An Artist in Every Place

An Artist in Every Place (2016) 
Curated by Neil Butler UZ Arts, Scotland
Produced by Kate Howard & Denise McDonagh
Devised, commissioned and presented by Galway 2020 (bid phase)

An Artist in Every Place, a programme devised and piloted by Galway 2020 during the bid phase in 2016. At its centre – the ambition to have artists living and working in all parts of the community – towns, villages, cities, farms and schools creating projects with members of the public. The programme also explored frameworks of artist residences as a model, while creating opportunities for artists to develop interesting, new and sustainable practices in Galway and into Europe. co-creating projects with members of the public. Projects included:

‘On a Voyage’: Artist Frank Bölter from Germany in collaboration with Kinvara Sailing Club, Port of Galway Sea Scouts, Galway Bay Boat Tours, The Claddagh Boatmen. ‘Our Place’: Artist Maria McCavana from Glasgow and Galway-based artists – Féilim O’hAoláin, An Ait Eile, Catherine Denning and Debbie Reilly. ‘Cros-Sing’: Artists Stage-Code from Czech Republic in collaboration with Cois Cladaigh, The Marine Institute of Ireland Singers, Scoil Mhuire NS Oranmore Co Galway.

This is a community-building moment, and it is about doing something you can’t do on your own

On A Voyage by German Performance Artist, Frank Bölter set out on an epic sailing adventure on a life-size paper boat across Galway Bay, from Kinvara Pier, Co. Galway to the harbour in Galway City. The paper boat was constructed in Kinvara over a period of two days in collaboration with local sailing communities before meeting a flotilla of Galway Hookers as it was escorted into the harbour at Galway City during SeaFest 2016. 


Image: Victoria McCormack, artist. Photographer Colm Hogan, courtesy of Galway 2020.
Video by Joe Shaughnessy.