Household at BCC City as a Gallery launch

This Monday we were invited to speak at Belfast City Council’s new City as a Gallery initiative launch at City Hall. As well as providing an introduction to what we do as a collective, Alissa and Ciara discussed what we believed the role of the artist to be (this was the focus of the panel discussion) and presented some best practice case studies from organisations such as Checkpoint Helsinki, Creative Time and Artangel – who we worked with in September as part of our Out in the Open project – and Situations, who we met with during our research and development phase earlier this year.

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.