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.
I am happy to be part of Musrara Mix Festival 2018, this festival is an international multidisciplinary event that takes place in the borderline neighborhood of Musrara, initiated and produced by the Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art and Society, Musrara. My piece, Boiling Point, sets to reference the complexity of identity politics in Jerusalem, and seeks to reference Musrara’s position as an ongoing boiling point for politics, struggles for identity, and activism.
The piece, a moving image installation/performance, will create an “in the middle of it all” point in which those overlooked are represented, silently, in the midst of never-ending political claims. It will include a poem by Darin Tatur, who’s been convicted for incitement over publicising a political poem online (details in Hebrew).
More details about the festival’s focus here.
Artist page presenting Boiling Point available here.
On the 10th May (this Thursday) Landing Collective is taking part in Take Heart PoP-Up art sale dedicated to collecting funds for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre with a donated print piece. We’re delighted to be part of such an important initiative, please come see and buy some art for this important cause.
Take Heart Pop Up Art Sale 10th May, Bagots Hutton, Ormond Quay, 6pm-8pm