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In News on March 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Ms Catherine Muigai Mwangi

The Art with Africa Seminar and Exhibition were a great success with a continued attendance of 50 sometimes going up to 70.

Congratulations and thanks to everybody involved in the day. It was amazing to see it all come together after so many meetings and months of planning.

The outcomes at this point are :
1. The Keynan Mission will support academic exchange by NCAD.
2. There is the oportunity to create 3rd year electives around 3 african projects led by Michael Browne ,and Augustine O Dunaghue. Fintan O’Toole laid down clear guidlines for thinking about the ethical issues in this work.
3. There is an invitation to a 2 week residency in the Sahara.
4. We can publish the conference as a text and as a DVD.
5. The confidence level of the students who organised this day is very high.

In Events on February 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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We are hosting a Seminar and Exhibition in the NCAD on Thomas St on April 1st between 9.30 – 17.00. The aim of this seminar is to bring together a different range of perspectives and experiences from both Africa and Ireland of African art, culture and politics. In order to help us with our own initiative and so that together we can decide on what the next step should be.

Speaker and Artists include:
Florence Ayisi (Award winning Cameroon Film Maker)
Proinsias De Rossa (Dublin Labour MEP)
Ms Catherine Muigai Mwangi (Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland)
Fernando Peraita (ARTifariti,W. Sahara)
Niall O’Baoill (Cultural Co-ordinator, Fatima Groups United, Dublin)
Sam Hopkins (Slum TV from Nairobi)
Brian Maguire (NCAD Staff)
Federico Guman Romereo (Artist from ARTifariti from W.Sahara)
A Speaker from New Communities Partnership based in Dublin
Fintan O’Toole – political writer for the Irish Times

Art from:
Kuona Art Centre, Kenya
Slum TV, Kenya
Florence Ayisi, Cameroon
Point of View, Bombay, India
Mick O Kelly, Ireland
Ronan Sharkey, Ireland
Oscar Erickson, Sweden

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NCAD art with Africa Project

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Art with Africa is a recently established initiative between NCAD and two projects in Nairobi, Kenya – The Baba Dogo Youth Project and Repha Opundi’s school. The college initially set up links with these groups during a research trip to the World Social Forum in Kenya in 2007.

The group consists of studying and teaching artists with the aim of developing a relationship with the youth of Kenya through artistic collaboration.

Although food, medicine and financial aid is an important ongoing struggle in the area, the objective of the group is to seek ways to allow these children and teenagers to harness and nurture their creativity as we believe that art can be critical in their development and raising peoples awareness of the situations facing them and activate change.