CONCERNING THE OTHER
– A COLLABORATIVE CURATORIAL PROJECT BY OLIVIER CORNET, CLAIRE HALPIN AND EOIN MAC LOCHLAINN
The concept for this curatorial project is that in these days of uncertainty, conflict, mounting racism and intolerance, artists can take a lead in promoting diversity and showing concern for minorities and for refugees from areas of conflict. The curators believe that a collaborative project where artists must respond to and take account of each other’s work is particularly relevant at this time.
Ten selected artists have been invited to develop an initial image which will then be emailed on to the next artist in the group. The second artist will respond to it by working over it or manipulating it in some way and then emailing it on to the third artist who will also respond to it and pass it on. The process will continue until each of the ten artists have worked on each of the ten images.
This will be a very creative and engaging experience for the artists involved, each gaining a lot from encountering and engaging with the varied working methods and creative processes of the other artists. The outcome will be 100 collaborative artworks, each piece constituting a new artwork at each stage. High quality prints of the final 10 artworks will be printed as well as a selected number of ‘in-between’ prints. This selection will be exhibited in a curated exhibition at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in September 2017.
Each artist has also been asked to exhibit an individual artwork for the exhibition – either a newly developed piece or an existing work, in any medium, responding to the theme of Concerning the Other or in response to their collaboration in the project.
Crowd funding is also a part of the project, an element which is there to primarily raise awareness for the project as opposed to raising a large amount of finance. The main costs of the project will be the printing of the final artworks for exhibition.
We chose Fundit.ie, an Irish online organisation, and the project launched there on Tuesday, 9th May. Here is the link :
Have a look at the awards. It would be wonderful if you could join us in this project by pledging your support for the work of 10 artists. You’ll also get a real insight into the creation of the collaborative works.
The curators plan to tour this exhibition to other venues in Ireland and internationally.
Invited Artists participating in this project: Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, James Hanley RHA, Joanna Kidney, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Gail Ritchie and Susanne Wawra.
Above: Initial Images from Gail Ritchie and Susanne Wawra