Seamus Nolan: CAPP Commission 2017

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Artist Seamus Nolan is the recipient of the prestigious CAPP commission with Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Create.

We are delighted to announce that Seamus Nolan has been successful in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) Open Call for a socially engaged commission. This is a very significant commission in the collaborative arts sphere in Ireland. It has resulted from a successful collaboration between Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, located in Parnell Square and is supported by the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) a transnational programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The applications, from across the CAPP network of partners, were of particularly high calibre with forty-one artists submitting diverse proposals in cross disciplinary artforms. This exciting commission will run from 2017 to 2018 and sets out to encourage meaningful and in depth engagement with communities of place and of interest as well as the distinct architectural, socio-political and cultural landscape of the North Inner City of Dublin.  Seamus Nolan’s proposal to investigate the idea of archive, deconstruct ideas on ‘heritage’ and engage with both communities of place and of interest, involving Traveller activists and archivists, stood out in terms of concept and imaginative power.

Barbara Dawson, Director Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane “We are delighted to work with Create and Seamus Nolan on this great commission. One of Ireland’s foremost artists working in collaborative arts practice, Nolan has presented a powerful and thoughtful proposal focused on the Traveller community. Working with the community, Paveé Point, archives and archivists, the artist will go beyond any single reading of identity and heritage in a contemporary re thinking of established histories, memories and communities”

Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create “We are delighted that Seamus Nolan, one of Ireland’s leading collaborative arts practitioners, has proposed this very timely and relevant socially engaged project. With a focus on archive, identity and history in relation to the Irish Traveller community, Nolan will work with a number of collaborators to re shape and re work ideas about what ‘heritage’ and memory can be. We are really looking forward to working in partnership with the Hugh Lane on this exciting commission.”

Seamus Nolan, artist “I am really pleased to have the opportunity through this commission to examine basic notions of representation and community building in relation to Traveller past and heritage. The commission will support the coming together of cultural practitioners, activists and archivists in an exploration of contested histories.”

Martin Collins, Pavee Point added: “With the recognition of Traveller ethnicity it is important to explore how Traveller culture and identity can be integrated in an inclusive way into all aspects of Irish life. Pavee Point welcomes this opportunity to continue to develop innovative and imaginative approaches and looks forward to working with artist Seamus Nolan.”

SEAMUS NOLAN Biography Seamus Nolan is an artist based in Dublin, recent work includes presenting 10th President as part of Re-Public in the Hyde Park Art Centre Chicago (Create /Culture Ireland showcase for 2016), Historica – Republican Aesthetics the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 'Radical Actions', RMIT Melbourne, ( 2016) 'Proto punks' with Upstate Theatre projects Drogheda, (2015) 'Kathleen Lynn, Insider on the outside' Mayo Arts Collaborative, (2016) 'what if we got it wrong' the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, touring exhibition (2015) and 'F**K IMMA' for 'What we call love', Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015) . Previous works include '10th President’ in the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, (2013) a project which proposed the President of Ireland temporarily hand over office to a child who died whilst in institutional care and ‘Newtopia, the state of human rights’ Mechelen Belgium, (2011). Nolan has also been awarded the Artist in the Community Scheme Award for 'The Trades Club Revival' which saw the revival of the traditional working man’s club in Sligo, and a related exhibition in the Model, Sligo. The attempted hijack of a Ryanair flight for St Patrick's day ‘Flight NM7104’ for Terminal Convention (2011), an off-site exhibition and seminar situated in the abandoned Airport terminal building at Cork Airport. A refusal to participate Ireland's inaugural Dublin Contemporary 2011, and an attempt to sell the derelict house of Barbara Luderowski the founder and co-director of The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. Other works include Corrib Gas Project Arts Centre (2008 ) a solo show which looked at the Corrib Gas Pipeline and the North Mayo community affected by its development, 'every action' a collaboration with the five peace activists acquitted for disarming a military aircraft in Shannon Airport. 'if art could save your life' (2009) invited the Drogheda Arts centre to foster two dogs, earmarked to be destroyed, for the duration of the exhibition, and Hotel Ballymun (2007) a temporary public art work commissioned by Breaking Ground, Ballymun Dublin, which saw the transformation of a residential tower block on the outskirts of Dublin city into a boutique hotel by a group of local participants and organisations.

For further information please see the attached pdf or contact Katrina Goldstone, Create JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING and Jessica O’Donnell, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING