Networks of Solidarity – Between Our Minds

We’re delighted to share the second part of Kate O’ Shea’s response to the Just City – Networks of Solidarity. Networks of Solidarity is a series of four monthly online talks co-organised by artist/organiser Kate O’Shea and writer/researcher Enya Moore from the Just City Collective, beginning on the 4th May at 10AM Dublin (IST), 7PM Sydney (AEST) with Between Our Minds.     betweenourminds-networksofsolidarity.eventbrite.ie

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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.

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PLOTS – mapping Dublin 8

PLOTS is a project created by artist Seoidín O’Sullivan that invites you with Mapping Green Dublin to create a map of your current 2km run, walk or cycle route.

Your PLOTS Map will form an integral part of our Dublin 8 community atlas, building a picture of our valuable public green infrastructure across Dublin’s south west inner city. Let’s work together to make our city bike and pedestrian friendly and give everyone fair access to green space.

You can create your map in two ways:

  1. Use My Map app on your phone and share.
  2. Draw and photograph your map and share.

Please click HERE to get all the information you need to be part of this mapping project.

Mapping Green Dublin’s research is funded by the EPA and is a partnership between UCD Geography, Common Ground, Artist Seoidín O’Sullivan and Connect the Dots.


HOME

We are delighted to share Pat Curran’s HOME accompanied by a timely and beautiful text by Dr. Ellen Rowley.

We have been supporting Pat to practice as a painter since 2017 beginning in studio 468 in St Andrews Community Centre Rialto, to his current residency in the Lodge, Inchicore.  HOME embodies multiple meanings while we all stay at home and collectively work our way through the impact of Covid 19.

As Pat outlines  ‘The source of this work has predominantly been peoples lived experience. I invite people to share with me their own images which are often of individuals on the margins, people who are often excluded from society, or have been historically made invisible in the cities visual representation’.

It has taken Pat over three years to develop this collection of work by connecting with local people. We hope you will get to see Pat’s physical paintings later this year as part of Pallas Projects Artist Initiated Projects 2020.

Many of the communities where we work and the artists we work with live consistently precarious lives. They currently live without the collective support of being present to the arts organisations, community networks and communities of place and interest they have been connecting or working with up to now. That reality is stressful and isolating.

Yesterday it was reported that 700,000 people have registered for Covid 19 payments in a time of absolute precarity and uncertainty.  Last week the Dept. of Arts alongside Culture Ireland and the Arts Council made a call to artists that was ill-advised, misjudged and came from a place of privilege and continues to exclude public audiences.  We need to remember that not everyone and every family has access to computers, nor does everyone use or want to access social media.

We all need to support artists in this time of crisis not require them to conjure up a creative piece of work for tokenistic funding or exclude artists whose work practice involves collaboration with local communities or groups over a long period of time.

It doesn’t matter how many digital platforms we encounter nothing beats being social, meeting people, sharing ideas and having conversations or working together in the surprise encounter or seeing the art work in the flesh.  Our present everyday reality is that we all miss our neighbours, our families, our friends and our wider community.

While we stay at HOME, keep safe, keep well and we look forward to meeting you all again soon.


Common Ground at The Lodge

UPDATED. Following the statement by the government on March 27th, we respectfully ask the public to not call into The Lodge. We can be contacted by phone 01 7078766 or email: siobhan at commonground.ie ger at commonground.ie We will update you all by April 12th. #staysafe #staywell #washyourhands