NCAD launched their inaugural programme with an exhibition by Turner Prize nominee Phil Collins and the Common Ground initiative, ‘Pimp my Irish Banger’.
‘Pimp my Irish Banger’ is the result of a long term public art collaborative project between young men from St Michael’s Youth Project, Common Ground, and the artist Terry Blake.
During 2006, Dean Farrell, Jonathan O’Reilly, Glen Keogh and Ian O’Brien (aged 11 to 13 years) worked with youth workers, Eric Caffrey and Carol Byrne on the project inspired by the t.v. programme Pimp My Ride, as a way of addressing the ongoing issue of joy riding in the St Michael’s Estate area.
‘The young men all have a keen interest in cars. The group researched on the internet and collected images of horses, dogs, tigers and pigeons and others they liked so they could choose and paint their own, using a computer technique to transform photographs into stencils which were then projected, drawn and painted directly onto the doors and bonnets’ (Terry Blake, Artist).
The project ‘Pimp my Irish Banger’ represents an empowering process for a specific group of young people in Dublin 8 using the visual arts to describe and embody ideas, images and issues which are important in their day-to-day lives.