Soufiane Largate and Geralding Roantree who are involved in the project
Ever mitched from school in Callan’s Mill Lane? Or perhaps you fished on the King’s River, do you love your car or do enjoy equestrian activities?
Well, if the answer is yes to any or all of the above, then you won’t want to miss ‘Town Traits: Alternative Census’, a day-long celebration on Saturday, November 11 , of what makes Callan so special.
Visual artist, Michelle Browne, says that the event will see people with shared interests gather in specific locations at pre-arranged times in and around the town from 8am right through until 8.30pm. Each gathering will be photographed and images from the day will feature on unique postcards which will be distributed afterwards free of charge to all participants.
Michelle aims to create a unique community-building exercise which will really capture the imagination of those living in Callan for generations as well as newcomers to the town.
The initiative is part of the ‘Meet You At The Green?’, a Trasna Productions project produced by Callan Workhouse Union and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland's Arts Participation Project Award.
“A census records data about people. Often it counts how many people live in an area, where they live, and what they do. Sometimes it records the traffic and sometimes, business. A census doesn’t often tell us how we inhabit our towns or what we do for fun.
“Following on from research into how people use the public spaces of Callan, we are inviting its people to take part in an alternative census of the town. We are focusing on how people use the public spaces of the town, we’re inviting people to be counted on this one-day event when leisure activities and ways of coming together and interacting are captured,” said Michelle.
Orlaith Treacy of Callan Workhouse Union says it promises to be a very special day for Callan; for existing residents and for generations to come.
“Callan is very much a commuter town. People travel to Kilkenny city or to Clonmel to work and many of the people living here might not realise just how much they have in common with others they might meet when they’re out for a walk or shopping in the town at weekends. This could change all that.
“We’re really looking forward to working with people living in the town and finding out what people are into - their passions, pastimes and hobbies. The day starts out with people who have ever fished in King’s River meeting in their fishing gear at 8am at the Abbey Meadow.
“The group portraits continue approximately every two hours and will bring people who share interests together - maybe in some cases for the first time. It all closes with a fitting event at Halloween time – with the ‘Do you believe in Ghosts’ gathering at Callan Workhouse in the dark at 8.30pm.” For more information contact Orlaith Treacy on 087 740 5626