UCC’s first Professor of Creative Practice embarks on Unveiled Horizons
- 13 Jun 2017
An installation of portraits of Cork-based women on flags at the city’s port is the result of a project spearheaded by Jools Gilson, UCC’s first Professor of Creative Practice.
The close-up black-and-white shots for Unveiled Horizons by world-renowned photographer Carl Cordonnier of six women are exhibited at Custom House Quay; on the Port of Cork sign, on top of the Custom House and next to the new Marina.
VIDEO: Jools Gilson, UCC’s first Prof of Creative Practice on Unveiled Horizons, the portraits of women @PortofCork https://t.co/p6a6Q34B3M pic.twitter.com/RLKRCe78OV
— UCC Ireland (@UCC) June 2, 2017
“For Unveiled Horizons, we collaborated with women from Cork on the composition of their portraits - a grandmother from Knocknaheeny, a Lieutenant Commander in the Irish Navy, a boat builder, a swimmer in the Lee Swim, a survivor of the Somali Civil War and the Government of Ireland India Scholarship student at UCC,” Gilson said.
VIDEO: Meet Jools Gilson, UCC's first Professor of Creative Practice, as she discusses UCC Creative: https://t.co/GEusn3aTwk @JasonAKeane pic.twitter.com/5Z2mgZEGvR
— UCC Ireland (@UCC) June 13, 2017
Great piece in @CorkEveningEcho on Unveiled Horizons, the new installation of portraits of Cork-based women on flags @PortofCork #lovecork pic.twitter.com/kpFRCH9SFT
— UCC Ireland (@UCC) June 1, 2017
Has anyone noticed the incredible flags flying on Custom House Quay?! 'Unveiled Horizons' officially opens Wed 31st May #horizonscork pic.twitter.com/jev51gIUJM
— Port of Cork (@PortofCork) May 30, 2017
“Portraits from Cork will join those from other countries – a symbolic streaming of women from port cities with their eyes on the horizon and possibility.”
Focused on the hidden presence of women in port towns and cities, the work was on display throughout Cork Harbour Festival (June 3 – 11) and will run throughout Cork Midsummer Festival (June 16 – 25).
Ocean to City race starting under the watchful eye of the women of Unveiled Horizons. Installation open today! #horizonscork pic.twitter.com/3jBpbQ5YHe
— Jools Gilson (@UCCcreative) June 10, 2017
The installation is presented by UCC Creative - a new initiative led by Gilson aimed at developing creative practice both within UCC and in lively networks between academia and cultural industries. Unveiled Horizons was made in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland, Cork Harbour Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Port of Cork and UCC Women’s Studies.
“It’s been extraordinary doing interviews and photoshoots with this group of women based in Cork - hearing their stories, and developing their portraits with them. Over the course of one day, we visited the naval base in Haulbowline to work with Lieutenant Commander Erika O’Leary, who wanted her portrait taken on board a naval ship about to leave to pick up migrants crossing from Libya to Italy, followed by a chilly swim in Myrtleville, where we photographed a retired nurse, who went from non-swimmer to doing the Lee Swim in eight months,” Gilson said.
“That evening we interviewed Nura Hagi about her experience of the Somali Civil War. Amazingly, Carl [Cordonnier] had worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in the same hospital in Mogadishu that Nura had been admitted to when she was shot as a child. The following day, Nura welcomed us to the mosque on Shandon Street where Carl developed her portrait with a community of friends.”
Two glorious women from Unveiled Horizons at last night's opening - Lt Cmdr Erika O'Leary & Nura Hagi #horizonscork pic.twitter.com/6LDYwiSjdI
— Jools Gilson (@UCCcreative) June 1, 2017
According to Gilson, Unveiled Horizons “gives presence and voice to women in port cities,” with Cork in Ireland joining previous versions of the project in China, Morocco, Scotland and France.”
UCC Creative has also joined forces with Cork Community Art Link and Cork Midsummer Festival, to host Stillpoint, a four-day performance workshop with John Fox and Sue Gill, founders of the British experimental theatre group Welfare State International, which grew over 40 years to become one of the most influential artistic forces in community art and British theatre. Open to artists working in theatre, music, dance and visual art, the workshop will take place from June 12 to 15 in Cork.
All ready for the Stillpoint Workshop at Cork Community Artlink's fabulous space in the marina #stillpointcork pic.twitter.com/DNglhsjksz
— Jools Gilson (@UCCcreative) June 12, 2017
UCC Creative launches tomorrow with the opening of Unveiled Horizons.We have our women flying! #horizonscork pic.twitter.com/fsVEPasoEn
— Jools Gilson (@UCCcreative) May 30, 2017
With ambitious plans to develop local, national and global collaborations, Gilson said her new post was developed “to envision and lead a new way of thinking about creative education, research and cultural industries in lively collaborative gestures between third level, government, artists and broadcast professionals.”
Listen & wonder at the Cork women of Unveiled Horizons online here: https://t.co/XYnHRHuZn3#horizonscork #Midsummer17 pic.twitter.com/BOoHJFyyPu
— Jools Gilson (@UCCcreative) June 8, 2017
Gilson, a working broadcast professional and academic, originally trained in theatre and dance. She ran her own dance company for 10 years and has also presented work in galleries. She has been making creative radio in documentary and creative forms for the BBC and RTÉ since 2010 and is currently completing a feature in collaboration with RTÉ lyric fm’s composer-in-residence Sebastian Adams.
“I’ve worked professionally across multiple arts and broadcast disciplines, and so I’ve an insight into how those different areas develop and make work.”
UCC Creative has joined forces with Cork Community Art Link & @CorkMidsummer to host performance workshop Stillpoint https://t.co/nG8NZd6cQE pic.twitter.com/vRijybgU1n
— UCC Ireland (@UCC) June 13, 2017
The participants of the Stillpoint workshop will have an informal showing of work on Custom House Quay this Thursday (June 14) at 6pm. Free and all welcome.
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