Eleanor Philips & Emma Finucane

Bureau for Creative Communities

Bureau for Creative Communities is a month long research residency which will map the creative well-being of Bray. Using the gallery as a our health monitor centre we will explore, map and activate ideas in our intention to contribute to the artistic health of our town. Research will include invitations to the people of Bray to join us to create, discuss and suggest well-being poultices for sore spots and preventative remedies for creative blocks.

Are you involved in the Creative Arts in Bray? Do you attend/give/teach workshops? If so, we want to hear from you! Do you hide your talents at home? Creative Arts includes Architecture, Craft, Circus, Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Opera, Street Arts and Spectacle, Textiles, Theatre, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts and Writing.

Drop into the Mermaid Arts Centre on Tues 30th July and Thurs 1st August from 11am-4pm and help us map the creativity of Bray and even print your own tote bag while you are here! Can't make those days? Email creativebray@gmail.com or call box-office and make an appointment to come and have a chat with us at a time that suits.

Eleanor Phillips works within a collaborative framework where outcomes are informed by the processes that take place through conversation and exploration with others. Eleanor studied Fine Art in NCAD 2002, H.Dip Community Arts Education, NCAD 2005 and MA Art in Public Ulster University Belfast, 2009. She has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow County Council, Craigavon County Council, Bray Urban District Council, PEACE III Arts and Diversity Fund, Northern Ireland, Regional Arts Council St. Louis, and City Council Celje, Slovenia. Her work has been shown throughout Ireland and is held in private and public collections including Wicklow County Council, Craigavon County Council and John Erickson Museum, Florida.

Emma Finucane develops artwork through dialogue, process based, participatory and collaborative practice. A founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray Co.Wicklow and co-founder of pff publications with Rachel Fallon and Eleanor Philips. Emma completed a BFA (1997) and MFA (2006) at the NCAD. She has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow, Carlow, Cavan and Kildare County Councils. Her work has been shown in nationally and internationally and can be found in many private and public collections including: OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD. Conference presentations: Art&Health, The Model Sligo (2017); Motherhood&Creative Practice, London Southbank University (2015) Emma initiated an interdisciplinary research project in UCD School of Nursing and Midwifery (2014) presented a solo exhibition Mermaid Arts Centre (2017)

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