Speakers
 
HOU HANRU NICHOLAS KEOGH / PADDY BLOOMER IRENE MURPHY
HüSEYIN BHARI ALPTEKIN MIKE FITZPATRICK CLÍODHNA SHAFFREY
ELLEN DRISCEOLL ANNA MACLEOD ANN SHOSTROM
SHIN EGASHIRA REGINA GLEESON SALLY MAIDMENT
JULIE BACON DOMINIC STEVENS SARAH IRENMONGER
HELEN O LEARY MICK O SHEA LAURA MAYS
 
HOU HANRU was born in Guangzhou, China and has lived and worked in Paris since 1990. He teaches at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam and is a member of the global advisory committee of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. As a curator, his exhibitions include: Out of Centre; Chinese Contemporary Art (Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland, 1994): Parisien(ne)s (Camden Arts Centre, London, 1997); Hong Kong, etc., Johannesburg Biennale (1997); Gard de L’Est (Casino, Forum of Contemporary Art, Luxembourg,1998); Unlimited NL2 (De Appel) Foundation, Amsterdam 1999): Photography Biennale (Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, 1999); French Pavilion, Venice Biennale (1999); Fuori Uso (Pescara, Italy, 20000); Shangahai Spirit: Shanghai Biennale 2000 (Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai 2000) The Mind on the Edge(of new centres) (Circulos de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 2000). He has served on International juries in Europe, Asia, and America, as well as lecturing at a number of international institutions and writing for art magazines and gallery catalogues. Hou Hanru is considered to be one of the most dynamic and innovative curators and critics on the contemporary art scene. A collection of his writings - On Mid Ground has recently been published by Timezone 8.
 
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HüSEYIN BHARI ALPTEKIN was born in Turkey and is an artist, writer, educator and curator. He studied aesthetics, philosophy of art and sociology in Istanbul and Paris-I Sorbonne. He taught philosophy of art at Bilkent University in Ankara, 1990-1994, and was the coordinator of exhibitions and cultural activities of the Habitat II NGO-City Summit, Istanbul. He is currently teaching in Istanbul Bilgi University, in Music Department of Science and Literature Faculty, and he is the coordinator of post-graduate program for Critical Studies in Music department. He has participated in several exhibitions and symposia in USA, Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Holland, Austria, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, France, Bosnia, Russia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Denmark, Finland, Mongolia, Albania and Turkey, as well as the 4th Istanbul, 24th São Paulo and 4th Cetinje International Biennials.
He currently leads a space and program of residency and seminars on contemporary art; entitled "Sea Elephant Travel Agency," a non-profit artist collective in Istanbul. One of the ongoing projects of that collective is "Jules Verne and the Black Sea:" The reconstruction of Jules Verne’s imaginary voyage around the Black Sea in a boat laboratory in 2004-5. He continues to work on projects: “B-fact: Black Sea, Baltic Sea, Barents Sea” and “BRG: Bunker Research Group” intending to link artists and common visions in relative peripheral topographies.He is awarded a UNESCO prize for his work “Moze Moze” in 4th Cetinje Biennale in Montenegro, in 2002. He has been in Nifca’s (Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art in Helsinki) residency in winter 2002, in HIAP: (Helsinki International Artist Program) residency, in winter 2003, and Iaspis (International Artists’ Studio Program in Sweden) Stockholm residency in winter 2004.
 
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ELLEN DRISCOLL is a Professor of Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. Her work includes installations such as “The Loophole of Retreat” (Whitney Museum of Art at Phillip Morris, 1991); public art projects such as “As Above, So Below” (1999) for Grand Central Terminal North, New York, and “Ahab’s Wife” (1998), a collaborative theater production for the Henson International Puppet Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York. Recent projects include “Catching the Drift” (2003), a women’s restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art, “Aqueous Humour” (2004) a kinetic sculpture for the South Boston Maritime Park, “Ghost”(2003) for SmackMellon gallery in Brooklyn,and "Bewixt" (2004) for Motoazabu Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.
She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Arts, Anonymous Was a Woman, Radcliffe College’s
Bunting Institute, the Massachusetts Cultural Council,and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work is included in major public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
 
