Arriving Into View: A project with young people living in Direct Provision led by Education doctoral candidate Tadhg Crowley
Building on the highly successful 2016 Navigating the Urban Landscape project, Tadhg and colleagues welcomed back young people living in Direct Provision to build on the skills learned, with the Arriving Into View Project. This Culture Night Friday 22nd September in Fitzgerald’s Park, their large scale mural will be on view from 4pm.
The Direct Provision community is often kept on the periphery of society, never really having the opportunity to fully integrate with their locality as they wait in a state of limbo. The centres are situated in locations that aren’t very visible and the residents stories largely go untold. After the Glucksman’s 2016 Navigating the Urban Landscape project, we were anxious that they be welcomed back to the museum to build on the skills learned and experiences gained. We were particularly keen for their creativity to be shared with as wide an audience as possible and began thinking that a public artwork in a city centre location would bring these teenagers talents to a whole new audience. In turn it would provide the group with the opportunity to share a little about their personal stories and current situations. For these young people as they enter some of their most formative years, we felt it was important that their unique personal journeys be brought out from the margins and into the public’s view.
The teenagers have been welcomed back to the Glucksman for six art making sessions led by project artists Claire Coughlan and Helen O’Keeffe, invited artists The Project Twins and Fiona Kelly and curator Kirstie North. They have explored both individual and collaborative artmaking techniques in a variety of mediums and are being encouraged to develop their own creative processes and skills for visual communication in a positive and friendly atmosphere. With a focus initially on personal journeys and visual storytelling, the teenagers have begun to direct the sessions and began looking at ideas of identity and misperceptions. All these ideas and topics will be revealed in different forms on the large scale mural.
This Culture Night Friday 22nd September in Fitzgerald’s Park the large scale mural will be on view from 4pm and will remain in place for just over two months. An exhibition of the artworks the teenagers created with the Project Twins and Fiona Kelly will go on display in the Glucksman Foyer and will run from Friday 22nd September to Sunday October 8th.
The project aims to offer these young people the positive experiences and creative opportunities that all young people deserve. Please drop along on the 22nd to show your support!
The Glucksman’s work with young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants is made possible by the support and assistance of University College Cork staff and students.
Arriving Into View is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland through the Young Ensembles Scheme.
Special thanks to Maeve Dineen, Cork City Community Arts Co-ordinator and to Cork City Council.
Arriving Into View is curated by Tadhg Crowley, Curator of Education, The Glucksman.
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Tadhg Crowley, Curator of Education at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC.