A group exhibition curated by me and featuring work by artists Monique Blom, Zara Lyness, Ilaria Pellizzaro, Anushiya Sundaralingam, and Ruby Wallis is opening in Galway on the 25th May and will run until 29th June.
The opening event will include a performance by artist Zara Lyness at 5.30.
“[This] prompted me to wonder if ‘woman’ and ‘interior’ were synonymous.” Julieanna Preston, Performing Matter: Interior Surface and Feminist Actions
Where you are lost, we are Sídhe is exploring ideas situated between land art practice, traditionally-feminine creative crafts, and contemporary art practice. Each of the artwork presented is rooted to an action that began outdoors. The artists look at natural landscapes and social structures and explore their place within them as women, as artists, as occupants of space. Their actions are different from those of men artists who work with landscape: They do not conquer, they do not reshape, displace, or replace. They place a body or a texture, they harvest to create.
By creatively acting outdoors, indoors, and filling the space with their work, these artists are constituting a reality in which land art means placing and creating rather than displacing and reshaping. The idea of “constituting a reality” references Judith Butler’s ‘Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory’ where Butler states that acting within public reality, unlike theatrical acting, potentially constitutes a changed reality. The work is rooted outdoors; it comments on the social structures that await us when we walk outside; it represents a creative relationship with land.
Image courtesy of Ruby Wallis
Image courtesy of Ilaria Pellizzaro
Image courtesy of Zara Lyness
Image courtesy of Anushiya Sundaralingam
Image courtesy of Monique Blom
The exhibition opening event will be part of a day long celebratory launch of Engage Art’s new facility in Churchfields, Salthill. The day will include Open Studios and tours of the facility (1pm-4.30pm) where the public will get rare access to the Artist Studios, to see the how artist work and gain an insight in to the creative process. There will be free art demos for all ages in our workspace (1pm, 3pm). Please see www.engageartstudios.com/classes for further details.
I wrote about Anita Groener’s exhibition at The Docks. The work made a statement about how we pay attention to the different resolutions of political stories.
A group exhibition curated by me and featuring work by David O’Regan, Sarah Smith, Matthew Calderwood, and Cecilia Bullo is opening on the 7th February in Belfast and run 8 – 23 February.
Image: Stop (2019), David O’Regan
Image: The Third Space (2019), Cecilia Bullo
Image: Weavers curtain (2018), Matthew Calderwood
Image: Deconstruction, Reconstruction (2017), Sarah Smith
The Question of Feeling At Home offers contemporary angles on the 20th century’s notions and practices of feeling at home. The idea of a traditional family having a home cooked meal and then retiring to sit by the fire is often irrelevant in 2019. Our lives are organised in various alternative ways as traditional roles in the home are challenged or shared. Temporary living situations are more prevalent, and the structure of the family is viewed in a more fluid way.
The exhibition aims to be relevant to those living with intellectual disabilities, with the view of home-living raising questions of independence, support, and community. For these individuals feeling at home is often a wider social matter of being accepted as equals in the community, raising questions of independent and supported living.
The work is rooted in the meaning of the term as a comforting routine in a permanent residence, with each piece proposing a different critical view on home living.
The Question of Feeling At Home exhibits work contributed by a group of artists including artists who are intellectually disabled, giving agency within the field to voices and narratives not often present in the independent art world. The idea of domestic is thus represented differently, attached to objects, politics, and economies rather than permanent routines or places.
Gallery page for this project with more details about the artists and the work is available here, a full documentation page will be available later in February in the main section of this site.
The project is produced in partnership with DoubleTAKE Studios established in 2010 by Tallaght Community Arts and ‘Moon Base’ a Paul Hamlyn funded project for and by people with Learning Disabilities, run by The Black Box Trust, and with thanks to: Gallery of the Atypical, Paula Larkin, Seonaid Murray, Sharon Devlin, Aliina Lindroos, Jessica Moore, Dr. Mary-ann O’Donovan, Aidan O’Regan, Deirdre Morrissey, Paul Moore, Helen Mac Mahon, and Jane Morrow.
