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Our Thriving Tribe - GESTURE

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GESTURE, is a new space within Our Thriving Tribe Project (OTT) where arts professionals were commissioned to consider entrepreneurship from the perspective of the arts in Ireland and respond with a gesture.

Each Gesture was digitally documented, this documentation became part of Our Thriving Tribes research materials. Each unique Gesture remained with the arts professional. The commissioned documentation from GESTURE will be exhibited online, shared through the OTT & AHEH projects digital platforms and published in the Our Thriving Tribe publication.

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 arts professionals in order to generate new knowledge within this field.

Our Thriving Tribe’s curators are particularly drawn to activating spaces within the digital realm of public culture both as part of their research and to disseminate knowledge to society. These spaces exist in real time, continuously evolving and adapting in keeping with the progress of this curatorial project. The collaboration and conversation that emerges within OTT 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.

OTT is produced by Visual as part of the AHEH project. The Arts & Humanities Entrepreneurship Hubs (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. OTT is Co Curated by David Francis Moore and Juliette Harvey at Visual.



Illustrator & graphic designer 

Claire Prouvost is a French illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin, Ireland. She 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.

Claire Prouvost partcipated in the OTT zoom room sessions which can be viewed here

Claire Prouvost -



Music producer and Mixer

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.

Brian partcipated in the OTT zoom room sessions which can be viewed here

Brian Sheil -

Brian Sheil - Vulnerable Dream - Spoken Word
Music by Arn Andersson




Artist, Activist & Independent scholar.

Vukašin Nedeljkovic initiated the multidisciplinary platform Asylum Archive & holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practice at Dunlaoghaire Institute of Arts, Design & 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.

Vukašin partcipated in the OTT zoom room sessions which can be viewed here

Vukašin Nedeljkovic -




Harry Walsh Foreman was born in Dublin where for the most part he has been based since either making art, teaching art or sometimes both.

Harry 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, or more recently the unrelenting bickery of the Hard Border are as fictitious as the stories he puts his characters in.

Harry partcipated in the OTT zoom room sessions which can be viewed here

Harry Walsh Foreman -

Harry Walsh Foreman - A Notional Gesture for the Arts - Pen & Ink on Gesso Panel - 13 x18 cm - 2020





Bernadette Kiely 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.

Her largescale paintings and drawings have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at The Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, LUAN Gallery, Athlone, Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Model Gallery, Sligo, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland, Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Skive Kunstmuseum, Skive, Denmark and in group exhibitions at The Royal Academy, London, UK, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, The Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, N. Ireland, the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Kinsale Arts Festival, the American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA. Bernadette's recent exhibition “one touch of nature makes the whole world kin” is taken from Ulysses’ famous speech in William Shakespeare’s play Troilus and Cressida. Continuing with Bernadette Kiely’s theme of mapping the changing landscape and the passage of time, the exhibition included paintings depicting flooding on the river Nore and on the Suir and paintings referencing wildfires, a theme she first explored in the late ‘90’s. The exhibition also included a series of small paintings made in response to her nightly walks around the deserted streets of Thomastown where she lives. 

She was elected to the membership of Aosdana. in 2007. 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. She is represented in Ireland by
Taylor Galleries, Dublin

Bernadette partcipated in the OTT zoom room sessions which can be viewed here







B-boy & Hip Hop Dancer

Tobi Omoteso is an internationally acclaimed B-boy (breakdancer) and hip hop dancer.

Training at Broadway Dance Centre & The birth place of Hip-Hop - New York, Tobi has been dancing for over 15 years and is dedicated to supporting the foundations of this dynamic and influential dance form.

As curator and director of hugely popular TOP 8 at Dublin Dance Festival, Tobi consistently delivers the best of Irish and International street dance to new audiences. Now heading into it’s 6th year, the event continues to grow in size and popularity, drawing huge numbers of both old/young dancers to the festival.

As a dance facilitator Tobi has designed and 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 and established dance organisations, he has brought his knowledge of Hip-Hop and breakdance into a wide variety of youth and academic contexts. In 2016 he was invited to share his experiences as part of Dance Ireland’s - Dance Talks. He has performed his own work at Imagine Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Limerick Fringe Festival, Whats Next Festival, Loias Dance Platform, Glor Performance Platform and at Dance2Connect among other festivals and events. On screen he has performed on Sky’s Got to Dance, hit US TV show Penny Dreadful and 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.



