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2023: Future Retrospectives - A symposium reflecting on the Arts Council/ A...

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Science Gallery Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

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Dublin, County Dublin 2

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The Arts Council will present a symposium on 4 April at Science Gallery, Dublin, which aims to critically interrogate the question: What does it mean for the State to support artists in examining a key historical moment that is future focused? What is the impact on the artist and their work? What is the impact on the community that engages with that work?

2023: Future Retrospectives offers The Arts Council an opportunity to engage with the arts community, the academic community, the media and the wider public in an engaging and imaginative way on the pivotal role that art plays in commemoration. Whether it is to bear witness to unheard testimonies, reflect experience, critically engage and question history, reframe the dominant narrative or offer imagined alternative histories, art must also question itself – moving forward to tell new stories in new ways.

Curated by Róise Goan, the symposium is imagined as a future retrospective, with 2016 as a key moment in a decade of centenaries. This frame affords participating artists the opportunity to reflect on their projects with an imagined distance, and also offers the opportunity to imagine, question and interrogate the more contested centenaries ahead, using their own work and the context of ART:2016 as a starting point.

The Symposium will comprise of a series of panel discussions, short lectures, and performances from diverse voices including artists Louise Lowe and Una Kavanagh, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Áine Phillips, Garrett Phelan, Dan Colley and Annemarie Ní Chuirreáin, Architectural historian Dr Ellen Rowley, Dr Emily Mark Fitzgerald, Chair of Culture Ireland and Director of the National Sculpture Factory, Mary McCarthy, and Mairéad Enright. The symposium will feature a keynote address by Deborah Shaw, Head of Programming at the Historic Royal Palaces, UK, who commissioned the landmark, large-scale installation of poppies at the Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

This event is for the arts community (artists, makers and managers), passionate arts audiences who want to reflect on the programme of work they experienced in 2016, cultural media, cultural scholars and students, 1916 and state commemoration specialists and enthusiasts. The symposium, which will take place at Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, Dublin 2, is free and tickets are available here (advance booking is essential). The event will commence at 9.30am (with coffee and registration from 9am and conclude at 5.45pm and will be live-streamed.

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