NCAD, Rialto Youth Project & Fatima Groups United Seminar

Expanding the Academy: Connecting Arts Pedagogy and Practice in Community Contexts


A seminar, co-organised by the Rialto Youth Project, Fatima Groups United and NCAD on the occasion of the exhibition of the Contemporary Self-Portraits (CSP) Project in the NCAD Gallery.

The seminar will explore the work of the CSP Project in the context of local arts education initiatives in Rialto and will discuss the underlying principles and potential for collaborative working - in situ - and the expanded academy model.

The seminar will also discuss how such practice could be developed further, across disciplines/areas of practice, theory and dissemination and into national policy making for art[s] practice, education, urbanism, institutional and community development into the future.

2.00pm Welcome and Introductions

2.10 – 2.30pm Panel session: Returning the Gaze: Contemporary Self-Portraits and Community   Gillian O Connor, Youth Worker Rialto Youth Project, Ailbhe Murphy Vagabond Reviews & Katia Hancke, Team Leader Fatima Homework Club.

2.30 – 2.50 Discussion

2.50 – 3.05 Niall O'Baoill, Arts Coordinator, Fatima Groups United – Positing a new model of Local Arts Development

3.05pm Niall Crowley, Independent Equality Expert - Keynote address – Community Culture –a strategy to revalue, renew and reinvent community arts

3.30pm Discussion

3.50pm Declan McGonagle Director, Anthony Hobbs Head of Fine Art Media and Louise Walsh Lecturer Fine Art Sculpture, NCAD, - Expanding the Practice

4.10pm Break

4.20pm Open Discussion

5.00pm Book Launch NCAD Gallery

The Contemporary Self-Portraits publication, will be launched by Finola McTernan,
Access Officer NCAD