Third Space Galway (est. 2013) is a participatory arts research project, set up to bridge strands of contemporary creative practice and sustainable community actions, through a trans-local and trans-disciplinary exchange of ideas and creative working methodologies.
Our work practices reflects our concerns and interests around enabling and facilitating various conversations, collaborations and exchanges between different ways of thinking, doing and being, the polycultures of people and place, sharing and moving between local skills and specialist knowledge.Current projects aim to explore local collaborative pathways to a more equitable, democratic and low carbon Galway, by working creatively and collectively in codesigning sustainable living practices, including regenerative agriculture and food production, addressing socio-ecological change, climate action and environmental protection.
‘as Lived Space is portrayed as multi-sited and contradictory, oppressive and liberating, passionate and routine, knowable and unknowable.
It is a space of radical openness, a site of resistance and struggle, a space of multiplicitious representations (…) It is a meeting ground, a site of hybridity. ….
Projects (as thirdspaces ) clearly produce place as it is practised and lived; they provide a space of interrelations, always in the process of being made and remade, not only materially but also socially.‘
…taken from Locating the Producers Durational Approaches to Public Art, by Paul O’Neill & Claire Doherty
Third Space aims to foster an inclusive practical discourse and local context, for contemporary socially and politically engaged art practices, that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. Our work is very much concerned with furthering the ecological, democratic and sustainable focus for the city and its communities.
Positioning itself within ‘the commons’, Third Space can be viewed as a public intervention and a forum providing both the community of interest and the engaged practitioner, a lens through which to actively interrogate the interstice between artistically engaged practice and the publics they serve.
In order to expand the increasingly vital dialogue in the field of social and transdisciplinary practice – providing evidence-based research and engaging with artists, citizens, policy-makers, activists, environmentalists and community groups – this project proposes to create a discursive forum and site of opportunity, within which to further develop, recontextualise and reevaluate creative strategies and contexts, and whose frame of reference is the wider socio-cultural sphere within which it exists locally and globally.
“It is that Third Space, though unrepresentable in itself, which constitutes the discursive conditions of enunciation that ensure that the meaning and symbols of culture have no primordial unity or fixity; that even the same signs can be appropriated, translated, rehistoricized, and read anew.”
“Deciding to be a research artist isn’t a tendency or a fashion; it’s not a curatorial strategy to display things in a space, but a way to see your responsibility in the practice of art and your role as an artist in society.”
Third Space Galway aims to:
– Advance the skills, knowledge and possibility of creative practice in the fields of collaborative and politically and socially engaged arts practice In Galway City and County
– Foster a space for creative arts engagement with the wider contexts of place and community in Galway by developing a centralised open platform from which to host ongoing research, embedded projects, public discussions, screenings and collaborative events
– House a small library that features a collection of contemporary art publications and research on collaborative, participatory and socially engaged practices for the benefit of the local community
– Enhance local arts and cultural provision by providing local artists with the supportive and discursive environment they need to create critical, relevant and progressive engaged forms of art practice
– Further critical awareness of the potentially dynamic role of contemporary creative practice in relation to pressing social and environmental challenges
– Develop exchange and collaborative ventures with similar initiatives nationally and internationally
– Promote the centrality of culture in local, regional, national and international policy-making.