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.

The School of Identity Museum

I was recently asked to document the launch of the School of Identity Museum at Margaret Aylward Community College, which celebrated the collaboration between three schools across the North West Dublin area (Margaret Aylward CC, New Cross College in Finglas and Coláiste Mhuire in Cabra) as part of The National Neighbourhood: Press Play

The launch included performances by Temper-Mental MissElayneous and inspiring speeches from Helen Beaumont (National Museum of Ireland), Cllr. Áine Clancy, Emma Connors (Axis Ballymun) and Veronica Dyas (Artist) amongst others.

Over 60 students were involved in exploring notions of ‘Identity’ and the resulting exhibition included video installations, craft pieces & writing. Inspired by the work of the National Museum of Ireland, the School of Identity Museum brings the voices and ideas of a diverse group of young people together under one roof, with the exhibition ultimately exploring notions of identity, unearthing and celebrates young people’s creativity. The Museum and exhibition is curated by artists Rhona Byrne & John Conway

Images held back for press & social media images, together with those including young people, so a small selection presented here:

Lethal Dialect | In Your Living Room

I recently had the absolute pleasure of photographing (but better still, listening to) Lethal Dialect, in the most unlikely of venues. Monica, an absolute lady, who knows (knew!) little about rap, opened her home to friends and neighbours for this event in conjunction with Dublin's Culture Connects Press Play, National Museum of Ireland, Abbey Theatre & Axis Ballymun

Here's a pic of Lethal Dialect with more to follow.

© Anthony Griffin Photography

ALIGHT! Storytelling Workshop | Dublin's Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood

Tonight, I started work with ALIGHT!, which runs until February 2017, ALIGHT!
A big thanks to Liz and her team at Pembroke Library, along with Cleo, Vanessa and Muirne for their company and assistance.

Such interesting stories and memories emerged from this evening, with history brought to life and lives themselves shared amongst those who attended.

photo: Anthony Griffin Photography

photo: Anthony Griffin Photography

 

The project is being coordinated by Dublin City Council and is lead by a professional team of artists and choreographers, with participants being offered the opportunity to explore their local community through engagement in activities encompassing art design, dance, storytelling, music and theatre and dance workshops as well as decorating a bus! They will then have the opportunity to perform on the No.1 Dublin Bus route!

A series of workshops will run in and between Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount and Pearse Street to allow those interested to learn more about this project by talking with the artists and participating in workshops.