Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017, 9.30am-5.30pm,
€15, concessions €5
Free to Bealtaine participants & supporters 65+
Venue: The Studio, Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire
The Irish Architecture Foundation presents This is Not My Beautiful House II, a seminar exploring choice, participation and rights in relation to older people and the planning and design of social and built communities. Developed in partnership with Create, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts and Age & Opportunity. This is Not My Beautiful House II is the second in a series of Bealtaine seminars exploring key issues impacting on our social, economic and cultural rights to adequate housing, public space and cultural and creative lives as we get older. This seminar will specifically consider how collaborative arts and architectural practices can influence a paradigm shift in how, as a society, we think about housing and public space beyond a market-led and top down model, to a more community orientated and sustainable model within a spatial justice frame.
This event is aimed at policy makers, researchers, architects, artists, planners and older people active in housing issues as well as the general public. Chaired by Catriona Crowe (Academic and Archivist) with a keynote by Prof. Jan Baars (Philosopher/Critical Gerontologist based in the Netherlands) speakers include The Decorators & Joe Coveney, Prof. Mary P. Corcoran, Prof. Gerry Kearns, Jack Keyes, Dr. Deirdre O’Mahony, Dr. Sophie Handler, Fionnuala Rogerson, Sinead Shannon, Dr. Christine McGarrigle and Sarah Wigglesworth.
Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival, which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.
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Sarah Wigglesworth set up practice in London in 1994. Since then she has developed extensive expertise in green and sustainable design and masterplanning which was recognised in 2004 by the practice winning the RIBA Sustainability Award for their mixed use house/office in north London. The practice has since extended its approach to low energy design through a wide range of project types and now specialises in design for education, housing – especially housing for older people – cultural, neighbourhood and community projects. The practice has won numerous awards for its work.
Sophie Handler works at the intersection of social policy, urban theory and creative practice exploring the spatial politics of ageing through creative writing, participative urban interventions, research and policy development. She is author of The Fluid Pavement (a large print psychogeographic novel on ageing), An Alternative Age-friendly Handbook and is chair of the RIBA working group on Research and Ageing. Her practice-based work operates under the platform Ageing Facilities.
Joe Coveney is an Irish Artist, Designer, Maker. He works across disciplines to realise ideas that bring value to our everyday experiences. Joe has worked for the past 15 years on a range of exhibitions, workshops and community projects. Joe is currently involved in Public Age is an open call commissioned by the dlr CoCo/HSE Arts and Health Partnership with additional grant aid from the Arts Council, in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation.
Fionnuala Rogerson is a member of RIAI Universal Design Task Force and a former RIAI vice president. Since 2005 she has been director of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Work Programme on “Architecture for All”. She has over 30 years’ experience as principal of an architectural practice working mainly in the areas of urban design, housing, community, sports and education facilities.
Deirdre O’Mahony’s research and art practice is grounded in collaborative engagements with different publics and communities, primarily in rural contexts. She completed her PhD, New Ecologies Between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice at the University of Brighton in 2012. As part of her research she re-opened a disused post-office as a public artwork, X-PO, to research, interrogate and complicate perceptions of contemporary rural life, and make visible some of the invisible histories, unconscious projections and expectations that underlie place-based and landscape attachments. X-PO has since been recognized as an exceptional socially-engaged artwork, named in Modern Ireland in 100 artworks by Art Historian Catherine Marshall in the Irish Times/RIA publication, and is in the Arte Util Archive, VanAbbemuseum.
The Decorators is a multidisciplinary design collective founded by Suzanne O’Connell, Xavi Llarch Font, Carolina Caicedo and Mariana Pestana.
Combining the disciplines of landscape architecture, interior architecture and psychology, The Decorators work on spatial design projects that aim to reconnect the physical elements of a place with its social dimension.
As a socially engaged practice they put conversation at the heart of their design process. Driven by the principle that people make places, they create spatial opportunities for social interaction. Through collaborative frameworks that involve many actors, The Decorators imagine alternative futures for everyday spaces.
Lois Weaver is an artist, activist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London. She has been a writer, director and performer with Peggy Shaw and Split Britches since 1980. Her experiments in performance as a means of public engagement include Long Tables, Porch Sittings, Care Cafes and her facilitating persona, Tammy WhyNot. Lois is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow for 2016-2018.
Gerry Kearns is Professor of Human Geography at Maynooth University and a member of the Geosciences and Geographical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the author of Geopolitics and Empire, a comparison of the geographical ideologies of the British Empire at the start of the twentieth century and of the US Empire at the start of the twenty-first. He also co-edited with John Morrissey and David Meredith, the collection Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis. His work in the field of Art and Geography includes pieces of Olwen Fouéré’s riverrun, on Fiona Whelan’s art practice (in the most recent issue of Klaxon), on literature of the Irish diaspora (an essay with Karen Till for Irish Lifeworlds, forthcoming Cork University Press), and on the artistic projects around the anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation of Irish Independence (in press with Irish Review).