Tobi participated in the OTT Zoom Room Sessions which can be viewed here




Andrea Fitzpatrick is an artist, arts manager and curator, with a strong interest in collaboration and overlapping disciplines.

In 2015 she created the Chimera Art and Science programme to create a space for experimentation and collaboration between art and science. She curated a programme which included six month artist residencies, a student project with the Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM) of the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and an artist talk given by Andy Gracie. The two artists in residence, Siobhan McGibbon and Joanna Hopkins, worked in the CÚRAM laboratory in the National University of Ireland, Galway. Andrea curated ‘The Future is Here’ exhibition which featured work by Siobhan McGibbon and Joanna Hopkins which was created during their residencies. The programme was funded through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover award scheme.

The Art and Science Programme became part of CÚRAM’s Public Engagement Programme in 2016. In the same year, Andrea worked with the socially engaged artist, Joanna McGlynn and her School of Alternative Possibilities (SOAP). SOAP’s residency culminated in a public participatory event. Since then Andrea has created links between the engaged artists, researchers and communities of interest. Cleary Connolly have worked with the programme since 2017 and Karen Conway began working with CÚRAM researchers in 2019. In 2021, Andrea will work with the experimental architect, Rachel Armstrong, and visual artist, Carol Anne Connolly, for the Moore Institute’s European Capital of Culture Legacy project.

Andrea participated in the OTT Zoom Room Sessions & this will be published soon!

GESTURE by Andrea Fitzpatrick




Susan Buttner is an artist based in Ireland, concerned with bodily experiences of knowledge and power, identity, politics, alienation and difference.

Susan's practice involves sculpture, film, performance, painting, writing and collaborative projects. Recent group exhibitions include, Highlanes Gallery Open Submission, 2020, curated by Joy Gerrard, Sean Kissane, Jerome ODrisceoil, Drogheda; ARRANGEMENTS, (Orphans 6) 2019, curated by James Merrigan, Pallas Projects Studios, Dublin. Cairde Visual, 2019,The Model, Sligo; RHA 189th Annual Exhibition, Dublin; Periodical Review #8 2018, curated by James Merrigan, Aisling Prior, Gavin Murphy, Mark Cullen, Pallas Projects Studios, Dublin; Sirens Part II/III, 2018, by Celina Muldoon, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; Floats in the Aether, 2018, by Amanda Coogan, National Gallery of Ireland; Strange Foreign Bodies exhibition, 2017, by Sarah Brown, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow; Report to the Academy exhibition, 2017, by Sarah Brown, Marabouparken Show, Stockholm.
Current project Chewing gum in my hair, (which began 2019 at the RHA) explores vulnerability, injury and pain, the health impact of mesh surgery on the individual and collective body and the politics of female subjectivity. This work involves close collaboration with women impacted by the mesh. It will culminate as a live performance, choreographed by Buttner with dancers Rebecca Reilly and Ella Clarkson, creating a synergy between sound, film, sculpture, and the body. It will form part of the PLATFORM 2020 exhibition curated by Sharon Murphy at the Draíocht Arts Centre. Recent awards include; Inaugural Janet Mullarney Prize 2020, (Highly Commended); Draíocht Incubate residency award 2020; Fingal County Council bursary award 2020; Arts Council of Ireland bursary award 2020; RHA Peer studio residency award 2019; RDS VAA 2018, curated by Amanda Coogan; RDS VAA 2016, curated by Alice Maher.
Buttner is founder of Temporality and Collapse Collective, which regularly meets in public spaces, making temporary sculptures with artists and non-artists, expanding the reach of sculpture, and opening conversations.

Susan participated in the OTT Zoom Room Sessions which can be viewed here

GESTURE by Susan Buttner

Susan Buttner, spatial-temporal gesture, 2020, HD video 03.02 Artists interpretation of digital documentation in relation to a gesture.

The artist transforms her interpretation of gesture into a spatial-temporal gesture structure, creating an environment that virtulises a project of interactive viewer behaviors. This work considers how Gesture can be an unconventional, de-authorised form of action, locating the body, at the interface between linguistic and performance, the gesture becomes event, motion and stillness a decomposition of the speech act.