Artists and recipients of the Create Artist in the Community Scheme Award, Kate O’ Shea and Ashleigh Ellis will facilitate a workshop which will provide an overview of the landscape of opportunities for artists who are currently or are considering working with communities and developing a socially engaged and/or community participative practice. They will discuss their current and past projects, as well as funding opportunities for socially engaged and participative practitioners.
About the Facilitators:
Kate O’ Shea is an artist working across printmaking, large-scale installation, performance, and publishing. Her collaborative practice builds spaces of solidarity to explore alternative modes of community and dialogue. Kate O’ Shea has just finished The Just City Counter Narrative Neighbourhood Residency Awardee (2020-2022) with Common Ground, Dublin 8. Kate’s project www.howmuchisenough.online
Ashleigh Ellis is from Cork, where she now lives and works. She graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2011, and completed a MEd with the Open University in 2017 in which she undertook research about young artist’s identity and self-esteem. She was a residential Art Teacher in the U.K. for four years in an international Krishnamurti school where she developed inquiry-based, multidisciplinary curriculum, taught Human Ecology, and was a Curriculum Coordinator. She is now employed by Helium Arts, advocating creative practices as a way for young people living with illness to be empowered and live full lives. Past exhibitions include the Engage Studios annual member show, Body and Soul music festival, the Sarah Walker Gallery Graduate Show, Re:Collection, Cork School of Music. Her work is held in public collections at MTU and the Cork School of Music, and by many private collectors.