Activist Summer Camp

Saturday & Sunday, June 17th/18th 2017

Communities in transition and community arts – making new connections

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree, Co Wicklow

The aim of the Camp in 2017 is to build bridges because we know that the experience of one can be of help to the other. Are you an activist/artist or leader who is working deeply with the people, place and the environment? Do you want to shape a new initiative and exchange focused on communities in transition?

Camp Schedule:

Saturday 16, June 2017

Midday –  Arrive to warm-up, welcome and lunch

2.00pm – 4.00pm   –  Forum Theatre (Theatre for Change presentation)

4.00 – Coffee/TEA

4.30 – 6.00   –   Francois Matarasso will speak about transition, community and participatory art. He will explore new ways to create momentum for it and ask us how we think about what we do, why we’re doing it, and what will happens as a result.

6.30pm – Supper

7.30pm-10pm –  Imagining connection through a Show and Tell (5 slides / 5 minute presentations) taking place in 2 thematic groups:

1. Faced with the challenge of globalisation what could localization mean for communities in transition and community arts? [Convenor: Una Ruddock and Theresa O’Donoghue]

2. Imagining how a community under regeneration can produce a parade to wave goodbye and say hello to a new community.[Convenor: Ed Carroll]

Sunday 17, June 2017

8.00-10.00 – Breakfast

10.00 – 11.30  –  CREATIVE WORKSHOPS continue working in 2 thematic groups to work on creative charter.

11.30 – COFFEE/TEA

12.00 – 1.30pm

To take away from these workshops something that could resonate from Glencree into 2/3 other practice actions/events/processes that can be self-organised from within each strand of activity

1.30pm Lunch

2.30pm -3.30pm  – Signing the Culture Contact Charter Communities in Transition for 2017/2018

Costs are:
40 Euro waged, 20 Euro unwaged (incl. children),
This includes the accommodation for 1 night in a shared room and vegetarian food. Accommodation is only guaranteed for 30 persons.

Brilliant childcare available (please let us know in advance).

We will try to arrange car sharing from Dublin, Bray, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Please get in touch if you are driving or if you need a lift and we will try to make an arrangement.

Registration: Places are limited, please register now:
With any questions just contact Ed or Eleanor at or 087 2334931

Simon Community workshops

Galway Simon Community workshops from April to June 2013

Adedotun Adekeye & Marie Aherne facilitated a series of 15 forum theatre drama workshops with 12 clients and staff.

It identified issues of concern to the participants, with the final development of a short forum play performed by the organisations clients.

The presentation created awareness of the important issues to people experiencing homelessness by giving them an opportunity to tell their story.

TO facilitation training course on Rainbow of Desire methods

This five day training was facilitated by Gavin Crichton of Active Inquiry, Edinburgh.

Held in Ennis, Co. Clare, in March it was organised in conjunction with Clarecare. Eighteen participants consisting of Arts and community and social organisation workers trained.