Better Words is an educational initiative by EVA International developed with support by Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund. The project seeks to empower children’s access and understanding of contemporary art through creative language. The project will result in the production of a children’s ‘dictionary’ or ‘glossary’ of new Contemporary Art terms, developed by school children in Limerick City and County through a series of guided workshops and artistic encounters at leading artists’ studios, museums and galleries across Ireland. Through creative facilitation and direct engagement with practicing contemporary artists and creative writers, children will be encouraged to creatively articulate their experiences of art; improving literacy and experimenting with new word-forms.
Sue Rainsford's debut novel Follow Me To Ground was released in May of last year with New Island Books. Published as a piece of literary fiction, the novel initially took root in research around such artists as Jenny Keane, Megan Eustace and Kiki Smith, and was presented as Sue’s final project for her MA in Visual Arts Practices at IADT.
Sue and writer Maeve Connolly will discuss some of the prevalent themes in the novel, and how literary writing functions within and alongside contemporary art practices.
This conversation is very generously hosted by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.
Maeve Connolly is the author of TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television (Intellect, 2014) and The Place of Artists’ Cinema: Space, Site and Screen (Intellect, 2009). Her writing has appeared in journals such as Afterall, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Millennium Film Journal, MIRAJ and she has authored catalogue texts on the work of numerous artists, including Vivienne Dick, Jesse Jones, Mairead O’hEocha, Bea McMahon, Niamh O'Malley, Susan Philipsz and Sarah Pierce. She co-directs the MA in Art & Research Collaboration at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dublin.
As part of the series Working in Visual Culture, I’ll be speaking with Visual and Critical Studies students about real world engagement in visual culture.
Debut Irish Voices
Three fresh, diverse voices in Irish fiction share a common focus on strong, isolated characters struggling to forge their own journeys. What are the roots of the Emergency that has destroyed Ireland? Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press) is well-known Tramp Press co-founder, Sarah Davis-Goff’s gripping first novel. Sue Rainsford’s debut, Follow Me To Ground (New Island) is a beautifully controlled, sinister tale that questions our preconceptions of predator and prey and the consequences of unchecked desire. Well-known Galway poet and short story writer, Aoibheann McCann has penned her debut novel. Marina (Wordsonthestreet) is a moving account of its eponymous central character’s solitary existence. This event will be chaired by Danny Denton, a novelist from Cork. The Earlie King & The Kid In Yellow was published by Granta Books in 2018 and was shortlisted for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Irish Book Awards. Denton is also the guest editor of The Stinging Fly (Summer 2019).
Tickets available here.
The shortlist of writers for the Kate O'Brien Award 2019 has been announced. The nominees are:
Eileen Battersby, Teethmarks on my Tongue
Rebecca O'Connor, He is Mine and I Have no Other
Caroline O’Donoghue, Promising Young Women
Dervla McTiernan, The Ruin
Sue Rainsford, Follow me to Ground
The Kate O'Brien Award was established in 2015. It celebrates new Irish writing by a female author. It was established by the organising committee of the Kate O'Brien Weekend to celebrate Irish Women's Writing in memory of Kate O'Brien. It is an honorary award which celebrates debut Irish fiction; this award is a great affirmation for the debut winner and a recognition of the literary quality of the book. There is a presentation to the winner at the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien.
We celebrate the shortlisted authors and the winner on the Sunday of the Festival after the Kate O'Brien lecture with photographs and press coverage.
Basic Space is delighted to present writer Sue Rainsford for our December BASIC TALK.
BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is a platform for lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances. Speakers include artists, curators, writers, and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art. BASIC TALKS is a collaboration between Basic Space and The Hugh Lane, exploring alternatives in the dissemination of contemporary art and its discourses.
Admission is free but spaces are limited to 50 so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.
BASIC TALKS ~ Sue Rainsford, takes place in conjunction with Pallas Projects/Studios Exhibition: Periodical Review #8
EMERGING AUTHORS SERIES II
In the second of our Emerging Authors events, expect a wealth of insights from four of Ireland’s most daring new voices. Caitriona Lally’s debut novel, Eggshells (HarperCollins), draws readers into the perspective of an eccentric, lonely woman as she wanders the streets of Dublin. Aoibheann McCann, with short story, non-fiction and poetry publications already to her name, has recently treated readers to her first novel – Marina(Wordsonthestreet), a moving account of its eponymous central character’s solitary existence. Playwright and children’s author Darragh Martin has explored new territory this year with his first novel for adults, Future Popes of Ireland (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate imprint), a searing account of a family’s escape from the control of the Catholic Church. Sue Rainsford’s debut, Follow Me To Ground(New Island), is a sinister tale that questions our preconceptions of predator and prey. The disparate voices of these four authors are drawn together by a shared focus on the isolated lives of characters who struggle to belong, and who are ultimately forced to carve their own paths. This conversation will be guided by eminent journalist Sue Leonard.
The Young Art Writers programme is an initiative of RHA and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) and takes place over two days: Saturday 8 & 15 of September. The programme is designed for anyone age 18 – 25 who is interested in art and writing, or who would like to be introduced to this area. No previous experience is necessary and all levels of writing ability are welcome.
The programme is devised to immerse the participants into thinking about writing in relation to the visual arts in a number of ways, in order to support the participants formulating an individual writing practice. Over the two days, participants will visit exhibitions at RHA, Kerlin Gallery and TBG+S, visit artist Kevin Smith in his studio, attend a talk by Gavin Corbett (TBG+S’s 2017, Writer in Residence), attend workshops by writers Sue Rainsford and Aidan Wall and view a variety of diverse arts publications. Participants will be encouraged to think about various possibilities of writing in and around art and to be open to engaging with new techniques, critical thinking, and more.
After the two days, participants will have 2 weeks to submit a written piece which will then be designed into a zine and launched at Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 22 – 26 November 2018.
Concisely conveying core elements of your practice is essential to promoting your work and ensuring its accessibility. Covering such topics as proposals, funding applications, and statements for press and marketing purposes, we will discuss the dos and don’ts in writing statements. Over the course of the day, participants will work in an interactive way with peer supported feedback, producing texts that succinctly deliver their concepts, approaches and methodologies.
While working toward developing a concise statement, this session will also explore writing as a dynamic and reflective tool. We will consider the more expansive, generative ways in which writing can serve an arts practice, operating within or alongside it. In discussing how participants might develop a long term relationship with writing that will serve their practice and its shifting demands as it develops over time, we will also cover various opportunities regarding the production of text in relation to an artwork or exhibition.
As part of Everything is in Everything, a collaborative commission between Super Projects, Clodagh Emoe, 4th year students at Hartstown Community School and in partnership with Fingal Arts Office, I presented a workshop on script writing and contemporary art practice.
Taking influence from Rancière’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster, specifically the quote ‘…the very act of storytelling…presumes in its interlocutor an equality of intelligence rather than an inequality of knowledge’, the workshop entailed giving voice to inanimate materials, to objects not typically associated with speech.