TEN Seminar & Book Launch – Dublin

On the occasion of the launch of Fiona Whelan’s critical memoir, the Rialto Youth Project and Fiona hosted a seminar which set out to explore questions of representation, research practices and creative relationships at the intersection of collaborative arts practice, youth work, critical pedagogy and activism. NCAD, Dublin – 5th Nov ’14.

Welcome – John Bissett (Chair, Rialto Youth Project) and Fiona Whelan (Artist) and

Introduction – Dr. Aine O’Brien, Co-Director Counterpoints Arts and Seminar Moderator


Maurice Devlin – Jean Monnet Professor & Director of the Centre for Youth Research & Development, Maynooth University

Title: Youth Work and the Arts: Continuity and Change


Kathleen Lynch – Professor of Equality Studies, School of Social Justice, UCD

Title: The Careless State: why we need radical egalitarian thinking in Ireland.


Q & A with Kathleen Lynch and Maurice Devlin


Professor Desmond Bell – Head of Academic Affairs and Research, NCAD

Title: The other sort of youth work in another sort of space


Katherine Atkinson – Professional Development, CREATE, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts.

Title: Representation in collaborative arts: Who tells whose story and how?


Fiona Whelan – Artist & Joint Course Coordinator, MA SEA(face), NCAD

Nichola Mooney – Community Youth Worker & Team Leader, Rialto Youth Project

Jim Lawlor – Manager, Rialto Youth Project

Michael Byrne – Youth Worker

Title: Performative readings (mis)readings of a shared practice

A performance based on excerpts from transcripts of conversations that have taken place in Rialto Youth Project over the last decade. The performance uses a form familiar to those involved in the work, which involves the re-enacting of another’s experience.


Q & A with all presenters


Discussion & Closing Remarks Dr. Aine O’Brien

Part 1

Part 2


Book Launch Introduction from Declan McGonagle, Director NCAD

Book Launch, Martin Drury, Strategic Development Director, the Arts Council

Speech by Fiona Whelan

Speakers’ Biographies:

Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts. She created FOMACS (Forum on Migration and Communications) in 2007 developing creative arts and public projects focusing on migration. Áine co-founded  and developed the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (DIT) in 2005, aligning doctoral migration research with the creative arts. Her productions to date (across documentary film, print, exhibition and curation) explore global storylines linking migration with social justice. Film productions include (co-directed with Alan Grossman): Silent Song (2000), Here To Stay (2007) and Promise and Unrest (2010), which have been screened internationally at documentary and visual anthropology film festivals. Currently Áine is director of Learning Lab a cross-sector, participatory arts incubator in partnership with the British Council. She is creative producer of a ‘communities of place’ art and design project in Hoxton, London called ‘Everyday on Canalside’, and creative developer of an international film and social action programme,  ‘Out of Place’.

Jean Monnet Professor and Director of the Centre for Youth Research and Development in the Department of Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University. He is a member of the National Youth Work Advisory Committee and Joint Chair of the North South Education and Training Standards Committee (the all-Ireland body for the professional endorsement of youth work training). He is currently Vice President for Europe of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Youth (RC34). Publications include Inequality and the Stereotyping of Young People (Equality Authority, 2006), Work in Progress: Case Studies in Participatory Arts with Young People (co-edited with Deirdre Healy; NYCI, 2007) and Standpoints: Attitudes of Young People and Youth Workers to Development and Global Justice Issues (with Hilary Tierney; NYCI, 2010). Maurice also chairs the editorial board of the journal Youth Studies Ireland.

Professor of Equality Studies at University College Dublin, where she also holds a Senior Lectureship in Education. She is a founder member of both the Equality Studies Centre and the School of Social Justice at UCD. She has a lifelong interest in equality and social justice both at the level of theory and practice. Within this context, there are three interrelated strands to her research interests: equality, education and care. In recent years, she has been working on issues of egalitarian theory and practice with colleagues John Baker, Sara Cantillon, Judy Walsh and Maureen Lyons and she has published two significant works in the field:  Equality: From Theory to Action (2004, 2009), and on care and equality:  Affective Equality: Love Care and Injustice (2009). Her most recent book (co-authored with Bernie Grummell and Dympna Devine) is New Managerialism in Education: Commercialization, Carelessness and Gender (2012) (Palgrave Macmillan). The latter is a study of the equality, educational and care impact of new managerial and neoliberal policies on primary, secondary and tertiary education.

Head of Academic Affairs & Research at the National College of Art and Design. He was Ireland’s first professor of media studies, and the first active film maker appointed to such a post. Over the last ten years, he has written and directed a series of creative documentary films – including The Enigma of Frank Ryan (2012) – for television and the cinema. Bell’s early films concern themselves with the nature of loyalist identity and culture in the early nineties and particularly with the experiences of young people within that culture.

An arts development manager, performer and musician. At Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, Katherine manages Professional Development. In this role she is responsible for the management of the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme. Since 2002 the Artist in the Community Scheme has supported more than 250 artists – Visual artists, writers, theatre makers, musicians, film makers, architects and dancers have worked with many diverse communities of place/and or interest. Katherine is a member of the Edges & Margins Collective. She holds a Diploma in Teaching (Arts) SACAE, a Certificate of Music TAFE, a Diploma in Theatre and Drama Studies from NUI Maynooth and an MA in Public Culture Studies from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.