Welcome to the Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE) podcast. In our first episode, Ormston House’s Niamh Brown speaks with artist and founding member of Best Before Collective, Belinda Morén.
In 2021 Morén participated in ARNE partner Candyland’s course in “Artist-Run Theory and Practice” at Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Morén, along with some of her fellow graduates went on to form Best Before Collective. A diverse group of artists, curators, crafters and art enthusiasts, the collective work together to create exhibition opportunities for their members, and had their first public presentation at Supermarket Independent Art Fair 2021. Today, the Collective continues to exhibit in their window space in central Stockholm. In this episode, Niamh and Belinda discuss her experience of the course at Konstfack and working as part of the collective.
About Artist-Run Network Europe:
Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE) was a European project with focus on artist-run initiatives co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. In the course of two and a half years (October 2020–April 2023) the project hosted a range of activities, including exhibitions, conferences, workshops and lectures. The aim of ARNE was to strengthen the self-organised artist-run sector in Europe with focus on local and international cooperation, and to create a simple information framework for art professionals and art students, namely through a collaborative online platform, Artist-Run Resource Centre (ARRC).
Ormston House’s involvement in the ARNE project was co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Limerick Arts Office.
Partners: Candyland, Stockholm (SE), Ormston House (IE), The Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association, Vilnius (LT), >top – Association for the Promotion of Cultural Practice, Berlin (DE), The Syndicate of Creatures, Copenhagen (DK), The Alternative Art Guide, The Hague (NL), and Totaldobre, Riga, (LV).
Associated Partners: Artist-Run Alliance, Berlin/Tel Aviv (DE/IL), Aarhus Center for Visual Art/Juxtapose Art Fair, Aarhus (DK), Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm (SE), Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair (SE)