What role can the arts and creativity play in navigating unresolved concerns, ongoing debates and controversial questions for our communities?
This panel discussion opened the UC difficult conversations event featuring a conversation between university leaders and artists from Canberra and Ulster.
Revelation, Reckoning, and Recovery
Continuing the critical conversations around child sexual abuse in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RCICSA, 2013-17).
The Bullock at the Mudhole
Paul Collis, Jen Crawford, Wayne Knight, Story Ground Collective
Barkindji Country & Ngemba Country: Gundabooka, Toorale Station, Bourke, Brewarrina
Difficult Stories: Creativity, Curation, Culture
Ursula K. Frederick in conversation with Steve Brown, Ashley Harrison, Wendy Somerville, Bethaney Turner
Frank Ferguson in conversation with Elinor Davies, James Ward and Carolann North
Frank Ferguson talks with Elinor Davies, James Ward and Carolann North about their written work covering subjects ranging from domestic experiences of ‘The Troubles’ to immigrant communities, afrofuturism and the future of Northern Ireland.
Sarah Travers in Conversation with Performance Artists
Some of Northern Ireland’s leading performance artists since the 1970s discuss the role of the artist in conflicted public spaces, navigating subjects including violence against women, political conflict, clerical sexual abuse and our relationship with power.
Paul Moore in Conversation with Ara Devine
Paul Moore talks with filmmaker Ara Devine about the subjects within and the process behind the making of his award-winning short film ‘TURF’ – exploring the experience of life on the border in Ireland and the brief encounter between one man who lives there and a displaced Syrian refugee.
Watch TURF – A Short Film by Ara Devine.
Colin Davidson – Silent Testimony: An Introduction
Colin Davidson introduces his exhibition ‘Silent Testimony’ at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, setting the context and inspiration behind the series of portraits of victims and survivors of ‘The Troubles.’
TURF – A Short Film by Ara Devine
A Derryman and a Syrian asylum seeker spend a day working on a bog with a complicated journey across the Irish border.
Watch the conversation with Paul Moore and filmmaker Ara Devine.
A Reading of Selected Poems by Kathleen McCracken
A reading of selected works exploring issues relating to First Nations experiences in Canada, in particular, violence perpetrated against indigenous women and the complexities of being an artistic ally to indigenous rights.
Ciara Hickey in Conversation with Array Collective
2021 winners of the Turner Prize, Array Collective, discuss their art-making as activism for women and LGBTQ+ rights and share some practical lessons in how to continue working as a collective despite obstacles and recognition by establishment interests.
Siobhan Wills in Conversation with Willie Doherty
A case study between a human rights filmmaker and acclaimed visual artist sharing a common interest in documenting inter-generational social trauma through places and landscapes that have experienced political violence.
Creativity in Difficult Spaces: Creative Interventions with Veterans and First Responders
Vahri McKenzie in conversation with Tony Eaton, Geoff Grey, and Paul Magee