The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) will host ‘In Public, In Particular’, an exhibition of interactive and location specific artworks on Thomas Street, Dublin 8. The exhibition, which opens at 6pm on Thursday, 30th November and runs until 5pm on Friday, 1st December, is part of a European programme that aims to develop and promote participatory art methods and situation specific art among European audiences in the cities of Dublin, Antwerp, Turku and Zagreb.
Over the past three years, students and recent graduates of NCAD have engaged with street vendors, local builders, shop owners and local historians to create a range of interventions, performances, audio tours and photographic installations that look at the historical, social and political aspects of Thomas Street and its inhabitants.
More than 15 current of former NCAD students are contributing to the exhibition. They include:
Eoin Haide will present a photographic series of posters entitled ‘Urban Cowboys’, made with the horsemen of the Thomas Street area. To celebrate the culture of horse husbandry in the area, the images will be presented as posters on hoardings on Thomas Street and in the window of the NCAD Gallery.
Clara Scullion will offer audio tours of the Thomas Street area, sharing the local knowledge of those who live and work here, looking beyond the official tourist narrative that has recently been made more visible on the street.
Andrew Weilens has worked with the Bridgefoot Street Men’s Shed and the Bridge Street Project on Francis Street to develop a special performance through the streets of the Thomas Street area. The performance will focus on the history of distilling whiskey in The Liberties and the group will wheel a whiskey barrel through the area while singing ballads and folk songs.
Yuirka Higashikawa will present a performative tour that will look at the development of new luxury student accommodation in the area, questioning the changing character of the street and its unaffordability to the average student.
Time & date: 6pm-8pm, Thursday, 30th November; and 1 – 5pm, Friday, 1st November
Location: NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8 & environs.
Ara Devine | Anne Ebeling | Eoin Haide | Kevin O Kelly | Clara Scullion | Yurika Higishikawa Dawid Radziwill | Andrew Wielens | Kevin Gaynor | Gary Reilly | Deborah Strumble | Alison Farrelly | Matthew Stickland | Jamie Gilroy Barrett | Jonathan O Leary
Opening 30th November 2017, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition continues 1st December 2017 1-5pm
Events – Thursday 30th November
Talk – Tony O Rourke and Lisa Godson Local history and material culture of Thomas Street area 5 – 6pm
Performance – Andrew Wielens and The Liberties Mens Shed 7pm
Performance – Jamie Gilroy Barrett & Jonathan O Leary with Jack Roche 7.30 pm (Starting at The Digital Hub)
Friday 1st December
Performance – Anne Ebeling 12 noon (Triangle opposite The former St James’s Church, James’s Street)
Walking Tour – Yurika Higishikawa 7.30 pm
Ahead of the exhibition Norma Burke spoke to Michelle Browne, Lecturer at The Department of Sculpture and Expanded Practice and artists Kevin O’Kelly, Andrew Weilens and Deborah Strumble.
Featured image is the head of Enda Kenny by Kevin O’Kelly.