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Successful CFA Public Engagement Projects announced

Pace Borza
Published - April 8, 2024


Creative Futures Academy: Public Engagement Projects Awards 2024

Creative Futures Academy (CFA) are delighted to have selected 6 Public Engagements projects from across NCAD, IADT and UCD to be supported by a dedicated Public Engagement Fund allocated to us by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). At the start of this year Creative Futures Academy (CFA) issued a call out for proposals from staff and researchers at NCAD, IADT and UCD for public engagement activities to be staged in 2024. The projects selected are considered future-facing and agenda-setting and we are delighted to announce these 6 successful applicants as follows:

  • Michelle Brown (NCAD) – Awarded €4000
  • Chloe Brenan (NCAD) – Awarded €3000
  • Autumn Brown (UCD) – Awarded €2500
  • Clyde Doyle & Hilary Kenna (IADT) – Awarded €2300
  • Peter Moran (UCD) – Awarded €2400
  • Brian Hand (NCAD) – Awarded €800

Projects were selected by the Public Engagement Group. They best represented the core values of the Creative Futures Academy initiative and supported our aim of generating curiosity about CFA projects and programmes.

The winning proposals demonstrated collaboration and engagement across CFA partner institutions and centred on a commitment to understanding creativity and imagination as agents of positive change, connecting communities of creative practice, instilling confidence and leadership, sharing knowledge and expertise for the enhancement of practitioners, educators and the cultural & creative sector as a whole, encouraging divergence and risk-taking, embedding sustainability in creative practice and facilitating autonomy and access to learners.

We look forward to sharing more on each of these collaborations in due course!

 

Michelle Brown (NCAD)

Michelle has been awarded €4000 to work with Dublin Fringe Festival and UCD Theatre Department to deliver a series of workshops with recent graduates and artists in the fields of visual art, theatre, architecture and urban design to consider the role of art in the city in Summer 2024.

Chloe Brenan (NCAD)

Chloe has been awarded €3000 to develop a 2 day conference ‘Text/Textiles’ with Eireann Lorsung (UCD) which explores the material culture of the Liberties, histories of weaving and tenting in this place, and how language and textile arts meet.

Across a two-day gathering, participants will think and make in response to the question “what happens when text production meets textile(s) production, and the etymology has to confront itself?” (both ‘text’ and ‘textile’ come from the verb ‘to weave’ in Latin). The gathering will take the form of workshops; talks on text and textiles and their relation to place; immersive events; roundtable conversations; and an exhibition of textiles and text-based work. In the evenings, the gathering will offer readings, talks, and screening. All of the events will be open to and directed at an engaged and attentive general public, not exclusively specialists. It will take place in October 2024.

Autumn Brown (UCD)

Dr. Autumn Brown  & Dr. Amelia McConville have been awarded €2500 to develop the Art+Science Salon podcast and event series platforming non-traditional voices working collaboratively across the fields of art, science and technology.

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Clyde Doyle & Hilary Kenna (IADT)

Clyde Doyle & Hilary Kenna have been awarded €2300 to showcase  how designers use their skills for radical change and activism to support climate change and social justice issues. They aim to give a taster into radical design philosophy and positive ecological futures.

Peter Moran (UCD)

Peter Moran has been awarded €2400 to showcase the remarkable work of CFA traditional music students past and present with a landmark concert and CD recording in the newly renovated Trapdoor.

Brian Hand (NCAD)

Brian Hand has been awarded €800 to develop a public engagement side of a creative learning project with the content, context and structure of a unique archive of the South Inner City Community Development Association (SICCDA) based in Meath Street in Dublin Liberties.

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About Creative Futures Academy

We are a ground-breaking partnership between three leading creative institutions: The National College of Art and Design, University College Dublin, and the Institute of Art Design + Technology.

Across state-of-the-art facilities, CFA offers short, part and full-time accredited courses in flexible, hybrid formats (online and in person) for practising artists and creative professionals looking to upskill in arts, media and design.

These new, accessible programmes reflect a dynamic industry and draw from a deep understanding of the creative sector. CFA offers a host of highly experienced academics, contributors and guests who are shaping the future of learning.

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