Invited Artist @ Circle of Peace Art Action, Tbilisi

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The Circle of Peace Art Action hosted by the Prosper Foundation took place in Tbilisi, Georgia 14th-16th December. 12 artists were invited from 12 countries to create 12 individual paintings alongside each other based on the theme of peace. The invited artists were Claire Halpin (Ireland), Kumiko Muroi (Japan), Vahagn Hamalbashyan (Aremenia), Ales Kudrashou (Belarus), Ekin Koc (Turkey), Vusal Rahimov (Azerbbaijan), Daniela De Maddalena (Switzerland), Jonathon Gold (Israel), Fotini Kariotaki (Greece), Irakli Chiqovani (Gerogia), Sergei Tsigal (Russia) and Behrang Samadzadegan (Iran). It was a brilliant weekend – the event was a hectic schedule of painting, filming, interviews, dinners, singing, dancing, guided tour and fashion show with specially designed costumes representing each of the invited countries. The painting action took place on Saturday with exhibition launch in the evening at the Writers’ House of Georgia. The Circle of Peace event was a great opportunity for the artists to meet, talk and exchange ideas and experiences as artists and their countries through a dialogue that I hope will continue beyond the event. A film documentary about the event is being produced.

Hope for Peace 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 60cm x 80cm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This is the painting I created taking media imagery from the history of Northern Ireland and reflecting some of the legacy of The Troubles and the uncertain peace that exists in Northern Ireland today. Imagery in the painting includes the iconic Edward Daly waving a white flag of peace during Bloody Sunday, Derry 1972, the forboding British army watchtower in South Armagh, the diggers continuing to search for the bodies of The Disappeared and the newly built Peace Bridge in Derry 2011.



Claire Halpin/ Fotini Kariotaki, Collaborative Art Action, Tbilisi 2013


A spontaneous collaborative art action by Claire Halpin and Fotini Kariotaki whereby all of the participating artists and organisers were invited to accept a flag brought from Ireland as a gift. Each participant was invited to answer the question as to why it should be given to them and what they would do with it on return to their country. The action prompted very interesting dialogue and exchange around the offering and acceptance of a gift, its meaning and significance as souvenir of an experience, a symbol of communication beyond language, the flag as a symbol and the acceptance of a flag as a gift from one country to another. Kumiko Muroi was gifted the flag to bring to Japan.

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