Exhibition Opening: 31 January, 6pm.
In late 2018 the Project gallery was transformed into a workspace where documents related to Project Arts Centre’s archives were studied and shared, and the many histories that are entangled in one of the earliest arts centres established in Ireland began to emerge. The result is ‘The Long Goodbye,’ the first of three chapters exploring Project’s rich 50+ year history.
Focusing on the late 1990s, a period which marked the finalization of the decade-long negotiations to provide Project Arts Centre with its current building, The Long Goodbye will feature new commissions by artists that revisit documentation from their own archives including Brian Hand, Fergus Kelly and Miriam O’Connor, as well as documentation of significant events during this time including ‘Demolishing Project – 39 East Essex Street is Closed,’ the two-week festival-like farewell to Project’s old building between 3 and 14 February 1998, orchestrated by the late Maurice O’Connell, the project@the mint theatre and the OFF Site visual arts programme produced at various city locations.
Valerie Connor, curator of the OFF Site visual arts programme in 1998 and 1999, has selected and prepared photographs from her research and production visits for the 10 projects that comprised the OFF Site programme. For the first time, she will present these with new writing about the experiment that was at the heart of the visual arts programming that ran while Project Arts Centre was in-between buildings.
Image: Maurice O’Connell: Demolishing Project – 39 East Essex Street is Closed, 14 February 1998.