I went to see the Grayson Perry exhibition The Vanity of Small Differences, 2012, at the RHA, Dublin.
The Vanity of Small Differences consists of six tapestries. The tapestries were created alongside the Channel 4, Bafta-winning documentary series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, 2012, in which Perry visited three very different regions of England, exploring the taste of the different social groups he encountered.
“The tapestries tell the story of class mobility, for I think nothing has as strong an influence on our aesthetic taste as the social class in which we grow up. I am interested in the politics of consumerism and the story of popular design but, for this project, I focus on the emotional investment we make in the things we choose to live with, wear, eat, read or drive. Class and taste run deep in our character – we care. This emotional charge is what draws me to a subject” – Grayson Perry.
Yesterday I visited the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.
I went to see the Rodney Graham exhibition That’s Not Me, I really enjoyed it. The only downside was that you’re not allowed to take any photo’s of the exhibition. But I really recommend going to see it. Graham’s work is amazing to see in person.
Mayo County Councils Arts Office launched their UpstART website today and invited me to talk at it.
I was awarded the UpstART Bursary Award in 2016, in which my work was exhibited at Mayo University Hospital.
Since 2010, through the UpstART initiative, Mayo County Council’s arts office has actively encouraged more artists, groups of people with disabilities, venues and arts organisations to come together and collaborate in the development of quality arts projects. People with disabilities, from children to older adults, have participated on UPSTART projects encompassing a wide range of art-forms. Arts and other support organisations throughout the county have established long term relationships with local artists and groups of people with disabilities and have also played their part in the development of the UpstART initiative. Artistic quality is at the centre of UpstARTand there are a growing number of artists/facilitators throughout the county gaining valuable experience of working in the area of Arts and Disability through regular engagement with groups of people with disabilities.
For more information visiting the UpstART website by clicking HERE.
They Call Us The Screamers 3 November – 19 November 2017
TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway, Ireland
I went for a look at Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway….
The exhibition takes its reference from a book written by Jenny James, published by Caliban Books in 1980. The book is an account of Atlantis, the commune she established a few years earlier in the Gaeltacht village of Burtonport, County Donegal – promoting an approach of de-programming from the modern world through therapeutic self-development and environmental self-sufficiency. The book is also a response to the controversies and scandals that embroiled the commune during their first years in Ireland, following accusations of cultish behaviour, kidnapping, and physical abuse. The members of the commune were collectively nicknamed ‘The Screamers’ in a 1976 Sunday World article, referring to their practice of primal scream therapy – an adapted form of psychotherapy developed by Dr Arthur Janov that sought to re-enact the traumas of modern upbringing and thereby reverse the neurosis that follows in later life.