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Book: Contested Narratives, Places and Futures: Socially Engaged Art Practice in Ireland

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Editors: Helen Carey, Fire Station Artists’ Studios| Alan Grossman and Anthony Haughey, Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research, Technological University Dublin| Ailbhe Murphy, Create

Preface: Gregory Sholette, Social Practice CUNY (City University New York), USA


Publisher: Cork University Press

Publication Date: 2022


Book Outline: Objective and Purpose


·           This timely publication will bring together a dynamic mix of established and emergent socially engaged artists/practitioners, collectively reflecting an interdisciplinary range of collaborative, participatory, mediated and curatorial practices in Ireland.


·           Socially engaged creative practices have globally proliferated since the early 2000s outside the confines of arts institutions, across diverse field sites, communities of interest and place, art forms and utilising varied research methodologies. While there are a burgeoning number of publications capturing the site-specific and transnational trajectory of these interventions, the proposed practitioner-author led book critically frames in a single volume, diverse typologies of socially engaged practice in Ireland.


·           Contested Narratives,Places and Futures sets out to capture evolving social, cultural and political transformations across the island of Ireland, whose resonance is tangible across diverse national and international contexts.


·           The book seeks to present for the first time a rigorous and wide ranging account of situated socially engaged transdisciplinary practice in Ireland covering topics such as migration; refugee housing and shelter; social justice; youth identity; art activism; archives; neoliberal capitalism; counterpublic spheres; rural landscapes and sustainability; spatial justice; the Anthropocene; conflict/post-conflict terrains; trauma of place; Traveller activism; gender and reproductive rights, amongst other critical areas.


·           The practitioners’ narratives presented in this book will establish an immersive, grounded and much needed critical framing of their works for numerous others; for new practitioners and transnational peers, educators, civic/cultural institutions and policy advocates, to name a few, serving to foreground socially engaged practice as an integrating and cross-sectoral driver for social change in Ireland and beyond.



Image: Francesca Grilli, The Forgetting of Air, 2016, still from the performance. Image courtesy: Umberto Di Marino, Naples, Italy