Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Space: A Social Agenda | Friday 18 October, 10am - 4pm | The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena

Space: A Social Agenda explores the links between art, architecture and society. The symposium takes place on Friday 18 October at the Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena. The symposium is hosted by Ballymena Borough Council, The Braid Arts Centre & Mid Antrim Museum in partnership with PLACE.


10am: Registration and tea / coffee

10.30am: Welcome and Introduction
  • Jayne Clarke, Curator, Mid-Antrim Museums Service
  • Rosalind Lowry, Arts & Events Development Officer, Ballymena Borough Council 
  • Marianne O’Kane Boal
  • Michael Corr, Creative Director, PLACE

10.45am: Panel Session I: Local Context
  • Arthur Acheson, Chairman, MAG, ‘Introducing the Work of MAG'
  • James Hennessey, The Paul Hogarth Company, ‘Ballymena Town Centre: A People First Approach’
  • Ciaran Mackel, Architect, 'Urban Realm Development in Belfast'

11.50am: Panel Session II: A New Way of Working for Northern Ireland: The UK & International Perspectives
  • Tom Keeley, Writer & Educator
  • Cara Courage, Arts & Culture Consultant, ‘Arts, Relocalism and the City: Global Perspectives on Architecture and Urban Creatives’
  • Torange Khonsari, Public Works Group
  • Michael Corr, Creative Director, PLACE

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Panel Session III: Collaboration / Community / Perception
  • Ricky Harris, Upstart, 'Granby Park - A Meanwhile Space'
  • Tara Kennedy & Jo Anne Butler on Culturstructure
  • Marianne O’Kane Boal on ‘Two Minds & Potential for Collaborative Practice’ 

3.15pm: Feedback Session and Q&A

4pm: Close

Ticket Details

Tickets £15 per person (includes lunch) available from The Braid - / 028 2563 5900.

For further information contact symposium organiser Marianne O’Kane Boal - [email protected] / 0035385 7687757

Speaker Details

Tom Keeley works at the intersection of architecture, geography, landscape and anthropology through writing, research, teaching, and publishing. He is the Director of Range Editions, a publishing venture interested in places, and previously ran education programmes for The Architecture Foundation. His latest project is ‘Learning from Kilburn,’ a tiny experimental university for the study of Kilburn, opening in October 2013. His writing has been published in a number of publications such as Domus, MASContext, and the catalogue for the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is in the collections of the National Art Library; and the School of Architecture Library at Princeton University.

Cara Courage is an arts consultant, writer/commentator, curator and project manager and relocalism, tactical urbanism and cultural placemaking PhD student. She has a career spanning 14 years, working across art forms with a particular expertise in visual arts; architecture/built environment; cultural learning; and collaborative and networked practice. Cara initiates her own arts-led built environment and placemaking interventions and is a co-founder and director of architecture collective, Threshold. Cara writes on arts and urban issues for amongst others, the Guardian Culture Professionals Network, ArtsProfessional, Frame and Reference, academic journals and online magazines including Global Urbanist and This Big City.

Torange Khonsari, Public Works Group is part of an art and architecture practice working within and towards public space. All public works projects address the question how the public realm is shaped by its various users and how existing dynamics can inform further proposals. Their focus is the production and extension of a particular public space through participation and collaborations. Projects span across different scales and address the relation between the informal and formal aspects of a site. Public Works Group produces social, architectural and discursive spaces. Outputs include socio-spatial and physical structures, public events and publications. Public works is a London based non-for-profit company. Current members are Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang who work with an extended network of project related collaborators. The practice has been growing organically since 1999, with its initial founding members Kathrin Böhm, Sandra Denicke-Polcher,Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang and Stefan Saffer working in different constellations until 2006 before formally coming together as public works.

Tara Kennedy & Jo Anne Butler, Culturstruction. Culturstruction is a collaborative design studio working in the areas of art, design and architecture and is led by Jo Anne Butler and Tara Kennedy. Our work includes small scale built work, design, exhibition curating, lectures, workshop facilitation and public-realm research. Initiated in 2008, in the dying days of Ireland’s property boom, the name ‘Culturstruction’ proposed a critique of the impossibility of ‘constructing culture’. Today our work continues to challenge destructive attempts to enclose and de-politicise the processes of conceiving, making and managing our shared living spaces. Recent projects; ‘Planning for Protest’ is an exhibition, publication and associated project of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2013). 'Breach' is an amphitheatre space built in a disused co-op farm store in Callan, Co.Kilkenny (constructed in collaboration with the Abhainn Ri Festival, Callan and the Commonage Summer School in 2011). 'St Johns Eve: a Celebration of Rights of Way' is a research and residency project with the Education and Community department at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2012 we undertook a temporary redesign for The Mermaid Gallery, Bray. We are both founding members of 'Commonage' and our shared interest in the potential of overlapping education, design and community activism informed the Commonage Summer School in 2011 and 2012. Both Tara and Jo Anne hold a degree in Fine Art Sculpture, NCAD (2005) and a Masters in Architecture UCD (2013).