Two years ago today Landing had its first public showing, debuting a live performance and an exhibition in Eight gallery. To celebrate the eventful two years, we will be doing a week of celebrations with stories, posting specific memories from along the way. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see the highlights of our journey so far.
We’re absolutely delighted to announce that starting the third week of October Landing Collective will be in residence with Tammam Atelier in London.
During the residency we will learn of the atelier’s method of working with textiles and observe the movements and gestures of the women working with House of Tammam. With the mentorship of Lucy Tammam we will run a workshop at the atelier during Bloomsbury Festival taking place in the neighbourhood. Finally, we’ll travel to Manchester to present new work at the FiLiArt100 conference.
Please get in touch if you want more information about any of the residency programme:
- 18 October 1.45pm – 3.15pm Movement and Dance workshopFollow a thread that joins women’s traditions across cultures, then and today. Landing Collective choreographer invites women to explore and share their experiences of traditional female crafts through movement and dance. Explore your personal memories of the work your mother and grandmothers did, and the movements you inherited from them. We welcome migrants, migrant-born, and non-migrant women to journey into women’s work as a creative inspiration.
Tickets: £5 suggested donation
Limited spaces available, pay at the door. To book email MoBeContact@gmail.com
- 20-21 October FiLiArt100 Conference
Where we will premiere our more recent moving image piece:Zikaruisto is a moving image- dance art project by Landing Collective, a visual art and performance collaboration focused on post-migration life. In Zikaruisto the protagonist, a migrant, evokes a memory of her mother’s movements when tatting lace, fixing clothes, folding, knitting, and minding the home. The textiles’ complexity and intricacy comes into her mind on a casual day on the streets of Dublin, where she lives, and she takes a moment to remember the tradition and feel it like rays of sun in the rainy Irish everyday. The work is inspired by fabrics and by the matriarchal traditions of textile production, as they re-appear in our memories of long-ago times and far-away lands. Recollection triggers gestures, and gestures trigger longing.
Original music by Brian Murphy.
The text discusses women artists and landscape art, and features the work of two emerging Irish artists, Ciara Callinan and Lyndsey McDougal. It was a pleasure to research and write about up and coming artists in the context of political art. I hope to keep encountering and writing about such interesting and relevant work.
Image: Ciara Callinan, Untouched Landscapes
The article is currently available here: https://bloomers.format.com/blog/WritersSection
Landing Collective are delighted to announce our Finnish debut and our first ever international performance, at the Lahti Fringe Festival with our piece ‘Home Is Where?’
The piece is a story of post-migration life. After the travel, the Visa efforts, jobseeking, and finding a professional or social network you are no longer “a migrant” but the culture you come from does not simply disappear. ‘Home Is Where?’ represents the voices inside in multiple languages, asking and answering questions about who we are when we are somewhere else.
‘Home Is where?’ will take place in Pikkuteatteri in Lahti on the 1st September 9pm. More details here: https://lahtifringe.fi/event/home-is-where/
Landing Collective are proud to be included in Eye’s Walk Festival’s Video Art programme. Our moving image piece Foreign Tide has been accepted to the festival’s programme, and is our Greek Debut.
Eye’s Walk Festival is an innovative festival based in Greece that brings modern digital technology, video installation & performing art and experience design together at the public space. The festival takes place on the 27-29 July, in the cultural capital of Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea. Ermoupoli (Hermoupolis) – the capital of Syros island. We are delighted to have our work selected for this event, dedicated this year to European heritage as an interaction between the cultural expressions of various civilisations.
Looking forward to hear the impressions of our new Greek colleagues!
For more details about Landing Collective, check out our website: LandingProject.wordpress.com
I wrote about Sarah Walker’s exhibition ‘Tree Drawings on the Sky’ at Oliver Sears Gallery is in this month’s VAI News Sheet. The text is available online here:
I was invited to be part of GATHERING, an artists’ beach event and the weather seems to play along!
I’ll be showing work in progress examining ideas of belonging to a place. The evening will start with a guided tour from Wooden Bridge to the site on the beach. The event will showcase a variety of installation, performative, and site specific experimental work.
Come along to see some interesting developments of work on the beach.