Pimp My Irish Banger was the result of a long term collaborative public art project between a group of children from St. Michael’s Youth Project, Common Ground and visual artist Terry Blake.
During 2006 a group of children aged from 11 to 13, along with two youth workers from St. Michaels Youth Project, were inspired by the TV programme Pimp My Ride as a way of addressing the ongoing issue of joyriding in the St. Michael’s Estate area.
They purchased 12 old car doors and bonnets and under Terry’s guidance they created their own art work by individually customising the doors and bonnets.
Terry Blake explained that “the group researched on the internet and collected images they liked. Using a computer technique they transformed photographs into stencils which were then projected, drawn and painted directly onto the doors and bonnets.”
By using the visual arts to describe and embody important ideas, images and issues, this project represented a process of empowerment for a specific group of young people from Dublin 8.
An exhibition of the work took place in NCAD in 2009 alongside the launch of their inaugural programme with an exhibition by Turner Prize nominee Phil Collins.
The group of young people that created the work included Dean Farrell, Jonathan O’Reilly, Glen Keogh and Ian O’Brien and the two youth workers from St. Michaels Youth Project were Eric Caffrey and Carol Byrne.
St. Michael’s Youth Project was set up in 1986 and delivers high quality professional youth work based on the process of a positive relationship and the principle of voluntary participation. It works with young people aged 10 to 21 years of age. The youth project has a strong tradition of fostering vibrant creative work with young people and artists.
Terry Blake studied in Limerick College of Art and the National College of Art and Design, where he completed his H. Dip. in Community Arts Education. He has worked in collaboration with Common Ground over an extended period of time.