4-6pm Sun 13 May
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2
This seminar is aimed at artists, photographers, and creatives working within any discipline or methodology, wishing to expand and enrich their present practice. The goal is for participants to leave with new tools and thinking processes to progress in their practice and professional career, escaping self-imposed limitations.
The seminar encourages you as a participant to think critically about your practice as a means to unraveling new avenues for exploration. Following a presentation you will be invited to share with other participants your practice in a conversational and relaxed atmosphere. Through a series of group dynamic reflections, and real-life examples, we will identify a number of ways in which our creative and intellectual growth becomes restricted and will find out why this happens. With a series of playful exercises, we will propose ways to learn from these limitations, using them creatively as positive characteristics.
Ángel Luis González is CEO and Director of PhotoIreland Foundation, an organisation that promotes a critical engagement with Photography. Ángel won the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011 for the PhotoIreland Festival. In 2013, he launched The Library Project, a cultural hub in Dublin city centre offering a growing photobook library, an eclectic Art bookshop and a productive gallery. He has been a portfolio reviewer at many international festivals and is responsible for books like ‘Martin Parr's Best Books of the Decade’ in 2011, ‘New Irish Works’ in 2013, and the latest series of ‘New Irish Works' in 2016. He was a contributor to Landskrona Foto 2016, focused on Irish Photography, and he lectures at the Fine Art Photography Master at IED Madrid.
The Critical Academy offers a growing series of seminars around key aspects of contemporary Arts practice aimed at developing and strengthening key skills and mindsets, taught in participatory environments with clear and focused aims.
The Critical Academy opens up a new radical space to learn, research and examine contemporary art practices around Photography and their contexts, as much as the arts management and cultural policy that affect them.
The seminars look at very specific skills that are commonly considered secondary in the teaching of artistic practices, mostly focused on methodologies and theory. We consider these skills not complementary but fundamental for a sustainable practice and a wholesome life, and they contribute to a continuous self-development.
These relate to essential aspects and core values of a stable Arts practice, from daily administration routines, to competence in resolving grant aid paperwork, and understanding the importance of applied self-discipline; others refer to entrepreneurial matters, acknowledging both the artist’s output and the artist’s needs.