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Vaari Claffey

26 May 2012

Vaari Claffey

A curators talk by Dublin-based independent curator Vaari Claffey is held at CCA.

Claffey is the founding Director and Curator of Gracelands. This project is a series of live outdoor visual arts events which take place over the course of one day and night and encompasses commissioned sculpture, performance and film. Gracelands has run annually in Dromahair, Leitrim since 2008.  In 2012, Gracelands will take place at the Milk Market, Limerick as part of EVA International.

Her curatorial project, A MacGuffin and Some Other Things, is exhibiting at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. In 2010 Claffey curated Temporarily Shelved with Rana Ozturk under the aegis of Sinopale, the International Sinop Beinnale. Claffey is also curaor/producer of the exhibition/filmwork: This is going to take more than one night,  for which she invited four artists; Isabel Nolan, Bea McMahon, Alice Rekab and Sarah Pierce,  to produce new work for an innovative context. The film , funded by the Arts Council’s New Work Award, was directed by Neasa Hardiman and is showing at the Model, Sligo and will be screened at the IFI in April in conjunction with A MacGuffin and Some Other Things.

Claffey is developing another film project, Some Structures, with architects Dominic Stevens and Tom de Paor, and artist Ronan McCrea.  This latest work, funded by an Arts Council Touring Award, Some Structures, will tour throughout Ireland and internationally in 2011/12. She also teaches at NCAD and IADT, Dublin and is an associate researcher at GradCAM.