The main theme addressed during the project will be the interweaving of art with other spheres of life. Art is entering other territories, moving from the art gallery into areas such as the judicial system, social choreography, experiments with trees, or bread making as a way to explore the folding of time.
We kick off with an Opening Night Market, (7th October at 8pm) to officially launch the exhibition and to create a dynamic and interactive space for people to purchase local (art) products from community practitioners, in the company of musicians who trade through diverse forms of transaction, facilitating conversations about art and economics. It promises to be an opening night to remember and a fun way to kick off the community orientated public programme, which will be a vital component throughout.
For the duration of the project, the Courthouse Gallery will function as an information hub on Maeve’s socially engaged art practice. The exhibition will develop over time, reaching its ultimate form on the closing date. Work will take the form of physical material works such as drawing, embroidery, sculpture and photo works, presentations, participatory performance, workshops, and field activities, inviting both the general public and community of interest groups already established or found. Other functions that the gallery space will take on include: an open studio, a sound and dance space, Courthouse (again) and a relaxation zone. Ennistymon is at the centre of a rural catchment area with a high coefficient of art, and the project will report on, curate and collaborate with other social practitioners in the area, shifting the centre of gravity from the work of art to reports from other fields of life.
Maeve Collins is an artist, social practitioner, researcher, and educator at Ennistymon Vocational School. Based in Ennistymon, her practice has evolved into research of systems of justice- natural and man made, gender relations and equality. New work this year involves a collaboration with Julie Griffiths in partnership with the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI): the Fold and Rise Project explores time, labour, women and politics. From its beginnings at Lissadell House, they are now looking forward to bringing the project to The Slade College of Art in London in November. www.maevecollins.net