First Fridays is a monthly series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and artists, including a light lunch. This season of First Fridays has been curated by Emma Houlihan. Emma’s theme for the series is Beyond Development. Through dialogue with invited speakers and audiences the intention is to manifest new creative communities in County Clare.
Tara Kennedy practices and teaches architecture, with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach. Tara graduated with a Masters in architecture from UCD in 2013 and prior to studying architecture studied fine art, receiving a BA in Sculpture from NCAD (1st Hons) in 2005. Working with JohnMcLaughlin Architects since 2014, she co-ordinated the Making Ireland Modern centennial exhibition in 2016. Tara has expertise in collaborative public projects, engaging with a wide range of organisations and institutions and informed by her background in visual arts. In 2008 she co-founded the practice Culturstruction, and she was also a co-founder of the community-based design organisation ‘Commonage’.
In 2018 she was co-curator of Free Market the Irish Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale (Venice 2018) which toured Ireland in 2019. Tara is a lecturer at Cork Centre for Architectural Education.
Free Market is an architecture exhibition and ongoing research project that explores the importance and possible future of small market towns in Ireland. Originally conceived as the Irish National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2018, Free Market won widespread acclaim for its exploration of the unique identity of Irish rural towns when it showed in Venice in 2018.
Free Market is curated by a collaborative team of architects and designers, Jeffrey Bolhuis, Jo Anne Butler, Miriam Delaney, Tara Kennedy, Laurence Lord and Orla Murphy.