Softening Corners is a gathering that expands on the idea of hospitality within creative practice. Together, we will seek tools that establish shared connections and co-creation, playfully examining the notion of reciprocity, and the risk-taking involved in assuming the role of host. 

The session takes place with artist Jennie Moran and curator Cecelia Graham.

Cecelia Graham is a curator based between Belfast, Derry and Mid-Ulster in the north of Ireland. Cecelia explores collective knowledge gathering and non-hierarchical labour practices in order to challenge notions of hyper-productivity, disciplinary borders and power structures often relied on within institutions. Her work considers modes of working that emerge from collaborative and slow methods within ecology, agriculture, craft and messy acts of love and vulnerability. Challenging the language of professionalism, Cecelia seeks alternative modes of advocating for and supporting a community of artists that resist strict, slick outputs. 

Jennie Moran is an artist who uses the philosophy, culture, and infrastructure of hospitality to create opportunities for shared connection. She started a nomadic hospitality project called Luncheonette in 2013 which operated as the canteen in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and was named Irish Café of the year at the 2019 Food and Wine Awards. In 2022 Luncheonette was invited to Artsadmin in London, to take part in a hospitality themed research residency and consultancy project called Say Yes to Who or What Turns Up, using an old café as a site of unconditional welcome. She has just completed a Masters in Gastronomy and Food Studies at TUD and is publishing a book entitled How to Soften Corners about the impact of hospitality in institutions. She provides mentorship in holistic hospitality to creative organisations and lectures at NCAD, and occasionally UCD School of Architecture, Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC) and TUD.

Event Location

Engage Studios

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The venue is step free, with a ramp at the entrance. The entrance is narrow and would limit access for wheelchairs and some mobility aids. There are no accessible bathroom facilities. There are accessible parking spaces on The Crescent, 7 minutes from the venue.

There is no Loop system. HEPA filter will be in use.