Ricky Harris, UpStart. UpStart Collaborative Ltd is a non-profit voluntary arts collective. Our mission to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasis the value of arts to the public life and community. Our first project put 1,000 posters of original art onto Dublin streets during the Irish General Election and attracted both national and international attention. The UpStart General Election Poster Project transpired to be one of the biggest public art exhibitions ever held in the history of the Irish State. Upstart transformed a vacant Dublin site on Dominick street lower into Granby Park, a place of creativity, nature, imagination, play and beauty for everyone. This project was developed with support from number people including Dublin City Council, planners, architects, landscape architects, designers, research and education groups and the local community. We’d like challenge how vacant sites can be used in our city. We want to offer people an experience and lastly we want to create something special for Dublin and its residents. Ricky Harris has worked in publishing, events, media production, digital content and project management and is a qualified yoga teacher.

Marianne O’Kane Boal is an art and architecture critic. She has written extensively on these subjects over the past 14 years. She writes regularly for the Irish Arts Review, Perspective, Living Design, Visual Artists Newsletter, Art Quarterly and Architecture Ireland. She has edited a number of publications and written monographs on John Kindness, Deborah Brown, Brian Ballard, Helen Gaynor, Bernie Masterson, Adrian O'Connell and Studiorogers. She served as a Director on the board of the Context Galleries, Derry for seven years and has been on the Editorial Committee of Perspective since 2003. She is former Visual Arts Officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and has worked for the Office of Public Works in Dublin. O’Kane Boal was Company Secretary of ArtSpark NI from 2008-2012. She worked as Public Art Consultant to Titanic Quarter for three years and authored their Integrated Arts Strategy. She also wrote a public art commissioning strategy for Northern Ireland in 1999 commissioned by the DOE. She is currently Curator of the Belfast Harbour art collection. She has curated over forty exhibitions including ‘Kings of the Tides: Maritime Paintings from Belfast and Cork,’ Belfast Harbour,’ ‘Two Minds: Ten Artists and Ten Architects’ Belfast and Dublin, ‘Building our Children’s Futures: Best Practice in School Design,’ 'John Kindness: Retrospective 1986-2006,' ‘Group 91-Fifteen Years On,’ Switch Room Galleries, Belfast, Dara McGrath and Conor McFeely, ‘Deconstructing the Maze,’ a major art/architecture collaborative exhibition at the former Maze/Long Kesh prison and ‘New Irish Painting’ 2005 at the Context Galleries, Derry. O’Kane Boal has project managed and delivered conferences, seminars and symposia in art and architecture (on behalf of PLACE, ACNI, AICA, and Arts Council of Ireland) and has served on a number of public art panels. She is currently Expert Advisor on Art for the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment.

Arthur Acheson is an architect, city planner and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment (MAG). From 1976 to 1985 he taught at universities in Australia, Canada and UK. Arthur was a partner in a Belfast architectural practice from 1985 until 2012 when he became a private consultant. He is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and McGill University, Montreal. Arthur is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism (London) and was founder chair of Belfast Civic Trust in 1982. He is currently Chair of the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership in Ligoniel Village, Belfast and a board member of two community based social enterprises, Glenariff Improvement Group and Ligoniel Community Enterprises.

Michael Corr. As Creative Director of PLACE Michael is responsible for developing the creative vision of the organisation in conjunction with the team and the board. Michael represents PLACE at a regional, national and international level liaising with key clients and partners and developing future creative and cultural projects for the organisation. Michael is an architect and urban designer and is currently a director of Pie architecture in London and an architecture studio leader at London Metropolitan University (CASS). Michael previously worked as an urban designer / planning advisor with Design for London in the Greater London Authority and East architecture London where he was an associate director. Michael has been key note speaker and an invited critic in Australia, Asia, Europe and across the UK and Ireland.

Ciaran Mackel is an architect in private practice (ard Ciaran Mackel Architects) who has been involved with, and design architect for, a number of successful award-winning projects, and has over 25 years experience in the profession. Ciaran Mackel was a founding partner of Mackel + Doherty Architects in 1994 and was president of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) from 2002 -2004. He is a regular contributor to architectural periodicals including, Perspective - the journal of the RSUA - writing reviews, editorials and essays and submitting photographic essays to generate discussion on architecture and urbanism. He has been architect - assessor on a number of architectural competitions in recent years following his role as Northern Ireland Arts Council Lottery panel member; Architectural Policy panel member, and as a Creative Advisor on Architecture and the Built Environment to Imagine Belfast, Belfast’s bid for Capital City of Culture 2008. Ciaran is actively involved in PLACE and also serves on the Boards of a number of community and arts organisations. Ciaran is also founder member of the think-tank / do-tank, the Forum for an Alternative Belfast. It aims to encourage debate about how we can influence and affect changes to the built environment. He is currently an associate senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Ulster and is also an architectural advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment.

James Hennessey MA(Hons) MA CMLI is an Associate Director with The Paul Hogarth Company, is a qualified Urban Designer and Chartered Landscape Architect. Originally from central Scotland, James moved to Belfast in 2000, having worked previously in London and Philadelphia. Since then he has led numerous complex urban regeneration projects across the island, including the Ballymena Town Centre Masterplan and subsequent Public Realm Strategy. He is particularly experienced in community engagement and participative planning exercises, responsible for projects in receipt of 3 national awards in the past 4 years. James was also the author of “Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland”, now published by DOE in draft for public consultation. In addition to his primary role, James is an Expert Advisor the DCAL Ministerial Advisory Group and a guest tutor of Urban Design at Queens University, where he is also undertaking a part time PhD on the typologies of open space.

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