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Engagement Symposium

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KCAT Arts Centre

Mill Lane

R95XN35 Callan


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..it’s always about people’s right to make art on their own terms..

(Franҫois Matarasso, Keynote speaker)

What does art inclusion really mean? A two day event of discussing, reflecting and engaging in arts practice.

The KCAT Studio Engagement Project is a collaborative project that began in 2013 between KCAT Studio Artists and other professional artists around Ireland. In partnership with Bealtaine a series of residencies were established to create space for developing a creative relationship. As the project has unfolded, relationships between the artists have sprouted and developed. The Symposium brings together these relationships to share in their experiences and reflect upon the project. We also wish to explore the current position of arts and inclusion in an Irish visual arts context.

Further contributors are: Sinead Dowling; Carlow Arts Officer, Mary Butler; Kilkenny Arts Officer, Ann Davoren; Director West Cork Arts Centre, Tara Byrne; Age and Opportunity, Helen O’Donoghue; Curator IMMA, artists: Nevan Lahart, Andrew Pike and others.

The Symposium will generate content for a publication which will act as a key resource on Arts Participation in 2019. This book will accompany “Together now” a national touring exhibition of the Engagement Project in 2019-2020.


Project curator: Catherine Marshall.


Thursday 25th October

9.30am: Welcome & registration

10.00 am The Engagement project, its aims, progress to date, future ambitions. Catherine Marshall, Curator of Engagement

10.30am: François Matarasso, freelance community artist, writer, consultant:

What do we really mean when we talk about inclusion in the arts?

11.15am: Coffee break

11.30am: Open Discussion: What can the Engagement process offer to all the artists? Panel composed of each of the speakers and artists from the morning session.

Chair Mary Butler, Arts Officer, Kilkenny Arts Office.

12.00pm: Sharing by two of the participants in Engagement

Nevan Lahart & Andrew Pike

12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm: A: Engagement space for artists

Workshops/conversations – some pairings to talk about their relationship just to start the process.

B: Callan Workhouse Union visit: Engaging people with the places and spaces we live in.

4pm: Tea break

4.30pm: Summary of the day’s events.

Sinead Dowling, Arts Officer, Carlow Arts Office.

Thursday 26th October

9.30am: How can the achievements of Engagement be carried beyond the studio?

Are we doing it right, what important factors are we missing? Role of audiences and press in Engagement. The role of the gallery/museum/arts office?

Helen O’Donoghue, Head of Education and Community, Irish Museum of Modern Art.

10.00am: Making inclusion work; Artist Residencies at KCAT.

Tara Byrne, Age and Opportunity, Director of Bealtaine.

10.20am: Engagement space for artists (coffee and tea throughout)

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Engagement space for artists.

3pm: Plenary session – Questions and answers, panel discussion with Artists: Who owns creativity; its place in community development.

Ann Davoren, Director West Cork Art Centre

4pm: Tea and conclusion: What are the benefits

of projects like Engagement for the community at large?

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