Artist in Residence: The International Peripatetic Sculptors’ Society
This year the festival is delighted to welcome our artists in residence from Glasgow who will help make the festival a reality with audiences and artists alike by presenting a range of exhibition, talks, walks, panel discussions, workshops and other in-person activities. Peter McCaughey, Roderick Buchanan and Benjamin Parry will set up base at the Crescent Arts Centre to host the Belfast Division of the International Peripatetic Sculptors’ Society (IPSS).
They will lead participants on a series of performative walk works, exploring the city of Belfast, making instant sculptural and performative interventions. These interventions will be formally documented, and this documentation will be quickly edited and added to an IPSS exhibition in the Crescent Arts Centre. Everyone is invited to browse this archive of instant works made in Belfast and all over the world. The walk works are open to everyone, and participants require no formal training as artists/sculptors, only a playful attitude and a willingness to be public. Each evening at 5.00pm the artists will host a gathering at the Crescent Arts Centre to reflect on that day and begin to weave ideas together about the artists role in relation to the wider themes of the festival. You are welcome to contact the artists at email@example.com
Ben Parry is an artist, curator and researcher working at the intersections of art, activism, critical urbanism and waste. He uses art as a tool to create spaces in which to imagine alternative futures and intervenes in the everyday via small acts of resistance. His practice takes diverse forms from site-responsive interventions, documentary and exhibition to collaborative and community-led projects in diverse contexts. He recently co-designed Compound 13 Lab, in Dharavi, Mumbai; an experimental learning and maker space exploring the politics of waste and the everyday survival of the cities’ informal waste workers (www.compound13.org). He runs the MA Curatorial Practice programme at Bath Spa University.
Roddy Buchanan: Born Glasgow, 1965, lives and works in Glasgow. He was awarded the Becks Futures Prize for Visual Art in 2000, represented the UK in the Indian Triennial in 2005 and was the British War Artist reflecting on ‘The legacy of the Good Friday Agreement’ for the Imperial War Museum in 2008. In 2012 he was filmmaker in residence for Creative Scotland during the London Olympics. In 2015 and 2016 he was a Clipperton Expeditionary on the Usumacinta River, Mexico and since 2017 he has been teaching on the iMAE (International Artist Educator) Course hosted by ArtEZ in Arnhem.
Peter McCaughey is an Irish artist living in Glasgow. Works internationally with a practice focused on the local. People-centred, ideas-based work. Led The Happenstance, Scotland’s lauded contribution to the 2018 Venice Biennale. Director/Lead Artist of WAVEparticle an artist-led art organisation that works to produce new processes, events and objects, re-thinking how the places we live in, and the systems that regulate our lives, move to a more creative, connective model. Regularly intervenes in his own life; exploring the belief that it is important that artists intervene in the world they live in and don’t just pass comment at a distance. Lectures at Glasgow School of Art.
Please note the events are free but the walks will be limited to 25 participants, so register early! Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
21st — 27th March: 9.30am — 6.00pm daily
Event times: A Gathering : 5.00pm-6.00pm each day in the Crescent Arts Centre café.
IPSS walks : 22nd / 24th / 26th at 10.00am – approx. 3 hours duration.
Learn more: IPSS Mailing list