VISUAL ART

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The Upstart curatorial team has programmed a series of site-based artistic interventions, environmental park features and performance events that will give park visitors the opportunity to engage imaginatively with contemporary art and with their surroundings. Elemental to each artwork is the way in which the public experiences, interacts, informs and engages with it. The ambition of this art programme was to transform the familiar perceptual and sensory experience of the area, offering an alternative experience of our city.

Following a call for submissions, the curatorial team convened a selection panel consisting of Upstart members and residents from the local community. Preference was given to projects and artworks that were self- sustaining, safe, green and aim to raise the aesthetic profile of the city. The selection panel gave particular focus to works that wish to advance community engagement and social awareness through collaboration and creativity. A number of projects included are actively informed through collaboration with local community groups operating in the Granby Park area such as Granby Couch by Ayelet Lalor which was made in collaboration with de Paul Ireland service users and Shoe Wall by Jane Groves, which was created in a workshop with the children in St. Paul’s Community Centre Summer Camp.

The series of light, sound and visual artworks on display aim to examine this evolving urban space and contribute to the building of community history and identity in an entirely new district.

Curatorial / Organisational team

Annie Lynott is an arts administrator, curator and good-thing-doer hailing from west Wicklow, living and working in Dublin. She is interested in projects that operate to bring people together, agitate debate and activate positivity as a means to examine socio-political systems and create new histories. She is interested in collaborative working methods, collective structures and decision-making processes, and how these can contribute to our understanding of potential social structures and ways of being. She completed the MA in Visual Arts Practices (IADT) in 2010, co-founded the Visual Arts Workers Forum in 2011 and has worked in mother’s tankstation since 2011.

Claire Behan is co-director and co- founder of The Market Studios, Dublin and curator of its programmed exhibition space Unit H. Behan’s recent work is informed and led by current theories guiding research on reminiscence, and the implications of viewing it as a type of autobiographical memory. At present she is developing work which embrace collaboration, negotiation and co-production. Her interests as both artist and curator lie in exploring and developing strategies of engaging distinct communities endeavouring to examine their individual and collective histories and social environs.Selected recent exhibitions and projects include Edges & Margins II, Group Show, DLRCoCo, curator. The Translocal Condition: A screening of international artist films at The Power of Local festival, curated by Fiona Woods. Holding the Not Knowing, interview text, The Author of Unusual Papers, The Lab, DCC. I don’t want to eat alone (I want to eat in utopia with you and you and you and you) as part of what was found there, The Red Stables Summer Programme, DCC. Behan graduated from DIT with a BA in Sculpture (2000) and IADT with a MA in Visual Art Practices (2007).

Ayelet Lalor is a figurative Dublin based sculptor. Her work is concerned with the exploration of the female form. She received an MA in Ceramic sculpture from NCAD in 2009, and a BA in 1996. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Fair, The National Museum of Ireland, The Limerick City Gallery of Art, The Hallward Gallery and Sculpture in Context, Dublin, where she was both an award winner in 2011, and on the selection panel in 2012. Her work has been widely commissioned, and collections include the OPW, Limerick City Gallery and Mason Hayes and Curran, as well as numerous private collectors.

Joan Healy is interested in art, design, activism and the expanded practice of presenting artwork outside of the commercial / conventional gallery system. Her participation in Upstart was motivated by a desire to work with passionate people who wish to effect change and provoke argument through experimental and innovative projects such as Granby Park that confronts head on the contentious issue of the ownership/usage of derelict sites and public land. She has an MSc in Interactive Digital Media from TCD, an MA from NCAD and a BFA from DIT.

Barry Lynch works as a freelance art-handler and technician for galleries and institutions. When he’s not doing this, you can find him on a film set working as an assistant director, or shooting and editing creative videos. He likes solving problems.

Performance / Events

Oisín O’Brien
S.I.P.P.R.
Date: 7th September
Time: 2pm
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The Society of International Pomological Pétanque Research has been initiated in response to the lack of statistical analysis available to players of fruit boules compared with other leisure pursuits. We aim to document, calculate and publish previous and real time information so players can be as objective as possible when making in game decisions and avoid influences such as colour, taste etc. Established 2013.

