Cork Caucus

Cork Caucus

Cork Caucus was a major interdisciplinary, international meeting of 60-80 artists, thinkers, writers, philosophers and other creative individuals during the summer of 2005, that investigated cultural, political and artistic issues. It was devised by the National Sculpture Factory as part of Cork's tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2005.

The intention of Cork Caucus was to stimulate the discursive environment within the city of Cork and to provide ways for contemporary art to intervene in social life and political thinking. This was particularly significant given the Capital of Culture status of Cork, which provided a possible focus for culture to reach beyond its traditional interest groups. It was hoped that this model will impact on future activities and the way ongoing discourse operates within the city.

Institutional Funders & Supporters:

Cork Caucus was an official Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture project and is also generously supported by the Arts Council's Projects Award, The European Cultural Foundation, The Mondriaan Foundation, the Prins Claus Fund, The British Council, The Kingdom of the Netherlands, The I.F.A.(Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.) and The Danish Arts Council's Committee for International Visual Art.

Project partners include: Fáilte Ireland, the Evening Echo, The Triskel Arts Centre, Cork Institute of Technology and the South Presentation Convent, Cork.

List of participants:

Cork Caucus: on art, possibility & democracy, a book based on the proceedings was published November 2006. Text editors were Trevor Joyce and Shep Steiner, and graphic editors Can Altay and David (Dobz) O'Brien. In November and December 2007, Cork Caucus curators Charles Esche and Annie Fletcher adapted the Caucus model as part of a larger event Becoming Dutch, at the Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven As regards Cork Caucus, local members of the Gatherings have made some attempts to further what the Cork Caucus produced, though there has been disagreement on how best to do this. As of 2008, what is termed the Legacy of the whole project remains undecided and contested. On 21 June 2008, the National Sculpture Factory are hosting Regathering on the Grounds of Art: Revisiting Cork Caucus, where it seems this and other issues will be investigated. A special focus appears to be the question of what are the future uses for the Caucus model, seeing as it has now had two fully fleshed out versions.


Joyce, Trevor and Shep Steiner, eds. Cork Caucus: on art, possibility & democracy. Revolver, Frankfurt, 2006. 414-426.

External links

  • Original Cork Caucus site from 2005. (Mostly a historical site, though still somewhat active.)
  • Cork Photography
  • Review article of Cork Caucus by participant and critic Lucy Cotter.
  • Art critic and Caucus participant Jan Verwoert listed the event as one of his highlights of 2005 (At bottom of page.)

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