Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Lives and Spaces Symposium tomorrow!

Above: Image of Ormeau Baths Building via John D McDonald on Flickr

Lives and Spaces: Art, Architecture and the Public
Thursday 25th March 2010, 9.45am - 3.30pm
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
Admission: £5 (lunch included)

‘The Lives of Spaces’ was Ireland’s entry to the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice 2008. To coincide with the exhibition in Belfast, OBG and PLACE present this major symposium which will look at the intersection of art, architecture and curating within the public realm, through exhibitions, public art and the built environment.

A range of speakers from backgrounds in art, architecture, curating and commissioning will come together to address overlapping issues facing these professions. The symposium aims to initiate dialogues which support healthy local collaboration and communication between these areas.

Schedule below:

// 9.45am Registration and Coffee

// 10.15am Curating Architecture
Curating Architecture will examine the role of a Curator and the potential for architecture in an exhibition context. The discussion will explore how best to communicate architectural practice and ideas beyond the architecture itself.

Chair: Professor Hugh Campbell: Professor of Architecture (UCD) and Co-Curator of ‘The Lives of Spaces'
John Reid: Partner, Robinson McIlwaine Architects
Nathalie Weadick: Director of Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and Co-Curator of ‘The Lives of Spaces'
Denis Byrne: Architect and Curator of Darcspace Architecture Gallery
Jo Anne Butler and Tara Kennedy: Culturstruction

// 11.15am Coffee Break

// 11.30am Creating Public Spaces
Creating Public Spaces will examine how the public realm is developed in Northern Ireland. The discussion will explore how streets, squares, parks and riverfronts etc are created using architecture and landscape. It will examine the role of building uses, finishes and public use of the spaces. It will also lead to the afternoon discussion on public art.

Chair: Michael Hegarty: Director PLACE
Barrie Todd: Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG)
Robert Kidd: DSD
Doug Elliott: 22 over 7 architects
Ailbhe Murphy: Dublin-based Visual Artist and co-founder of Vagabond Reviews

// 12.45pm Lunch Break and Lives of Spaces Tour

Nathalie Weadick and Professor Hugh Campbell will give a short tour of ‘The Lives of Spaces’ exhibition at 1pm

// 1.45pm: Commissioning Public Art
Commissioning Public Art will examine how and why public art is commissioned. The discussion will explore the nature and quality of art in the public realm and explore why some artists undertake this work while others do not.

Chair: Marie Louise Muir: BBC
Noirin McKinney: Director of Arts Development, Arts Council Northern Ireland
Philip Napier: Visual Artist and Head of Fine Art/ Sculpture at NCAD
Annette Moloney: Curator + Collaborator and ex-Public Art Specialist with Arts Council of Ireland.
Ciaran Mackel: ARD Ciaran Mackel Architects

// 3pm Closing Comments

You can still register now by contacting Ciara Hickey at OBG via email CHickey AT or phone 028 90321402. You can also buy tickets on the door.

We hope to see you there; otherwise we'll be tweeting and blogging about the symposium tomorrow!

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