Sinead Dowling and  Michael Fortune will be talking Identity and Placemaking in light of their work for Take A Part in Carlow, Ireland

Sinead is the Arts Officer of Carlow County Council, Ireland and initiator of Take A Part Carlow.  Sinead is a Board Director of Create, Ireland’s National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts.  She holds a HDIP in Community Arts Education,  Masters in Fine Art Sculpture and Masters in Socially Engaged Arts Practice.  She led on the commissioning and development of the Visualise Carlow programme that saw three temporary public art projects a year in Carlow in the lead up to VISUAL the Centre for Contemporary Art.  She has managed public art commissions, site specific and temporary arts interventions.  She was a founding member of the first African Film Festival in Ireland. She is also an artist herself who was commissioned through a public art programme in Dublin called Breaking Ground that engaged directly with local communities.


Michael Fortune is many things to many people. Some people know him as an artist and filmmaker, more as an educator, more as a collector of folklore and more as a lover of traditional song. In an age where we are every more defined and bracketed by our profession, it is the lack of any clear bracketing of his practice which Michael takes great delight in. Michael has cut many furrows with his work over the past twenty years and his practice has widened the conversation regarding the intersection of traditional and contemporary cultures in Ireland. He has a general appreciation and understanding of culture in all its manifestations, especially in the area of folklore, the ordinary and the everyday. His life, interests and practice are an intertwined and inseparable mix of the ancient, contemporary, private, public and intangible.