It was very important for the group to have the opportunity to enhance their skills, develop their practice and have a chance to produce a physical outcome. It was decided we would have workshops in Creative Writing, Film Editing and Printmaking.
In this beautiful region we are blessed with some very talented people and so we reached out to Bernie mcGill (author), Rory McSwiggan (film maker, performer) and Paul Barwise (artist and master printmaker) to facilitate workshops that would inspire and energies participants and enable them to develop their ideas. The workshops took place at Nerve Centre and Derry Print Workshop. The outcomes will form part of the upcoming exhibition.
The first Meet up took place at the Nerve Centre in
Derry~Londonderry and was attended by almost thirty Artlink Members who had
registered for the project. Individuals travelled from across the country as
well as from Counties Donegal and Derry to officially commit to the project and
to participate in a presentation by curator Adrian Grant on The Partition of
Ireland. The presentation covered a brief history of events that led up to the
creation of a border on the island of Ireland. It covered and how the concept
came about and how it was negotiated politically and the tension it caused and
the fighting on the streets that ensued.
Notes from the presentation are available to project participants in the research and resources section in the message boards section of this website.