Friday 6th May 2-00pm – 4pm, Free of Charge. Working Lives is a panel discussion which explores the challenges and rewards for artists working cross-generationally, collaboratively and across disciplines. The discussion takes place in the context of Bealtaine’s Iconic Citizens Project and the specially commissioned ‘First Citizens Speak!’ by artist Deirdre O’Mahony working with older members of the community in North Clare. Also addressing the political, social, cultural and economic implications for older creative lives in a rural context, the panel includes the artist, and fellow artist Anna Furse. This event has been developed with VOLTage and CREATE.
Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist, academic and occasional writer. She received a BA in Fine Art (Painting) from St Martin’s School of Art London, an MA (Research-based) at the Crawford College of Art Cork and a PhD from the University of Brighton titled New Ecologies between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice. She is a full time lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
Anna Furse is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths where she directs the MA in Performance Making and Co-Director of the Centre of the Body. She is currently on sabbatical after a 4 year Department Headship. Her career in professional theatre includes: 33 years as a director, writer, project leader, programmer, artistic director, curator, consultant and educator. Artistic Directorships include BloodGroup (1980 – 86), Paines Plough (1990 -95). Founding Athletes of the Heart in 2003 with a Wellcome Trust Impact Award, she has developed a range of collaborations including: with 2 hospitals, health organisations and international venues, including co-productions in Serbia and Slovenia. Most recent production includes When We Were Birds a performance lecture at the Cantieri Culturali Zisa, Palermo, Live Collision and GIFT festivals and an installation for the Freud Museum Mad, Bad and Sad programme 2013 – 2014. Her most recent publication Theatre in Pieces – Politics, Poetics and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (Methuen 2011) includes her Don Juan.Who?/?Don Juan.Kdo? with Mladinsko Gledalisce, Ljubljana. She is currently developing a new work with CREATE: The Anatomy Act to premiere in 2016.
Maria Kerin, trans-disciplinary artist Maria Kerin combines embodied movement through dance with process-based visual art practice to create installations, performances and new media body works. Through body-based art work Kerin explores points of meeting with site, artist and audience in an autobiographical enquiry into sites of contention. Often this response includes working with other artists using the model of friendship to form creative coalitions. A graduate of Fine Art from DIT ’98 and a Bachelor of Business Studies from UL,’91, Kerin also holds an MA in Contemporary Dance performance from UL ’06. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions, theatres, art festivals, public commissions, and reaches audience through alternative site-specific locations, printed publications, the internet, mobile phones and live through skype. Maria Kerin has also curated and mentored nationally and internationally. Founder member of Outrider Artists her web presence includes danceworkslive.com and sitemeetings.blogspot.com.