Update

A monster edit to do for the Kilkenny Roots Festival in progress: Nominated for and awarded the BTEC Awards 2019 Bronze Certificate for BTEC Tutor of the Year (Colleges only); A new class intake and currently working with Coiscéim Broadreach.

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On a break - Axis Art Centre and Theatre

I was recently hired to work with those producing and choreographing a new dance project, the subject of which I found extremely interesting.
I met some great people on the first day, during which there was a workshop around the subject matter before they took to the stage to explore ideas. More to follow is all I can say for now! Mobile phone images below were before an during a break. 

Publication - Alight!

A varied selection of my photographs taken for Dublin Culture Connects now feature in an Alight! publication and flyer, which will be found in citywide public libraries. 

The book was created in the South East area of Dublin in a partnership between Dublin Culture Connects, city-wide community groups, the City Arts Office, Dublin Public Libraries, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and South East Area Office, artists and CoisCéim Broadreach as part of the National Neighbourhood project in the South East Area.

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This book is full of stories, drawings by the students of St. Patrick's National School, participants from Riccy's Youth Café, The GALS Group, Betty Watson Active Retirement Group, Greenore Court Arts & Crafts Group, Ringsend Community Services Forum, Pembroke Library, Ringsend Active Retirement Group, Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre, Ringsend College, St. Andrew's Resource Centre, Sandymount Tidy Towns, Sandymount Sikh Community, and Talk About Youth, who all connected together through workshops, trips on the Alight! Bus to the project's cultural partners, the Mystery History Cabaret and the Valentine's Tea Dance.

Creative Dance Tales

Creative Dance Tales – A Digital Resource For Teachers And Dance Artists

So pleased to have some of my images included as part of this fantastic resource via Arts in Education

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Cruinniú Na Cásca: Off The Walls

Not so long ago, I had the pleasure of being asked to document Off the Walls, a dance celebration in the LAB Gallery, Dublin. The Gallery was hosting Theresa Nanigian’s new exhibition, Trying to Behave, which explores the past-time of a group of individuals who share an ardent passion for dance. 

In response to the large scale photographs that filled the ground floor gallery, CoisCéim Broadreach showcased a new performance by young people and older people aged 50+, alongside an invitation to the public to join in and practise a few new moves! All part of

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Theresa Nanigian, Artist

Theresa Nanigian, Artist

 

All images © Anthony Griffin Photography. All rights reserved.

38 Women | Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago

A first look at how my images are presented as part of the (Re)Public public exhibition (until 15 Jan 2017), accompanying Coiscéim's 38 Women. 38 Women is a class and performance project which has been running parallel to the ANU/CoisCéim collaboration These Rooms. This is a project that I have worked with since April of 2016. 
 

‘I hope that our stories will be many. As women – I imagine we will discover themes that we have in common, connections and overlaps, as well as distinct differences. The process of discovery may be challenging, colourful – and surely dynamic. In the physical re-telling of these narratives our choreography may be expansive or detailed, lyrical or abrasive, formal or free-flowing….let’s see where this creative and expressive journey takes us…’
- Philippa Donnellan, Choreographer
'We live by the stories we have about our lives; they shape our lives' - Bearing Witness, Katherine Ley, 2010.

Re(Public) - Exhibitions - Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

My current and upcoming work with CoisCéim Dance Theatre will wing its way to Chicago later this year, to be exhibited as part of (Re)Public. The images have and continue to assist in shaping 38 Women.

The initial images 'took shape' after several shoot ideas until we landed on tightly cropped portraits, with performers creating a shape from something that shaped their lives. The notions of 'testimony' and 'witness' play no small part in 38 Women and it was felt that this initial imagery was very apt. Further shoots, as the project develops choreographically, will take place over the coming weeks and months. It's a really interesting, collaborative project and one in which I am very proud to be a part. Coming in at the start of a project like this has been great and to be a somewhat intrinsic part, rather than a documentary bystander, is rewarding as a photographer. 

(Re)Public is a group exhibition showcasing the work of seven leading socially-engaged Irish artists in conversation with Chicago-based practitioners in the same field, including Philippa Donnellan (CoisCéim).

Re(Public) is co-organised with CREATE, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme to mark the 1916 Easter Rising.

At this significant time of commemoration and self-reflection in Ireland, these artist’s practices engage in profound ways with different publics in exploring pressing social, political and environmental issues current in 21st century Ireland.

 
 
Source: http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/emrepublicem

38 Women Shape Their Story | These Rooms

More on a CoisCéim Broadreach project that I'm involved in. Some work done and more to do in the coming months. Lots of exploratory shots, and hugely interesting to be part of a performance project from even before its inception.


Using movement, dance, text and sound, the performance of 38 WOMEN will be presented in a specially chosen location – to give shape to their stories and recount their experiences, and how these have impacted on their lives in an imaginative and dynamic theatrical experience. A number of podcasts will be made as part of this project as a permanent legacy of 38 WOMEN.

Participation and access are central to the ethos of both ANU and CoisCéim as companies. Through CoisCéim Broadreach and ANU Enrichment, people are invited to engage directly with the work and art form itself in meaningful, substantial and rewarding ways. Projects and initiatives are coherently connected to the performance programme, allowing participants to permeate the subject and confidently define their own creative response.

As part of These Rooms, under the overall direction of Philippa Donnellan, CoisCéim Broadreach and ANU Enrichment will design and deliver multiple opportunities for people to engage, including class and performances participation projects for people of all ages, special workshops and conversation series. 

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