The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu is delighted to launch this new arts and education resource, Speaking of Which along with An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Mary Bohan of Leitrim County Council. This new resource for teachers and students was developed by Dublin City Council’s The LAB Gallery and The Dock Arts Centre in Leitrim.
This book is a companion piece to Speaking of Which, a series of short filmed interviews with eleven contemporary Irish artists who are at different stages in their careers. It is intended to be used together with the filmed interviews in an educational setting by teachers and arts organisations both as a starting point for conversations with young people to talk about their own creativity, ideas and inspirations and as a tool for teachers and educators to devise workshops and other practical activities for their classes.
The project was led by The Dock in Carrick-OnShannon, in collaboration with The LAB Gallery in Dublin. Nine of the featured artists received commissions from The Dock and four have worked with The LAB Gallery.
Download the book here: Speaking of Which, PDF Publication (1.9MB)
Eleven Irish artist’s reveal what inspires them and how they make their art in a video series designed for use in the classroom. The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon and The LAB Gallery in Dublin have worked together to produce a free online resource for teachers and arts educators. In leading out on this project The Dock saw the potential to create something ideal for use in a classroom or online educational setting where artists spoke directly about themselves and the art making process. As well as connecting young people with some of the rich ideas that inform our visual culture and offering them a unique insight into the arts practices, methods and motivations of practicing artists the series also affords the artists a unique opportunity to speak directly and connect with young audiences. In the interview’s, the artists reveal their reasons for making art, describe the methods they use to make their work but most importantly reveal what is means to them to be an artist and how they transform their desire to create and communicate into the work they produce.
The diversity of their individual backgrounds and experiences is reflected in the work each artist makes. They draw inspiration from many sources; the books they read as children, the films they have watched, conversations they have had, the environments that they have lived in and places they have visited. The artists are Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Eve O’ Callaghan, Jamie Cross, Ellen Duffy, Kate Murphy, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Gemma Browne, Anna Maria Healy, Austin Ivers, Louise Manifold and Jackie McKenna. The video series is a starting point to mediate conversations with young people about their own creativity, ideas and inspirations, the videos may also be used as an inspiration for teachers and educators to devise workshop and other practical activities for their classes. For more information: email: email@example.com