of possibilities for examining the humour of the everyday.
These works are inspired by contemporary events ranging from the Repeal the 8th movement to the current housing crisis and every thing in between so he can satirise the nation we live in and in doing so create pieces which spark conversations which will allow us all to examine what we mean by erroneous terms like local or small scale when these borders we put up wheter the divide between north side and south side of Dublin.
This session's invited guest is Bernadette Kiely.
Bernadette is a visual artist based in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland. She graduated from the College of Art and Design, Waterford I.T. with first class honours in Graphic Design Communications and worked for two years in Graphic Design in London and Architecture in New York before attending the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, UK. Bernadette Kiely was elected to the membership of Aosdana in 2007. Aosdana is the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland. Founded in 1981, Aosdana honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland, and assists members in devoting their energies fully to their art practice. Bernadette's studio residencies include the RHA Schools in 2015, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan and Cill Rialaig Artists retreat Centre, Co. Kerry. Bernadette’s work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA and Korea.
Bernadette is represented in Ireland by Taylor Galleries, 16, Kildare Street, Dublin in Ireland & more information on her work can be found : www.bernadettekiely.ie
This sessions invited guest is Vukašin Nedeljkovic, an artist, activist and independent scholar who initiated the multidisciplinary platform Asylum Archive.
Vukašin holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practice at Dunlaoghaire Institute of Arts, Design and Technology. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His recent contributions include Reiterating Asylum Archive: documenting direct provision in Ireland, 2018 and Asylum Archive: an Archive of Asylum and Direct Provision in Ireland, 2016, 2017. He was recently awarded an Arts and Activism bursary from the Arts Council and has recently published Asylum Archive publication. Asylum Archive is a platform open for dialogue and discussion inclusive to individuals who have experienced a sense of sociological/geographical ‘displacement’, social trauma and violence. It is an act of solidarity to bring a different perspective on the life of people who came to Ireland to seek protection.
Asylum Archive’s objective is to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics and activists, amongst others, with a view to creating an interactive documentary cross-platform online resource, critically foregrounding accounts of exile, displacement, trauma and memory. www.asylumarchive.com
This sessions invited guest is Claire Prouvost, a French illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin, Ireland.
Claire loves to draw charismatic women in her bold, colourful and minimalist style. She has worked and collaborated with a variety of clients, including Gucci, Lavazza, Hop House 13, Becks, Image Magazine, Oh Comely, Paulette and many other.
This sessions invited guest is Cian O'Brien, Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre.
Cian O'Brien has been Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre since October 2011. Prior to this he was Producer/Artist Development with Rough Magic Theatre Company. He is a former Alternative Miss Ireland (2011). He is a member of the Strategic Policy Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts, a board member of the Irish Theatre Institute, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Dead Centre and is Chairperson of CoisCéim Dance Theatre.
Project is Ireland’s first arts centre; an independent and ambitious multidisciplinary organisation in the heart of Dublin with a local, national and international remit. Project is a home for contemporary arts, a resource for artists and a critical hub. Project works with artists across all art forms to make and present extraordinary work that inspires and provokes audiences. In 2019, Project presented over 700 events to almost 60,000 people at our home in Temple Bar and on tour in Ireland and across the world.
This sessions invited guests are THISISPOPBABY.
THISISPOPBABY Lead by Jennifer Jennings & Phillip McMahon is a theatre and events production company that rips up the space between popular culture, counter culture, queer culture and high art – providing both a vehicle for our associate artists’ dreams and an electrifying access point to the arts. THISISPOPBABY’s shows and events have played to over 250,000 people in Ireland and around the globe. The company is best known for its international smash-hit show RIOT, the electro-pop musical Alice in Funderland, the alternative POP arena at Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival, and the long-term collaboration with the ‘Queen of Ireland’ Panti.
This sessions invited guest is Tobi Omoseto.
