Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Change? Schedule of Discussions & Activities

Daytime events
Working groups of students from third level and transition year will work in groups assessing photograph submissions of unused potential in the city and then set about realising that potential. Work will take place from 12 to 4pm Monday to Friday but public are invited to come in and see the work in progress.

We are also inviting members of the public to bring along their own images of 'unused potential in the city' and we will display it with our collection.

Roll Up Your Sleeves (2008, 27 mins, Ire) documentary directed by Dylan Haskins and produced by Project Arts Centre will be showing from 11am every 30 mins daily in a two-person, purpose built video pod.

Discussion Schedule:

Discussions take place at 7.30pm sharp every evening and will last no longer than 2 hours.

Audience are encouraged to bring questions and engage with the discussion.

Monday 26th Jan: What does 'Change' mean?
With Desmond Fennell (Distinguished thinker and author)

Tuesday 27th: Protest: Fresh effective vehicles for change.
With Nell McCafferty (Journalist, author, playright)

Wednesday 28th: Arts For Social Change
With Margaretta D’Arcy (Filmmaker, activist, playright & radio pirate)
& Will Saint Leger ("Artivist”, Dublin based street artist and activist)

Thursday 29th: Community activism: Change from the bottom up.
With Councilor Mick Rafferty
& Rita Fagan (inner city community activist)

Friday 30th: Open audience to audience discussion to conclude series

Guest Biographies:

Desmond Fennell
Undoubtedly one of the most brilliant minds of this age, Fennell’s books and journalism have dealt with Irish and international culture and politics, and with history, travel, religion and literature.
Born in 1929. With a Scholarship in Classical Languages he entered University College, Dublin, and there and in Trinity College studied history, economics and languages. He researched his MA thesis in Modern History at Bonn University. In 1991 the National University of Ireland awarded him its highest degree in the humanities, D. Litt., for his published work. He has lived and worked in Spain, Germany, Sweden, the USA and Italy - adding three more languages to his repertoire - and has travelled in Asia.
Living in Conamara 1968-79, he was active in the ‘Gaeltacht revolution’ which changed the nature of the Irish language movement. His journalism 1969-75, rethinking the nationalist approach to the Northern problem, laid the intellectual basis for the peace process of the 1990s. From 1976 to 1982 he taught History and Politics at University College, Galway, and from 1982 to 1993, English Writing at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
From 1997 to 2007 Fennell lived in Anguillara on Lake Bracciano, near Rome. In the latter year he returned to Ireland and summed up his recent findings in two essays available on his website

Nell McCafferty
For over thirty years, Nell McCafferty, has been one of Ireland’s most compelling figures as civil rights campaigner, journalist, playwright and feminist. She has written for The Irish Press, The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune and Hot Press and The Village Voice.
She has documented a changing society in a voice unmatched for its wit, its compassion and, occasionally, its cold fury. It was her career in journalism, commentating on Northern Irish life and Republican politics that brought her to public fame, and her outspoken attitudes on abortion, sexuality, feminism and contraception (in what was then a conservative nation) earned her a certain amount of notoriety.
In over 30 years as a public commentator whose views on social change, the Irish identity and society are frequently sought, she is altogether one of Ireland's most familiar, most respected and most controversial journalists.

Margaretta D’Arcy
A highly creative and experimental practitioner in theatre, literature, radio & film, who has consistently maintained her standards of integrity; most of her work has been done in the alternative/experimental sector. .
Member of Aosdána since its inauguration.
Member of the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC), and executive member of AMARC’s Women’s International Network (WIN).
Founder-member & chairperson of Women in Media & Entertainment (WIME), production company for her film work and includes the publisher, Women’s Pirate Press (see below). WIME has consultant status at the United Nations (ESOC).

Will Saint Leger
St Leger's stencils are humorous and sometimes surreal fusion of icons, events and images from popular culture. Previously a graphic designer[1] and former Greenpeace activist[2] St Leger refers to himself as a artivist.
His shows with Dublin Fringe Festival include ‘Art Raid’ 2007 and ‘Outer Space’ (2008). He has also produced numerous independent work around the city and is one of the main organisers behind Free Art Friday In Dublin.

Mick Rafferty
North inner city community activist, Councilor Mick Rafferty is a member of the Housing, Social & Community Affairs SPC. Long time associate of the late TD Tony Gregory, it was he who suggested that one among them change their name to Kermit the Frog and stand in the 1979 local elections - demonstrating their contempt for the antics of the political party puppets

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