Bealtaine Festival in partnership with IMMA Art & Ageing and IMMA Talks, invite you to a special event focusing on art collectives, cultural integration and ageing. This event is presented in association with the retrospective exhibition, Patricia Hurl, Irish Gothic at IMMA.
Bealtaine Festival and IMMA will co-host a panel discussion with artist collective members from Na Cailleacha and Art Nomads, with invited respondents focusing on the shared politics of artists collectives and the visions that drive them. The discussion will be chaired by curator and art worker, Jenny Haughton.
Chair: Jenny Haughton
Jenny Haughton is associated with a variety of groups and initiatives from the Women’s Artists Action Group (WAAG) to artists representing Ireland at the Biennales. She is founding director of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and most recently Coordinator of ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art. Jenny holds a degree in Business and Arts Management from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology and a Masters in International Security & Conflict Resolution from Dublin City University. In 1991 she established Artworking which continues to function as a process consultancy and adviser in the contemporary arts. She was a Founder of Alternatives to Violence (Ireland), and accommodates political, and economic migrants to Ireland. She is a PhD Candidate with TU Dublin.
Na Cailleacha Artist Collective
Na Cailleacha Artist Collective: Na Cailleacha is a collective of five visual artists, one jazz musician and a curator/writer who have come together to explore being female, older and hopefully wiser. The group are: Helen Comerford, a painter and educator, based in Co. Kilkenny; Carole Nelson, jazz composer, pianist and saxophonist based in Co Carlow; Therry Rudin, an artist from Switzerland. Drawing and documentary film; Patricia Hurl, a painter and performance artist, based in County Tipperary; Barbara Freeman has worked in a wide range of media including sculpture, painting, installation, digital media and film. Based in Belfast. Founded by Catherine Marshall, a curator and art-writer, interested in forging and documenting collaborations and relationships across arts practices and disciplines, based between Dublin and Co. Kilkenny.
The group, initially called the Migrant Artist Community, got together in 2019. Their first exhibition ‘Transhumance: The Nomadic Artist: Part of This Land’, was held in February 2020 in Phizzfest: The Space a gallery in Dublin 7. The group re-named Art Nomads then staged an exhibition online for World Refugee Week in June 2020 in collaboration with Christ Church Cathedral Dublin and Counterpoints Arts UK. In September 2020 Art Nomads worked with curator of collections at IMMA Christina Kennedy to provide a series of participatory workshops ‘Mask, Myth and Multiple Cultures’ to complement their Paula Rego retrospective. In October 2020 the group were featured artists with the Arts and Human Rights Festival run by Smashing Times International Centre for The Arts and Equality.
Members currently include: Muhammad Achour, Antonio D’Souza, Hina Khan, Tomasz Madajczak, Roxana Manouchehri, Joe Odiboh, Laragh Pittman, Rajinder Singh and Amna Walaya.
Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation working to enable the best possible quality of life for us all as we age. Learn more at www.bealtaine.ie
Age & Opportunity Arts provides opportunities for older people to be more creative more often, to create meaningful participation and representation for all older people in cultural and creative life and to demonstrate and celebrate how our creative potential can improve with age.
This talk will be audio recorded and available to listen back to from 30 May 2023.