City (Re)Searches Experiences of Publicness

Community Arts Partnership is delighted to announce the first international planning meeting of City (Re)Searches.

This research-feasibility study is an interdisciplinary arts-based inquiry, which engages ordinary people about their cultural rights.  It involves a Practice Circle of artists and activists in four-day Inquiry processes in Cork (Autumn 2012),  Derry (Winter 2013) and Kaunas (Summer 2013). This will be followed by a reflexive time in Rotterdam (Winter 2014). For Cork, the project explores the dynamics of the cultural rights of families.

Together, we seek to advance a new prototype (approaches and tactics) for the public value and therefore public investment in local culture. A longer term ambition is to contribute to mobilising cultural approaches to mend the broken circuitry in the field of connectivity between people, and the political process.

Circle practitioners include: Aukse Petruliene(LT), Fernando Marquespenteado (Bra), Fiona Woods(IE), Jeanne van Heeswijk(NL), John Mulloy(IE), Mary Jane Jacob(USA), Niall Crowley(IE), Niall O’Baoill(IE), Susanne Bosch(NI), Darius Petrulis(LT), Nomeda Urbonienė(LT), Gediminas Urbonas(LT) and Vagabond Reviews(IE).

The EU Project Assessor noted in her assessment of the project application: “Here is a research based on the correct observation that there has been an institutional failure to create conversations between arts/culture and other momentums for social and political rights, and rightly place their efforts in the framework of developing a new consensus about the public value of culture.”

The local producers, without whom the Inquiry process could not be realised in Cork are: Jessica Carson (Mayfield Arts), Sinead Pierce (Cork Community Art Link), along with assistance from Ed Kuczaj (CIT Crawford College of Art and Design).  The research project partners are Ed Carroll (Blue Drum), Conor Shields (Community Arts Partnership) and Vita Geluniene (Kaunas Biennial).  The project funders are the Family Support Agency, the EU Culture Programme Culture Policy Analysis Strand and Give EUR Hope.

For more information, contact:

Ed Carroll 087-2334931

Conor Shields 0044 (0)28 90923493.

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