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'In Conversation' - Foundation for Creative Arts and Technology (FACT) December 1st 2014 - part of the DaDaFest 2014 International Festival.

Teesside University lecturer and renowned international artist Simon Mckeown will unveil details about his latest project, Cork Ignite, at a special event in December.

Simon, a Reader in Post Production and Animation in the University’s School of Computing, will be in conversation with leading UK and Irish arts practitioners at Trace Elements.

The event takes place on 1 December in Liverpool, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, as part of the Dadafest International Festival and will see Simon reveal details about Cork Ignite.

Cork Ignite is a large scale art commission planned for Cork, Ireland in September 2015. Trace Elements will include a panel discussion on how Cork Ignite is funded by Ignite, an unique partnership in Ireland representing the largest ever investment in Ireland’s arts and disability sector and inspired by the success and impact of Unlimited 2012. The panel discussion will also focus on the context of collaborative practice involving artists working together with communities or a community of interest in some way.

The panel for Trace Elements are Mary McCarthy, Director of the National Sculpture Factory and Chair of Culture Ireland, Kath Gorman, Independent Producer and Cork Ignite Project Manager, Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts & Disability Ireland, Dr Paul Darke, Academic, writer and cultural critic and Simon Mckeown.

Simon has over 25 years of professional creative experience, and was awarded his own prestigious Cultural Olympiad/London 2012 Festival commission, which represented a watershed moment for contemporary disability art.

For his latest project Simon has been commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory and Create Ireland to develop a new large scale outdoors arts commission, ‘Cork Ignite’. 'Cork Ignite' will use a mix of digital technology and disability ethos and culture, featuring a significant collaborative element with artists in Cork and will take place in Cork city in September 2015.

The Trace Elements In Conversation event is in association with Create Ireland, DaDaFest, FACT and the National Sculpture Factory (Ireland). Trace Elements is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Cork Ignite is commissioned by Cork City Council as part of Ignite. Ignite is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council.

 

Following this work, he produced Trace Elements for FACT in Liverpool in 2016 working collaboratively with veterans, culminating this body of work in St Helens with collaborative agency Heart of Glass with a large scale outdoor event in December 2018 supported by the city council.

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Limerick conference 

Simon recently presented at FACT in Liverpool on December the 1st 2014 and this event also featured an excellent panel including Mary McCarthy, Director of the National Sculpture Factory and Chair of Culture Ireland, Kath Gorman, Independent Producer and Cork Ignite Project Manager, Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts & Disability Ireland and Dr Paul Darke, Academic, writer and cultural critic. For more information please see this Facebook page and you can also find out more here at the official festival page here - DaDaFest.

The videos and images nearby are from Simon's earlier outdoor work on Prometheus Awakes.

Cork Ignite was produced in an inclusive participatory form with 30 disabled participants (1): people with a learning disability developed content and were fully included in the creative process through artist-led workshops and introduction to the technology by McKeown directly. In addition, the learning – legacy and impact - from Cork Ignite was subsequently carried forward into a new concept exhibition entitled Trace Elements at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool (2016) that also included a further solo exhibition and conference directly to disseminate and reflect on the Cork Ignite work attended by international scholars and artists, including members of core group of disabled artists from Ireland.(1b) Additionally this project further developed into a two year collaborative practice based outdoor projection work in St Helens, Liverpool in association with Heart of Glass and Buzz Hub, St Helens Coalition of Disabled People, entitled ‘We Are Still Here’ and featured work produced with ten learning disabled artists(3).

 

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Art of the Lived Experiment


8 November 2014
to 11 January 2015


Bringing artists from across the globe to Liverpool to showcase and celebrate the best in Disability and Deaf Arts.

Programme announced so far:

Additionally he was invited to present at the international Disability Art conference, Creative Connections: Arts and Disability, Conversation and Showcase in Galway, Ireland, 2016 hosted by Arts and Disability Ireland, and at the international collaborative practice conference With For About: Art, Activism & Community hosted by the NPO Heart of Glass, St Helens2017. 

McKeown was, as such, invited to present Trace Elements at FACT (Liverpool) a complex retrospective of the work (with new pieces) and a major  disability and art / disability arts conference Art and Disability (FACT)  to disseminate the project and its innovative way of collaboration and inclusion of marginalised groups in a major outdoor public project projection (the first of its kind). 

Building on a fifteen-year history in creative collaborations, ‘In Conversation: Discussion event on Arts, Disability and Collaborative Practice’ on 1 April 2016, kick-started FACT Liverpool’s new spring programme which aims to explore disability, art and communities through a series of pop-up exhibitions. Review by Jade French.

Teesside University lecturer and renowned international artist Simon Mckeown will unveil details about his latest project, Cork Ignite, at a special event in December.

Simon, a Reader in Post Production and Animation in the University’s School of Computing, will be in conversation with leading UK and Irish arts practitioners at Trace Elements.

The event takes place on 1 December in Liverpool, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, as part of the Dadafest International Festival and will see Simon reveal details about Cork Ignite.

Cork Ignite is a large scale art commission planned for Cork, Ireland in September 2015. Trace Elements will include a panel discussion on how Cork Ignite is funded by Ignite, an unique partnership in Ireland representing the largest ever investment in Ireland’s arts and disability sector and inspired by the success and impact of Unlimited 2012. The panel discussion will also focus on the context of collaborative practice involving artists working together with communities or a community of interest in some way.

The panel for Trace Elements are Mary McCarthy, Director of the National Sculpture Factory and Chair of Culture Ireland, Kath Gorman, Independent Producer and Cork Ignite Project Manager, Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts & Disability Ireland, Dr Paul Darke, Academic, writer and cultural critic and Simon Mckeown.

Simon has over 25 years of professional creative experience, and was awarded his own prestigious Cultural Olympiad/London 2012 Festival commission, which represented a watershed moment for contemporary disability art.

For his latest project Simon has been commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory and Create Ireland to develop a new large scale outdoors arts commission, ‘Cork Ignite’. 'Cork Ignite' will use a mix of digital technology and disability ethos and culture, featuring a significant collaborative element with artists in Cork and will take place in Cork city in September 2015.

The Trace Elements In Conversation event is in association with Create Ireland, DaDaFest, FACT and the National Sculpture Factory (Ireland). Trace Elements is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Cork Ignite is commissioned by Cork City Council as part of Ignite. Ignite is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council.

 

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