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Number 2
The Proper Art Order {A.K.A. ; The Incognito Moving Forward and Failing Better Membership Order}
Date: 22nd, 27th August, 3rd, 11th, 19th, 22nd September
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Number 2 will be present at UpStart, promoting and enrolling new members.
- A non-for profit membership based Order run by Number 1.
- Task initiated ‘Art Actions’.
- Open to all.
- Rules apply.
- Terms and conditions apply.
- Failure is always an option.
- Anonymity essential.
- Fun.
DESCRIPTION:
Number Two will be present at designated times, with advertising aids / sandwich boards / promotional tools and their voices.

Louise Ward
Find Your Voice
Date: Sunday 1st Sept 2013
Time: 2pm, Duration 30 mins.
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Louise Ward invites the public to participate with her in a performative activity that aims to: occupy and reclaim public space with the sound of our voices, investigate power dynamics within a group, and explore the language of the voice itself without the use of words.She hopes to address these lines of inquiry through public participation in three symbolic group exercises performed together: 1. Fill the volume of the park with our voices. 2. Create unpredictable collisions and harmonies using our voices. 3. Group shout.

Note: Participants do not need to have a musical ear or ‘be able to sing’. This activity is inclusive of the sound of all voices – fragile, loud, timid, confident etc.

Louise Ward is an artist based in Dublin. She recently presented a series of performances at CAGE, New York, Location One, New York, Extrapool, Netherlands and The Vortex, London. She has participated in film screenings at Roth, New York, Galerie Sturm, Germany, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and Supermarket Independent Art Fair, Stockholm.

www.louiseward.info

Louise Ward
A conversation with Louise Ward, Upstart and other possible participants, broadcast live on Radio Al Cabira – www.radioalcabira.com
Date: 24th August
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Louise Ward invites Upstart to engage with her in a conversation that she will broadcast live on Radio Al Cabira (www.radioalcabira.com) in order to share the experience of this project with online listeners. She hopes to create a casual environment, offstage, and share an insight into Upstart’s motivation and inspiration for the project. She hopes to get a sense of the site’s history and how the project impacts the local community. She invites participation from a live audience.

Radio Al Cabira was formed in February 2012 at Cage, New York, as a frame to disseminate ideas, political actions, sound collages, silence, readings, historical material, and anything else that we consider relevant to air – among friends.Louise Ward is an artist based in Dublin. She recently presented a series of performances at CAGE, New York, Location One, New York, Extrapool, Netherlands and The Vortex, London. She has participated in film screenings at Roth, New York, Galerie Sturm, Germany, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and Supermarket Independent Art Fair, Stockholm.

www.louiseward.info

Eilis Murphy
Street Games
Date: 18th September
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‘Street Games’ is a two-part piece consisting of a) projection of the No Ballgames sign that used to be erected on the grass area outside these flats and b) a games afternoon of traditional Dublin street games.

These No Ballgames signs are commonplace around council flat complexes and encapsulate the tensions young residents experience as a result of restrictions imposed by authorities in what is both a public space and their home.

Eilis Murphy practice examines people’s interactions, memories and relationship with specific spaces within a community, particularly public spaces. Working from this base, her practice examines hidden narratives, power structures or values that underpin and meld together a locality or community.

Lisa Marie Johnson
Readform
Date: Saturday 7th September
Time: 4pm
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Artist and poet Lisamarie Johnson will perform some of her original avant-garde poetry in the park.

Lisamarie Johnson is an award winning artist, was poet in residence with Poetry Ireland 2013 and will have her first piece of work published in association with RTE’s Arena and New Island press Autumn 2013, her work ‘Another Trouble’ with Fatin Al Tamimi opens in Washington DC this Autumn and will travel for five years to countries of conflict. She is the recent recipient of Banff international artist residency award, Canada 2012.

Katherine Atkinson
Common play
Date: TBA
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Common play is a performance exploration amongst the public and intimate spaces of Granby Park. Katherine Atkinson will move through the park developing a soundtrack inspired by areas of common ground, plantlife, structures, designs and installations. Katherine plays violin as part of this response to the site.

Katherine is interested in testing performance concepts in public spaces. She is fascinated by the ways in which people respond to public performances and sees the engagement of people within a performance experience in a public space as a moment of possibility and exchange.

Katherine has an MA in Public Culture Studies, IADT and a Dip.Theatre Studies NUI Maynooth and a Certificate of Music SA TAFE. Katherine is a member of Visual Arts Ireland and manages Professional Development with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

Katherine Atkinson
Guided Public Tour
Date: Thursday 12 September and Tuesday 17 September
Time: 2-3pm

Meeting at the Polytunnels at Granby Park.

You are invited to participate in a public tour asking you to respond to a series of public spaces, landmarks, and the surrounding landscape. This tour will explore the purpose of these sites, and the role you have to play at these sites, through a series of provocations offered by the tour guide. Create your own map or recreate the landscape you map. Katherine Atkinson will be your tour guide.

Katherine is interested in testing performance concepts in public spaces. She is fascinated by the ways in which people respond to public performances and sees the engagement of people within a performance experience in a public space as a moment of possibility and exchange.Katherine has an MA in Public Culture Studies, IADT and a Dip.Theatre Studies NUI Maynooth and a Certificate of Music SA TAFE.Katherine is a member of Visual Arts Ireland and manages Professional Development with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

Theresa Burke, Katja Mathleidt & Ruby White
Garden Goddess
Date: September 16th – 1pm and 3pm
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To move with awareness as a live garden goddess in a dialogue exchange with other garden friends enriching the space, each other and the audience.

The garden goddesses propose a playful encounter renewing the space through movement, colour and sound while distributing gifts like a flower, a little plant or some seeds as part of a performance. The aim is to create an atmosphere where the audience are invited to participate and to offer an opportunity to experience a sense of belonging and fun with garden friends such as scarecrow, crow and the elements.

Liadain Herriot
Whisk
Date: TBA
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“Sometimes it’s lonely being a kitchen utensil.” whispered the whisk to the bowl.
“Tell me about it.” replied the bowl.  Ita had liked baking since she was a little girl. This particular day, as she went to work with the whisk, combining things, her mind began to drift off. A bit of a mix up really. Blending elements, incorporating air, something new came together.  A combination of what had been before was created, with the help of the whisk.“I do like my job though.” continued the whisk. “The playlist in the kitchen ain’t half bad and traveling through different hands I get to…” Ita snapped out of it.  Mixture, proper consistency. Time for the next step.Originally trained as a classical dancer, Liadain has worked for ballet/opera companies and independent choreographers internationally. Making her own work since 2009, she has performed and taught at festivals in India, Belgium, Norway, Latvia, Spain, USA and Ireland. Her work has been supported by the Irish Arts Council, Dance Ireland and Danscentrumjette.
Catherine Barragry
Humans Comet Vibrations Space
Date: 19th September
Time: 8pm, no entry after 8:15
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A new happening/event by Catherine Barragry. THe event lasts 20 minutes. Please dress warmly and bring ground blankets for sitting.

Video Installations

Amy Walsh
Songlines
Screening date: TBC
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This work was shot in the Australian Bush while Walsh was on an artist’s Residency with the Bundanon Trust in New South Wales. The title of the work references Aboriginal Songlines. Within Aboriginal culture Songlines are akin to maps and are paths, which cross the Australian landscape and sky. The paths are marked by trees and objects and are the result of past, present and future actions. This work references these elements and uses the landscape and the sky to explore ideas of temporality and place.Each scene foregrounds an element within the landscape and details the sky in the background. The camera moving on a track around the subject took a series of long exposure photographs, which the artist animated to make a video work.

Amy Walsh is a visual artist living and working in Dublin. She works mainly with digital media and lens based technologies and works as a Lecturer on the BA in Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology.

Jane Cassidy
Purple Tinged Pearl Buttoned Bangled Billy
Screening Date:
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Visual music installation for stereo sound, projector and fog machine. Feel free to move about the installation in order to engage with the work, alter the movement of the fog and to play with the light.Jane Cassidy is a New Orleans based multidisciplinary artist and educator from Galway, Ireland.

Primarily trained in music composition and animation, Jane earned a Masters in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin in 2008. Jane’s main interests lie in visual music, installations, live Vjing, electro-acoustic composition and multi-channel work.Jane is currently studying for a MFA in Digital Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is also getting very good at sitting on her porch playing banjo.

janecassidy.net

Louise Ward
Shifting Subjectivities
Screening Date: 18th September
Time: 8:30pm

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Louise Ward will present a film screening she titles Shifting Subjectivities – as a frame to show a number of films by artists who share similar concerns. The camera becomes witness to their actions. They present themselves on screen in fragmented parts and tackle psychological entanglements with objects / technology. The films convey narratives on human behaviour, social conditions, cultural traditions and rituals.The screening will last approximately 30 mins. Showing: On and after suede by Ikjung Cho, Gentleman’s Head by Anita Delaney, One thousand four hundred and ninety two fifty two by Scott Massey, Magic Horse by Katharine Tolladay, and News of the week by Louise Ward.

Ikjung Cho (b. South Korea, 1986) deals with narratives on daily hassles and occasional discord. Her works have been shown at Doosan Art Center, Seoul; Sangsangmadang, Seoul; Total museum, Seoul; Media Theatre I-Gong, Seoul; Seoul international new media festival, L’espace des arts sans frontiers, Paris; L’appartment 22, Rabat, Morocco.

Anita Delaney works mainly in moving image. She is this year’s participant in the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and Helsinki International artist’s Programme Residency in Helsinki and a recipient of an Irish Arts Council, An Comhairle Ealaion Visual Arts Bursary Award. For recent and upcoming exhibitions please see www.anitadelaney.net

Scott Massey is an artist based in London. He studied BA Fine Art at Bath Spa University which he finished in 2006 and completed an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2011. Recent exhibitions include We are all Alternative Structures, T-A-P, Southend, 2013; Cashing Out, Nurtureart, New York, 2013; and Member’s Show, Outpost, Norwich, 2012. scott-massey.co.uk

Katharine Tolladay (1980) graduated from the MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2011.  Her work has been exhibited in New York, Stockholm, Georgia, Birmingham and London and she recently co-produced Octave which was performed as part of the 21st Century programme at Chisenhale Gallery.

Louise Ward is an artist based in Dublin. She recently presented a series of performances at CAGE, New York, Location One, New York, Extrapool, Netherlands and The Vortex, London. She has participated in film screenings at Roth, New York, Galerie Sturm, Germany, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and Supermarket Independent Art Fair, Stockholm.

Sound Installations

Jules Hackett & Roisin McNamee
Sounds Of Synergy

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Using ten words that make up the phrase ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’, this site specific piece relies on unsuspecting pedestrians to activate single words at a time. In other words, each passerby representing and contributing an individual word, that overtime builds a complete sentence.

Jules Hackett is multimedia artist/video editor based in Dublin. He works with installations, digital media and graphics amongst other things. Having graduated from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture in 2008. In June 2011, the artist completed a two year MA (Art In The Digital World) at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin.

www.juleshackett.com

Shane Finan, Gary McDermott, Louise Noone
Dial-an-Odyssey
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This installation consists of two old hand-piece telephones that are linked to one another via a wi-fi connection. One records stories from users, while the other recounts these stories. The installation uses a variety of technologies including Raspberry Pi and Arduino computing components. This piece was originally created as part of a masters project for the MSc in Interactive Digital Media 2013, Trinity College Dublin. It was designed to relate to historical theory surrounding the Greek author Homer. It relates to the idea of folk tales by collecting and retelling stories through digital media devices locked in obsolete media shells.
Shane Finan, Louise Noone and Gary McDermott are currently completing an MSc in Interactive Digital Media, Dublin. Shane is a visual the artist completed, from Sligo, Louise has a background in media, and Gary is an archaeologist and digital media designer.

PlayingSpace Productions – Aisling Bodkin, Aoife Moore and Lisa Bodkin
I Thought By Now
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I thought by now is an installation which includes a soundscape rich in Dublin Voices. This installation aims to explore a community, taking time to truthfully reflect on parts of themselves and the world they live in. It also invites visitors to listen in on the sound bites of Dublin voices, and after stick notes to the installations poles. Listen in or read between the lines.

http://parkthat.blogspot.ie/

2D Installations

Jonathan Mayhew
Let nothing be changed and all be different
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Jonathan Mayhew uses abstraction, negation and appropriation as strategies to make works. He is interested in how culture is constantly reproducing itself. Time seems distorted, sped up and slowed down simultaneously with history becoming flattened. By re-imagining the intended functions of images, objects and words, this allows him new ways of looking and thinking about these things and the freedom to explore a new fictional space.

http://www.jmayhew.com

Cian Walker
Many Styles In One
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Many Styles In One is a graffiti illustration that was created specifically for Granby Park and seeks to reflect the pluralism of artistic forms and styles evident there.

 

 

Nerosunero
At the Park
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Nerosunero’s At the Park triptych is composed of 3 large scale poster reproductions of original watercolours depicting Dubliners in various locations around the city.nerosunero.tumblr.com
Shane Finan
Future Proof II
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Future Proofing is a method of creating technology that will not go obsolete in the future. In practice it is a fallacy as technology always moves forward and older technologies will always be discarded. “Future Proof II” embraces this idea by taking old technologies and reapplying them to new scenarios to create new messages in obsolete media.This installation is made from recycled video tape, which embraces the idea of gift culture by reusing discarded items. Drawings are created on the fencing of Granby Park using the tape.

Shane Finan is a visual artist from Sligo. He is currently completing an MSc in Interactive Digital Media in Trinity College, Dublin. He uses a variety of media in his work. He has received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and Sligo Arts Office, and has attended residencies in Ireland, Iceland and the United States. His work is concerned with place and identity.

Sculptural Installations

Kathryn Maguire
Us Again

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‘US’ Again reflects who we are, public space and the potential of possible futures, disrupting the everyday flow of movement. A 6’x 4’ ft shed is clad in vinyl acrylic mirror. Nature and us are symbiotic and yet fragmented, there is a rupture in place as it passes or as the viewer passes it.Born in 1971 in Ireland, Kathryn Maguire lives and works in Dublin. She studied in Cork (Bachelor in Fine Art Sculpture, Cork College of Art & Design, Cork) and Dublin (Master of Art in the Contemporary World, National College of Art & Design). She has participated in several group exhibitions: Dublin Contemporary, Dublin, 2011; Notes of Protest, Wyspa Institute of Art, Poland, May, 2010; No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London, 2010; Video Killed the Radio Star, RHA, Dublin, 2010; No Soul For Sale, Dia Centre, New York, 2009; Cork Caucus, Cork, 2005.

Stephen Rigney & Eoin O’Mahony
Counter-Cartographies of the City
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In the aftermath of the Celtic tiger, the contradictions of debt-fuelled property speculation as a means of economic growth are materialised in the abundance of empty buildings and vacant lots in Dublin’s north inner city. Ironically, this part of the city has a shortage of community spaces and faces an emerging housing crisis, at a time when so many spaces lie idle and closed off from use by virtue of their designation as private property. This begs the question, whose city is this? Development plans and maps suggest a city of privately owned places connected by thin and vulnerable veins of public space. But Dublin can also be mapped in a way that represents alternative relations across space, such as the city as a place of occupations, of needs and of community. Used this way, maps, which so often are used to justify the appropriation of collective labour by private capital, offer a tool to reimagine Dublin as something more than terrain for property investors.

EVE Estuary Group & Rachel Kiernan
Fizzy Flowers

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Fizzy Flowers is an installation of 170 brightly coloured flowers. These flowers have been made from recycled plastic bottles.This artwork raises awareness on how recycled materials can be modified to express something other than their original raison d’etre. It’s aim is not only to highlight the importance of appreciating the hidden potential of the ordinary everyday object but also to appreciate the hidden potential of a person.

This work was created by participants attending EVE Estuary Centre, a training centre for adults with intellectual disabilities based in Lissenhall, Swords, Co. Dublin. The passing of information and skills is at the heart of this project. Have a look at EVE Estuary’s blog to see how you too can created these flowers.

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EVE Estuary Group & Rachel Kiernan
Sitting On The Grass
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‘Sitting On The Grass’ is living sculpture. The fun, quirky, and organic element of this piece will awaken people’s creative energies and make them think more about how throw away objects can be re-born. The smell of cut grass also acts as a trigger for nostalgic memories of sitting on the grass.