Tobi Omoseto is an internationally acclaimed B-boy (breakdancer) & hip hop dancer. Training at Broadway Dance Centre & The birth place of Hip-Hop - New York, Tobi has been dancing for over 15 years & is dedicated to supporting the foundations of this dynamic and influential dance form. As curator & director of hugely popular TOP 8 at Dublin Dance Festival, Tobi consistently delivers the best of Irish & International street dance to new audiences. Now heading into it’s 6th year, the event continues to grow in size & popularity, drawing huge numbers of both old/young dancers to the festival. As a dance facilitator Tobi has designed & delivered youth programmes for Dance Ireland, Dublin Dance Festival, Waterford Youth Art, Lioas Dance Platform, Cork, Tipperary, Carlow and Dance limerick. Teaching in schools, youth groups & established dance organisations, he has brought his knowledge of Hip-Hop & breakdance into a wide variety of youth & academic contexts. In 2016 he was invited to share his experiences as part of Dance Ireland’s - Dance Talks.
Tobi has performed his own work at Imagine Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Limerick Fringe Festival, Whats Next Festival, Loias Dance Platform, Glor Performance Platform & at Dance2Connect among other festivals and events. On screen he has performed on Sky’s Got to Dance, hit US TV show Penny Dreadful & in numerous music videos and commercials. Tobi has worked with some of Ireland’s leading choreographers including David Bolger, as part of the core ensemble for the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations in Croke Park (TG4 & Tyrone Production LAOCHRA), Catherine Young, Libby Swerd, Tobi joined Lucia Kickham in the studio at Dance Ireland as part of Lucia’s Hatch residency research for - INIT: The Warm Up Project.
Episode - Arts & Entrepreneurship
Responding to Arts & Entrepreneurship, are invited guests which include THISISPOPBABY, Feli Speaks, Cian O'Brien, Vukašin Nedeljkovic, Brian Sheil, Claire Prouvost, Harry Walsh Foreman, Bernadette Kiely & Lynnette Moran.
This sessions invited guest is Edel Tobin, who is passionate about re-imagining & rejuvenating public outdoor spaces.
Edel has spent the past seven years building, curating, and creating projects in her home city of Waterford and across Ireland. Edel describes everything she does as collaborative with her expertise around providing a platform for artists to showcase and share art for the public. One of the central motivational factors in her creative process is to challenge people’s perceptions of public space and to stimulate a new dialogue using visual artwork to transform and illuminate these areas. Edel Tobin is the founder and project manager of Waterford Walls international street art project which has been running for five years and has achieved extensive international and national appreciation from visual art, graffiti and street art enthusiasts. In 2014, Edel founded New Street Gardens; a pop-up garden built on a disused urban site in Waterford city. Most recently, in 2017 Patterns of Light (renamed Waterford Lights in 2018) was launched. This was an interactive lighting and music installation illuminating Waterford’s quayside.
Over the years Edel has built such a great relationship with the local authority that in 2018 they partnered together and were successful in being awarded Creative European funding for Murals for Communities- an arts initiative with two other European cities-Kaunas and Heerlen. In 2019 they completed the first leg of this artist collaboration initiative with the local communities in all 3 countries. Edel is currently working closely with the local authority and other stakeholders on the development of Waterford’s new Creative Quarter, where she has been an advisor on visual and artistic ideas for the new development. Edel is regularly contacted to provide counsel and support to others around the country around how to achieve results with outdoor and public art. She has developed processes through her first-hand understanding of how to implement projects that will have a positive impact on the public. From identifying the team with the right skill sets implementing strong organisation and communication with important stakeholders, as well as comprehensive planning and implementation of systems. Read more about Edel's work at Waterford Walls & The Walls Project
This sessions invited guest is Maser, who truly embodies the centric spirit of contemporary visual art in Ireland today.
