Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

Ex-Centric Symposium - Final Dialogue

5th Aug 2014

After the World Café conversation, it was time to explore the ‘new sparks’ that participants hoped to move into action. What are the most useful conversations we could have now, together?Seven conversations were convened, and the summaries are shared here.

1. Let’s imagine radical ways to fund art education

Core Points / 3 Ideas:
•    22nd century WPA
•    Go for the big money – e.g. casinos, total funding for all students in the community
•    Financial independence as core curriculum in art schools

Next Steps: Go directly to…
Government policy makers
City policy makers / planners / local government
Bring business / financial / entrepreneurs / experts into the art school

Contact Person: Helen Maria Nugent, Stephanie Koenig, Maryann Worrell, Chello Sherman


2. What would art education look like without the institutions?

Core Points:
•    Atelier system / apprenticeships to a master
•    Business teach art – Jeff Haas Rubens?
•    Need a safe place to experiment and fail

Next Steps:
•    Look at non-institutional institutions in post-industrial buildings
•    Self-employed artists take on students for fixed terms
•    College no longer needs to worry about huge resources
•    Lectures are free
Contact Person: Manchán Magan, Timothy Emlyn Jones, Mick O'Dea


3. How can we re-think what research means in art and design?

Core Points:
•    There is continual debate on how ‘research’ that is processual can be articulated – need it be always? How? What new models?
•    Is the artwork or object, evidence enough?
•    Do we have our own unique methods / methodologies that are not borrowed from other fields?

Next Steps:
•    Search new models
•    Take more time – too quick!
•    Keep in touch

Contact Person: Rebecca Duclos

 

4. How can Burren College of Art be a container for universal creativity?

Core Points:
•    Clarify message – what is meant by ‘universal creativity’?
•    Tell story to world through case studies
•    Natural connection, art + ecology – Schumacher College

Next Steps:
•    Invitation to whoever wants to prototype something in the space

Contact Person: Mary Hawkes Greene


5. How can we use collaboration to help us foster change?

Core Points:
•    Valuing the overall ecology over the individual parts in order to achieve balance
•    Commitment to shared resources and innovation
•    Cultivating and leveraging diversity
•    Openness to redefining the boundaries of the (model) field
•    Institutional and individual humility is required
•    Commit to participatory in an experimental project
•    Resources we need are already at hand

Next Steps:
•    Enlist participants
•    Identify projects and parameters
•    Just do it!

Contact Person: Deborah Obalil


6. How to mainstream creativity in 2nd level schools?

Core Points:
•    System broken – measurement driven
•    Unleashing potential – hands-on/experiment
•    Periphery needs to become center

Next Steps:
•    Junior Cycle – Tasters, Life skills, 4 years
•    New routes to 3rd level, other levels, 2 yr focus
•    Broader assessment metric, class/minister/system – teachers, universities

Contact Person: Martin Hawkes

 

7. How to take a creative idea from spark to inferno?

Core Points:
•    Find the right team
•    Find the right structure / model
•    Pilot idea before scaling up

Next Steps:
•    Describe the concept
•    Budget
•    Engage partners

Contact Person: Kathy Scott

 

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