It has already been a very busy year in studio 468. After an exciting week long programme at the end of June, The Producers finished their residency and visual artist Orla Whelan and the Drawing Group from Rialto Youth Project worked in the studio for one month. The Drawing Group completed their residency with an exhibition ‘The Crazy Colourmatic City’ at the end of July.
In August two artists shared the studio; Vanessa Daws – investigating the essence of water with particular reference to urban swimming in the Grand Canal and Eilis Murphy – researching street games and gathering memories of local senior citizens with the intention of re-mapping these games and memories in a public space. Vanessa and Eilis will return to studio 468 in late November until February next year.
September saw the EYE Public take up residency. EYE Public is a collaboration between visual artist Aileen Balfe, youth worker Gillian O’ Connor and five young people, seeking to capture the critical voice of young people as part of the re-design of public space in Dolphin House flats complex, Rialto. EYE Public opened up their residency on Culture Night and invited the public to respond to their installation.
studio 468 is now getting ready to welcome Theodora Kotsi, a Greek visual artist based in Eindhoven, Holland. Theodora will use her residency to explore how Ireland has responded to the current Europe wide economic crisis through Art and Activism. Theodora will host a series of cross sectoral research symposia in studio 468 and information on this will be made available over the coming weeks. Join our mailing list to keep up to date with news of upcoming events.
We enjoyed a wonderful celebration of Love Live Music Day at Our Lady of the Wayside National School, Bluebell with guest of honour singer/songwriter Pete St John. Following his visit on Love Live Music Day, Pete St John has gifted a music bursary to the school which will ensure that their dedication to musical education will flourish over the coming months.
Common Ground’s VOICE music programme continues again this Autumn with children and adults across Inchicore and Bluebell, and we hope to expand the numbers participating in the programme over the coming months.
We have been distributing TINY VOICES – an early years music research report since the launch in April and it is available to read online.