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Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship

Posted: 26 November, 2015

The 1916 Proclamation declared its resolve to cherish “all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences … which have divided a minority from the majority in the past”

In September 2016, as we commemorate the centenary, an exciting variety of exhibitions and events will challenge this resolve bringing colour, energy, imagination and discussion to Cork City. While 2016 is a time to remember the past, it is also an opportunity to re-imagine the future and to expand our perceptions of future possibilities for a brighter more equal society.

Cork City Council Arts office, Crawford Art Gallery and CIT Crawford College of Art and Design are building on the success of their 2013 Art of Inclusion exhibition that brought together the work of 50 artists from around the world to exhibit in Cork city. All the artists worked in supported studios – spaces offering opportunities to artists who may previously have been unable to develop their arts practice whether from a physical lack of access to materials, lack of opportunity or because of limited expectations of them.

Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship aims to broaden the range of voices, visions, perceptions and approaches to creativity that the public engages with in cultural venues. It aims to engage the public with valuable knowledge and perspectives that are frequently absent from the world of art. The project is based on the premise that, when we create spaces and opportunities to listen to a broad range of diverse intelligences, perspectives and voices, our knowledge, experience and understanding of the world is enriched.

Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship will call for submissions of work in early 2016, from artists who are working in supported artist studio settings worldwide. It also invites expressions of interest from venues across Cork City who may like to showcase work.

The exhibition will also showcase some of the outcomes of the Expanding Realities project, a European Erasmus + funded partnership.

Over the next 2 years GASP Cork, Art in Motion (AIM) Bristol and Debajo del Sombrero Madrid will develop and exchange approaches to engaging the creativity, and supporting the professional development of artists who have much to contribute, but face barriers in society and in the world of art.

Artists and organisations presenting work will be involved in public engagement events, tours and workshops with the opportunity for schools, community groups, and members of the public to get involved.

Those who may be interested in being involved or who would like further information or visuals please contact


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