In 2016 Common Ground and studio 468 created CITIZEN ARTIST as a response to Ireland’s decade of commemorations that began 100 years after the declaration of the Irish Republic.  This was a moment in time to consider and interrogate the formation of the Irish State, the effect of those turbulent times on its formation and partition, entry in the EU and now, Brexit.  All combined are complex and continue to affect our communities locally, nationally and internationally and how we relate to each other and those in and outside of the island of Ireland.

CITIZEN ARTIST sought ideas and proposals that challenged, explored and responded to; What does our Republic look like? What is the art of politics? What is the place of arts and culture in our Republic? How have we constructed our state’s value systems? What might true equality look like? How did we, or can we truly embrace all our citizens, culturally, socially and economically?

Common Ground closed the process of CITIZEN ARTIST with a publication and an exhibition with a series of performances and talks in Kilmainham Courthouse featuring a series of art works, performances, artefacts by artists Fiona Reilly, Seoidín O’Sullivan, Laragh Pittman, Pat Curran and Mark Holburn . The exhibition ran from April 10th – 15th 2019, Kilmainham Courthouse Dublin 8.

The publication of CITIZEN ARTIST 2016 -2018 is available in hard copy, contact info at It is also accessible through ISSUU:

As part of the CITIZEN ARTIST exhibition Common Ground was pleased to present its third CRITICAL CONVERSATION CITIZEN ARTIST & THE INVISIBLE MUSEUM – HOSTILITY & HOSPITALITY.

The panel discussion reflected on and explored issues pertinent to being a citizen of Ireland at this moment in time. This included how we can collectively recognise and embrace the complexity and diversity of people who migrate to and live in Ireland and their Irishness as an equal and rich contribution to the State. This discussion emerged during Laragh Pittman’s research into her project The Invisible Museum and through participants who held conversations with Laragh during her Culture Clinic sessions in studio 468.