Gavin Murphy & Mark Cullen/Pallas Projects (Dublin)
Céline Kopp/Triangle France (Marseille)
Ida Blazicko/The Croatian Association of Visual Artists – HDLU (Zagreb)
Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir/The Living Art Museum (Reykjavík)
The artist-run model and ethos is one which perpetuates alternative – and often non-hierarchical – modes of organisation and economies of exchange (knowledge and resources). A non-commercial approach to producing art and culture, it supports and develops experimental or unrepresented forms of practice and discourse. The organisational structure, aims, and modes of presentation of artist-run spaces are as varied as they are plentiful, but the common denominator is that they arise out of a deficit – i.e. something is missing in the cultural landscape: artists are dissatisfied with, or unable to access, the established venues, forums, or modes of presentation, and convene to create a new kind of space, a community that addresses their needs.
Dublin artist-run space Pallas Projects has invited 3 long-running European artist-run/artist-initiated organisations to Dublin to participate in a series of Workshop meetings to investigate the roles, aims of/challenges to running artist-run spaces, and to present and share views and experience on artist-run collaboration and international cooperation. In particular these sessions will seek to develop ways to promote the understanding and appreciation of artist-run practice at both a public, peer, and at state level, and develop thoughts on the potential of networking and advocacy to effect the recognition of artist-run practice as a distinct form of visual art practice within the European cultural framework.
Public talk: Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Venue: National College of Art & Design, Project Space (Painting)
In this public presentation, Pallas Projects co-directors Mark Cullen & Gavin Murphy will introduce the background to the project, followed by a short presentation by each organisation. It is intended that attendees will be given insight into the make-up of these important European artist-run spaces, and gain a valuable understanding of the scale, role, and diversity of artist-led practice, projects and research.
Intentional Communities is an outcome of the Artist-Run Europe research and publication project led by Pallas Projects and published by Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016.
Céline Kopp, Director of Triangle France
Céline Kopp is Director of Triangle France - Astérides, a 25 years old non for profit visual arts organisation based in La Friche la Belle de Mai, in Marseille. In this capacity, she has curated numerous exhibitions including amongst others: Liz Magor’s first European solo exhibition (2013), as well as Erika Vogt’s (2014), and the first French exhibition of Chicano artist group ASCO (2014). She has recently commissioned and, or, produced new works with artists such as Charles Atlas, Eva Barto, Liv Schulman, Margaret Honda, Madison Bycroft, Cally Spooner and Laure Prouvost, among others.
As an independent curator, she has worked developed projects centred on research and production using the format of residencies as a research tool (including a long term project started in Memphis TN in 2009), and recently curated Andrea Büttner's first solo exhibition in France at Mrac Occitanie (2017), as well as the 6th edition of les Ateliers de Rennes, Contemporary Art Biennale (2018).
In 2008 she was Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and in 2006 and 2007 she was curator of ART2102 in Los Angeles. She has written on contemporary art for magazines such as Artpress, Cura, Domus, Uovo, 02, and contributed to publications by Phaidon, Mousse Publishings, etc. She is currently working on a publication on ASCO with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC). She studied art history, and holds an MA in Museum Studies from the School of the Louvre Museum, and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London.
Ida Blazicko, The Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU)
Ida Blazicko has been a feature on the Croatian art scene since 2006, producing steel sculptures in public spaces such as: Wind (Shanghai, 2011); Wind II (Xixi Wetland National Park, Hangzhou, 2012); and Deep silence – the shrill of cicadas seeps into rocks (San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy, 2017). She undertook an MFA in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2007, having spent a part of her graduate studies in Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou she took a doctorate with a dissertation on Sustainable Public Art: Re-creating Urban Environment (2012).
She has won a number of prizes and awards, prominent among which are the First Prize for the execution of a public sculpture in the Italian city of San Vito al Tagliamento (Premio in Sesto, 2016); and First Prize at the international competition for the design concept and contents of the Montenegro Pavilion at the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture, working in a five-member international creative team. Ida’s main research interests involve what is happening in the overlapping fields where we can blur the boundaries and employ biomimetics as a tool in art and offer solutions to problems in the environment. She is an assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and a visiting professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. She is a vice president of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU) in Zagreb.
Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir, Managing Director of The Living Art Museum
Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir graduated with a BA in fine arts from Iceland University of the Arts in 2009. After graduation she worked as an artist and initiated, facilitated and participated in several exhibitions and projects in Iceland and abroad, such as: Curating Æringur art festival in the westfjords of Iceland.
In 2014 she received her MA degree from the Art in the Public Realm program at Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. Since graduation from the Iceland Art academy she has been Managing Director at The Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, the oldest artist run museum and exhibition space in downtown Reykjavík. There she has curated and managed exhibitions and projects, published books and initiated collaborations within Iceland and abroad.
