• Wednesday , 11 December 2019

Talks: Living & Working Economies


Date: Friday 29 July, 1-3pm

Venue: The workshops 1A Lawrence Street, BT7 1LE Belfast

Living & Working Economies is an afternoon of talks examining how artists can establish new ecologies for living and working in cities by looking at relationships between space, geography and urban renewal. With contributions from interdisciplinary artist Kamiel Verschuren, founder of the NAC Foundation, Rotterdam, and Jon Wakeman, one of the Artistic Directors of East Street Arts, Leeds, chaired by Agustina Martire Urquijo, Lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Places are limited, and refreshments will be provided for those we know are coming, so please book your place by emailing us at householdbelfast@gmail.com This is part of ‘The Imagined City’, a year-long public programme of events curated by Household in 2016 considering the role of art and artists in urban environments. Supported by Belfast City Council.

Speaker Biographies:

Kamiel Verschuren is a conceptual interdisciplinary artist based in Rotterdam, working in a broad international practice with a special interest for the public domain and the artists’ position in society. He works from different positions; as an artist, (spatial/social) designer, organiser, initiator, social activist, observer, urban advisor, landscape artist, producer and publicist. He is co-founder and member of the artist initiative foundation B.a.d (1989), Studio Pompstraat, Studio NL 01.08.04 (2004-2010) and the Stedelinks010 foundation (2011-); co-founder and member of the international project organisation ICU art projects foundation (from 2007 to 2009 iStrike foundation); member of the advisory board of TENT./Center for Visual Arts Rotterdam (2004- ); co-founder and chairman of the self-management organisation and cultural project organisation NAC foundation – New Studios Charlois (2004- ); and board member of Freehouse (2011-2012).

Jon Wakeman is a co-founder of East Street Arts. From 1993 to 2000, he worked voluntarily with his co-founder Karen Watson by sharing the roles and responsibilities that the company needed to survive and grow. In 2003 he led the now charity through a £1.6 million capital development to convert St Patrick Social Club in Burmantofts, Leeds. into Patrick Studios, a centre for creative production and engagement and the organisations administrative hub. Graduating from Sunderland University in 1992 after studying Glass and Ceramics, Jon moved to Leeds and between 1996 – 2000 completed an MA in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. He believes in being able to empower people to change their lives, and that the tool for this happens to be creativity. However, he also believes there is a need to have a financial element within this and people can make successful businesses, companies and projects through their art. Outside of the company he is now starting to do his own artwork again which also enables him to be part of the artist’s community he is supporting.

Agustina Martire Urquijo is a Lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast, specialised in urban history and theory. She studied architecture at Universidad de Buenos Aires. She received her PhD at TU Delft on the history of Urban Leisure Waterfronts and has worked as a post-doctoral researcher in UCD Dublin. She is currently leading an international project on the analysis of streets as public spaces, from a multidisciplinary perspective, which sheds light on the way urban spaces are used and represented. She runs a design studio unit in MArch focused on street analysis and runs the fifth year humanities dissertation and third year history and theory.

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