The Cultural Adaptations embedded artist for Dublin, to work as part of the axis Arts Centre and Codema partnership, has been announced.
‘Team Ireland’, as the partnership has dubbed itself, was looking for someone ambitious, who understood the project’s objectives, a thinker and creative; ultimately a person who would be a good fit in terms of both working with and learning from the other members of the Cultural Adaptations team. After a lengthy interview process, it was clear that artist they wanted to ‘embed’ into the team is Maeve Stone.
Maeve Stone is a director, writer and activist working in theatre and film. Her work emphasises musical innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration. She creates work that responds to issues of climate, race and revisits the canon with a feminist lens. Her practice seeks out interdisciplinary collaboration, pushes for new form, and establishes an intersection of method, aesthetics and political engagement.
Stone said: “This project feels like a chance to apply non-traditional creative thinking to a new policy document that is seeking structural and social reform on a grand scale. The project will push me to discover interesting ways of engaging public imagination around Dublin’s/Codema’s Climate Change Action Plan.
“If successful, I hope it can expand a hugely important document – limited by form – beyond the page and into something living, tangible, personal and applicable in the life of an individual or business. I have a secondary hope that it might also seed networks and communities that will outlive this project. I’m excited to see how the work happening in Ghent, Glasgow and Gothenburg will feed into and from our Irish project.”
Over the next year, Maeve will explore the role the arts can play in shaping how Irish society adapts to the impact of climate change. Axis & Codema’s hope is that through their time working with Maeve, Ireland will be able to contribute meaningful new insights to this European action research project while also benefitting at an organisational, local, regional and national level.
This Embedded Artist commission has been announced as part of Cultural Adaptations, a project co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme and the Scottish Government, The project will see embedded artists working in the Glasgow, Gothenburg, Ghent and Dublin city regions to bring creative solutions as they deal with the intense rainfall and other impacts increasingly being brought about by climate change.
In March 2019 the project partners gathered in Glasgow as part of the project’s first transnational workshop. Cultural Adaptations Glasgow also saw the beginning of the project’s parallel strand, with the first in a series of workshops for managers from arts and cultural organisations to develop tools to help the sector when planning for climate change impacts. This was the first gathering of the Embedded Artists who had been commissioned at that time.
The Embedded Artists will continue to share learning and insight across the partner countries and beyond at the Transnational Meetings in Gothenburg, Ghent and Dublin and the Cultural Adaptations Conference in Glasgow in March 2021.