Time

6-8pm
Open and free, everyone welcome


Does Turner turn the table?

A critical open forum for a new arts strategy and funding system in Northern Ireland

Jane Morrow, Ciara Hickey

Ends 17 February 2022

This open and critical forum hopes to pick up and continue a debate about a cohesive visual art- and funding strategy for Northern Ireland, from grassroots, artist-led to high-end organisations and galleries.

Following the historic win of the Turner Prize by Array Studios and strides forward in having our contributions to the arts ecology in Northern Ireland acknowledged – in spite of our precarity - will it mean more of the same for the funders and their arts strategy? Or will these achievements lead to a rethink - a seismic shift in strategic planning, support, and funding distribution for contemporary art in the region?

Winning the Turner Prize by Array Collective last December triggered a flood of heartfelt congratulations, excitement and a buzz far beyond the arts community. What seemed impossible until now, that a collective working in performative activism on the street- and not in the ivory towers of galleries-could win this prestigious prize, was suddenly reality.

A hard fact to swallow for the guardians of artistic classification, a fun fact for the doubters, a well-deserved recognition of radical ‘art utile’ for others.

And now?
Does the Turner turn the arts ecology in Northern Ireland?
Does it mean more of the same for the funders and their arts strategy or will the achievement  lead to a rethink, a seismic shift in strategic planning, support and funding distribution for contemporary art in the region?
This open critical forum, led by PS² together with Jane Morrrow and Ciara Hickey, will invite speakers  (TBC) to give 5-10 min presentations/ positions on this subject, followed by Q&A, discussion and - most importantly - an action plan.