The Workers Symposium. Friday 18/07/14. Roscommon Arts Centre. Circle Rd, Roscommon

This one day symposium coincides with an exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre, also titled The Workers, and features works by Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy & Elaine Reynolds, each of whom have participated on Roscommon County Council Arts Office programme, Art@Work, in the past. This visual arts programme is supported by Roscommon County Council Arts Office and is curated by Linda Shevlin and is funded entirely by the Arts Council of Ireland 'Curator in Residence' Award.

The symposium will reflect on contemporary modes of visual art production in rural contexts and the mechanisms and partnerships available to support them. It  will provide a platform for reviewing the Art@Work model that has been supported by Roscommon Arts Office for 10 years. The cultural, economical, social and physical landscape of the County has evolved since Art@Work's inception and this symposium will provide the opportunity to explore potential changes to the project. Over the course of the day visual artists will discuss and present their experiences of producing artworks in rural contexts while creators and facilitators of rurally based projects and representatives from International programmes will present case studies.

Art@work began in 2001 when Roscommon County Council invited artists to reside at a Roscommon business over a 15 day duration to create works that responded to the environment, materials and staff of their host company. The project was successful on many levels in terms of financially supporting artists who wished to work in collaborative environments, demystified contemporary art practices as many of the artists involved chose to make their work in very public situations and broadened the audience base for engaging with visual art in the County. Over 60 artists have engaged with the project, working with over 30 businesses.



11-11.15. Introduction, Katherine Atkinson, CREATE.

11.15-11.45. Philip Delamere, Leitrim County Council Arts Officer: “Art@Work”, its formation and progression.

11.45 – 12.15. Panel of past participants: Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy, Elaine Reynolds with Niamh O’Connor.

12.15am – 12.45. Fiona Woods & Richard Saxton in conversation on “Collection of Minds #5” project

12.45 - 1.45        FREE LUNCH

Case Studies?1.45 – 2.15. Deirdre O’Mahony; X PO, SPUD & Mapping Group Projects?

2.15– 2.45. Philip Delamere, LOCIS & SPARK

2.45–3.30. Alistair Hudson, Grizedale Arts, UK

3.30 – 3.45. Break 

3.45 – 4.15. Hollie Kearns & Rosie Lynch; “Workhouse Assembly”

4.15– 4.45. Panel discussion on case studies chaired by Katherine Atkinson

4.45- 5.15. Audience Q&A. Times subject to change

This programme of events and exhibitions is curated by Roscommon County Council Curator in Residence, Linda Shevlin. It has been developed to respond to a period of intense change being experienced by the County. Huge challenges remain such as how to balance the relationship between urban and rural communities, how to safeguard a plurality of ways of life, how to sustain a balanced ecology and agriculture, how to navigate a path between protecting history and promoting economic development. The programme will unfold in multiple acts and through a range of activities including exhibitions, events, talks, symposium and commissions.

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This is a free event but places are limited and booking is essential. Please contact



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