Surviving or Thriving? Panel Exchange 3: Collaborative Arts

Panel Exchange 3: Collaborative Arts

Monday 22 March, 10.30am (online)
Chair: Dr Maureen Gaffney
Speakers: Dance artist Tobi Balogun, choreographer/ curator Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, and visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony.

From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council.

Part of an online series of panel discussions, workshops and resources seeking to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector.

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Our sincere appreciation to our associate organisations Create and Age & Opportunity for their support and guidance in putting this Collaborative Arts strand together.

About the speakers:

Tobi Balogun is an artist working across dance, theatre, fashion and design. As a professional member of Dance Ireland and founding member of Human Collective Dance Company, Tobi has co-created many works for stage including FABLE for Dublin Fringe Festival (2018), performed at Project Arts Centre and been nominated for a Best Ensemble Award. He has developed collaborative projects in association with choreographers Cathy Coughlan, Maria Nilsson Waller and with organisations such as South Dublin County Council, Tallaght Community Arts, Dublin City Council and Dance Ireland. Tobi Balogun is the recipient of the Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights, managed by Create.

Is gníomhaí teanga agus choreografadóir é Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, tá sé ag thógáil uirlisí deasghnáth de treibh atá chaillte. Bíonn sé ag eagrú damhsaí in Éireann ó 2008. Tá Máistreach aige i Choreografaí ó DAS Graduate School Amstardam agus Céim Onóracha dhá ábhar i Béarla agus Dramaíocht ó Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh. Is as Chontae Chorcaí é Ó Donnabháin agus tá a taidhde faoi ‘chleachtais aeistéitic chúraim’. Tá sé ag obair ar agus ag chur Oileán Chléire fuann.

Ruairí Ó Donnabháin is a language activist and a choreographer; he is making ritual objects for a tribe which doesn’t exist. Ó Donnabháin has been making dances in Ireland since 2008. He is a Masters in Choreography Graduate from DAS Graduate School Amsterdam and holds a joint honours BA in Drama and Theatre Studies, and English from University College Cork. Ó Donnabháin’s choreographic practice is concerned with aesthetic practices of care. A native of County Cork, he lives and works on Oileán Chléire (Cape Clear), a remote island and Gaeltacht off the south west coast of Co Cork, investigating Gaeilge as a site of queer resistance and new materialist collaboration in the wild.

Deirdre O’Mahony is a visual artist whose practice is informed by a deep interest in sustainability, farming, food security and rural/urban relationships. For more than two decades she has investigated the political ecology of rural places through public engagement, archival and moving image installation, critical writing and cultural production. Current and recent projects and exhibitions include POST, an audio work for Saolta Arts/Galway 2020; Little did they know EVA Guest Programme (Phase 2), curated by Merve Elvern; Untitled an Askeaton Contemporary Arts publication; SPUD publication and CErere (2018) EU Horizon 2020 project for Teagasc. O’Mahony initiated X-PO in 2007, since recognised nationally and internationally as an exceptional social practice project, and she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and commissioned public artworks along with Irish Arts Council bursaries, awards and international fellowships.

Psychologist, writer and broadcaster Dr Maureen Gaffney earned a BA in Psychology from UCC, an MA in Behavioural Sciences from the University of Chicago and a PhD at Trinity College Dublin. She has completed Executive Education Programmes on leadership and governance in the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Chicago Business School and the Kellogg School of Management. She is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board and served on its Executive Committee.

Dr Gaffney brings the latest research and thinking on emotional intelligence, resilience, and transformational leadership to her work with companies.  She has worked with a wide range of organisations, including Intel (Ireland and the US), Boston Scientific, Amazon, Google, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, as well as major professional service companies and the educational sector in Australia.

She is a much sought-after speaker and has addressed businesses in Ireland, the UK, the US, Sweden, Germany and Spain.  Dr Gaffney is a highly experienced chairperson and moderator in both the public and private sector including Executive Chair of the National Economic and Social Forum, Chair of the National Monitoring Committee of the Programme for Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development and Chair of the Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland Council for three years. She was a Board member of the HSE and has extensive experience of the health sector. She has retained a long-term interest in the legal sector since her ten year tenure as Law Reform Commissioner.  She has worked in many other sectors of Irish life – as Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology in Trinity College Dublin, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Society in University College Dublin and she served on the board of the Council of the Economic and Social Research Institute.

A follow up workshop with artist Kate O’Shea and researcher, trainer and activist Dr Krini Kafiris entitled ‘Building a Culture of Care: Anti-Burnout Practices for Social Arts Practitioners’ takes place on Tues 23 March at 10.30am. More details here.