This work was created by participants attending EVE Estuary Centre, a training centre for adults with intellectual disabilities based in Lissenhall, Swords, Co. Dublin. Check out their blog for more information on this piece and EVE Estuary’s services.

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The Ragtail Group – Lucy O’Higgins, Francesca O’Rafferty and Emma Downey
Fungoid
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Fungoid is a sculptural work consisting of over 70 individual mushroom shapes formed from melted plastic bags and wire. With the use of LEDs, it lights up at night giving a glow to the work. Plastic bags, a throwaway everyday item, are used as the main material in Fungoid; they are recycled to create a whimsical fun piece questioning the culture of a waste.

Helena Doyle and Peter Doyle in collaboration with Savage Tents
Cradle
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The Cradle aims to create a haven of calm in the center of the bustling city. Experience a feeling of weightlessness through the gentle swinging motion. So come relax, engage, drift off and be inspired.

Helena is a filmmaker and installation artist from Ireland, currently living in London. She has completed a Masters  in Art & Media Practice at University of Westminster. Her BA was in Film & TV Production at the National Film School, IADT in Ireland. She is an active member of the Utrophia art collective based in Deptford. During her Masters she worked on Immersive Cinema and produced a Fulldome film which screened at Fulldome UK and at the Fulldome Festival in Germany where it won the Creative Award. Last year Helena was chosen to participate in Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, the experience inspired her to move towards documentary. In November Helena was selected forOneDotZero‘s graduate scheme, Cascade. Helena currently works freelance and studies flying trapeze.

www.helenadoyle.co.uk

Emily Robyn Archer, Conor McCague
Dream Farm
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The Dream Farm is an experiment in the cross pollination of Art, Permaculture and Chitty Bang Bang Inventiveness. It’s a pedal powered, miniature hydroponic glass house growing edible plants. This is the first in a series of experiments on manifesting a more sustainable and environmentally connected urban existence for ourselves. This interactive installation uses a menagerie of reclaimed materials including bicycles, windows, copper piping and other urban waste to create a pumping, tinkling, whizzing allotment of mystery and possibility.

Emily Archer is a visual artist, she works in installation, moving image and collaborative projects which aim to inspire environmental change. She produced ‘Shoal’ as part of the Dublin City of Science 2012, a participatory art project in reaction to overfishing. Her third solo show ‘The Ouroboros Experiment’ took place in Barcelona in March 2012 as part of an awarded residency at Homesession Studio and Gallery.

Conor McCague is a man who wears many hats. When he’s not a bike mechanic in Dublin Autonomous Social Centre- Seomra Sproai, or rigging and lighting for Paper Dolls Aerial Dance Collective, or being a freelance cameraman, or youth leading in Dublin’s Hay project – you may just find him tinkering away at his latest invention.

www.emilyrobynarcher.com

Aileen Balfe & Eleanor McCaughey
What’s on your plate?
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The work seeks to capture the critical voice of the domestic by presenting humorous and slightly bizarre illustrations on mundane, salvaged and store bought plates.What’s on your plate? highlights the problems, dilemmas and issues currently relevant in Irish society.The issues reflected in the work vary from environmental to political and social issues. Aileen and Eleanor are primarily interested in exposing private thoughts and views that are discussed in the homestead and presenting them in a public setting.

Aileen Balfe and Eleanor McCaughey are Irish artists living and working in Dublin. Aileen holds a BA in Interior and Furniture Design and a postgraduate diploma in Community Arts Education.  In 2011 Eleanor graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art. Both Aileen and Eleanor have exhibited both nationally and internationally.

The Way Wiser Collective
Bonded Dendrite
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The Way Wiser Collective uses the resources already present in the environment. For this project they created a sculptural work using parts of felled trees and colourful ribbons.

The Way Wiser Collective are particularly interested in working outside gallery spaces to create socially engaged works. Their work utilises high and low tech media to create intentionally accessible artwork in Dublin’s cityscape. The Way Wiser Collective was founded in 2011 with a mission to explore latent possibilities in the urban landscape and creating interventions to shift public awareness.

thewaywisercollective.blogspot.ie

Ayelet Lalor
Granby Couch
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Every park needs somewhere to sit, to relax and enjoy the surroundings. A couch is a piece of furniture normally associated with a warm, cosy, home environment. By taking it out of the home and into an outdoor, urban, environment it becomes something unexpected. It is intended to be sat on as much as possible, and has been created from concrete and polystyrene by Ayelet, with the aid of community groups.

