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Sirius Arts: Reframing Community-based Economies 2021



SIRIUS is currently closed, in line with the Irish government’s guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We continue working with artists and other arts professionals as well as engaging with audiences through offsite and/or digital programmes. We look forward to welcoming artists and audiences to our building in the near future.

The project ‘Reframing Community-Based Economies’, initiated last year, is evolving throughout the first half of 2021. Online events that have already taken place are available on SIRIUS YouTube channel. Upcoming online events are taking place this evening, 11 February, and on 11 March and 8 April, all at 18.00; off-site and on-site events are scheduled for 8 and 15 May, 12.00 – 16.00 (subject to restrictions relating to COVID-19).


The artist Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS are exploring a community-based model of exchange towards the implementation of circular economies as a civic-driven imagination of sustainable living strategies. We are forming a digital and Cobh-based group to engage with discourse and practices around alternative, community-based economic systems. We are inviting all interested people to participate in a series of events to creatively and ethically think about how to ‘take back the economy’.

‘Reframing Community-based Economies’ is commissioned by SIRIUS with the support of the Creative Ireland County Cork grant scheme.

Aerial view of the Belvelly Channel estuary, Great Island, County Cork, 2020. Source: Colette Lewis

Monthly online, on-site and off-site workshops, talks, discussions, reading groups, making sessions and field trips. Free; registration via Eventbrite (Zoom invitation or meeting details shared by e-mail prior to each event).

Thursday, 3 December, 19.30 – 21.00
In conversation about civic practice with the artist Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill from Cobh Zero Waste, and Miguel Amado from SIRIUS. View video on YouTube.

Thursday, 10 December, 19.30 – 21.00
Talk on sustainable living strategies by Angela Nagle, doctoral candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University College Cork. View video on YouTube

Thursday, 28 January, 18.00 – 19.30
Reading group around the book Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy, led by Miguel Amado. View video on YouTube.

Thursday, 11 February, 18.00 – 19.30
Talk on economy as a public realm and enterprise as art by Kathrin Böhm, artist and co-founder of the Centre for Plausible Economies. Register for this event.

Thursday, 11 March, 18.00 – 19.30
Workshop on ‘Redrawing the Economy’: the Cobh case, led by Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill and Miguel Amado. Register for this event.

Thursday, 8 April, 18.00 – 19.30
Reading group around the book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth, led by Stephen Thornhill. Register for this event.

Saturday, 8 May, 12.00 – 16.00
Field trip to the Belvelly estuary on Great Island, County Cork, led by Colette Lewis. Register for this event.

Saturday, 15 May, 12.00 – 16.00
Making session and discussion on ‘Reframing Community-based Economies’, led by Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill and Miguel Amado. Register for this event.

Kathrin Böhm explaining the community economy principle, using a diagram of Company Drinks, 2018. Photograph by Levin Haegele. Source: Centre for Plausible Economies, c/o Company Drinks
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