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AFTER

Artist Name(s) Alice Lyons, Carol Anne Connolly, Anna MacLeod, Gareth Kennedy & Christine Mackey
Artwork title AFTER
Context/Background Acclaimed international artist Alfredo Jaar facilitated exchange and discussion among five AFTER artists, Anna MacLeod, Carol Anne Connolly, Gareth Kennedy, Alice Lyons and Christine Mackey, during a year-long engagement as part of a residency. The project developed an alternative and innovative model for arts practice, which benefits from the artists' specific knowledge of their respective locales and their shared concerns for the environment. The scope of the five combined AFTER projects addressed diverse publics and locations across the Roscommon and Leitrim region and beyond. Each project manifested different strategies both in conceptualising and engaging with the idea of 'the public'. 

Description

Carol Anne Connolly's Broken Appliance Depot took place in a vacant house in a newly built estate on a farmland designated for ESB pylons in County Roscommon. It presented alternative and creative solutions to address the re-use of surplus 'objects' and 'buildings' in our communities. The project consisted of two elements; a solar powered light installation made from disused household appliances, and workshops concerned with the management of waste material and the built environment. These workshops were held in a newly developed property which was lying vacant.  

Gareth Kennedy's Inflatable Bandstand was a structure which travelled to various locations in Leitrim and Roscommon. A white van with crew inside (musician, artist and assistant) would arrive at a particular site where the bandstand would be laid out and inflated within minutes. The musician then took his place on the bandstand where he performed a 15 minute musical score inspired by the Irish economy.  

Alice Lyons' Viewfinder is a poem which was installed in a shed beside the barracks in Cootehall, County Roscommon.

Christine Mackey's Aggressive Localism was a project involving planting seeds. It took place in various locations in Leitrim, Roscommon and farther a field in Ireland and abroad. The project proposed practical and redemptive tactics towards man-made structures and surfaces through the planting of native Irish wild-flower seeds.  Anna Macleod's Raincatcher was a water filtration project which was based at The Dock, in Carrick-on-Shannon. This work harvested water, filtered and rendered it portable for the public to collect and drink. It proposed a reevaluation of the importance of collecting water both as a focal point for social activity and community activism. It also worked as an alternative, non chemical and sustainable solution to water management and conservation.    

Anna Macleod's Raincatcher was a water filtration project which was based at The Dock, in Carrick-on-Shannon. This work harvested water, filtered and rendered it portable for the public to collect and drink. It proposed a reevaluation of the importance of collecting water both as a focal point for social activity and community activism. It also worked as an alternative, non chemical and sustainable solution to water management and conservation.     

Further details and images for these projects to be found at the project's website

Mediation

A publication called DRAFT, outlining the five proposed public art interventions used in the development of the projects was published to gain funding and other support.

A website was alos created: Website

Artists erect warning signs on the landscape, Irish Times article, September 2008   

Biographies

Gareth Kennedy enjoys the challenge of making physical works which manifest a public dimension, and have a complex identity as they often mix elements of contemporary art, architecture, performance and design. There is often a bespoke or customised dimension to these experimental structures, and their sorties into a public context are often contingent on considerable negotiation with 'non-art' publics. Kennedy actively courts his work's vulnerability, as temporary structures trying to find a place and function within a social milieu. This is especially pertinent since his works often have a 'functional' element and typically attempt to operate both as artwork and everyday entity. His practice to date includes public art work, educational projects, exhibitions, residencies and collaborations. In 2009 he co-represented Ireland along with artist Sarah Browne at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Christine Mackey is currently pursuing a practice-based PhD at the University of Ulster, Belfast on 'drawing' as a generative discipline for social practice. Mackey considers drawing as an inter-disciplinary and a communicative tool that engages with people and the places they inhabit and produce. To walk, to talk and to draw are daily strategies that can generate different kinds of knowledge of place, their hidden histories and ecological formations. In her attention to these multifaceted activities, Mackey sets up an eclectic narrative of place that engages with communities on an intimate scale of social exchange. Mackey has participated in International and National residencies including: Teor /é Tica (Costa Rica), Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Firestation Artists Studios (Dublin), Sanskriti (India), Site-ations (Wales), e-MobilArt: European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media Artists, funded by Culture 2007 (Finland, Greece and Vienna), and was recently selected for RIAA in Argentina and Drawing Spaces in Portugal (2009). She is a recipient of numerous awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, Local Authorities, EV+ A Limerick (main award), Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholarship (2001), Cultural Ireland, A.I.B emerging award (shortlisted) and a Research Scholarship from the University of Ulster, Belfast (2007-10).

Her practice combines site-specific installations, exhibitions, publications and performance. Recent projects and exhibitions include: AFTER, commissioned by Leitrim and Roscommon Arts Office, RIVERwork(s) commissioned by Sligo Arts Office (2008), Tidings from here to there, commissioned by Dublin City Council, MEDIATIONS II BIENNALE, Museum Of Modern Art, Poznan, Points of Departure, The Context Gallery, Derry and 40 Shades of Green, Dixon Galley, Memphis. Forthcoming exhibitions include: The State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (Biennale), The Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice, Poland and Studio Golo Brdo, Croatia.

Anna MacLeod was born in Scotland and currently lives in Co Leitrim. She has participated in projects and exhibitions in Europe, USA, Australia, Mexico and India. Exhibitions in 2008 include: After, New Sites, New Fields, an interdisciplinary research project and exhibition, Leitrim Sculpture Center, Co Leitrim; CAMOUFLASH, Das Verschwinden in der Kunst Dresden, Germany and The CamouFLASHed MEDIATIONS, part of The International Biennial of Contemporary Art MEDIATIONS Biennial Poznan. She participated in the 2009 Kumasi Symposium in Ghana and has a solo show at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon in February 2010. MacLeod is a lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology and is currently completing an MA in Visual Art Practices programme at IADT 

Alice Lyons is the author of two collections of poems speck (Netherlea, forthcoming, 2009) and Staircase Poems (The Dock, 2006). She is the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award, as well as bursaries in literature from An Chomhairle Ealaine/The Arts Council in 2003 and 2007. She participated in AFTER, a series of artist-led public art interventions in Counties Leitrim and Roscommon in 2008, the outcome of a residency with artist Alfredo Jaar. Currently, she is directing a film based on her poem The Polish Language supported by the Frameworks Animation Award from RTE/The Irish Film Board/The Arts Council. The film will premier at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2009.

For Carol Ann Connolly's biographical details click on this pdf

For Alfredo Jaar's biographical details see his website

Commission Type The Arts Council,Local Authority
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By The Arts Council,Leitrim County Council,Roscommon County Council
County Leitri
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Content contributor(s) Alice Lyons
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