Claire Power and Aoife Tunney are the curators and public art advisors for IN CONTEXT 4 - IN OUR TIME. As collaborative curators they work under the title of Contemporary Public Projects on a range of public art and visual art projects.
Claire Power is an independent cultural producer and arts advisor based between Brussels and Dublin. Together with Aoife Tunney she is co-curator of IN CONTEXT 4, South Dublin County Council's public art programme (2016-2019), and co-curator / project manager of a major public art commission for the Central Bank of Ireland (2016-2018). Previously, she was director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; there she devised and led-out on Generation, the 30 year anniversary programme of exhibitions and events in 2013. Claire is an alumna of the Clore Leadership Programme (2011), the Salzburg Global Seminar for Young Cultural Leaders (2012-2014) and is currently, a Steering Committee Member of the National Campaign for the Arts, Ireland.
Aoife Tunney is the Visual Art and Architecture Officer with the Arts Council of Ireland. She also practices as an independent curator, project manager and arts advisor based in Dublin. She is currently co-curator of IN CONTEXT 4, South Dublin County Council's public art programme (2016-2019), and is co-project manager / co-curator of a major public art commission for the Central Bank of Ireland (2016-2018). Additionally she is the co-curator of Illuminations Gallery research and offsite programme at NUI Maynooth. In 2014 she was the Artistic Director of Vestibule an outdoor public art exhibition and satellite programme of exhibitions and events. The Arts Council of Ireland selected her for the Curator in Residence programme in 2013 in conjunction with Wicklow County Council. In 2012 she was funded by Culture Ireland as the Artistic Director of All Humans Do, a twelve-person group show that travelled to White Box Gallery in New York and The Model in Sligo. She was the curator in residence at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and The Model and sat on the curatorial panel for TBG+S.
'As public art curators we recognise the importance of developing commissions that not only reach the artistic community of a given area, but also speak to the general public who live and interact with such artworks or events. Our practices combine to make a collaborative approach, which is embedded in research and development within communities and regions and alongside stakeholders invested in those areas.
Key to our curatorial framework is a passion for the particulars of a situation - defined as a set of conditions in time and place, new forms of public art and the strategies put in place for public engagement. Our research provides us with key examples of Public Art projects and community based programmes from our international curatorial counterparts, which we use as benchmarks for our own public art commissions.
With IN CONTEXT 4 we aim to commission artistic works, which will span across time and space, marking and connecting a geographical, social, historical and physical constellation of cultural activity and legacy across South Dublin County. Our curatorial approach takes as its starting point the idea that public art commissions are a way to unsettle notions of place, and to consider a collective, inspired future.’