Studio 468 Realisation Awardees Announced

museum of the re-found 2013

Common Ground is delighted to announce that the studio 468 REALISATION awardees are:

Laragh Pitman and  

April – Mid October 2014

Early in 2012 a group of women adventurers started an expedition,  a journey to explore the local territory of Dublin, a largely unknown city. The women all live in Dublin – some came originally from Ireland, others came from England, France, India, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Uganda, Somalia, The Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. Each foray started out from their base camp in the Lantern Centre in Synge Street Dublin 8. They took recording instruments and documentary tools on their journeys and displayed a map made of their discoveries in addition to artefacts collected and the results of their research.

During the residency in studio 468 Laragh Pittman proposes to work again with the women’s group established for the Museum of the Refound in 2012 and to welcome new participants to establish a new creative project. Building a future collaboration, the studio will be a venue to discuss, construct and question the nature of cultural diversity and the position of both audience and artist/creator.


Visual artist Fiona Whelan and The Natural History of Hope

October 2014 – March 2015

The Natural History of Hope is a joint four-year intergenerational art project by artist Fiona Whelan & Rialto Youth Project and sets out to explore historical and contemporary equality issues for females of all ages in a working class urban context.

The project began in 2012 with a research phase that led to the establishment of a core group of eight women who are now central to the project. In its research phase, this group gathered over 100 inter-generational anonymous stories from females aged from 7-70 years that explored the factors that influence their lives and the conditions needed to foster hope.

The second phase from 2013-14 involves working with the anonymous stories, including visual processes, editing, characterisation development, writing and using Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies. This has led to series of participatory events called ‘Listenings’, where experiences are creatively exchanged and explored across generations of women.

Visual artist Emma Haugh and curators RGKSKSRG (Rachael Gilbourne & Kate Strain)

March to December 2015

Emma Haugh lives and works in Dublin and Berlin. In her work she applies a combination of visual arts and theatre practices, employing a questioning approach towards photographic documentation and representation. Performativity is explored as a technique of critical embodiment and activation based on engagement in specific social situations and communities where work becomes co-authored. Emma has been working with theatre and photography for fifteen years. Her specialisation in Augusto Boals Theatre of the Oppressed has become central to her current working methodologies.

Currently based in Dublin, RGKSKSRG is the paired curatorial practice of Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain. Core activities include the commissioning, presenting and contextualising of contemporary art. Working with Emma Haugh since 2013, this residency at studio 468 will build towards Haugh’s major expanded exhibition at NCAD Gallery, Dublin, curated by RGKSKSRG in late 2015.