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SHIN EGASHIRA is a practicing architect and teacher and was born in Tokyo, Japan. He has worked in Tokyo, Beijing and New York before coming to the UK as Diploma Unit Master with Architectural Association School of Architecture. London. His installation works and exhibitions include: English House at the Camden Arts Centre 1991; Objects Viewed From The Erased City, Architectural Association; World Map + Cabinet, Mars Gallery, Shibuya, Toyko, 1993; Impossible Vehicles at the Spiral Gardens, Tokyo, 1994; Beauty of Our Pain at the Art Front Gallery, Tokyo,1996; Slow Box After Image at the Tsumari triennial 2000; Lodging London/Toyko in collaboration with Tadashi Kawamata and Architectural Association, UK and House Inside a House/House Outside a House project in collaboration with the Spiral Art Centre,2003. In 1996 he commenced an on-going project in the village of Shirakura Niigata, Japan, as part of a plan to revitalize the marginalized and aging villages. He has been back every year since to run a workshop that involve AA students and local people, which is slowly transforming the place through a mixture of temporary and permanent installations including: -Bus Stop 1997: Regional Park and its Pavilions 1999; Local Room, 2001, Local Platform 2003, Cinema Screen 2004. Egashira, has won RIBA Silver Medal Sergent Awards for drawing 1990 and has won 2nd prize for Aso and Kahoku-cho regional Park Design in collaboration with Art Front Gallery; and second prize for Azabu University Planning Competition and for Ryume no Sato Town Regeneration Planning 1999.
 
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JULIE BACON was born in South Shields, Tyne & Wear England. She studied Drama and French before going on to complete an MA in Fine Art 2001, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada. Since 1994, she has presented performance and installation works in festivals, solo shows, symposia and outdoor locations throughout Europe and in Canada, Japan, Israel, the U.S.A and Chile. She curates art events, publishes texts about art, and been actively involved in a number of art collectives and groups, including Hull Time Based Arts (England) and Espace Virtuel (Canada), and is Co-director of Catalyst Arts, an artist-run centre in Belfast. She is currently preparing her practice-based PhD at the University of Ulster, entitled: Re-collecting the Poetry and Politics of Archival Spaces: An Exploration An Exploration of Performance and Installation Art in the Museum.
PANEL MEMBERS
 
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HELEN O LEARY resides in Leitrim and PA, USA and divides her time between both countries. She is an associate Professor at Penn State University, and has exhibited at Zolla Lieberman gallery, Chicago, Michael Gold Gallery, NY, Denver Musuem of Contemporary Art, South Bend Museum of Art, Southbend, Indiana, Staad a Zee, Ostende, Belgium, Edith Cowen University, Perth, Dehli, India, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. Much of her work has dealt with her peripatetic life style, and a continual questioning of the notion of home. She has collaborated with Katie Holten (PLOT), Paul Chidester on two publications Sileage, Painted and Signs, Unravelling developments 2005(Sligo Commissions), and is currently collaborating with Sarah Schwartz on an ongoing project, SALT.
 
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NICHOLAS KEOGH AND PADDY BLOOMER are both from Co. Down Northern Ireland and are based at the Lawrence Street Workshops Belfast. They have been collaborating since 1999 and have to date worked together on many projects. Combined they are exploration, investigation and plumbing specialists and boast a high tolerance to low temperatures.
“We share an interest in uninviting, ignored or inaccessible places sometimes barely able to support human life. All landscapes are unique and interesting in their own way, from young mountain streams to the retchings of industrial shit pipes. We have worked underground overground, up trees down trees, on top of cliffs in cliffs, in mountains on mountains, in sewers, drains, culverts, dumps and holes of all description. We continually return to sewers and alleyways”.
 
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MIKE FITZPATRICK (Chair) is a curator and artist, and, is currently Director/Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art. He has participated on the Independent Study Programme, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Studio Fellowship at PS1 Museum, LIC, New York, Research Studies at University of Liverpool. He has an MA Fine Art from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. University of Central England, Italian Gov. Scholarship, Academia De Brera, Milan, PTA, Dip Fine Art, Limerick School of Art and Design.
His solo Exhibitions include ‘Everything Must Go’ Art in General, New York, ‘Selling America’ Silverstein Gallery, New York and Galway Art Centre, BIAD Birmingham, Limerick City Gallery of Art, OMAC, Belfast and Project Art Centre, Dublin. He has exhibited in several groups shows in Ireland, UK, USA, Hungry, Australia and ItalyFitzpatrick is a member of IKT, Organisation of International Curators. He is a committee member of ev+a, the Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick. He has organised over 80 exhibitions at LCGA, which include Tina O’Connell, Andrew Kearney, Caroline McCarthy, Gerard Byrne, Ann Ryan and most recently Tom Fitzgerald and Jack Donovan.
 
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ANNA MACLEOD lives in Co Leitrim. She is currently the Programme Chair of the BA Fine Art Degree course at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a committee member of Artist Exchange an artist led initiative that promotes Irish artists work internationally and facilitates international exchanges and is the curator for Ireland for an international artist led event Site-ations International 2005/6 which involves 10 events throughout Europe over the period of a year. Involvement in artist run collaborative activities is an integral aspect of her practice as an artist, because her practice is concerned with facilitating questioning, communication and dialogue. A frequent participant in exhibitions and events internationally much of her work is non permanent and employs elemental materials that are the tools through which different forms of communication and questioning are explored. Current projects look at air travel and the global network systems of national airlines.
 
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REGINA GLEESON is an art critic from the North-West of Ireland and writes for CIRCA magazine, NY Arts Magazine and The Visual Artists' News Sheet. Shebegan her practice as an artist through a BA in sculpture from The LimerickSchool of Art and Design. In order to extend her visual language into thearea of digital discourse, she completed an MA in interactive media at The Dublin Institute of Technology in 2002 and began her research into art'srelationship with technology, continuing to focus her work on the contextswithin which art is being made today. After winning awards from The Arts Council of Ireland for her critical writing, she engaged in an intensive
period of research on globalisation's impact on art practice and focused on the shifts between location and dislocation, collaborative practice across all kinds of fluid borders and Home from Homelessness.
 
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DOMINIC STEVENS is an architect living in Leitrim. His work evolves as a series of firmly held beliefs in Slowness and Collaboration, is tempered by practice. He has a BA from UCD, School of Architecture, Ireland where he continues to lecture. He has won numerous awards and Special Mentions in architecture. His exhibitions & installations include Practicing Architecture, 2004, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin: In Between Wardrobes, in collaboration with Ros Kavanagh, Project Art Centre, Dublin 2001: New Irish Architecture, yearly exhibitions. He writes of his work ‘I run a one-person practice from rural Ireland. I divide my time between architecture, caring for my children and growing food. Just as I believe that buildings are inextricably linked to the lives that happen in them, my practice as architect is bound closely to my consciousness as father and farmer. My office is not a citadel protected by expertise, rather, it has fertile edges that actively absorb the life that surrounds it. I carry out one building project at a time informed by ongoing theoretical work. In order to record ideas as well as building I make Books. The first, domestic, was published in 1999”.
 
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MICK O SHEA lives and works in Cork city and is a member and director of the Cork Artists Collective and has exhibited in Germany, Lithuania, Belgium and Scotland. He studied instrument physics in C.I.T. and works as an instrument technician in UCC.
Recent exhibitions, Solo show, Translation, drawing and sound installation, Sirius art center, Cobh.
Soundworks, performance, Arttrail 2004, music dept. UCC. Pavilion: Host, Domestic Godless,project arts center Dublin. Portables, Edinburgh, Scotland Domestic Godless: cooking in a skip, Belfast. Ideal State: sound performance, Club One, Cork. Award winner, Claremorris Open, kinetic and sound installation.O’Shea formed Domestic Godless with Stephen Brandes 2003 to create cooking events and recipes that transgress our food taboos.
All of his works spring from his essential experience in drawing and the practice of honest disclosure. His work exposes the conflict between dogma and reality, and questions what we establish as truth.
 
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IRENE MURPHY lives and works in Cork City. Recent exhibitions: Pavilion ‘Host’ at the Project Arts Center Dublin,’ Ideal state’ live event, club one Cork city, “something Else” contemporary Irish Art touring Finland. “Us Live” Guinness storehouse Dublin,” Pavilion” Crawford gallery Cork,.”Electric rain” Cat club Cork, “Utter” Temple bar studios Dublin. She has participated in many group and collaborative projects in Ireland and has exhibited in Germany, Belgium, Finland, London and Lithuania. In 2005 she is planning a residency and exhibition in Kanazawa Japan. She is a founder member and Director of the Cork Artists Collective.and is an active agent participating in Ideal State Agency which was set up to present an artists interpretation of the city.
Her artistic oeuvre ‘has included photography, installation, performance, and public art projects. A common link in her art is ideas about performativeness, site-specificity and communality. She deals with various issues, such as transformation and displacement, value systems and identity. The materials are often recycled and unobtrusive. Murphy’s art acts are private interventions into public space.” Taina Eravaara
 
