23 May 2014

Facilitation Skills for Artists with Marie Brett (2013)


126 present
in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland and CREATE,
and generously hosted by the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway:

Facilitation Skills with Marie Brett
Wednesday 16 October 2013 | 10.30am - 4.30pm

ROOM SC 200B, The Concourse, NUI, Galway.

€35 for 126, VAI & CREATE members
/ €70 for non-members


This event aims to facilitate the participation of artists who have an interest and commitment to the development of their creativity and group skills.
This session will explore the theory and practice of facilitation skills, which can be applied to both group and individual activities and collaborations in social and community contexts.

It will provide an introduction to differing styles of facilitation and offer an insight into thinking strategically about why and how you can lead a session, as well as give some practical skills and helpful tools for delivery.

Topics covered include managing communication skills and group dynamics alongside issues of ethics, equality and personal triggers.

The artist Marie Brett has extensive experience in this area and has used group work facilitation as part of her practice as a tool for research, project development, public art commissions and producing artwork in various contexts, both in Ireland and overseas, in a range of both formal and non-formal settings.

Marie Brett

I’m a visual artist based in County Cork, Ireland.

Photography, video and sculptural installation form the basis of my work and my practice explores the paradox of absence and presence in relation to issues of loss and seeks to reposition the accepted or unquestioned.

Marie Brett: My parents emigrated from Ireland and I was raised in the UK and studied visual art at Goldsmith’s College, London University, receiving an MA plus a 1st class BA. The British Council, The Arts Council of England, Southern Regional Arts Board and several Local Authority Arts Offices supported my practice in the UK, prior to me relocating back to Ireland in 1998 where I currently work freelance.

Positioned as a socially engaged practitioner, my conceptual interests frequently lead me to collaborate with participants with direct experience of ambiguous loss and this has led me to new modes of collaboration with individuals and groups of people, who influence the production of new work. My arts practice in this field has developed through various opportunities including support from The Arts Council, Create, Culture Ireland and several local authorities, and I’ve presented at a number of seminars and conferences, am an artist’s mentor for various organisations and have begun to publish critical texts.

Currently I am producing a new body of artwork exploring the idea of an amulet as an object signifier of pregnancy and infant loss, working collaboratively with bereaved parents in partnership with three Irish hospitals with exhibitions of artwork during 2013. This work is informed by Amulet specialists and the Pitt River Museum collection, at Oxford University.