CHANGING TRACKS is a contemporary visual and digital art project that will create a series of nine new temporary outdoor artworks by three international artists that respond to former railway lines, their heritage and local environment, and is a recipient of funding from the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013.
Partners to the project include Northamptonshire County Council (UK), Mayo County Council (Ireland) and Consortium Transversal, Cultural Activities Network from Catalonia (Spain).
The award winning commissioned artists were Aideen Barry (IRE), Noah Rose (UK) and Xevi Bayone(CAT). Each artist created 9 works over the 3 countries, Ireland, UK and Catalonia in Spain.
Following a series of site visits to each participating region, the selected artists will develop their proposals through engagement with respective local communities, arts organisations and associated workshop activities and events, and install the new artworks in each respective region during the summer of 2014.
The primary intention of the project is to engage new audiences for contemporary art by placing the artworks in a non-traditional exhibition / display environment, thereby removing barriers to participation and providing opportunities to engage with a wide range of leisure and recreational users e.g. walkers, cyclists, families, fishers, and local community groups e.g. heritage, schools, colleges and local tourism businesses.
A seminar programme aimed at artists and cultural professionals is then planned for the autumn of 2014, with events planned in each of the three participating regions. The seminars will focus on the implementation and success of the project from the artists and project managers perspectives, with additional invited guest speakers, and will be free to attend.
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