Preview: 5–8pm Thursday 24th June 2021
Exhibition continues: Friday 25th June – Saturday 10th July
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Gallery open: 12–6pm Thursday–Saturday
Niamh and Tara come together as an artistic duo to celebrate the strong sense of community within the auld heart of Dublin, the Liberties. Influenced by the affluent social and trade history in the area, they have drawn on contemporary parallels by connecting with local traders, businesses, markets and schools. The pair were motivated by the art of storytelling to collect aural testimonies which echoed through their research.
This research explores the revolutionary pamphlets of the 1700s, with a particular focus on those produced from within The Liberties. Pamphleteering was an important vehicle of protest for advancing political opinions and proposing remedies for social and economic issues. Recurring subjects of these pamphlets were the decline of the weaving and wool industry, economic outflow, parliamentary exploitation, rent inflation and poverty. Often published anonymously, they are comparable to contemporary social media/blogging platforms and current global political vocalisation.
The pair devised artistic interventions with materials sourced, and lovingly donated, from within the Liberties. One of the noteworthy colourful materials in these interventions are selvedges and fabrics from Botany Weaving Mill est 1934, a world leader in the manufacturing of aviation and commercial furnishing fabrics, humbly located amongst a housing estate on Cork St. Their woven wool fabrics reach international spheres preserving a connection to an archaic industry once thriving in the area of global trade.
The results of these experimentations are placed within the gallery space to invite audience participation. Performances and making sessions will be hosted over the run of the exhibition, through which the artists will explore shared ownership of art and reveal a history that is both collective and cyclical.
The artists encourage people to feel comfortable and to physically engage with the artworks/ materials on display. The exhibition will be the result of the artists and the community playing together. Continuously adding to this ever-changing, ever-growing, bustling exhibition.
Niamh Hannaford and Tara Carroll are two colourful friends who have come together to produce art that is vibrant, energetic and celebratory. Individually, and together, they have interdisciplinary practices which encompass performance, print, sculpture, installation, textiles and painting. Their work complements each other, as there are a number of parallels within both their mediums and concepts. Ideas discussed in their work include femininity, community, Irish history and the self.
Tara Carroll is a visual artist based in Dublin. Her art practice is predominantly performance, which transcends into other mediums such as textiles, installation, video and photography. Her artwork explores the fetish as a metaphorically enigmatic intersection of religion, mythology and sexuality. Tara has exhibited and performed extensively throughout Ireland in galleries such as BCA Gallery, The Complex, Mart, 126 Galway, An Táin and RHA. She received the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award from the Burren College of Art in 2019. She was also recently awarded a bursary from Kildare County Council to produce her new project 'Art as Pilgrimage'.
Niamh Hannaford is a visual artist based in Dublin. Her practice is rooted in self-reflection which she visualises through a combination of self portraiture, spoken word and object making. By documenting and publishing herself she has found others keen to share similar stories of doubt, fear, and joy. It is this sharing of experience, and thus, promotion of mental wellbeing that deeply interests her. She has exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally including the 189th RHA Annual Exhibition, The Art Market Budapest and the Fringe Festival. Niamh recently received funding from the Arts Council Professional Development Award.
Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of exhibitions taking place in the context of a gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, online events and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.
Pallas Projects/Studios Artist-Initiated Projects is funded by The Arts Council
Image: The show image is documenting the performance 'Praising our Liffey water.' Photography by Ishmael Claxton.