MAKE 2023 SYMPOSIUM: MAKING AND PLACE Back to events list

Date: March 4th, 2023 from 10:00 to 17:00
Price:Student €30.0
Price:Standard €65.0
Venue: Curtis Auditorium






MTU Crawford College Of Art & Design's annual symposium returns to in-person event on March 4th 2023.

MAKING and PLACE features internationally renowned MAKERS, ACADEMICS & ARTISTS who will examine structure, landscape, and boundary, as key themes in the creation of architectural forms, art installations, and site-specific art practices. This is our tenth MAKE Symposia event and we look forward to meeting in person after 2 years online. 

Time: Saturday 4 March 2023

10.00am - 5.00pm (registration opens 9.00am)


MTU Cork School of Music

Union Quay, Cork.   


€30 with Student ID Card (limited availability)

€65 (General)




The great anthropologist, academic, writer Professor Tim Ingold:

Tim Ingold, CBE, FBA, FRSE is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on animals in human society, and on human ecology and evolutionary theory. His more recent work explores environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold’s current interests lie on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. Ingold is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2022 he was made a CBE for services to Anthropology.

And another great academic, author, and distinguished architect, Juhani Pallasmaa, who will join us via live ZOOM feed from Helsinki:

Juhani Pallasmaa is a leading international figure in contemporary architecture, design, education, and art culture. As well as directing a busy international architecture practice, he served as Dean and Professor at Helsinki University of Technology(1991–98); Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978–83); and Rector of the Institute of Design, Helsinki (1970–71). In all aspects of his theoretical and design practice, which includes graphic design, urban planning, and exhibitions-he places a consistent emphasis on the importance

of identity, sensorial experience and tactility. Pallasmaa has published over 60 books and more than 300 essays in 30 languages, including The Embodied Image (2011); The Thinking Hand (2009); Encounters: Architectural Essays (2005) and Encounters 2 (2012); and his seminal classic, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses (1996, 2005, 2017).

And international artist-makers with a keynote presentation by the great Ann Hamilton of the United States: 

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, print media and performance collaborations. Responsive to the contingencies of the sites where she works – cloth, texts spoken and written, animals, and people suspended or in motion – the qualities of these spaces, objects, and their atmospheres evoke an awareness of the site and the scale of the body to ask how, in a technologically extended world, the literacies of the hand and embodied knowledge cultivate attention in a hyper distracted world of information

Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985.  She has been the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal, the 1999 Venice Biennale.

Ann Hamilton, Indigo Blues 2007

And another great maker, the weaver Ismini Samanidi from Athens, Greece:


Ismini Samanidi was born in Athens and studied in London at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She now lives and works on the South Coast of England. 
Her work has been exhibited internationally with solo shows in the UK and US and was included in the Most Real Thing at the New Art Center (UK), the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art (China) and Le Fil des possibles at L’Espace De L'Art Concret (France). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. She was the first weaver to be invited as artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Ismini is an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins.
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And an eminent Irish sculptor of large-scale, site-specific works;

Eilis O'Connell is one of Ireland's most internationally recognised contemporary sculptors.  Born in Derry, she studied sculpture at the Crawford School of Art, Cork and the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and was subsequently granted research fellowships at The British School at Rome and P.S.I. in New York. A two-year residency at Delfina Studios London in 1988 resulted in her permanent move there until 2002. She returned to live in Ireland and is represented by Solomon Fine Art in Dublin and Pangolin London.  She has represented Ireland and Britain at the Venice, Paris and São Paolo Biennales and her small sculptures were shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice. In 2018 her series of outdoor sculptures were exhibited at E1027, the world-renowned home designed by the Irish architect & furniture designer Eileen Gray (1878-1976) in Cap Martin, France. O'Connell's work can be found in numerous high profile public locations in London (Canary Wharf, London Docklands Development Corporation), Cardiff, Newcastle, Bristol, Wolverhampton, Southampton, Milton Keynes and in Dublin, Belfast, Dundalk, Mallow and Cork in Ireland.

She is a founder director of the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, a former member of the Arts Council of Ireland, a member of Aosdána, and a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and international Fellow at the Royal Society of Sculptors in London.


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