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MA in Social Practice & the Creative Environment (Level 9)
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 9
    Art & Design
    1 Year Post (honours) Degree (Level 9) full-time mode
    2 Years Post (honours) Degree (Level 9) part-time mode
    Limerick (Clare St)

    What is the programme about?
    MA SPACE applications are now being considered for the academic year 2019-20.

    This unique programme is designed to fulfil student demand from art, design and related fields, nationally and internationally. This is a one year full-time/two year part-time taught MA programme, multidisciplinary in nature which focuses on the growing area of social practice. This MA is distinctive in that:
    • It is focused on Social Practice
    • It is delivered through theory and practice
    • It is open to practitioners of art and design
    • It is also open to experienced graduates outside the art and design fields.

    The course offers you a strong theoretical and critical grounding in the area of social practice, equips you with appropriate research skills, educates you in the roles you will play within communities/ situations/spaces, and ultimately, offers you a deep level of authentic experience and situated learning through the delivery and documentation of your self-chosen social practice project.The programme is delivered by both LSAD staff and a varied range of visiting lecturer specialists through an exciting mix of active learning, field research and engagement in the wider world.

    Social Practice is located in the overlap of art, society and politics. It has been described as art activism, critical art, socially engaged art, social practice art, activism, political art, participatory, dialogical or collaborative art. MA SPACE invites candidates from Art, Design and other related fields who are interested in creating art that addresses topics such as; Space and Place, Food Politics, Gender Politics, Ecology, Climate Change, environmental politics, Science and Art, Civil Rights, Globalization and Economics, Health, Trans-Global Movement, Labour and Land Politics.
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    MA SPACE What graduates have to say…

    “MA SPACE has provided me with a lot of tools that I use with the Pause Play Collective ...rethinking my strategies in engaging my community of interest and mapping options that will promote longevity in the project. Pause Play Collective (pAUSE PlAY) is an arts and music collective that was established in 2012 by artists Dominique Amman and Tricia O’Connor. Since then, pAUSE PlAY has held multi-faceted events involving art, music, and vintage boutiques in various locations across County Kerry, enabling divergent artistic practices to be exhibited under a single name. Tricia O’Connor, Artist, Tralee, Co. Kerry

    Steve Maher is a visual and relational artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Maher's work is centered on collaboration, relation and dialogue. “MA SPACE equips graduates with a wide range of experiences and examples for a sustainable career as a socially engaged artist. Work with peers from a diverse background. A wide range of research topics are discussed as part of the project. The large range of visiting lectures is a vital networking opportunity for the MA candidates, it’s a chance to make lasting connections with practitioners and arts professionals. Very structured strong program but also very open to students input.” Steve Maher, artist, Helsinki/Limerick.

    Liz Nilsson is a multi-disciplinary artist who shares her time between Dublin and south of Sweden. Liz studied art and textile design in Sweden. ”MA SPACE gave me the tools to strengthen my involvement and relationship with community through expressive activities and communication. The project I developed for the Fältstudier project in Beddinhe, Sweden whilst on the MA SPACE programme has now become a sustainable model of practice.” Liz Nilsson, Sweden/Ireland.

    Betsy Carreyette is the founder of the residency programme, Agben ga Adrar Netlakt, (House at Clay Mountain), in Siwa Oasis, Egypt. Betsy is currently completing a doctorate research at University of Sunderland, UK, where she aims to transpose crucial culturally-engaged discourse into the heart of contemporary ceramic practice. Zeneb Maghrebi’s (aka Betsy Carreyette)

    “As a result of my final project I completed for MA SPACE, Your Video Here, I was offered my first ever artist residency in 2012. Come the end of 2015, I will have completed my eight residency, all of which have been free and/or paid. I spend a huge amount of time applying for exhibitions, grants, funding, public art commissions, residencies and jobs. I still follow the Visiting Lecture Project Template format compiled for us, (on MA SPACE) and I use it as a base for every project I apply for and every art project I undertake myself.” Joanna Hopkins- Current Director Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

    Current Project Profile

    Julie Griffiths and Maeve Collins met in 2013 while studying for their Masters in Social Practice and the Creative Environment at the School of Art and Design in Limerick, and have been collaborating since. The Fold and Rise project emerged out of their studies. Five years later, the project continues. This year Julie and Maeve were invited to Aras an Uachtarain by President Michael D. Higgins to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage, they also took part in the 'I Sea Art' Festival on the Greek Island of Efstratios, making bread in the village square with the island women for a week, talking about the exiles who were sent to the island during the civil war. In September ‘Fold and Rise’ took part in the 'Centenary of Women MPs' (UK) conference in Westminster. Most recently the artists participated in Culture night, (Co Laois) making dough with 30+ women and discussing the life of Constance Markievicz, the inspiration for the project. http://foldandrise.wixsite.com/fold-and-rise


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