Strand 2

Co-Productions will be awarded by Two Stage Open Competition. Up to five commissions with budgets of between €15,000 and €30,000 will be awarded through Strand 2.

Co-Productions will be context led and will be authored and produced in collaboration with a local community partner or a host group. An element of risk taking is implicit in these commissions, which should aim to empower the collaborators and invite critical discourse in the field of socially engaged practice.

Experimental ways of developing new partnerships and engaging new collaborators and audiences are actively encouraged. Artists are not expected to have identified a community partner or host at this first stage of the process. Infrastructure / Fingal County Council will assist shortlisted and selected artists in making contacts and establishing relationships with people from existing community development and arts organisations, individuals and voluntary groups active in the Fingal area. A list of community groups in the County will be available.

Anthony Haughey & The Global Migrant Collective

Artist Anthony Haughey and the Global Migration Collective (Lauretta Igbosonu and Warsame A. Garare) will work with culturally diverse communities in Fingal to produce a series of short films. This socially engaged artwork will seek to collaborate with groups and individuals to explore ideas of how cultural identities are formed and represented in local and global contexts. The resulting films will be screened in County Fingal cinemas and beyond.

Gareth Kennedy

Gareth Kennedy’s project will investigate contemporary calendar customs in relation to the masquerade tradition of the Fingal Mummers, which is a custom that has seen cycles of decline, reinvention and renewal over the last 70 years. Coupled with this line of enquiry is a concern with how national archives and museological collections can be made available to and used as an engine of creative research and enquiry into our contemporary world. This has led to research in both the National Museum of Ireland — Natural History, and the Collections Resource Centre, housed in an old Motorola factory in Swords.

Using these sources he will collaborate with choreographer Ríonach Ní Néill, photographer Brian Cregan and designer Oonagh Young to develop experimental calendar customs for Fingal audiences.

Michelle Hall

Michelle Hall will engage in a period of practical collaborative research with a community group in the area of women's addiction, recovery, health and wellbeing. Through exploration of photographic and text-based practices participants will develop creative skills in tandem with ongoing recovery processes. Throughout the exchange period I will respond to the recovery environment with material, spatial and text interventions. Over the course of our process-led project we will make ongoing decisions on how best to produce, display and disseminate our output over a variety of platforms.

Declan Gorman

Declan Gorman will create 3 community engaged theatre pieces – Fargland – A Fingal Trilogy will animate the social, cultural, rural & coastal contexts of Balbriggan,Skerries, Rush & Lusk collaborating in each site to write, devise and perform each work with local participants and professional performers to depict ,a story of Fingal as it is now.

Yvonne McGuinness

Yvonne McGuinness will engage in a residency which will be developed in partnership with Fingal County Council’s Community Department and The Youth Diversion Programme in Tyrellstown, to examine the theme of identity and representation with a selection of youth profiles engaged on the programme there.

Aoife Dunne

Aoife Dunne will be mentored and supported to develop a new body of work which will explore the use of new and virtual technologies which will invite the participant to experience a new medium of art reception and in relation to public art or site specific practice will explore the question “where am I?” through the lens of these virtual worlds.

L-R Back row: Sarah Browne, Adam Gibney, Warsame A. Garare, Declan Gorman, Yvonne McGuinness, Anthony Haughey. L-R front row: Gareth Kennedy, Aoife Dunne, Michelle Hall, John Byrne, Lauretta Igbosonu.

“The Naul! Is it possible that you didn’t know the Naul? You don’t say you were in Milan and never saw the Cena!”

— Samuel Beckett. ‘Fingal’. More Pricks than Kicks, 1934

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