A Camel Is A Horse Designed By A Committee

Open from the 3rd Feb - 1st April, Closing event: Sat 25th March 2023 at 6 pm, all welcome, free admission. 


A Camel Is A Horse Designed By A Committee is an exhibition-in-progress by The Glue Factory, based on the parlour game ‘Consequences’, where a collection of words or images is collectively assembled by a group in sequence, each participant responding to the end of the previous player’s contribution. In this exhibition, each of the seven members of The Glue Factory will occupy The Courthouse Gallery for one week. In that time, they will create and assemble new work using the gallery as a project space, and respond to the work left by the person before them. They are free to rearrange, edit, flip, and hijack as they please the previous artists’ work, though notes may be left by their predecessors expressing how they wish their work to be changed or left unchanged.


It is as much an experiment in trust, as it is an experiment in quickly responding to another artist’s work. At the end of the seventh week, The Courthouse Gallery will host a closing event, where the work will be left in the gallery as-is, marking the evolution of the exhibition over seven weeks.


A Camel Is A Horse Designed By A Committee will commence on February 3rd 2023 with Artist Michelle Malone and continue until April 1st 2023. Audiences are welcome to visit throughout the opening hours to interact with each artist as they install their work or to simply view the current work on show. Each week will see the show grow, change and adapt to the visiting artist.


Please join us for a closing / opening event on March 25th from 6 pm for the presentation of the cumulative work of all seven artists' work installed over the preceding seven weeks.


The Glue Factory:

The Glue Factory is a collective of seven emerging Irish artists: Husk Bennett, Michelle Malone, Tadhg O’Cuirrin, Gearoid O’Dea, Elinor O’Donovan, Jack Rogers, and Aoife Ward. Hailing from all four corners of Ireland, and covering a broad range of media including performance, sculpture, painting, drawing and installation, The Glue Factory is an experiment in and testament to collaboration, communication and friendship.


The Glue Factory was founded in 2021, mid-lockdown, where the members came together as an Instagram group chat. Responding to a mutual need for peer-support, The Glue Factory began to host online group crits, where they could feedback on and learn from each other’s practices. Early attempts at collaboration led to the adoption of The Glue Factory’s mantra, ‘a camel is a horse designed by a committee’, a quote by the designer of the Mini, Sir Alec Issigonis, which reflects the difficulties of group work.


The collective’s name is a morbid tongue-in-cheek reference to the place to which dead horses are sent.


Follow their instagram page for ongoing updates and glimpses of the work as it progresses: www.instagram.com/the.glue.factory