Ayelet Lalor is a figurative sculptor living in Dublin. She received an MA in Ceramic sculpture from NCAD in 2009, and a BA in 1996. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and her work has been commissioned publicly and privately. Collections include the OPW, Limerick City Gallery and Mason Hayes and Curran, as well as numerous private collectors. She created other couches for the Electric Picnic in 2009, as well as numerous sculptures for various outdoor exhibitions.

www.ayeletlalor.com

Ayelet Lalor
In Ode to Ophelia
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This sculpture is based on Shakespeare’s Ophelia, relating to her drift between serenity and madness. It is part of a body of work concerned with laying claim to strength and calmness as a resolution to the human condition of inner conflict. The piece consists of a cast and modelled concrete head mounted on a steel base.

Ayelet Lalor is a figurative sculptor living in Dublin. She received an MA in Ceramic sculpture from NCAD in 2009, and a BA in 1996. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and her work has been commissioned publicly and privately. Collections include the OPW, Limerick City Gallery and Mason Hayes and Curran, as well as numerous private collectors.

www.ayeletlalor.com

Hugo Thompson
Lola – Sculptural Rocking Chair
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Big, bold and beautiful, Lola seeks to engage the viewer and solicit an interaction. Intended initially as homage to the female form and natures fertility, with their organic curves and different colours, viewers have interpreted this piece to represent many different things, from the anatomic to the botanic.

Though his sculptural furniture, Hugo is increasingly incorporating found and re-appropriated objects to create new pieces that honour the inherent beauty of their raw materials as well as the sentimental value of their original form and function. Hugo also creates installations for events and interiors for residential and commercial spaces and has exhibited his work in both Ireland and internationally.

www.hugothompson.ie

Maurice Caplice
I’m a scribble so there
Dates:  Friday 9th, Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th
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This installation acts as a surface for a communal drawing artwork. This structure takes the shape of a building as a starting point. The public engage with the structure by drawing or leaving messages in text. The drawing is then edited by the artist during public interactions which leads to a cross pollination of ideas and styles. Caplice plays the role of editor and collaborator resulting in an overall unified piece.

http://www.mauricecaplice.com/

Shane Finan
Sitter (The Raise/Raze Complex)

This installation consists of an interactive collaborative game based loosely on the 1980’s video game Tetris. Users are invited to build a landscape up using Tetris blocks rather than destroy it, as was the goal in the original game. At any point any user can destroy everything that everyone has built.By allowing users to gradually build a landscape using pieces, people collaborate to create something unique on-screen. By allowing for the complete destruction of any landscape at any time, the point is emphasised that it is easier to destroy than to build. This is a reflection of the space at Granby Park, where destruction and construction are core themes.

Shane Finan is a visual artist from Sligo. He is currently completing an MSc in Interactive Digital Media in Trinity College, Dublin. He uses a variety of media in his work. He has received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and has attended residencies in Ireland, Iceland and the United States. His work is concerned with place and identity.

shanefinanart.org

Kate Aston, Claire Behan & Joan Healy
Granby Park & Read
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Invitation to share a book you love:

We are creating a little library for Granby Park. Can you donate a book you think people will enjoy?

Please help us create a curious library full of beautiful, thought provoking books for people to enjoy while in the park. If you can contribute please bring your book/books along to the park, you will find the library in the polytunnels.

Thanks for your help and we hope you get to enjoy Granby Park & Read yourself.

Laragh Pittman & Ulrika Holmkvist
Falling Water
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A six metre long cascade of multi-coloured, beautiful, light catching plastic; a rainbow of shades, droplets of water illuminated. Unlike a natural waterfall, able to move forward, transform, mutate and replenish this water feature is static, fixed and non-biodegradable.

Dublin based, visual artist Laragh Pittman and sculptor Ulrika Holmkvist came together on their first artistic collaboration to produce this piece under the moniker ‘Bombastik Plastik’ and have gone on to show again in Phizzfest 2012 also producing an installation ‘Remarks On Colour’ as part of the ‘Creative Check Up’ participatory arts space.

