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borders and the body

Recently I was at a one-day conference titled ‘Borders and Borderlands’ at Glencree in Wicklow. I took part in a panel discussion with Garrett Carr and Kapka Kassabova, chaired by Catherine Nash. I spoke a little about my work on Irish Border/lands between 2005 and 2008. During the project I talked with 80 border people,...


nevertheless we persist*

Being self-employed can be a pretty isolating and exhausting experience and, to be honest, our creative energy has been at a low ebb recently. Which is why last week’s COMM/On was a timely and welcome intervention well worth making the time for. Organised by our friends at Seedhead Arts, it had a simple aim, to...


Butterflies and Bones

Recently I went to Butterflies and Bones, performed at the MAC as part of The Casement Project, and the Belfast International Arts Festival. The piece was choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir, together with his team of dancers. Fearghus happened to be performing that night, too, and spoke about the work onstage afterwards.   In art...


remembering to forget

This month Gemma and I gave a workshop on place and heritage for the Rural Community Network. My Master’s was in cultural memory. During it I looked into the relationship between memory and place, and the workshop gave me an opportunity to refresh my thinking on this relationship. Then I came across a short essay...


Shadowed Ground

Bryonie’s ideas about our sensory experience of place has resonated with me. Particularly in relation to my recent work with the Corrymeela Community on ‘Contact, Culture and Conflict around the Causeway’. The project’s residential programme involved visits to archaeological sites relating to the complex history of the Plantation and the social and political legacy it created....


Inclined to wander…

I have always been deeply interested in place, which is what led me into the field of cultural geography. Cultural geography deals with the meaning of place to people, historically and in the present. Our sensory experience of place has been a key feature of my art practice for a number of years, with work arising from...


Complicating our past; opening up our future

Over the last year I have been working with The Corrymeela Community on ‘Contact, Culture and Conflict around the Causeway’. The project was a partnership with Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, the Causeway Museum Service and Belfast City Council. It aimed to ‘complicate our past, challenge our present and open up our future’; to engage people with the complex...


20/20 Visions

In early 2015 quarto successfully tendered for the role of ‘graphic recorder’ on the Corrymeela Community’s 20/20 Visions project. 20/20 Visions aims to facilitate conversations among individuals and groups across Northern Ireland (and in the Republic of Ireland) on the basis of Appreciative Enquiry. In a climate of disillusionment and disengagement with party politics, the...


In Place / Out of Place

In Place / Out of Place was produced for the Connecting Commemorative Communities project and launched last week at The MAC, Belfast. The exhibition concept centred on this definition, offered by one of the project participants. aporia: a productive pause in discussion enabling the holding of multiple ideas in tension and considering them With this in mind, we...


Collective mapmaking

In our work with Ulster University on Connecting Commemorative Communities we have been using a methodology based on collective mapmaking as a means of helping workshop participants to draw out and communicate their thoughts on commemorative landscapes. Mapmaking can and does pretend to be an objective science in which landforms are carefully measured and represented to scale...


Commemorating 1916

quarto has become involved in projects arising from the Decade of Centenaries concept, including On the Brink: the Politics of Conflict 1914-1916, which explores the interconnectedness of the First World War, national and revolutionary politics in Ireland, and the Easter Rising; and Connecting Commemorative Communities, which addresses localised commemorations of the Decade and more. For me this...


Thinking about commemoration

Commemorating the past is occupying a large part of our minds at the moment. Which is not unexpected as we approach the mid-way point in what has been dubbed the ‘Decade of Centenaries’, the one hundredth anniversaries of a series of pivotal events between 1912 and 1922. These stories of war and revolution, from the...


quarto and feminism

In December 2013 I attended a feminist research methodologies workshop convened by Space&Place Research Collaborative (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/geography/about-spaceplace) with Professor Linda McDowell, a feminist economic geographer. Attendees at the workshop were mostly women, working as artists, academics and architects, some employed and some with their own practices. Professor McDowell introduced some of her research on women in...


20:20 Visions with the Corrymeela Community

We are delighted to have been appointed by The Corrymeela Community as graphic recorders for the 20:20 Visions project. 20:20 Visions will connect with over 2000 people in an innovative process that will nurture an understanding and vision of a shared future where sectarianism is not the norm. The project comes out of Corrymeela’s considerable experience in developing...


Broadening our horizons at The Faculty

Yesterday we took part in a How to Build Your Own Website course with Oonagh Murphy. It was just one of a programme of courses and events delivered as part of The Faculty by Seedhead Arts with Blick Studio. This website is the result of our day’s efforts and we are fairly pleased with ourselves. Getting to grips with building websites...