Having created artwork since 1995, over the last 25 years, Maser has earned much respect professionally and has generated a large and dedicated following in Ireland and abroad - through his seamlessly imaginative and unique graphic style. Having become internationally recognised for his expansive repertoire of contemporary visual art, Maser’s artistic practice includes works on canvas, sculptures, prints, immersive installations, interactive exhibitions and exquisite large-scale murals. His unique, artistic style draws upon numerous influences including optical art and mid-century art and is regularly complimented with bold colours, pattern and text. Maser is ambitious and is unafraid to experiment with any artistic format. Maser boasts an impressive list of exhibitions in high-end art galleries and has been commissioned to create original artwork by many prestigious arts organisations including, Art On Paper (USA), Lazarides(UK), the National Gallery of Ireland(IE), the National Library of Ireland(IE), Tandem Press(USA) and Graphic Print Studio(IE). He also collaborated with the president Michael D Higgins on a series of bespoke limited edition prints in 2018.
Since the outset, Maser has continuously progressed his artistic style and practice, which is now firmly rooted in the gallery space, and moreover, in the realm of contemporary Irish Art. Having credited his origins in street art for the initial evolution of his personal style, his artistic practice today comprises of his unique typographic style combined with photorealistic elements, which convey an uplifting and socially conscious message to the viewer. The content of his work offers the viewer an opportunity to become fully immersed in an almost hypnotic state, through his use of contrasting colours and the use of repetitive patterns. With the underlying ideals that ‘We are all in this together’ woven throughout his work, Maser’s art unifies him with the viewer by conveying the love he has for his environment and the people that live in there.
This sessions invited guest is Úna Molloy from Turning Pirate an agency & creative production company.
Úna Molloy founded Turning Pirate in 2006 as an agency and creative production company. Since then TP has been booking shows and tours for artists throughout Ireland and the UK including Lisa Hannigan, Booka Brass, Wallis Bird, Paul Noonan, John Smith (UK), Willy Mason (USA), Ye Vagabonds, Joe Henry (USA), Rhob Cunningham, Cathy Davey, Sample Answer, Bronagh Gallagher, Roesy, Tim Easton (USA) and David Kitt.
Tour and production management include worldwide tours with Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1, Natalie Merchant (USA) and Valerie June (USA) including Asia, Australia, Europe, USA and the UK. Úna is best known for producing the Turning Pirate MixTape shows, managing Booka Brass, producing live shows for various award shows, charity events and live events for Today FM as well as organising the street theatre and music at the Comedy Festival in the Iveagh Gardens annually. In 2015 Úna's work was acknowledged at the IMRO awards, where she was honoured to be awarded the very first IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music Award. In 2018, Úna began working with The Porterhouse Group, piecing together plans for a new music venue in Dublin. The venue, Lost Lane, opened in April 2019. Úna took on the role as programmer and through her strong relationships and years of experience in the Irish music industry, has been quickly building the venue’s reputation as one of Dublin’s best venues and clubs, welcoming all genres of music and events including gigs with The Coronas, Saint Sister, Tebi Rex, Steve Gadd (Paul Simon, James Taylor), Mick Flannery, as well as hosting events with MOTHER, Hidden Agenda, Mirage, Aiken, MCD, POD, aftershows for festivals and gigs, Vinyl and Wine, Jim Carroll’s Banter and many more events of all kinds.
This sessions invited guest is Tadhg O’Sullivan a director-producer, editor and sound artist living in Ireland.
His first feature film Yximalloo (co-directed with Feargal Ward) won the Prix Premiere at FiD Marseille in 2014. His second feature The Great Wall screened around the world, at festivals including RIDM, MoMA Doc Fortnight, FiD Marseille and many others. His editing work includes collaboration with Pat Collins on Song of Granite and Silence; with Feargal Ward on The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (which he also co-produced). His made his radio debut in 2017 with a piece for BBC Radio 3 about Chernobyl and life after humans. He received the Arts Council of Ireland’s Film Bursary in 2015 and 2017.
He is currently finishing a film about the moon.
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