Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden

A Community Self-Portrait

Workshop led by Pia Bartsch (Finland)
09. - 15. January 2013
Participants: NCAD Students: 2nd Year & MA in Fine Art Media, MA Painting & the Graduate Diploma in Socially Engaged Arts Practice, Young People from the Rialto Youth Project and Rialto-based Adult Art Group. Total 26
Location: Workshop based in the Art Studio in the F2 Neighbourhood Centre, Rialto with an exhibition in NCAD Gallery

The workshop opened up with a series of presentations by Rialto-based community workers, artists and activists to help orientate Pia and the NCAD students to Rialto. In her approach to the CSP workshop, Pia encouraged everyone to extend their ideas of self-portraiture, through use of mixed media, street art and photography. Her commitment to the principle of testing ideas in public space and in particular of re-appropriating notions of the monument meant that a lot of the work generated in the CSP workshop process extended into the public space in Rialto and the city.