Half Way To Falling

March 31st – May 8th 2021

The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork

Half Way to Falling is a collaborative and collective response to Common Ground’s The Just City – Counter Narrative Neighbourhood Residency Award 2020 – 2021 which was awarded to Kate O’ Shea in March 2020, when Ireland entered its first period of lockdown.   In April 2020 Kate established an online reading group of international activists, community workers, artists and academics from eight cities around the world. This has evolved into The Just City Collective.

Half Way to Falling at the Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Cork presents a series of collaborative printworks, sculptural work, a film piece and responses by The Just City Collective. This exhibition also commences Cork based Sample-Studios TACTIC Visual Arts Programme 2021 programme and marks its 10th anniversary.  Common Ground looks forward to sharing How Much is Enough? and Half Way to Falling both online and physically in Dublin.

The launch on March 31st at 1pm via  Sample-Studios’ YouTube channel will include the premiere screening of the film HALF WAY TO FALLING which was filmed in studio 468.

Dr. Eve Olney will chair the post-screening discussion with:

  •             Kate O’ Shea, artist and organiser
  •             Siobhán Kavanagh, Vocal Artist and Songwriter
  •             John Bisset, Community Worker & Activist, St. Andrew’s Community Centre, Rialto
  •             Fionnuala O’ Connell, Youth Worker, Activist and Artist, Cork Migrant Centre
  •             Dr. Krini Kafiris, Researcher, Activist and Mentor

This post-screening discussion will be followed by two short video pieces and will also be available as a podcast episode on Sample-Studios’ podcast, after the launch event.



Kate O’ Shea’s socially engaged artistic practice and collaborative projects include; The People’s Kitchen supported by the Artist In Community Scheme (CREATE) funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, (2016-present), The Living Commons led by Dr. Eve Olney (2018-present) ; SPARE ROOM: Art Architecture Activism, with Co-Producer Dr. Eve Olney (2017 – 2019); Durty Books, publishing house, a co-production with graphic designer Victoria Brunetta (2016 – present) and NomShtock Festival, a co-production with Aoife Scanlon and Emer Casey (2014) Kate O’ Shea and Common Ground are currently exploring a range of online platforms that will host artworks, radio and soundworks with local community activists, International and Irish artists in 2021. In 2021, Create Ireland will engage with Kate O’ Shea and Common Ground in hosting and devising an online event that includes major international socially engaged artists where we will reflect on HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? as a multi-disciplinary project that will critically reflect issues of spatial justice in Ireland and internationally.