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Crowzeye Jewellery N Sculpture
Motorgate Rising
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Motorgate Rising is modelled on the design of a Japanese style screen. It’s made from recycled metals, motorcycle brakes, pressed flowers, watch and clock parts, feathers, fabrics, guitar parts, jar lids, upholstery buttons, and anything else that held still for too long. The entire sculpture is made from recycled materials except for the hinges and the resin that holds the collages together.

Cristina del Moral, a.k.a. Crowzeye,  is originally from Madrid, Spain but living in Dublin, Ireland since October 1998. She is an artist, photographer and graphic designer and is studying BA Design (Visual Communication) at DIT.

Gearoid O’Fearghail, Eoin O’Fearghail and Conor Nugent
A Twitter Display
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The work is a large LED sign that displays tweets with the hashtag #GranbyPark. The program searches twitter for these hashtags and shows them on the sign. It’s a fantastic juxtaposition of technology and nature and engages the park with a wider audience. As people interact with the park they can also leave a message for other visitors, encouraging more people to visit.

Gearóid Ó Fearghaíl is a software engineer with IBM’s corporate social networking software. Eoin Ó Fearghaíl is a consultant engineer who also works as a Broadcaster with Raidio Na Life. Conor Nugent is the Head of Product Engineering at Keelvar, government procurement software.

Jane Groves
Shoe Wall
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Shoe Wall was created in collaboration with children from St Paul’s community centre. Old shoes collected from local businesses were upcycled and turned into beautiful hand painted plant pots containing a cornucopia of different plant varieties.
Jane Groves graduated from Chelsea school of art having studied textiles and has travelled extensively continually developing my craft practice. She has worked with theatres and events as designer/ maker in England Ireland and New Zealand. She has constructed numerous large outdoor installations as well as smaller pieces. Much of her work is highly ephemeral and is made for the pure delight of creation! Most recently she won the Irish ERP (European Recycling Platform) art competition for an installation incorporating WEE waste. She has just exhibited her smaller wire works at ’Source’ a group exhibition of craft artists supported by Dun Laoighaire council.

Clarelouise Bligh
Roost
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Roost is nest shaped site specific installation built from upcycled fruit pallets. Working in collaboration with Birdwatch Ireland, Clarelouise will also give a workshop on local bird’s nests as part of the Dublin Tradeschool in Granby Park.

Clare-Louise Bligh is a Visual Artist living and working in Dublin. Her work over the past few years has been centred upon the effect that story, history and local myth has on a peoples’ environment and landscape. The collected knowledge/histories that she gathers as a foundation to her work is often used as a barometer for reading the socio-economic climate of the peoples involved and a departure point for exploring alternate perspectives of history.

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Stephanie McGuinness
Modernist Tiled Panel
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Modernist Tiled Panel is a specially commissioned ceramic piece set into a concrete cuboid bench. The bright yellow pattern is evocative of early modernist geometric patterns and Bauhaus design.

Stephanie Mc Guinness is a Dublin based designer specialising in ceramics. Graduating with a bDes in Ceramic Design in 2010 from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

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Eli McBett
Limbo
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Limbo is an interactive sculpture that is seeing a new life in Granby Park after eleven years outside Waterford Regional Hospital. Re-built on site behind the amphitheatre in the park, the work is composed of 441 hand-drilled glass jars with tin lids, individually bolted together. After eleven years outdoors the work has weathered and rusted. The broken jars have been replaced with new shiny ones. The artist has invited local residents and visitors to the park to place mementos in these jars as she installs. If you would like to include a memento please visit Eli in the park or contact mcbett@gmail.com / 0894977900.

From 23rd September Limbo will be seeking a new adventure and home, taking these mementos from Granby Park to live on elsewhere. The artist would like to hear from anyone with proposals for Limbo’s new adventure. An artist’s talk will take place in Granby Park Saturday 21st of September at 5.00 pm.

Kings of Concrete
Robot
This epic art installation by Kings Of Concrete greets visitors on the way into Granby Park. Photo: John Hannon

This epic art installation by Kings Of Concrete greets visitors on the way into Granby Park. Robot is a giant robot head based on the iconic form of the ancient giant carved heads of Easter Island.