Anthony Haughey & The Global Migration Collectives new public artwork Assemble- A Film Trilogy

Press Release
March 23, 2021

Fingal County Council’s Arts Office is delighted to premiere Anthony Haughey & The Global Migration Collectives new public artwork Assemble- A Film Trilogy

The Arts Office will host the film premiere of Assemble – A Film Trilogy online - Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 5.30pm. At this special event the artists and collaborators of this series will reflect on the process of co-creation and the significance of the film’s themes to local and global audiences. The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. David Healy will also be joining the showing where guests will view a new documentary on the project by Arcade Film and watch Assemble – A Film Trilogy, followed by a Q&A.

To register interest in this online showing please contact Caroline Cowley- Public Art Co-ordinator: or 01-8708449

Join the Event  on zoom

Meeting ID: 860 1271 7252

Passcode: 930042

The trilogy of short films, Can you Hear us Now?, This is What we Call Progress and Waiting for Tomorrow reflect on the impact of global migration from the viewpoint of youth living in Fingal with a particular focus on Balbriggan. This public art commission explores how cultural identities are represented in the public realm. Each of the three were co-written and performed by the young people who selected everything from set up to location while assuming the roles of non-professional actors to mediate their stories.

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. David Healy, said: “We are very proud of these young people who have chosen, through these films to address historical and global conversations around equality and citizenship they are exemplary Fingal representatives and we hope their message is far reaching.”

The films explore concerns expressed by these multi-ethnic youth who are growing up in a time of rapid change in Ireland and Internationally. They draw on source material from history from Frederick Douglas, the civil rights agenda of the 60s and the present day Black Lives Matter movement, 2020. Through conversations and explorations together and with artist Anthony and The Global Migration Collective wove a series of dialogues into scripts to reveal films that speak to their lived experiences while signaling their hopes for their future.

Director of Services Emer O’Gorman expressed that: “Fingal is a vibrant and diverse county that places great importance on equality and the  voices of its young people, , Balbriggan is currently undergoing significant and positive changes under the Our Balbriggan programme this project complements the objectives of our recently published countywide arts strategy where we have signaled our commitment to connect people and ideas through the arts, placing it at the very centre of our towns and villages.”

Public Art Co ordinator Caroline Cowley explained that: “Our Public Art Programme, Infrastructure is committed to the possibilities of art that is socially engaged, Anthony and the Global Migration Collective was awarded under the Co- Production strand which was invitation to work collaboratively across Fingal to develop new narratives about and with our local communities.”

In Can you Hear us now? A group of students from Lusk Community College call for equality in the context of a xenophobic Europe. The group researched the writings of Frederick Douglas who travelled to Ireland in 1845 and performed many speeches on emancipation and freedom. Together they carefully transformed these speeches into a conversation between three young women allowing the original texts to convey a message of the right now.

The second film This is What We Call Progress takes the audience to the beautiful red room of the 18th Century, Newbridge House. One of the last custodians of this Anglo-Georgian house was Frances Power Cobbe, who was a writer, social reformer and suffrage campaigner. In this sequence a group of young local women activists from a collective called My Sisters Keeper articulate and assert the positive role that African women have played in feminist discourse and human rights.

The last film sees a group of young men engage in conversation about what is at stake for their generation where they discuss historical speeches and claims for civil rights and equality espoused by Martin Luther King JR, Malcolm X and others. This film Waiting for Tomorrow, set in Balbriggan references Beckett’s seminal play, Waiting for Godot. The waiting in this case points to the existence of a permanent state of crisis were fear and division is continuing to test the patience of so many generations of multi-ethnic communities especially in light of the recent Black Lives Matter global protests.

Assemble – A Film Trilogy is available to view on

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