This conversation, moderated by Wexford Arts Officer and Curator, Liz Burns, will reflect on this collaborative project, how it came about, how it has developed and what the future holds for the work.
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Liz Burns is a curator, writer and arts officer with a particular interest in socially engaged arts practice. She was Arts Programme Manager for Fire Station Artists Studios in Dublin 2002- 2016 and during this time completed her MA in Visual Arts Practices with DIADT in 2009-10. In 2016 she took up the role as Arts Officer for Wexford County Council. Some independent curatorial projects include Becoming Christine (2015 – 2017), It has no name (2013) DIT Broadcast Gallery , and Liliquoi Blue: God made me a boy’ (2011) commissioned by City Arts Centre, Dublin. Liz was Chair of Arts & Disability Ireland ( ADI 2010 – 2016 ) and prior to Fire Station worked as outreach worker with Tallaght Community Arts Centre Dublin.
Amanda Dunsmore is a visual artist born in England, living in Ireland for thirty years. She recieved a BA in sculpture at the University of Ulster, 1991 and an MA in Interactive Media at University of Limerick, 2000.
Amanda Dunsmore works in art processes that explore representations of societal transformation through contextual portraiture and social historic projects. Amanda’s accumulative legacy practice examines place, people and moments of political significance. Underlying her work is an interest in reconfiguring the boundaries of portraiture, repositioning it using 21st century technology. Her art practice focuses on long term / time based projects, such as Becoming Christine.
Amanda has exhibited widely in Ireland and Internationally and is a lecturer in Sculpture and Combined Media at Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT. amandadunsmore.com
I’m Christine, I’ve lived in Galway for thirty eight years but originally from the East End of London. I knew from an early age I was different, so this journey to becoming Christine has been a lifetime journey.
The photos in the exhibition and this book are selfie photos I have taken over the last twelve years and are amongst the many hundreds I’ve have taken.
After I “came out” in 2006 I started my transition in 2010 here in Ireland and UK where I had surgery to finely fulfill my lifetime dream.
The photos show only part of that journey and how lonely it can also be. It means you can lose family and life long friends but on the upside since, I’ve made my new friends that became part of my new life.