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TRADE is a collaborative visual arts programme between Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils providing knowledge, resources and opportunities for visual artists to engage internationally. Rather than considering ‘rural’ as ‘isolationary’, TRADE emphasises that art is a global construct and encourages a freeflow of ideas and opportunities both for local artists to engage internationally as well as for international artists to participate locally.

Since 2006, TRADE consists of two elements – a residential programme and a seminar event. Under our previous residential programmes, artists Alfredo Jaar, Rebecca Fortnum, Darren Almond and John Gibbons each worked with a group of artists from the two counties over the course of a year. The outcomes of which were presented at the TRADE seminar which followed each.

Roscommon and Leitrim County Council Arts Offices are currently undertaking the 2011 residency programme where two Roscommon and two Leitrim artists are working with New York based artist David Michalek over the course of the year concluding with the TRADE seminar in December 2011.

For further information contact Liz O’Dowd on 071 96 21694 or lodowd@leitrimcoco.ie


About David Michalek

David Michalek creates works that are marked by the personalizing power of portraiture, storytelling techniques, unique framing devices and a resolve to present these compounds in formally innovative ways. He has worked on his own and collaboratively combining aspects of performance, gallery exhibitions and temporary public art projects that gather together diverse participants. These works emphasize the possibility of people with diverse histories working together and have been combined with education such as seminars and discussions, organizing, partnering, and activism. He endeavours to unify ethics and aesthetics as well as to create work that stimulates imagination, empathy and compassion.

A graduate of the UCLA (B.A. English Literature), David worked as an assistant to photographer, Herb Ritts before setting out on his own in 1992. His commercial portraits have since appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Newsweek and Vogue. In the late-nineties, he began working with performance, installation and the development of large-scale projects. His work has since been shown nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Kitchen, and Yale University.

Recent multi-disciplinary projects include: Slow Dancing (2006) multi-channel video with sound - the work premiered at the Los Angeles Music Centre as a large-scale work of public art in spring 2007 and at the Lincoln Centre Summer Festival in July 2007; 14 Stations (2002) 14 photographs on light boxes, accompanying live performance, panel discussion, made in collaboration with formerly homeless men and women. Recent work for the theatre includes a film of still images commissioned by director, Peter Sellars, for Kafka Fragments at Carnegie Hall (2005). Since 1997 David has collaborated on a variety of works with John Malpede and The Los Angeles Poverty Department including Agents and Assets, The Skid Row Museum, and Temporary Quarters: Hit and Run.

David is a recipient of grants from The Franklin Furnace, The Durfee Foundation, The California State Arts Council and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. He was recently nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the United States Artists Award. David lives in New York City with his wife, Wendy Whelan of the NYCB.

Further information on the work of David Michalek is available from www.davidmichalek.net.

Slow Dancing - Lincoln Centre 2007
Untitled Project - 2011
  Previous TRADE programmes  
  For further information contact -
Liz O’Dowd on 071 96 21694 or lodowd@leitrimcoco.ie