Speakers, Participating artists and Curators – in order of appearance

  • Maja Fowkes and Dr. Reuben Fowkes are art historians and curators; they have dealt with issues of art and sustainability through exhibitions, such as ‘Human/Nature’ in 2001 and ‘Unframed Landscapes’ in 2004, in their collaborative writings, including ‘The Art of Making Do with Enough’ in ‘The New Art’ (Rachmaninoff’s London, 2006) and ‘The Principles of Sustainability in Contemporary Art’ (Praesens / www.greenmuseum.org) , and as organizers of the ‘International Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Art’ at Central European University Budapest in March 2006. Many of their projects involve translocal exchange between Hungary, Croatia and UK. They are currently working on the exhibition ‘Revolution is not a Garden Party’, which deals with the contemporary resonances of revolution and opens in Trafo Gallery Budapest in October 2006. Their collaborative practice in the fields of curating, research and writing aims to create translocal knowledge and experience. www.translocal.org
  • Fidelma Mullane is a Cultural Geographer. An expert on vernacular architecture, she will shortly publish a book on Vernacular Architecture in rural Clare.
  • Djeribi and Dominic Stevens – Djeribi is an artist, farmer and baker; she founded the Publishing Company Mermaid Turbulence and has edited a number of publications. Stevens divides his time between architecture and farming. In order to record ideas as well as buildings, he makes books. The first, Domestic, was published in 1999; the second, Rural, is due in 2007.
  • Ground Up Artists Collective – A co-operative, artist-led society, the purpose of which is to contribute to the development of Public Art in rural contexts through curatorial and educational projects that engage directly with communities and through the publication and dissemination of relevant material. Artist members of the collective are; Maria Finnucane, Maria Kerin, Aileen Lambert, John Langan, Fiona O Dwyer, Deirdre O Mahoney, Aine Phillips, Sean Taylor, Vincent Wall, Fiona Woods www.shifting-ground.net
  • Adam Sutherland is Director of Grizedale Arts, UK, a commissioning and residency based in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District of Great Britain which supports artists in making new works that relate to the context of the area. He was previously Director of art.tm, a Scottish visual arts organization. He is currently involved in the redevelopment of the artist’s residence and the Grizedale Centre. ‘I am particularly interested in the relationship between the urban and the rural, a subject that is especially relevant to the Lakes.’ www.grizedale.org
  • Fernando Garcia Dory is an artist and activist whose work engages specifically with issues affecting rural communities and contexts. As well as engaging directly with issues affecting rural communities in Spain, Garcia Dory facilitates projects, such as working with shepherds who are trying to preserve their rights and way of life in the face of the EU and tourist industry pressures; seed saver projects working to counteract GM Terminator Technology; food security projects in Spain, India and Latin America and free software access for communities. He works in Asturias, Northern Spain with Plataforma Rural, an alliance of stakeholders including farmers unions, consumers’ associations, development NGO’s and environmental organizations.
  • Kristina Leko lives and works between New York, Berlin and Zagreb. Has shown her work at Neue Galerie, Graz and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. One of her best-known works is the collaborative, interdisciplinary project Cream and Cheese, which she initiated with the aim of protecting the livelihood and products of the Zagreb milkmaids. www.creamandcheese.org
  • Dr. Mark Haywood is an artist, writer and researcher at the Centre for Landscape and Environmental Art Research (CLEAR) at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts, UK. His research interests include contextual practice and writing on art, design and contemporary / historical aspects of visual culture, particularly the construction of aesthetic values; contemporary landscape theory: the tourist’s gaze, the sublimity of driving, aspects of ‘non-place’. www.clear.ac.uk
  • Suzanne Leahy is an Internationally known conceptual/performance artist whose work includes large scale performances on social themes and urban issues. Since 1970, her work has addressed a broad range of social and political themes. Her artworks take the form of installations, social process, writing, photography, and performance, and are often expansive collaborations with large numbers of individuals. Most of her major works are documented by video or television and include media literacy and analysis. Lacy is a proponent art and writing for activism, audience engagement and artists’ roles in shaping the public agenda. Lacy has published articles on public theory in Performing Art Journal, Ms. Magazine, Art Journal, High Performance, and the Public Art Review, among others. She has exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in London, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and the New Museum in New York, and her work has been reviewed on Artforum, The Drama Review, Art in America, High Performance, the L.A. Times, Village Voice and numerous books. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her book on new genre public art, Mapping the Terrain (1995), is published by Bray Press. Lacy is the Chair of Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and is currently developing an MFA in Public Practices.
  • Simon Sheikh – Art critic and curator based in Berlin and Copenhagen. Editor of OE critical readers series, publishes by b_books Berlin. Founding member of the tv-tv initiative in Copenhagen. Assistant Professor of Art Theory and co-ordinator of the Critical Studies Programme at Malmo  Art Academy, Sweden. Guest curator at NIFCA, Helsinki, Finland. Curatorial work includes, Do-It-Yourself! Mappings and Instructions, Brick+Kicks, Vienn, 1997, In My Room, Musee del’art moderne de la ville Paris, 1998, Models of Resistance, Overgaden, Copenhagen, 2000, Naust, Oygarden, Bergen, 2001, Circa Berlin, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen 2005 and Capital (It Fails Us Now), UKS, Oslo and Kunstihoone Tallinn, 2005/6