Dreams in the Dark

The Family Resource Centre, St. Michael's Estate, Inchicore, worked with artist Joe Lee on a long-term project engaging a large number of tenants, past and present, from St Michael's Estate in a process of exploring feelings, memories and concerns relating to the imminent demolition of their estate as part of Dublin City Council redevelopment plan for the area. Working with a number of artists, including Rhona Henderson and Ailbhe Murphy, this project has had a number of manifestations both in St Michael's Estate and in the Museum's studios resulting in an exhibition of the work in St Michael's Estate in the Spring of 2002 and an outdoor projection, Dreams in the Dark in 2003.

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Out of place exhibition - "The Laughing Wall"

The Family Resource Centre CDP, St. Michael's Estate, Inchicore, worked with artist Joe Lee on a long-term project engaging a large number of tenants, past and present, from St Michael's Estate in a process of exploring feelings, memories and concerns relating to the imminent demolition of their estate as part of Dublin City Council redevelopment plan for the area. Working with a number of artists, including Rhona Henderson and Ailbhe Murphy, this project has had a number of manifestations both in St Michael's Estate and in the Museum's studios resulting in an exhibition of the work in St Michael's Estate in the Spring of 2002 and an outdoor projection, Dreams in the Dark in 2003.

Within this process a major public art piece was made called the "Laughing Wall". The idea of this piece grew out of a meeting where a senior local mother and grandmother who lived on the estate from it's inception, having experienced the period of time on the estate when the drugs issue was at its worse and many families had buried their dead, asked the question "where was all the laughter gone?" This question led to a group gathering the laughter of the past and the present through photographs and through a process of creation which led to the outcome of the "Laughing Wall" This hangs on an eight storey tower in St. Michaels Estate encompassing seven of those storey's. It has become an iconic feature in the community and wider Inchicore area, and was launched by the then City Manager John Fitzgerald in February 2002.


"Once Is Too Much" Exhibition - Domestic Violence

This exhibition grew from a collaboration between the Family Resource Centre (FRC), St Michael's Estate, Inchicore, IMMA and four artists - Irish artists Ailbhe Murphy and Joe Lee, Scottish artist Rhona Henderson and Canadian artist Rochelle Rubinstein (through the Artists' Work Programme). Working at community level to support women and children living in the context of domestic violence the Family Resource Centre looked at the creation of an exhibition to raise public awareness of domestic violence. The exhibition was initially shown at Irish Museum of Modern Art during the winter of 1997/98. The exhibition was a unique and powerful show that depicted the real issues and experience of violence in the home. Due to the success and response to the exhibition it has since toured to Sligo, Derry, Limerick, Kilrush, Drogheda, Tralee, Kilkenny, Galway and Castlebar, accompanied by a participatory workshop programme. Two of the art works have also been exhibited international in Toronto, Canada.

Rita Fagan, Project Director, Family Resource Centre Community Development Programme, describes the making of the exhibition as:

"A hard process because our subject, violence against women, is painful to deal with. During the period of making our work 30 women have been violently killed in Irish society, 19 in their homes. In some cases children witnessed the violence. We don't believe art can change the fundamental issue of violence against women and children. However, we do believe it can contribute to debates and discussions which raise awareness about the issue and to the changing of attitudes which could lead to the key issues of prevention, provision, protection and protest."

Dreams in the Dark

DREAMS IN THE DARK


Once is Too Much

OUT OF PLACE


Once is Too Much

ONCE IS TOO MUCH


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