Out in the Open

What constitutes a piece of public art? Should it be outdoors and monumental? Permanent or made of strong, long-lasting materials? Or is it something that can be more fluid, intimate in scale and ephemeral in execution; operating in our constantly changing urban environment in new ways, inviting  us to consider our surroundings in a new light and asking difficult questions about how city spaces are developed and controlled. 

Household is pleased to announce Out in the Open, a 3-day programme of new commissions, screenings, interventions and conversations about what it means to make art in the public domain in 2015.

As well as premiering new artworks in the city of Belfast as part of this project, we are inviting leading local and international artists, curators, researchers and producers to present key projects and case studies that explore the transformative possibilities of public art. Through this discursive programme of talks and discussions we will examine how artistic and curatorial strategies in cities such as New York, London, and Helsinki could inform how art in public is currently considered in Northern Ireland, and what it may look like in the future.

More details to follow in the next few days.

Making a Meal of It – a Household event at ‘More Than One Maker’, IMMA

Household collective was recently invited by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, to curate an event to mark the closing of their  summer programme More Than One Maker.

More Than One Maker shares incentives that bring art practitioners, cultural collaborators and communities together to make and activate art projects. Whether created by an artist or a collective, this exhibition uses multiple discourses to stimulate ideas of kinship, agency, utopianism, peer to peer learning and an appreciation for collaborative networks and vision. Read more about it here.

Our event, Making a Meal of It, consisted of a food-based event at the museum during which we introduced and discussed some of our current research whist collaboratively preparing a number of dishes. The dinner was attended by members of the public and and meeting some of the artists and curators involved in the project.

Photo courtesy of Fiona Morgan.

Household at VAWF

Household collective was invited to attend the fourth Visual Arts Workers Forum, hosted by Ormston House in Limerick on Friday 30th May. Ciara and Alissa spoke during Session 2: ‘The Inclusion Delusion?’. Their presentation addressed this sessions themes: What are the presuppositions, values, aims and blindspots associated with the language of inclusion? What happens when we fail to think about the unintended consequences of including those who were previously excluded? Is there an implicit ideal of ‘normality’ at play? Does the concept of inclusion foreclose interrogation of patterns of privilege and power? More information here

Living with Art and Art within Living: an afternoon with the Household collective at PS²

As part of PS²’s ‘Community as Artist’ programme for 2015, you’re invited to spend some time with the five members of the Household curatorial collective between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, 18 April.

They will be sharing some ideas and case-studies from individual and collaborative research compiled to date as part of their current residency at PS², considering topics such as: art in public and private spaces, the politics of the home, the power of hospitality, and both historical precedents and contemporary models of self-generated artistic communities and neighbourhoods.

If you would like to attend and contribute to the conversations, please email to book a place, as space will be limited.

You’ll be well looked after, with Household refreshments provided throughout.

This event is supported by the Belfast City Council.