Case Studies

Jijo Sebastian – Box

Under the ‘Artist in the community scheme’ (2015) filmmaker Jijo Sebastian and the Indo-Irish progressive thinking community Neuron collaborated to make a short film entitled ‘Box’ which was premiered at New Theatre, Dublin on 11th August 2016. Watch a teaser of Box here, or the full film here.

With a vision to practise socially engaged arts as an opportunity for a community to express itself, the process of collaboration in film was extensively studied and experienced by the filmmaker and the community in this project. Vinu K Narayanan, Aswathy Plackal, Varghese Joy and Geevan Varghese were the core group representatives from the community. About 5 different nationalities worked in the making of Box. ‘The short film is a critique of segregation and its drivers…’ (Lois Kapila, Dublin Inquirer.) It ‘asks what happens when we put migrant "communities" in boxes based on their identity through exploring the rebellious act of an Indian Pentecostal teenage girl on her 18th birthday.…’(Charlotte McIvor, Do migrants have a voice in Irish arts? ) Apart from the production being an intercultural event in itself, the short film investigates cultural diversity in action in public spaces focusing on events in a suburban pub.

Making Visible logo

Making Visible is a series of public performances that highlighted five women’s experiences living within the Direct Provision System. The work was devised by Ceara Conway in collaboration with the group Able Women.

The We Claim Banner, Abbey Theatre, Eden Quay site. We Claim | Young Migrant Women and Kathryn Maguire. An Artist in the Community Scheme Project Realisation Award 2016. Image: Ros Kavanagh.
The We Claim Banner, Abbey Theatre, Eden Quay site. We Claim | Young Migrant Women and Kathryn Maguire. An Artist in the Community Scheme Project Realisation Award 2016. Image: Ros Kavanagh.

We Claim 

We Claim is an artistic collaboration between a Young Migrant Women’s Group based in Dublin and artist Kathryn Maguire. Kathryn Maguire’s practice uses text, sculpture, video, and installation work. She has used text and materials of signage as a means to highlight historical writings in public spaces, making diverse cultural references that link the historical with contemporary. 

Bridge: Croi Glan and West Cork Inclusive Dance Group 

Bridge: Croi Glan and West Cork Inclusive Dance Group

Funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme

Report by Kath Gorman, independent producer, who attended the performance of Bridge 31st May 2014 on behalf of Create

There was a sense of occasion and anticipation as hundreds of people gathered at the Pier at Ballydehob, West Cork to see the site-specific performance of Bridge by integrated dance company Croi Glan. This was a fine summer’s evening on the last Saturday of May 2014, attracting and audience from Ballydehob and neighbouring villages. Live music and local artisan food set the scene as the audience looked out at the bridges before them. In particular, catching the attention was the imposing 12 Arch Bridge, which crosses the estuary at Ballydehob and originally carried the West Cork railway..

Policing Dialogues exhibition by What's the Story? Collective and artist Fiona Whelan. The exhibition received the Long Term Project Realisation award under the 2009 Artist in the Community Scheme.

The Policing Dialogues Review

What’s the Story? Collective and artist Fiona Whelan

The Policing Dialogues Review is a 24 page newspaper from Rialto Youth Project about the recent work and practice of What's the Story? Collective; a group of young people, youth workers and artist Fiona Whelan.  The newspaper which was launched by the former Governer of Mountjoy prison, John Lonergan reflects the work of the collective and documents their process as well as including commentary and opinion from a wide variety of related individuals.

Arts and Health: Jenny Moran interviews Jenny Moran

Artist Jennie Moran interviews herself (watch) about collaboration and engagement in her collaborative project Personal Effects which took place in a healthcare setting. She originally spoke about Personal Effects at the Collaborative Practices and Public Art event, Dublin City Public Art Programme.

Personal Effects, Jennie Moran, 2009, the Stroke Unit of Galway’s Merlin Park University Hospital. It was managed by the Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust and funded by The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme managed by Create. See also Case Studies.

Projecting "i" on the back wall of RUA RED, Tallaght. Artist: Aileen Lambert.
Projecting "i"on the back wall of RUA RED, Tallaght. Artist: Aileen Lambert.

Review of Click-Click

Review of Click - Click on behalf of St Kevin’s Family Resource Centre, prepared by Richard Wakely of RW International Arts

'farmfilm 3' (2010), Katie Lincoln, installation shot, 3'20''

Between Autumn 2009 & Summer 2010 film maker Katie Lincoln worked with a group of young people from Belvedere Youth Club, Buckingham St, Dublin 1 on filming animal and plants across the seasons at Airfield farm and gardens. The young people chose their own subject matter, using the camera as a tool which allowed them to actively access pens and fields and enabled them to closely explore and contemplate farm animals and botanic specimens including a Mexican succulent over 120 years old. Katie also produced a new film work over the duration of the project (farmfilm 3).

Images created charted the young film maker's progress over the seasons as they developed their camera skills and gained confidence interacting with the animals at the farm. Funded by Arts Council’s Artist in the Community scheme managed by Create.

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Arts Council Artist in Community Scheme Project Realisation Award

Memory Dress
Charlotte Donovan and Marie Brett

Supported by Triskel

The aim of the project was to involve different individuals and communities associated with St. Finbarr’s Hospital in the creation of unique, evocative artworks that celebrate and commemorate lives lived but not forgotten. Memory Dress afforded participants an opportunity for creative collaboration in an unlikely setting, creating a sense of community and empowerment within the hospital. 

Project description The artists initiated a process where individuals associated with St. Finbarr’s Hospital  share memories of special moments or special people in their lives by creating ‘Memory Dresses’. The dress is a powerful symbol, a tangible manifestation of hopes and dreams attached to cultural milestones. Memory Dress developed through a series of mini-projects with patient groups from wards and departments around the hospital. The work in progress and the artistic process is being recorded in an individual notebook for each group. Memory Dress Postcards have been produced informing the hospital, arts organisations, and the public about the project and offering opportunities for participation. 

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