Ships Passing in the Night by artist James Ó Haodha and children from the Dublin Sikh community and the Sandymount Dodder Sea Scouts.
Ships Passing in the Night was a community engagement project involving artist James and participating children creatively exploring maritime communication, group photography, and the creative staging of images. Over three months, James has worked with the groups separately, and together at key points, to share the artistic process and to collaborate on the making of this video work.
Also being screened is a commissioned short-film capturing the project's process by videographer Jenny Brady. Ships Passing in the Night is part of The National Neighbourhood, a Dublin’s Culture Connects project which creates partnerships between the National Cultural Institutions, artists and creative entrepreneurs, community groups and Dublin City Council’s cultural assets – the South East Area Office, Dublin City Arts Office, Dublin Public Library and Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.
Be sure to catch the piece on RTÉ News2Day about Ships Passing in the Night, scroll forward to 5.35 mins here.
Dublin Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood spans the Dublin City Council region, and for the first time brings together the Public Libraries, the area offices, the City Arts Office and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, in partnership with National Cultural Institutions (The Abbey Theatre, The National Museum of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Concert Hall, The Chester Beatty Library, The National Archives and The Irish Museum of Modern Art). The core value is the public and cultural community working together, connecting Dubliners in significant ways on projects that are relevant to their expressed concerns. Each project has evolved from a series of conversations and are harnessing the appetites of particular groups for cultural engagement. These programmes focus on creating space for experimentation, modelling new partnerships and testing ways of working. The results will be documented and used to inform future programmes in Dublin communities. #DCCNeighbourhoods Ships Passing in the Night is a community engagement project led by artist James O'Haodha. Over three months, James worked with two community groups in the Sandymount/Ringsend area: children from the Sikh community who have their Temple in the Sandymount area, and the Dodder Sea Scouts. The presence of nearby Poolbeg Lighthouse was used as a symbol and a starting point for the engagement with and between the two groups. The idea of beaconing and beckoning with light, and maritime signalling tradition, have been a guiding focus. Using International Morse code as a shared language, the children learned the basics of Morse communication, progressing to a stage where they were able to send messages to each other. The children also worked with homemade Morse keys, tapping out 'dots' and 'dashes' in light and sound to each other. Ships Passing in the Night is on view in the Hugh Lane from 1 -31 March 2017. 'Alight' is a project over five months in 2016-17 led by Coisceim Broadreach as part of Dublin Culture Connects. Using the No. 1 Bus as a central motif, and working with community groups in the DCC South East area around Sandymount/Ringsend, special events such as The Mystery History Cabaret Tour, All Aboard visits to the NGI and Hugh Lane, a Valentine's Tea Dance, a creative dance/design project with children from St Patrick's NS; Tell Your Story drop in social; Art and Design event with Talk about Youth; taster art/dance/drama workshops with community groups from Riccy's Youth Cafe, St Andrew's Resource Centre, Pembroke Library, City Quay NS and the Lir Academy. Ships Passing in the Night and Alight are in collaboration with the South East Area Office, Dublin City Arts Office, Dublin Public Library and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. http://www.dublinscultureconnects.ie/category/the-national-neighbourhood/
For further information please contact project manager Cleo Fagan: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING /0874134419