Brexit Discussions Day, Belfast (Conference)

Posted: Sunday, 21 October 2018

The Belfast Visual Arts Forum (BVAF), in partnership with Theatre NI, Thrive, Creative Europe Desk UK - Northern Ireland, AICA (L'Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art) with the support of the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland will host a Brexit discussions day on Thursday 1 November 2018 at The Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall.

The day features two distinct sessions - the morning session and the afternoon session.

You are welcome to attend either or both sessions, you must RSVP as spaces are limited, to culture@belfastcity.gov.uk by noon on Monday 29th October.

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The Morning Session - 10.30am - 12.30 pm

The morning session co-ordinated by Belfast Visual Arts Forum, Theatre NI, Thrive and the Creative Europe - NI Desk, will focus on a series of roundtable discussions open to all those working and interested in the arts, creative and cultural sector looking at Brexit and its implications for us.

You will hear insights from speakers with a range of viewpoints and experience, and have the opportunity to exchange information with colleagues on the questions and concerns around the impact of Brexit on your practice / your organisation. By the end of the session we plan to produce a statement that expresses the key issues for the cultural sector in Northern Ireland. This might be the first event in a sequence so we will also gather views on next steps.

Free Event. Light Lunch provided. Please RSVP by noon on Monday 29th October to culture@belfastcity.gov.uk

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The Afternoon Session - 1.30pm - 4.00pm

L'Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art (AICA)

AICA-Ireland Discussion: ‘ART POST-BREXIT'

The discussion, chaired by Róisín Kennedy, School of Art History and Cultural Policy UCD, will feature contributions by speakers:

Pat Cooke, School of Art History and Cultural Policy UCD
Riann Coulter, FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
Colin Darke, artist and writer, based in Belfast
Gavin Murphy, Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMI
Aisling O'Beirn, artist who also works at the Belfast School of Art, UU

AICA Ireland is hosting a discussion on Brexit and its implications for visual artists, curators, critics and publics. While media coverage has focused on the economic and political uncertainty that the referendum has caused, the wider cultural and philosophical contexts have scarcely been addressed. Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of what is now the EU, is supposed to have said, "If I had to do it again, I would begin with culture".

The practical implications for the post-Brexit cultural sector in Ireland, Britain and the rest of Europe is potentially enormous. Artists and academics will be severely affected. While taking account of this, this discussion seeks to look beyond the pecuniary. What does being part of the EU mean to its citizens in cultural terms and in terms of their identity in the contemporary world? What does leaving the EU and becoming a citizen of a ‘great global trading nation' mean? What role can pan Ireland organisations like AICA Ireland play in this new scenario? For some the EU is a deeply flawed organisation but it remains the most significant and imaginative template for a common European identity, for freedom of movement and peaceful co-existence of its citizens into the future. Brexit throws up significant questions about the resurgence of nationalism, about cultural integration, about missed opportunities for Ireland, North and South, but also potential for change and for new directions including alternative models of exchange. This discussion seeks to probe these questions from a range of historical and philosophical perspectives from writers and artists living in Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.

All welcome, please RSVP by noon on Monday 29th October 2018 to culture@belfastcity.gov.uk

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The Brexit Discussions Day is organised and hosted by the Belfast Visual Arts Forum (BVAF).

BVAF was established by the city's visual arts sector and Belfast City Council in 2014 to provide synergy and leadership to facilitate the development of the visual arts sector. It has over 70 members from the visual arts and other relevant stakeholders, such as ACNI, Thrive (formerly Audiences NI) and Voluntary Arts Ireland.