Representation and Reimagining Traveller Culture: Networking Event 2022
This panel, part of our Networking Event in November 2022, was chaired by artist Seamus Nolan and featured Kathleen Keenan (musician), Mary McDonagh (theatre artist) and Nora Corcoran (Galway Traveller movement, Misleor festival), on Representation and (Re)imagining Traveller culture at local, regional and national levels. Via various artforms the panel discuss the importance of the community taking the lead in developing, directing and producing the experiences and histories of the Traveller community.
Ory’Sta: Jojo Hynes, Midie Corcoran and Kate O’Shea
Welcome to our latest Ory’Sta event, an informal conversation between Tuam-based artists Jojo Hynes and Midie Corcoran, with artist and mentor Kate O’Shea, held in Reapy’s Bar. This event formed part of the Creative Places and Create Networking Event, hosted by Creative Places Tuam in November 2022.
Pablo Helguera: The Social Practice Nightmare Before Christmas
We were thrilled to welcome Pablo Helguera, a New York-based Mexican artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance, as our keynote speaker for our Networking Event in November 2022. As both an artist and educator Pablo has made a very significant contribution to the field of socially engaged practice. Through his projects and critical writing, he has expanded our thinking of what it means to be a socially engaged artist, and the potential of the practice to effect change. Often employing humour, Pablo has illuminated many of the key preoccupations of contemporary socially engaged arts practice, communicating the complexity of what’s at stake while also highlighting critical pathways through for a generation of artists. Following his keynote lecture, Pablo was joined in conversation by artist Deirdre O’Mahony, member of Create’s Board.
We were delighted to feature the premiere of The Colour of My Breath, a filmic exploration of the particular challenges of integration from the perspective of collaborative/ community artists from minority ethnic or migrant backgrounds at our Networking Event in November 2022. The premiere was followed by a panel discussion with artist Tomasz Madajczak, Alessandra Azevedo, Amir Abu Alrob and Mark Sebata, with lead artist Jijo Sebastian, chaired by Carlos Garrido Castellano.
Colour of My Breath is supported by the Communities Integration Fund from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. This project is also supported by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts and the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme.
“Patching Tuam” was a textile art project for young people in Tuam. Local textile artist Kathy Ross showed the attendees how to use techniques such as drawing and painting, collage, applique and hand and machine embroidery to create Punk Patches displaying their social, political and personal viewpoints and their sense of place.
Tuam Assembly is a series of conversations between Tuam’s residents and stakeholders to explore their needs and expectations, part of Isabel Lima’s Artist Residency. These conversations will focus on the way a town is defined: by the connections and relationships that evolve at any given moment in place. These conversations recognise the importance of residents, their knowledge, lived experiences, aspirations, and skills, to planning place. We explore individual histories, aims, visions and objectives and by the end of each conversation we will have agreed on specific ways we can enact collective decisions.
Ory’Sta 4: Oein DeBharduin, David McDonagh, Maggs McDonagh and Joanna McGlynn
Welcome to the fourth in our series of Ory’Sta Talking on Tuam conversations, which was originally pesented as part of the 2021 UK- based Creative People and Places programme conference.
This conversation, filmed in Tuam town hall, features inaugural Thinking on Tuam resident artist Oein DeBharduin, film-maker David McDonagh, community development worker Maggs McDonagh and visual artist Joanna McGlynn.
Ory’ Sta 3: Oein De Bhairdúin, Megs Morley and Owenie Ward
Welcome to the third in our series of Ory’Sta Talking on Tuam conversations, which takes as its theme Nomadic Archives.
This conversation is to allow us to start thinking together on how we ensure the culture of the Travelling Community is centred in Creative Places Tuam. How we include the artforms, stories and crafts of the Travelling community in Tuam – what spaces are available to us, what spaces are not, what spaces we need to imagine into being ourselves.
Ory’ Sta 2: David Burke, Tom Flanagan, Keelin Murray
Welcome to the second in our series of Ory’Sta Talking on Tuam conversations. This time around, we’re delighted to welcome David Burke, editor of the Tuam Herald, and Tom Flanagan, artist, filmmaker and educator based in Galway. Creative Places Tuam is all about the place, the people, and the stories of Tuam and its hinterlands. How do we tell the story of ourselves, of our town, of our history? Both David and Tom have vast experience in telling stories, reporting, and giving voice to the community. We invited them to have a conversation with Keelin Murray, Create’s Communications and Publishing Manager, who herself has a keen interest in these questions.