CORNERS at Belfast International Arts Festival
5th - 27th October 2015, Belfast, Northern Ireland
After CORNERS' events in Stockholm in May and Kosovo in August, CORNERS artists return to Northern Ireland to present 9 artistic collaborations at Belfast International Arts festival. CORNERS projects Oh My Home - Lost & Found, developed by Newcastle-based artist Lalya Gaye in collaboration with two international CORNERS artists, Atlas of Tremors, Bridging the Silence, Flashes, Windows, Birdhouse Gallery, Built to Contain, Sister of Another Mama and Hide or Reveal will be presented at the festival, alongside an exciting programme of visual arts, film, dance, music, theatre, artists talks and workshops.
You can find the full programme of the festival on the Belfast International Arts Festival website. Isis Arts will be in Belfast too, documenting the events on CORNERS Live, so if you are not able to make your way to Belfast for this amazing festival, tune in on CORNERS Live to make sure you don't miss out.
Beyond the Obvious 2015
Isis Arts Co-director Clymene Christoforou will be participating in Beyond the Obvious 2015, the annual conference of Culture Action Europe. Beyond the Obvious 2015 promises to be a thought-provoking gathering made of large scale and small scale dialogues, encounters, community-building, exchanges between local and other European cultural actors. Beyond the Obvious 2015 invites its participants to learn, reflect and debate on what balance shall be sought between the condition for a meaningful public sphere on one side, and private and commercial interests on the other, in order to fulfil cultural - and thus human - rights.
Clymene will be moderating a discussion on freedom of expression between Rachel Jolley (Index on Censorship), Kathrin Merkle (Council of Europe), Nir Boms (cyberdissident.org) and Rasoul Nejadmehr (Vastra Gotaland Region).
Participants in Beyond the Obvious 2015 will have the chance to engage in three streams of discussions around the main focus:
• EXPRESS explores the tensions that endanger the right to freedom of opinion and expression and identify the paths to protect and enhance it.
• CREATE explores the tensions between the right to create and enjoy culture and the right to fair remuneration in the digital sphere.
• PARTICIPATE explore the value of actively contributing to your community wellbeing and government by intently participating in the cultural life.
The programme is built around three formats of discussion, with all them addressing the three lenses.
• IDEAS ROOM: Through a tradition symposium style, participants will discuss the power of key ideas and concepts, engaging in active conversations.
• STORIES ROOM: In smaller groups, participants will hear and gather around stories and practices from all over Europe to deepen the understanding of possible [alternatives] ways of “doing culture”.
• SCENARIO ROOM: In highly collaborative lab-style sessions, small working-groups will explore the consequences and implications of some tomorrow’s scenarios that will be presented. In each room, different Discussion Activators will act as catalysts of conversations.
When: 15-17 October 2015.
Where: Brewhouse in Gothenburg.
'Canny Creatives', Ukraine
ISIS Arts co-director and Culture Action Europe committee member Clymene Christoforou has been selected to visit Ukraine, along with five other leading cultural professionals from North East England, as part of a British Council exchange programme seeking to forge lasting relationships between cultural organisations in the UK and Ukraine. ‘Canny Creatives’ is a professional development and capacity building initiative, and an opportunity for cultural professionals and organisations from UK and Ukraine to share ideas and benefit from each other’s expertise.
North East England and Newcastle Gateshead, in particular, was chosen for this initiative as an area celebrated for its rapid cultural transformation and dynamic creative industries scene. Newcastle Gateshead has transformed from a city known 30 years ago as an industrial town with high unemployment, a passive audience and slow economic development to one of the most exciting cultural hubs in England. British Council Ukraine representatives believe that North East England shares a lot in common with Ukraine in terms of culture and history and are confident that an exchange of professional skills and ideas between cultural organisations in Ukraine and North East England will contribute to the transformation of cultural life in Ukrainian cities.
We are excited to announce that Clymene will work within two Ukrainian cultural organisations, CSM and Congress of Cultural Activists, based in Kyiv, for a week in September and three weeks in October.
CSM, Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art is the descendent of the first Ukrainian Soros Centre for Contemporary art and has been functioning in Kyiv, Ukraine since 2008. CSM supports cultural researchers and critics with the mission to generate a discussion about the role and status of contemporary art in Ukraine. CSM promotes the understanding of the integral role of contemporary art in the current social, political and economic circumstances of Ukraine through public discussions and educational initiatives.
Congress of Cultural Activists presents itself as a collective of creative, educated and politically aware professionals based in Kyiv, committed to building a new Ukraine by changing the cultural reality in the country. Congress of Cultural Activists believes in the important role of culture in a state of revolutionary transformation for Ukraine. Congress of Cultural Activists has initiated a public movement to mobilise a socially active civil society in Ukraine, based on open interaction with the public and has urged organisations from Europe and beyond to rethink Ukraine’s place in Europe.
For more information about Canny Creatives, please visit British Council’s website.
Open Call for Research Residencies
Deadline: 23rd July 2015 5:00pm
Following our latest artist in residence, Jessica Thompson, we invite new applications for residencies at ISIS Arts. Canadian media artist Jessica Thompson completed her three week long residency at ISIS Arts in June, researching for her new project Borderline, a site-specific investigation of the role of sound in community formation, particularly in areas currently undergoing social change.
We now invite applications from visual and media artists, UK and beyond, for residencies at ISIS Arts, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) starting from September 2015.
This is an opportunity for artists to spend time in self-contained, newly refurbished city centre studio space to research a new project or idea without the constraints of having to necessarily produce a body of work. The residencies start from 3 week periods and range to a maximum of 3 months; the residency period will be agreed with each individual applicant.
All artists will have access to ISIS Arts equipment, critical support and introduction to arts networks in the region. ISIS Arts will also host an artist talk and networking event for each visiting artist as part of their residency, allowing them to present their work to the wider arts community.
For the full call and for details on how to apply, please, click here.
To read more about our previous residencies, please, click here.
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