The British Council, I.NY and St. Patrick’s Festival present artists from the 2021 Turner Prize-winning Array Collective, in conversation with Director of IMMA, Annie Fletcher. The St. Patrick’s Festival panel comprises Emma Campbell, Clodagh Lavelle, Grace McMurray, Thomas Wells and Stephen Millar who will discuss their work, its intention and ambition, the Collective’s connections to Ireland and the importance of identity, belonging, myth and ritual in art and activism.
On December 1st 2021, Array Collective were declared the winners of the 2021 Turner Prize, Britain’s most prestigious contemporary-art award. They won this leading international award for their presentation of ‘The Druithaib’s Ball’ – a recreation of an Irish shebeen, and one full of references to 100 years of Northern Irish history. Motivated by the growing anger around human rights issues happening at the time, their intention is to reclaim and review the dominant ideas about religio-ethnic identity in Northern Ireland. Array Collective aims to create a new mythology for the growing number of people who do not prescribe to embedded sectarian dichotomies.
Array Collective comprises: Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Jane Butler, Alessia Cargnelli, Emma Campbell, Mitch Conlon, Clodagh Lavelle, Grace McMurray, Stephen Millar, Laura O’Connor and Thomas Wells. They are based in Belfast and have been working together collectively since 2016.
This is an in-person event and booking is not required. The audio of the event will be recorded and available on the British Council Ireland website after the event.