Noelle Collins & Orlaith Treacy - Directors of Occupy Space speaking at..

The Mayo Artists Network Meeting

Starting at 8pm onThursday 22nd November

Venue: Custom House Studios Westport Quay Co. Mayo

Please confirm attendance: T: 098 28735.

This month's Mayo Artists Network Meeting sees two non-profit organisations presenting on the delivery of programmes, artist talks and workshops which professionally benefit both group/individual visual arts practitioners and the cultural impact of the cities they are based in.

Noelle Collins and Orlaith Treacy - Directors of Occupy Space Limerick.

Occupy Space is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in 2009 as an artist-led project and exhibition space in a 'slack space' on Thomas Street, Limerick. It was founded by the members of Wickham Street Studios through the Creative Limerick initiative. The gallery space provided an accessible venue for graduate, emerging and professional artists; facilitating events and exhibitions that promoted local artists while also programming exhibitions of national and international work creating an awareness of Limerick as a hub for contemporary visual art.

Following the closure of the Occupy Space gallery in May 2012, the Occupy Space team has been working in partnership with existing venues within Limerick City to deliver a programme of exhibitions, artist talks and workshops. Occupy Space has been evolving since it's inception, developing as a separate entity from the Wickham Street Studios at an early stage, forming a management structure, building an identity within the local arts community, reaching a national audience and it continues to adapt and develop as an organisation.

Noelle Collins and Orlaith Treacy, Directors of Occupy Space discuss their recent projects followed by an open discussion looking at artist activity, spaces and initiatives within the local community.

David Dobz O'Brien - Artist, independent curator, Head of Projects and Programmes at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork.

Dobz will look at the importance of the National Sculpture Factory and its programme as a vital organ in the development and of an artist career and how it has become a valuable resource to the city and its cultural inhabitants.

 David Dobz O'Brien  received  Masters Degree in 2007 at NCAD and undergraduate degree in Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art in 2000. He have exhibited both nationally and internationally. At Via Farini, Milan and at “Big Social Game”, Torino Biennale in Italy; Rraum02 and Gasthof in Frankfurt as part of Manifesta 4 to mention a few international and in Catalyst in Belfast, The Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Crawford Gallery in Cork and Tulca in Galway to mention some in Ireland.  In 2007 he undertook his largest art project to date Radio ON where he produced, programmed, directed, and curated a fully licensed broadcast Radio station, with full FM bandwidth, running for 5 days for 5 hours each day.

 In 1999 he set up Art/ not art an investigative, educational and interventionist art group, which has also been involved in numerous art events across Europe. Art / not art’s most significant project to date was the co-curation of the Cork Caucus project in 2005 with Charles Esche and Annie Fletcher. Major projects were undertaken by International artists Surasi Kusolwong (Thailand), BikvanderPol (Holland), Maria Eichhorn (Berlin), Paul O’Neill, Static, Phil Collins. While theoretical lectures and workshops were given by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Chantal Mouffe, Sarat Maharaj and Catherine David to mention a few. Art / not art continues to produce art interventions, curate exhibitions and make new artworks and through its Non Academy program, organise lectures, screenings reading groups amongst other activities. He continues to be active as an independent curator most recently in 6 x 2 x 2 project (which is still on-going) inviting 6 international curators and 6 international artists to Cork.

The Mayo Artists Network Meeting was established in November 2011 By Mayo County Council Arts Office to co-ordinate a series of events which facilitate regular opportunities to meet and connect with other artists, get information and advice in an informal and social setting.