More than Bricks and Mortar: Works from the IMMA Collection
Selected by the pupils from Room 13 Inquiry, in association with Draíocht
Ground Floor Gallery
Carrier of Memories by Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske
Draíocht’s inaugural INCUBATE commission, curated by Sharon Murphy
First Floor Gallery
HOME consists of two distinct yet related exhibitions focusing on the theme of home.
More than Bricks and Mortar: Works from the IMMA Collection is a collaboration between Draíocht and the children from Room 13 Inquiry, providing a unique and exciting opportunity to reflect on meanings of home for children in contemporary Dublin 15, which has a very young, diverse and multi-ethnic population. It has, in fact, the fastest growing young people’s population under 30 in Ireland, with 26% of the population under 15 years of age. Nearly 25% of the population are described as the ‘new’ Irish which is double the national average. Through sharing experiences of home and exchanging skills and knowledge of contemporary art, collections and curating, this collaboration will result in an exhibition that expands perceived notions of home at personal, social and cultural levels and give voice to a new generation of Irish children. The Irish Museum of Modern Art Programme is designed to promote the widest possible involvement with the Museum’s Collection and programmes, through supporting access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland. Room 13 Inquiry is an initiative of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. Room 13 studios based in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní NS Blanchardstown and Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS are the first such school-based studios to open in the Republic of Ireland.
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Carrier of Memories by Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske, curated by Sharon Murphy, is a new commission by Draíocht arising from its INCUBATE programme, which supports young and early career artists to expand and develop their practice and make new work resonant with Draíocht’s context.
Home can be looked upon as a structure confined between fixed points. It can be somewhere private between family members, a comfort zone, a secure place and a ‘carrier of memories’. Home can also be an experience of belonging, a concept beyond a fixed location. It can be a shelter one only sleeps in for the night, a place in transit across a variety of sites. This multi-media installation is the product of research and practice undertaken by the artist-duo Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden) and Ulla Juske (b. Pärnu, Estonia) during their recent residencies in Draíocht and Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale (Norway). The artists are based in Dublin since early 2000s. They started to collaborate during their postgraduate studies on the MFA; Art in the Digital World Programme at NCAD, Dublin (2015).
HOME is shown in the context of Draíocht’s major theatre initiative in October 2018, HOME THEATRE (IRELAND), funded by the Arts Council’s Open Call.
Image: Grace Henry, Les Maisons des Humbles, undated, oil on board, 29.5 x 39.5 cm, IMMA Collection, Heritage Gift.
Unanimously selected for invite card by the children of Room 13 Inquiry, an initiative of Fingal’s Arts Office.
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Michael McLoughlin - Mulhuddart Satellite
Mulhuddart Satellite is an exhibition by Michael McLoughlin that projects a piece of Mulhuddart into Draíocht; particularly the stories and chat between friends that happen every day and celebrates how important this interaction is in making sense of where we live.
Mulhuddart has been a prominent West Dublin civil parish for hundreds of years. Along with Clonsilla and Castleknock, it was one of the main three areas of what is now Dublin 15. With this exhibition, we aim to present visions of Mulhuddart as presented by clubs, community networks and groups of friends who help define this continually developing vibrant area.
McLoughlin has been Artist in Residence in Draíocht since 2017. The role we asked Michael to take on was that of ‘diviner’ (coined by Sharon Murphy, Curator in Residence), to spend time in Mulhuddart developing an understanding of the communities within it and in turn begin to suggest possible linkages between Draíocht, Mulhuddart residents and the participations that could build potential points of connection.
The Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition presents a number of ‘mappings’ of Mulhuddart, each presented as an installation in the gallery, drawings, or as public radio broadcasts. One piece, for instance, consists of a bank of wall mounted loudspeaker cones and was made from McLoughlin’s door to door calls to every home in Mulhuddart, in an attempt to record the names of every resident. Another draws on local archaeology and changes in what Mulhuddart is, over several centuries.
In the Ground Floor Gallery, an installation that takes the name of the exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ features spatial recordings of conversations between community groups in Mulhuddart and is made from banks of speakers hanging from the gallery ceiling through which the audience negotiate their way through conversation, chat and stories.
Overall the exhibition explores place, belonging, friendships and the connections we have to the people around us. This sense of place is something we can’t take for granted and exhibitions like ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ can act as a gentle reminder of how our relationships with neighbours, friends and family define us and the place we live.
Throughout the exhibition, there will be opportunities to explore some of these themes through workshops, talks and screenings.
Meet the Artist
A Meet the Artist event will take place on Saturday 24 November at 12pm in our Ground Floor Gallery, with Michael McLoughlin in conversation with Caroline Cowley, Public Art Co-ordinator, Fingal Arts Office. All welcome.
Michael McLoughlin works in a wide variety of media including drawing, video, sculpture and sound and is interested in new ways of making and presenting work that reflects particular social contexts. His work explores the relationship between public spaces, institutions and the public they serve and seeks to create a common meeting ground between them.
Michael continues his Draíocht Artist’s Residency into 2019 and this work is central to his practice-based doctoral studies in UCD School of Sociology, focused on participation, ethics and relationship building in the context of arts-based practices. You can contact Michael by email: email@example.com and he will be very happy to meet you for a chat and a cup of tea.