Arts in a Rural Context
Over the years we have worked with numerous local, national and international artists exploring arts in a rural context, what the term means for artists, communities and society. Projects, whilst rooted in the local, have garnered much national and international acclaim. The arts office has developed ongoing partnerships and relationships with artists and organisations that have shaped the delivery of art projects countywide. Arts in a rural context is also a key feature of our public art programme Gaining Ground
Ground Up was an experimental programme of contemporary art in rural contexts in Clare. Curated by Fiona Woods, the Regional Arts Coordinator for North Clare at the time, Ground Up involved 22 artists over three strands between 2003- 2007, staged a series of public events, generated two publications and 11 temporary public artworks. It had a strong artist-led ethos and laid emphasis on research.
Ground Up; Reconsidering Contemporary Art Practice in the Rural Context, ed. Fiona Woods was published as part of the project and the Arts Office also facilitated the establishment of the Ground Up Artists’ Collective (GUAC) in 2008 – an independent artists collective.
Karum Creevagh is an interdisciplinary project which began in 2018 involving the Burren area of Co Clare and the Oland area of Sweden. It involves an experimental and innovative approach to arts and landscape heritage. Creevagh Art and Archaeology Collective are a group of 8 Clare artists and archaeologists who are participating in this interdisciplinary project.
It includes a research phase involving the landscape archaeology of the Burren and Kilshanny area using photography and film. A parallel group in Sweden is examining the Oland region with the aim of sharing a united group exhibition in both Clare and Sweden.
Ormston House and Limerick Culture and Arts Office, in partnership with Cavan Arts Office, Clare Arts Office and Tipperary Arts Office, are pleased to announce the River Residencies under the Arts Council of Ireland’s An Invitation to Collaboration scheme. We are seeking applications from artists who would like to meet and work with rural communities along the River Shannon in Ireland during the Spring and Summer of 2021.
For further information on the residencies and how to apply, you can download the Application Brief here.
The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Monday 21 September 2020.
This project was undertaken in partnership with Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology and Littoral Arts Trust (UK) supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. All three agencies shared interest in the development of arts practice in rural contexts and collectively brought together a range of areas of expertise. A series of seminars took place culminating in a conference in October 2006.
This project was commissioned, with the support of the Arts Council, to mark Ireland's Presidency of the EU in 2013. It looked at how throughout Europe artists are working in small rural areas to make contemporary art and saw artists from Latvia and Estonia travel to Ennistymon, Co.Clare to share skills and experiences in a rural context
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