Ulster University

De-centring Human Understandings of Place

CCA's Our Neighbourhood – Project Extract

Produced by the Sheelagh Foundation In partnership with the Festival of Art & Design

  1. Thursday 12 March
  2. 14:00 -15:00
  3. Ulster University, Belfast Campus, York St.

The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry is in the first year of a two year public project, Our Neighbourhood, convened in its first year by artist, Sarah Browne. In an effort to re-focus and create unexpected understandings of 'neighbourhood', the project aims to address non-human understandings of place, particularly through looking at relationships between humans and animals, domesticated and otherwise. How is an art gallery different to a zoo? How are humans and animals 'tamed' in our environments?

Sarah Browne and Sara Greavu will present an'extract' from the project including its background and practical examples of the work.

Sarah Browne is an artist based in Dublin. Her practice investigates the materiality of how we communicate and create meaning (or value) through transaction and exchange, and her collaborative work is presented both within and outside gallery environments. Recent exhibitions include Hand to Mouth at CCA Derry-Londonderry and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; The Invisible Limb, basis, Frankfurt, 2014; and Still, We Work, a commission for the National Women's Council of Ireland at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, and touring throughout 2015. She co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy.  Forthcoming projects include a residency at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt and a project with Jesse Jones co-commissioned by Create, Ireland and Artangel, UK. Sarah Browne


Sara Greavu is the Curator of Public Programmes at CCA Derry~Londonderry, overseeing CCA's public events and projects. These programmes seek to create opportunities for artists, audiences, researchers and practitioners in various fields to engage in conversations and collaborate with one another through discussions, screenings, performances, and workshops. She was a founder member of Void Derry and member of Void's curating committee from 2005-2013. Curatorial credits include Jeremy Deller's Local Artist, co-curation of Santiago Sierra's Veterans/Psychophonies (Void), and Of Other Bodies (CCA). Sara has also worked  as a facilitator over fifteen years with a broad range of groups. She holds an MFA and PhD from Ulster University. CCA

Ulster University’s Festival of Art & Design 2015 invited the Sheelagh Foundation to programme a series of special events which are the result of years-worth of conversations in all kinds of corners, nooks and crannies.

The Sheelagh Foundation is a for-profit artist's collective of one conceived by Belfast-based artist and agitator Sheelagh Colclough. Sheelagh has fifteen years of experience as an arts facilitator, trainer, producer, programmer and researcher. Sheelagh's work has led her to examine the hierarchies of state-sanctioned social interventions present in many community and collaborative art projects from which the Sheelagh Foundation was born.

The Festival of Art & Design is very proud to present this series of walks, talks, tours and discussions in partnership with the Sheelagh Foundation.

The Sheelagh Foundation

Photo Credit: Sarah Browne 2015
Photo Credit: Sarah Browne 2015