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Canadian Artists Abroad: Reverse Pedagogy in Ireland

The nomadic art school Reverse Pedagogy moves to The Model Satellite in Sligo, Ireland. The project will bring together artists from Canada, Iceland and parts of Ireland and will culminate in a visual art exhibition opening on Friday 25th September.


Reverse Pedagogy in Banff, Alberta. Image: canadianart.ca

From the Model::Niland blog, which is maintained by the Model Arts and Niland Gallery:

“For their time in Sligo, the group of artists are occupying the Model Satellite space on Castle Street and will be submerging themselves and responding to local culture, including a tag rugby game with local team The Supermodels this evening, surf lessons in Strandhill, mountain climbs, and informal meetings with local arts and cultural groups.”


Paul Butler’s Collage Party. Image: othergallery.com

Reverse Pedagogy was previously produced at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and at the 2009 Venice Biennale. The project evolved out of Canadian artist Paul Butler’s organisation of collective “Collage Parties,” where he, up to twenty other artists, and the general public produce artwork over a weeklong collaborative gathering.”

“Earlier this afternoon, the artists met with The Model staff and we heard from Paul about the ethos behind the project, and how it evolved from the idea of his “Collage Parties“. Irish artist Mark Garry also described his association with the project and noted the Irish group of artists he works with, The Mongrel Foundation, which is based on similar ideas to Reverse Pedagogy.”


Mark Garry, This Is about You, 2009. This installation is made from thread, beads and pins.
Image: friezeartfair.com


Katie Bethune-Leamen in her Mushroom Studio, 2008. Image: akimbo.ca

Artist Katie Bethune-Leamen from Toronto, Canada described her anticipation of her trip to Sligo:

“All I know of Ireland is what I learned from the 1959 cinematic masterpiece ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’. I am excited to have my knowledge radically expanded, make lots of art, and try Atlantic surfing.”

For more on the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, click HERE

One Response to “Canadian Artists Abroad: Reverse Pedagogy in Ireland”

  1. Nicholas Brown says:

    I miss those guys, so sad I couldn’t join. Atlantic surfing!

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