Our Engage the City artists are out and about working with groups and communities across the city. Project Manager, Roise Goan, fills us in on what’s happening with Engage the City 2019…

Over the last five months a group of ten artists (Zoe Ní Ríordáin, Ray Hegarty, John Conway, Sinéad McCann, Shaun Dunne, Helen Barry, Berlinda Mapa, Elaine Chapman, Andrzez Majur, and Farah El Neihum) have started working with different communities, focusing on specific topics of interest. The Engage The City programme aims to facilitate this research, exploring and developing to build trusting and meaningful relationships between artists and communities so that they can work together.

The Engage the City 2019 team

Engage the City team 2019

Engage The City is about creating that time, while also providing peer support to the participating artists to discuss their work as it progresses and to engage with other artists and community leaders with relevant experience in the field. As a group we have met for a series of 4 labs over the past five months, looking at specific themes and ideas each month. These sessions have facilitated in-depth conversations with Kaethe Burt O’Dea, Clíona Harmey, Linda Devlin, Kathy Scott, Tom Lawlor, Jennie Moran, Bernadette Larkin, Osaro Azams, Garrett Phelan, the Subset Collective, Michelle Browne and Gary Gannon about how their work interacts with communities of place and interest in the city, whether its street art, cultural wellbeing, urban beekeeping, political activism, working with young people, working with food, or creating performance in the public realm.

Engage the City 2019 our final lab

The Engage the City team at their final lab in 14 Henrietta Street

The research our group of Engage The City artists have been doing is being shadowed by critical thinkers and documentarians Rachel Donnelly and José Miguel Jimenez, and we hope to publish their reflection on Engage The City in the autumn.

This week artist Helen Barry ran her first session with the The Amal Women’s Association at the Dublin Mosque. Together they are screen printing tote bags using Arabic, Irish and English, getting creative with tea, coffee and conversation.

Engage the City artist Helen Barry is working on a screen printing project with community groups

Helen Barry and her group have been experimenting with screen printing. Photos by Helen Barry

What is Engage the City?

Engage The City is an artist-led research programme.

We want to connect artists and communities who are interested in collectively exploring and developing their creative skills. We will act as a catalyst in this research, linking the work of participating artists to communities. Through this programme, we create the conditions for artists and community members to learn, participate and grow through direct, hands-on cultural engagement and shared learning and research.

Engage The City is a programme where artists and communities can apply for support (money, mentorship and group workshops with other people in the programme) from Dublin City Council Culture Company to try out new ideas where artists and communities work together. We launch an open call for artists or community members to apply for this programme once a year. We will be announcing 2020 Engage the City plans in late 2019

Dublin City Council Culture Company

Dublin City Council Culture Company

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