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Blog 4 – Kate Wilson, Artist & Lead Facilitator on the TAP Design Team

(Still) Zoom session with projection ‘Research looping embodied movement and drawing’ Kate Wilson with dance artist Ben McEwan.

NO REPRO FEE released 14/6/2020 Creativity provides a safe harbour for the young people of South Dublin. Pictured are, from left, Jenifer Gonzalez Foley (17), Lara Pujolas (13), Rebecca Gillen (15), Saorlaith O’Brien Shine (13), Daniele Parkhill (14), sisters Lucy (16) and Grace Callan Bergin (13), Joshua Cummins (18) and Zoe Selak - O’Reilly (15) are pictured with artist Joe Caslin and Irish musician MayKay (Mary-Kate Geraghty) who are part of the Cruinniú na nÓg mural project Resilient/Resilience at Red Rua, Tallaght. Cruinniú na nÓg mural project Resilient/Resilience; a collaborative large-scale drawing installation was completed over the weekend by artist Joe Caslin and 9 creative young people from South Dublin. The installation is part of Cruinniú na nÓg South Dublin 2020 presented by Rua Red, Contact Studio and Creative Ireland. www. PHOTO: Mark Stedman

Online collaborations, TAP’s new online course and ‘busting the myth of the solo artist’

I have been very lucky over the past weeks to have the company of two exceptional dancers, joining me virtually as part of my ongoing research, looping embodied movement and drawing practices. I have been surprised at the level of connection that is felt in these sessions despite the lack of real physical presence and the dodgy internet connections!

Taking time with discussions and reflections along with the moving, writing and drawing are essential parts of the research and perhaps it is this multiplicity of audio and visual modes that has helped to bridge the virtual gap.

Having this research alongside the Magnetise Project, ‘A call for Home’ has been mutually beneficial, with many cross overs emerging. The shift in dynamic from group to one to one has also brought important insights for my virtual platform collaborative practice.

Now that the last of the 360 cameral equipment for the project has finally arrived it is great to be at the stage of exploring this new potential for our collected video works and live interactions.

The last couple of weeks have also been busy ones for the TAP (Teacher Artist Partnership) design team. In particular, for the two members who took the helm and within a very short timeframe have created a fantastic online version of the TAP CPD summer course. Next week we will run the course in its online format for the first time. We are looking forward to the live aspects and forums, and to interacting and assisting participants on their journey through the modules. As part of the course I will host a live dance session mid week and was delighted have the opportunity recently to create a short video with one of my long term collaborators, artist Isolde Carmody. The video is a reflection on arts and diversity and will be featured in the course. Embracing diversity in arts and education, understanding the inherent collaborative nature of practice, and in Isolde’s words ‘busting the myth of the solo artist’, all feel as vital as ever to keep to the fore, in todays wider sociopolitical context.

Art is Life by Kate Wilson and Isolde Carmody