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The three-day event aims to examine the role played by art in rural communities and will feature contributors from Ireland, Spain, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. They include Berlin-based art critic and curator Simon Sheikh who is coordinator of the Critical Studies Programme at Malmö Art Academy, and American Suzanne Lacy – an internationally known conceptual/performance artist whose work includes large-scale performances on social themes and urban issues.

The Conference at Glór Irish Music Centre is an initiative of Shifting Ground, a partnership project between the Arts Office of Clare County Council and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology – with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland. According to Fiona Woods, Regional Arts Coordinator with Clare County Arts Office, “Rural locations are often defined by poor infrastructure, geographic isolation, and a dependence on tourism and agriculture. However, the role played by art in rural society is rarely measured. This Conference and symposium will address this issue through discussion and practical expressions of contemporary art in rural settings.”

‘New Perspectives on Art & Rural Culture’ takes place Thursday 19th-Saturday 21st October in Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis, County Clare, IRELAND. To book a place at the Conference please e-mail arts@clarelibrary.ie or contact 00353-65846267.

For further information on the Conference please log on to www.shiftingground.net.