Wexford County Council Arts Department in partnership with the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin are inviting interested persons/groups to partake in a Co-Design workshop on Monday 9th December from 10am-2pm at Wexford Arts Centre.
The workshop runs in tandem with the Science Gallery’s latest exhibition PLASTIC – CAN’T LIVE WITH IT, CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT. The exhibition, produced with the support of Science Foundation Ireland, will embark on a national tour and travel to Wexford County Council in Spring 2020. As part of the tour, artist Ed Devane has been commissioned to work with the local community to co-design an artwork reflecting the cultural history, place, and relationship between the people and their environment.
This workshop, led by PLASTIC National Coordinator Philip Smith, is open to anyone with an interest in art and design, fabrication, engineering, and/or medical practices, or who has a curiosity about the transformative nature of plastic. Guided by artist Ed Devane, participants will be encouraged to consider a work of art that reflects their relationship with the natural world. Participants will work together with the artist to come up with ideas about what the artwork will represent, how it will look and what meaning it will convey. The workshop presents an enjoyable and engaging way to create a work inspired by and directly related to your local area. The work will then be produced in a series of workshops with all those interested in January and February and shown as part of PLASTIC: CAN’T LIVE WITH IT, CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT in Wexford County Council.
PLASTIC has changed our daily lives and our environment more than any other material. We can’t live without it. But living with it might not be an option for much longer. The unsustainability of our relationship with plastic is well documented, but to stop using it completely is not an option. Its use has revolutionised industrial design and more essentially, modern medicine relies on plastic so heavily that even the most basic medical procedures would be unimaginable without it.
Ed Devane is a sound artist, instrument builder, and educator originally from Wexford and now based in Donegal. Beginning his career in electronic music production, Ed’s work encompasses interactive installations, electronic instrument design, and community engagement through varied workshops. Continual experimentation and investigation of materials and processes are integral to Devane’s work: for PLASTIC he will explore various polymers and their sonic potential.