CURATORS
 
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CLIODHNA SHAFFREY is a freelance curator and arts administrator. She was arts officer from 1990-2000 with two local authorities in Ireland – Cavan and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, after which she did a stint in the Arts Council as a liaison advisor on local authorities. In 2002, she spent a year in London, undertaking an MA in Curation at Goldsmiths College. Her recent curatorial work includes Dublin’s Last Supper ’by John Byrne and Losing It – a screen-based exhibition, at the Fenton Gallery, Cork. She is curator-in-residence in Leitrim, where she developed artist as traveller – in collaboration with Leitrim based artists and with curator Ann Shostrom, art historian Ruth Devine; Roscommon Arts Officer, Philip Delamere; Anna Marie O’ Rourke Craft Development Officer with VISUAL LEITRIM, and artist Sally Maidment. She is currently working on a project with 8 artists from Ireland and abroad for the Carlisle Pier, Dun Laoghaire – a disused ferry terminal that is shortly to be redeveloped and is one of three curators for Cork Film Centre’s International Video Programme. 2005, If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of the revolution.
 
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ANN SHOSTROM is an artist, curator and writer and divides her time between New York City and Pennsylvania where she teaches at Penn State University and is coordinator of the John M. Anderson Endowment Visiting Lecture Series. She received a College Faculty Research Grant from Penn State University to develop “Trunk Show” a international traveling exhibition that grows in size and diversity as it travels from one venue to the next. Involving local curators, the intention is to bring together a range of work, whereby differences amongst cultures will be exposed and mediated.
She has participated in MIR2, a multimedia installation at SmackMellon, in Brooklyn, New York, which uses the space station as a model for a collaborative project; Archipelago, a collaborative installation that was first made at Arti et Amicitciae in Amsterdam and then recreated for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado. Solo shows include: Stephanie Theodore Gallery, New York NY; Art Now, Goteborg, Sweden, and Rule Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
 
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SALLY MAIDMENT is a graduate from the Institute of Techonolgy, in Sligo in 1999 and has since exhibited wand worked as a printmaker nationally and internationally. She was administrator of the arts education and facilitation company Artscope until 2002 when she left to concentrate on her arts practice and to complete her degree in printmaking. She receives the Taispeantas Visual Arts Award in 1999, the Iontas Travel Award for Printmaking in 2000 and the Tyrone Gutherie Bursary Award from Roscommon County Council in May 2002. In 2002 she took part in a four-month residency in Cyprus after which she worked on a visual arts esidency programme with Cooperations in Wiltz, Luzembourg. Maidment is coordinating The Resource Room, at King House, which will include books, information and other material that may be inspirational to the artist traveler.
 
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SARAH IREMONGER studied Fine Art at the is a graduate of National College of Art and Design in Dublin and The Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork. She also has an MA in European Fine Art from Southampton University. Iremonger has exhibited nationally and internationally as an installation and digital media artist. She is a member of the Backwater Artist Group in Cork and is on the committee for the Cork Art Trail. Recent exhibitions include the “Research and Process Room” for the George Petrie exhibition at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork 2004 and “Lumpy Art History” at the Turku Art Museum in Finland 2003. Recent awards include Arts Council Project and Bursary awards in 2002 and 2004, a CRC Cultural Relations Committee award from the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism in 2003 and She received an artist in residence fellowship at the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany in 2002. Iremonger completed a commission “The Up-sidedown Mountains” for the OPW at the Northside Civic Centre in Coolock, Dublin in 2003, works as Visual Arts and Residency Coordinator for the Sirius Arts Center in Cobh, Co. Cork and ran as a Candidate for the 2004 local elections.
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LAURA MAYS is a furniture designer and maker. based in Co. Wicklow for the last eight years, but IS in the process of moving to Co. Galway. An architect by training, she now makes one-off furniture using native hardwoods when possible. Her furniture is modern in design, with an emphasis on clean lines, function and proportion, but looks to tradition for materials and methods. She works mainly to commission, but makes time to develop her own designs and ideas. She is a lecturer at the Furniture College, GMIT Letterfrack.