Artist Michelle Browne
What is your story of Slieverue? Where is the best place to go for a walk? What’s your favourite place to meet friends? And do you know all of your neighbours?
These are just some of the questions asked by the team involved in the landmark Bring Your Own Chair arts project which visits Slieverue on today, Monday, July 16.
They’ll be engaging with people beside Betty’s Shop from 5pm to 7pm and visual artist, Michelle Browne, will host a workshop at the local GAA grounds from 7pm to 8pm . Locals are invited and asked to bring along their favourite chair to the event and tell the story behind it.
The beautiful town motifs developed by pupils from Slieverue National School, Ringville National School and Jonah Special School will be on display and pupils are invited to take home a bespoke print of their town - a record of the students’ artwork.
Michelle Browne and the team are anxious to talk to everyone about their impressions of Slieverue, how life has changed over the years, where people meet most and what makes it an interesting place to live.
“We want to engage with as many people as possible – the young and the young at heart. Every town and village we’re visiting has its own story to tell and we want to engage with people and build a picture of how people move around, where they meet and what makes Slieverue special. And we want people to bring along their own chair – as they did when theatre and cinema first started out in Ireland - and tell us why its significant for them.”
The fun interchange will include some games which will help the team get a better handle on what it means to be part of the Slieverue community. Through conversation and Michelle’s workshop we will gather the hidden stories of the area. The workshop will begin at 7pm and is due to end around 8pm.
The landmark Bring Your Own Chair project is funded by the Arts Council’s Making Great Art Work - Open Call Award. It aims to highlight the realities of rural living in 2018 at a time when rural public amenities are closing, among these post offices, shops, bus routes and schools and people have less and less meeting places.
Chosen hubs in Waterford are Kilmacthomas, An Rinn, Tallow and Passage East. In Wexford, participating areas include Ballyhack,Taghmon, Bunclody and Courtown while in Kilkenny, chosen areas include Slieverue, Kells, Coon and Goresbridge.
The community project runs throughout 2018 and focuses on the revival of traditional meeting places, creating a portrait in each of the 12 towns, following a series of coordinated design, craft and interactive workshops and residencies.
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