Using cultural and disciplinary difference as a driver





Colm Cille's Spiral is a re-imagination of the legacy of sixth-century Irish monk Colm Cille, or St Columba, through a series of contemporary art and literature commissions and dialogues that unfolds across Ireland and the UK, starting and ending in Derry-Londonderry as part of City of Culture 2013.

Following a notional spiral, six contemporary artistic interpretations, resulting from a collaboration of artists, writers and academics, will link revered and significant sites along once-vital perimeters and sea routes. The commissions will launch on 9 June with a voice performance by Ceara Conway in the River Foyle, Derry-Londonderry, and will include poetry commissions and sound installations on Lindisfarne and Bamburgh, and a video installation as part of a walking tour of significant objects and sites in Dublin. The six commissions will be accompanied by talks, discussion and online exchange in each ‘knot’ of the Spiral, inspiring new understandings of a fascinating shared history of these islands. The six commissions will then be re-presented alongside a concluding ‘creative conversation’ in Derry-Londonderry in December 2013.

Difference Screen, Difference Screen presents a diverse programme of international artists’ moving image that reflects on changing political geographies through people and places. The programme embarks on a world-wide journey, travelling across 20 countries over 2 years, interpreted by an evolving dialogue between artists, curators and audiences.

Difference Screen begins and ends in the UK, commencing at Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, in July 2013 and concluding at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, in December 2015. By then it will have gathered the experiences and impressions of many people in different countries – with its own history providing fuel for new considerations and thoughts.

IFICAN, Interfaith, Inter-cultural Artists' Narratives hosted international artists in a range of locations that differ from their own faith background. It considers how arts practice might sit among such exchange.

River to River, is a programme looking at arts practice on rivers. Initially focussing on London, Assam and Tokyo events have included seminars in London with the University of the Arts and in Assam with Periferry Arts Centre on the Brahmaputra. The Programme has also developed an international network cluster with its own wiki here