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Arts Council Collection
My film with Eva Richardson McCrea and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society has been purchased for the Arts Council Collection: Collection of the Arts Council of Ireland.
The Collection was established in 1962 and is one of the most important National Collections in the Country. All of the pieces were collected while the artists were working, rather than a Museum where works are collected retrospectively. The Collection tells the story of modern Irish art as it developed over fifty years
Artist Talk at IMMA Archives Live
Archives LIVE, presented by IMMA and aemi, comprises a series of live streamed public dialogues that reflect on the significant role played by the archive and museum collection in artist moving image culture, both in generating new work and as an overarching structure that supports the conservation of existing moving image practice. Special guests taking part in this session include acclaimed artists Helen Cammock, Onyeka Igwe, Frank Sweeney and others.
Audio recording of the discussion:
Made Ground at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
‘Made Ground’ (2019) will be screened as part of Agitation Co-op group show at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in January 2021 alongside artists Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins, Libita Sibungu, Forensic Architecture and Melanie Smith.
This exhibition unsettles historical, political, cultural, archaeological, industrial, and agricultural narratives from a local to global scale. Often relating to the land and landscape (what it is formed of, who controls it, who can access it, what is its value). In an Irish context, this relates to historical colonial rule and fragmentation of the landscape, the current housing crisis, the Irish border, and the tensions around it reprised by Brexit. Taking an international perspective these fissures are strained by the global economy, the threat of war and mass displacement of populations. The invited artists work collaboratively with researchers, writers, musicians, publishers, and activists, emphasising the importance of collective action in response to deep-rooted structural opposition.
Wexford Documentary Film Festival screening
‘All I beleive happened there was vision’ (2020) has been selected for at Wexford Documentary Film Festival in September 2020. It screen under the ‘Artist as Activist’ short film programme.
‘All I believe happened..’ launches aemi online
My film ‘All I believe happened there was vision’ (2020) will launch the new aemi online exhibition space with a commissioned text from Rebecca O’Dwyer. The film will screen from the 22nd of July until the 1st of September.
Frank Sweeney’s film All I believe happened there was vision emerged from a period of research with the National Folklore Collection at UCD and incorporates both archival and shot material. Taking the form of a travelogue, the film seeks out a mythical Irish otherworld by way of the more overtly contemporary spaces that now, at least in part, define our image of the Irish nation state: data centres, housing projects and financial centres. All I believe happened there was vision was funded by St. Patrick’s Festival and was initially due to screen as part of this festival in an exhibition at A4 Sounds in Dublin, but the arrival of Covid-19 prevented this from taking place. aemi are delighted to premiere the film, along with a commissioned introductory text by Rebecca O’Dwyer, as the inaugural exhibition of our newly launched online platform.
Residency at Science Gallery
Awarded a Rapid Residency at Science Gallery.
Art-science collaborations play a unique role in public engagement, but how do you facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations when you can’t get groups together, can’t meet in person – can’t even go to the office or the studio? Faced with this challenge, Science Gallery Dublin piloted a virtual residency programme, which supported artists to collaborate with expert researchers on developing a new project or idea over 5 weeks. Due to an overwhelming response, plus support from the Provost’s Academic Development Fund, we were able to support 18 proposals.
Best Soundscape at the Irish Theatre Awards
I have been nominated for Best Soundscape at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for my work on It was easy (in the end). A THEATREclub and Abbey Theatre co-production in 2019.