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Symposium 'Art and Responsibility'

Tuesday 12th November 2013
Limerick City Gallery of Art

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Symposium 'Art and Responsibility'

Venue: Limerick City Gallery of Art ( LCGA)

Date: Tues 12th November 2013

Time 11am – 4.15pm

To coincide with the ‘Upending’ exhibition, Fire Station Artists’ Studios in partnership with Limerick City Gallery of Art presents an international symposium, to take place on Tuesday 12 November. This symposium invites national and international speakers to reflect on the theme of art and responsibility, as well as some of the enquiries emerging from the Upendingexhibition.

Speakers include Galit Eilat (Former Director of the Israeli Centre for Digital Art in Holon) and currently curator in Van Abbemuseum , Holland, who will present on thetheme of art and responsibility in times of social and political upheaval. Tone Olaf Nielsen and Frederikke Hansen from the Danish curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion will present on their activist curatorial practice.

There will also be contributions from Liz Burns ( Fire Station Artists’ Studios) Helen Carey( Director/ curator of LCGA) and a panel discussion with the artists involved in the exhibition around activism in relation to their practices and themes emerging from the show including the influence of the post colonial on cultural identities. Artists include Kennedy Browne, Anna Macleod, Susan Thomson, Anthony Haughey, Bryonie Reid and Augustine O' Donoghue.

Upending: an exhibition of enquiries

This symposium coincides with Upending : an exhibition of enquiries currently in LCGA which presents new work by artists Kennedy Browne, Anthony Haughey, Anna Macleod, Augustine O'Donoghue, Susan Thomson and Bryonie Reid. This work was commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios in partnership with LCGA and came about as a result of the artists participation in a year long mobile think tank for artists titled Troubling Ireland in 2010-11.

This think tank commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios and conceptualised and led by the Danish curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion, provided a critical, aesthetic and discursive platform for socially engaged arts practitioners based in Ireland. Participants were invited to collectively reflect on their artistic and curatorial practices with the aim of developing new methodologies and dialogues. Participants included Kennedy Browne, Anna Macleod, Susan Thomson, Anthony Haughey, Bryonie Reid Augustine O Donoghue and Helen Carey.

Two years on these new works, presented in LCGA trouble Ireland from a wide variety of perspectives, addressing themes of sustainable energy, labour and loss in recessionary times, real and tourist approaches to Ireland, border identities, homophobia and its colonial legacy, and the landscape, both mental and physical, around the Pharmaceutical industry in Ireland.

Admission to symposium is free. Booking necessary. Tel: 061 310633 ,

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Limerick City Gallery of Art, Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick.

Programme: 11.00am – 4.15pm


11am Introductions Helen Carey and Liz Burns

11.30-12.10 Presentation: Galit Eilat - Art and Responsibility

12.10-12.30 Q&A with audience

12.30-1.10 Presentation – KA- Kuratorisk Aktion

1.10-1.30 Q& A with audience

1.30 – 2.30 lunch break


2.30-3.30 Panel Discussion: with Artists in exhibition: moderator Liz Burns

3.30-4.00 Q&A with Audience.

4.00-4.15 Closing remarks

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