Michael McLoughlin Artist in Residence 2017-2019

January 2017 - December 2019

  • Michael McLoughlin Artist in Residence 2017-2019
  • Michael McLoughlin Artist in Residence 2017-2019
  • Michael McLoughlin Artist in Residence 2017-2019

2017

Michael McLoughlin is Draíocht’s Artist in Residence in 2017.  Michael has been working outside Draíocht’s building on a project called Mulhuddart Satellite and this year for Draíocht, Michael is working along-side people, groups and clubs all over Mulhuddart to create a new body of work for exhibition in 2018.

Between September and November 2017, Michael will be back in the Artists’ Studio in Draíocht. During that time, and to coincide with Red Bird Youth Collective’s exhibition in September ‘Claiming Space’ and ‘HOMESPUN’ a Primary & Secondary School Project, Michael will host a number of workshops, talks and Open Studio days. Many of these will be with social groups and students from the area, but there are also some opportunities for you to join in here in Draíocht:

FRI 22 SEP Lunchtime Studio Talk 1PM-2PM (bring your sandwiches!)
FRI 13 OCT Open Studio 2PM-6PM
FRI 20 OCT Open Studio 2PM-6PM


You can also contact Michael through Draíocht: 01 8098027, or by email: info@mmcloughlin.org and he will be very happy to meet you for a chat and a cup of tea if these times don’t suit you.

Michael 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. As part of his practice he records audio conversations between groups of people who are connected through clubs, associations or community activities. He describes this as ‘audio cartography’, a process of mapping the sonic space that conversations occupy, so they can be recreated for exhibition now and in the future. Michael’s residency at Draíocht will also be central to his practice-based doctoral studies in UCD School of Sociology focused on participation, ethics and relationship building in context based art practices.

2018 Spring

2018 sees Michael McLoughlin enter year two of a three year Residency with Draíocht. The focus for Michael’s Residency is his interest in new ways of making and presenting work that reflects particular social contexts.

2017 saw Michael work outside Draíocht’s building on a project called Mulhuddart Satellite, working alongside people, groups and clubs all over Mulhuddart. 2018 will see Michael continue to build on these relationships, recording conversations between people who are connected through clubs, associations and common interests, to create a new body of work for exhibition in Autumn 2018. Michael’s Residency continues to be 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.

He will be back in Draíocht’s Artists’ Studio from June 2018 and until then will be based in Mulhuddart.

2018 Summer

Michael McLoughlin is continuing his second year of a three year Residency with Draíocht. The focus for Michael’s Residency is his interest in new ways of making and presenting work that reflects particular social contexts.

2017 saw Michael work outside Draíocht’s building alongside people, groups, clubs and networks in and around Mulhuddart. 2018 will see Michael continue to build on these relationships, recording conversations between people who are connected through clubs, associations and common interests, to create a new body of work for exhibition, Mulhuddart Satellite, in Autumn 2018. He also worked with students from Blakestown Community School, Riversdale Community College and poet Colm Keegan on HOMESPUN, a live performance and exhibition in Draíocht during March and April.

The Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition will combine sound installations, drawing, video and radio broadcast to represent his ongoing work in Mulhuddart and directly involves many of the groups he has worked with over 2017/2018.

Michael’s Residency continues to be 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. 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 will be back in Draíocht’s Artist’s Studio from June 2018. You can contact Michael through Draíocht: 01 8098027, or by email: info@mmcloughlin.org and he will be very happy to meet you for a chat and a cup of tea.

2019

Michael McLoughlin has been Artist in Residence in Draíocht since 2017. The journey began with an invitation to take on the role 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. This project, Mulhuddart Satellite, has been the main focus of McLoughlin's art making for the last few years. 

The Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition earlier this year was a midpoint in this journey and reflective on the learning, the exchanges and the conversations that have happened along the way. The show featured a series of mappings of Mulhuddart; exploring place, belonging, friendships and the connections we have to the people around us. This year Mcloughlin’s focus is on the long-term; continuing to build from the exhibition and look at how connections between Draíocht and Mulhuddart can be developed further and sustained. There are a number of ways Michael and Draíocht are looking at this.  For example, recently we installed work in Riversdale Community College involving work from Homespun made in 2018 with Transition Year students, McLoughlin and poet Colm Keegan. As well as this, Michael is starting to make a documentary series about Mulhuddart; about histories over centuries, the recent histories of each estate, personal stories about the area, where we are now and imagining a future Mulhuddart. This builds on the Mulhuddart focused shows by Phoenix FM in February and will be broadcast later in 2019. 

Also during 2019, with the support of the Arts Office in Fingal County Council, we are planning three new projects with three community groups in Mulhuddart, who will be paired with artists to collaborate together on a new piece of work. The work will be very much led by the group’s interest and goals. The projects will focus on mentoring for the artists involved and support for the groups by McLoughlin. For further information email marketing@draiocht.ie with ‘Open Call Mulhuddart’ in the subject field.

This new focus, as with all McLoughlin's work during the residency, continues to highlight the work of the Mulhuddart Priority Task Group and is reflective of the local participation focus of Draíocht’s Strategy (2018-2022). More information can be found at mulhuddartsatellite.ie. 

Keep an eye on www.draiocht.ie for more information, or contact info@mulhuddartsatellite.ie to sign up for updates.


 

You can find out more about the residency and contact Michael through Draíocht on 01-8098027, or by email at info@mcloughlin.org

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