Cliodhna Shaffrey profiles ‘Commonage’ a project merging art and architecture that took place in Callan, Co. Kilkenny during 31 JULY – 8 AUGUST 2010
The Arts Council recently published a study into public engagement with architecture in Ireland, written and researched by Alan Mee and Richard Wakely. The authors acknowledge that public engagement with architecture is a relatively recent phenomenon in Ireland and must therefore start from “a low base”. The study identified a range of actions, which the Arts Council might wish to consider as a means of enhancing the level of supports for engaging the Irish public with the art form of architecture. Mee and Wakely recommend the facilitation of a broader approach encompassing the wider built environment and giving opportunity for the public to be exposed to, become aware of, appreciate, and participate in the creative endeavour associated with architecture. Commonage – curated by Rosie Lynch, Tara Kennedy and Jo Anne Butler for the town of Callan, County Kilkenny was funded under the Arts Council’s Touring and Dissemination Architecture Award, 201. It was an exemplar of a broad approach – as well as being a beautifully pitched and curated experience.