Pallas Projects/Studios is one of Ireland's longest running artist-run spaces, with a dedicated tradition towards the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, and the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment.
PP/S addresses the necessity of providing space for artistic production and exhibition, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin's city centre, and curated projects. Our programme foregrounds the role of the project as a constant agent of discourse and transformation: producing critically engaged exhibitions, collaborations and partnerships, education programmes for schools, alongside research, publishing, mentoring and advocacy. Recent projects include the 4-year research project and publication 'Artist-Run Europe', published by Onomatopee, Eindhoven in 2016, the open-submission Artist-Initiated Projects series, and the annual 'Periodical Review' exhibition now in its ninth year.
Since its founding in 1996 PP/S has inhabited numerous semi-permanent locations, and countless more temporary offsite exhibitions, and international projects. These have included a four-year exhibition programme in a semi-derelict block of council flats, a white cube space in a former milking parlour, and collaborative projects with/in Limerick City Gallery of Art; NCAD Gallery; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Fire Station Artists’ Studios & Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Auto Italia South East, London; Lismore Castle Arts; The Model, Sligo; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; 126, Galway.
With collaborators and participants including: Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske, Liliane Puthod, Sarah Browne & Gareth Kennedy, Garrett Phelan, Brendan Earley, Jesse Jones, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, and international artists such as Hito Steyerl, Manon De Boer, Nathaniel Mellors, John Smith, Stephanie Syjuco, and Mark Titchner.
Triangle France is a non-profit contemporary arts organisation, based at Friche la Belle de Mai, a former tobacco factory located in the city centre of Marseilles. Triangle France aims to promote the emerging international art scene through a challenging and experimental program of artist’s residencies, exhibitions, events, new commissions, and publications. Triangle France supports the production and presentation of new forms of artistic activity and aims to create dynamic relationships between art, artists, and audiences both locally and internationally.
Since its founding in 1995, Triangle France has established itself as one of France's most innovative organisations supporting artists at a formative point in their career. Triangle France supports emerging artists as well as artists that are under-represented in France by collaborating with them in the development, production and presentation of important new projects that enable them to take new steps in their careers.
At the heart of Triangle France’s activity is the residency program that welcomes between 9 to 12 artists a year to Marseilles and sends French artists to partner organisations abroad. The program seeks to accompany artists in their research from project inception to realization while offering public access to artistic research and to the current debates occurring in the art world.
Some of the previous residents are: Simon Starling (1997), Virginie Barré (1998), Jim Lambie (1998), Pierre Malphettes (1998), Bruno Peinado (1998), Damien Maziere (2002), Lili Reynaud Dewar (2006), Clement Rodzielski (2007), Kara Uzelman (2009), Emmanuelle Lainé (2009), Tim Braden (2009), Dominique Hurt (2011), Jean-Alain Corre (2012), Eva Barto (2014), Dan Walwin (2016), Gina Folly (2017), Madison Bycroft (2017) and Valérie Blass (2018).
The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík (Nýlistasafnið) is a non-profit, artist-run museum and association, venue for events, exhibitions, performances, discussions and research. It was founded in 1978 as a non-political institution, with a pronounced engagement in reflections on society and cultural politics, and the role of introducing and maintaining a current dialogue on contemporary art locally and internationally.
The museum continues to be run according to its founding constitution, by a board of members elected by the association of The Living Art Museum. The museum’s extensive collection is based solely on donations by its members and friends. Over the last 40 years, The Living Art Museum has offered a varied programme that has extended beyond art exhibitions, including performances, film and video screenings, live music, lectures and symposiums, poetry readings, and theatre.
Since its foundation The Living Art Museum has been an important forum in the Icelandic art community for introducing, reflecting, and debating the role of contemporary art.
The Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb, was established in 1868 and consists of visual artists of all generations, with the aim to support and encourage contemporary visual expression. The exhibition program ranges from the experimental to large national and international projects.
The basic aims of the Association are: to support and encourage contemporary visual expression, to improve and protect the freedom of visual expression, to organise exhibitions, and to participate in the making of the laws and rules regulating visual arts production and the social rights of the artists.
HDLU annually organises or collaborates in the organisation of approximately 40 exhibitions in its four diverse galleries. HDLU is sited in the famous Meštrović Pavilion, located on a beautiful square in central Zagreb. It consists of three exhibition spaces: Ring Gallery, Barrel Gallery, and Extended Media (PM) Gallery. Karas Gallery, the forth of HDLU’s exhibition spaces, is located on Praska Street by Ban Jelacic Square, Zagreb’s main square.
The exhibition program covers all segments of art presentation and production, ranging from large national and international manifestations to projects concerning new media pursuing experimentation. Exhibitions are accompanied by lecturing programs, workshops, and presentations. Exhibition programs are flexible and the exhibition spaces are often used for the presentation of the variety of artistic disciplines ranging from dance to music and theatre productions.