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CONNECT - Mayo County Council Artist’s Professional Development Training Opportunity

Friday 21st October 2011 10.30am – 5pm

CONNECT - Mayo County Council Artist’s Professional Development Training Opportunity

Fake Public Art Panel

Date: Friday 21st October 2011 10.30am – 5pm

Venue: Macalla Hall, Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, Castlebar

Cost: FREE

How do Public Art selection panels work?  How can you improve your chances of securing commissions?

Following the success of the first Fake Judging Panel the session will be repeated in October.

The CONNECT professional development programme gives artists the unique opportunity to find out exactly what happens in a public art judging panel and experience examples of artist’s applications, by becoming a panel member of a public art selection process.

Developed with artist Aideen Barry, the Fake Public Art Panel day will allow 12 artists to assess a range of applications, all fake but based on real examples that are submitted for commissions.  The participants will get a great insight into the style, quality and content of applications, how much time each judge spends looking at the applications and how decisions are reached.

Feedback comments from artists who attended the first fake public art panel included: “it was really helpful and gave a great insight”,  “my main concern coming into this was feeling intimidated with my lack of knowledge, this was unfounded” and “enjoyed the day and got a lot of useful information”.

The idea for this session came from the Public Art Co-ordinator, Gaynor Seville, recognising that many artists were regularly making similar errors and limiting their chances of being considered for commissions. She says, ‘we wanted to develop a way of showing artists directly how the process works, the types of proposals they may be in competition with, and how important it is to make an impact and ensure there are no gaps in the information provided.  What better way to do this than to participate in an actual selection process.”

Professional visual artist Aideen Barry has a wealth of experience, both as an artist who submits proposals for public art commissions and as a selection panel judge. She has developed this fabulous initiative and will chair the day along with Gaynor Seville. At the end of the Fake Judging Panel there will be a presentation from Aideen and Gaynor outlining the key dos and don’ts of submitting public art applications.

This event is free and lunch will be provided. To express interest in applying for one of the limited places email Gaynor at [email protected] outlining where you are based and why you want to attend. The event is open to all artists, working in all artforms.  If we are over subscribed priority will be given to Mayo based artists.

Expressions of interest by: Wednesday 5th October.

Successful artists will be informed of their place on Friday 7th October

The CONNECT professional development programme compliments the ‘Landmark’ public art programme in Castlebar, Co Mayo.

‘Landmark’ is a series of public art commissions, both permanent and temporary, which will culminate in a series of events and launches in Spring 2012. For further details on the ‘Landmark’ commissions see www.landmarkpublicart.com

For any further information contact Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator via email [email protected] or tel: 094 904 7561

Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator
Arts Office, Mayo County Council, Aras An Chontae, Castlebar, Co Mayo
direct line 094 904 7561
email [email protected]

Judging applications at the Fake Panel

Judging applications at the Fake Panel