Artists in studio 468: 2017 – 2018

In 2017 – 2018 studio 468 will host the following residencies:

Fiona Reilly

Fiona Reilly will take up residence in studio 468 in two stages, January to May 2017 and then she will return in 2018. Fiona is interested in how we quantify and value time – what is time “well spent” and time “wasted”? Where do these definitions come from? Why do we value, and reward, certain types or labour over others? She is interested in St. Andrews Community Centre as a place where people often volunteer and share time. Hoping to build on her research into the precarious nature of work and time, Fiona seeks to work collaboratively with other people to share work/life experiences shining a light on the complex state of chrono-instability which increasingly affects more and more people.

Laragh Pittman

Following her residence in 2016, Laragh Pittman returns for the second stage of her residency from March to September 2017. Common Ground working in partnership with Rialto Community Network will continue to support the construction of a multi media interactive artwork  – The Invisible Museum. The project will also be funded by the recently awarded CREATE Community Project Realisation Award.

Seoidin O’Sullivan

Hard/Graft : towards community orchards

An art project by Seoidín O’Sullivan in association with Common Ground – as part of studio 468’s CITIZEN ARTIST award 2017.

Hard/Graft: towards community orchards begins with fruit tree grafting. Working with community groups in St Andrews community centre, heritage apple trees from UCD  have been collectively grafted towards future orchards for Dublin 8. These final orchards will include the grafted trees and other mixed fruit and nut trees. The project will negotiate with community and stakeholders on where these orchards will be planted.

Community Orchards are a commons, they are green spaces in the city where communities are able to access free food and be connected with a seasonal cycle. They create spaces where people can relax and meet and provide a place for pollinators.

HARD/GRAFT’S research continues Seoidín’s interest on issues of sustainable cities, land access, food access and spaces of ‘commoning’. Through this project she will playfully tie a planting (grafting) project to an unearthing of questions of labour (graft). She is particularly interested in ideas of Reproduction and the invisible/immaterial labour of people who care for others and mothers/ minders.

While in studio 468 Seoidín has initiated a reading group with a group of feminist mothers.  Collectively they are at ‘Women’s Labour’ and unpacking feminist ideas and biases toward housework and the home including ‘Can the home be seen and recognised as a place with political potential?’ Through regular meetings they are building up an archive of reading material and creating a solidarity and visibility to women and their labour. This investigation is lead through texts that include Bell Hooks ‘Home Place’ and  Silvia Federici’s ‘Wages for Housework’.

HARD/GRAFT also looks to the politics of trees. Where are trees found in Dublin City? Are they linked to ideas of privilege? Deleuze and Guattari in ‘A Thousand Plateaus’ site the rhizome as having a potential for disruption.

“A rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, intermezzo. The tree is filiation, but the rhizome is alliance…” Deleuze and Guattari, 1988: 25

The Graft is the trees rhizome. By cutting branches (scion) we are able to quite quickly graft and reproduce many trees. By collectively grafting, planting and meeting we create solidarity and alliance.

O’Sullivan’s art projects focus on people joining together in action to protect or develop an aspect of their local commons. Her practice supports sustainable models within various ecological contexts and addresses issues of land use, lost knowledge, social justice and biodiversity. Recent projects include The Tree Line Project (2017-2018) with Oonagh Young Gallery, which received an Arts Council Making Great Art Award , HARD/GRAFT – toward community orchards (2017-2018)  – part of CITIZEN ARTIST award with studio 468 & Common Ground and The Revolving School as part of IMMA’s A Fair Land (2016).

Seoidin O’Sullívan grew up in Kitwe, Zambia and later lived in Durban, South Africa where she completed a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts in Kwa-Zulu Natal.(2000). She completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art Media at the National college of Art and Design, Dublin (2005- 2007). Her practice both collaborative and individual has received numerous awards and been exhibited widely.

A Collective  Residency

The collective of Pat Curran, Mark Holburn, John Bissett, Chris Maguire & Marja Almqvist are awarded a collaborative and inter disciplinary CITIZEN ARTIST award.  They will take up residence in studio 468 from September 2017 to May 2018. They state; ‘We are citizen artists. During our residency in studio 468 we will undertake an action research project to explore what we mean by this statement. We will do this both practically, through our studio practices and theoretically by hosting a series of inter-disciplinary talks/seminars with the aim to create an open dialogue about the wider social, economic and cultural decision making processes  that surround   CITIZEN ARTISTS  locally, nationally and internationally.

Mark Holburn studied as a mature student at NCAD , graduating with an BFA in June 2015 from the Fine Art Faculty. He often works with recycled materials, creating large, bright and colourful installation pieces based on natural forms and magical gardens.  Over the last two years he has been facilitating workshops in a number of contexts including with students at NUI Maynooth and the Recreate recycling centre at Ballymount, Dublin. Mark is currently working in collaboration with Pat Curran on an installation for the Science building at UCD.

Patrick Curran studied as a mature student at NCAD, graduating with an MFA from the Fine Art Faculty in June 2014. In his painting there is a sustained reflective element, a lens through which he reviews his early childhood here in Rialto, the extremely harsh realities of school life and the poverty that surrounded him growing up. Much of his work is autobiographical and reflects on the Ireland of the 1960’s and 1970’s. His work takes into account the wider areas of social justice and cultural expression in the contemporary context. In the summer of 2015 he exhibited work and spoke on his practice at the Galway International Summer School on Arts and Human Rights at NUI Galway.

Dr. John Bissett is a sociologist working in the south inner city with the Canal Communities Local Drugs Task Force. His current research includes the role of class and gender in public housing. Since the economic collapse of 2008 he has been associated with the development of the Spectacle of Defiance and Hope, the street spectacle which both protests cutbacks in public spending and celebrates the survival and defiance of marginalized communities across the city and beyond. John and Chris have collaborated on a variety of creative projects with the community reps of the CCLDTF over the last ten years and are currently editing a second documentary film based on this work.

Marja Almqvist studied textiles in NCAD. On graduation she set up her own weaving studio in Toronto. Returning to Ireland in the mid 80’s she completed an MA in Adult and Community Education and over the next 18 years worked in the field of local development , with much of that time devoted to projects based in Rialto and the south inner city. In 2008 she returned to study and her own art practice. She graduated with a MLitt in Global Women’s Studies in 2013 and established The Yarn School, a community-based textile studio in Inchicore. Through her work she explores the intersections between textiles, feminism and community development. Current projects include the performance lecture, A Short History of Feminism, and The 77 Women Quilt a collaborative art project reflecting on the legacy of the women of 1916.

Chris Maguire is a lecturer at NCAD and a long-time community activist in the south inner city. He studied in the Painting Dept at NCAD and graduated in 1982 with a BFA. Chris has sustained a studio practice in Rialto since 1992. From the mid-nineties he has been involved in a long term social documentary photography project locally which continues today. This project includes an in-depth documentation of the entire period covering the regeneration of Fatima Mansions.  In 2004 he graduated with a MA in documentary photography from the University of Wales. Since 1990 Chris has been a lecturer in the Painting Department at NCAD. He also worked on the H.Dip in Community Arts Education throughout its lifetime and continues to lecture and tutor on the MA in Socially Engaged Art in NCAD.