Around the Table was a project about food in Dublin, that connected with communities old and new across Dublin’s historic Central Area as part of The National Neighbourhood. Photographs from and about ‘Around the Table’, taken by artist Jeanette Lowe, will be exhibited in a number of city libraries between January and May 2018 by our colleagues in Dublin City Library and Archive.
Through ‘Around the Table’, various sections of Dublin City Council, communities, artists and The National Library of Ireland worked together to trace the passage of food from the docks to the markets and from our streets to our tables.
Communities old and new reflected on and introduced their city through a shared experience of life, food and work in Dublin, sometimes drawing on memories of a way of life that is disappearing. The 1,500 dockworkers who once unloaded our food from faraway places may have been replaced by machines, but beside the Smithfiled markets, in Brendan’s Café, a little girl takes part in a ritual that has been practiced by generations of children: queueing for a sausage, having refused the breakfast offered at home.
The images on display reflect strong communities built on camaraderie and loyalty forged through work, through shared interests and passions, through family ties and through networks of support. They reflect the life generated by the food we buy, cook and share moving through the city.
Watch out for the exhibition in the following libraries in Dublin in 2018:
January – Raheny Library
February – Charleville Mall Library
March – Rathmines Library
April – Inchicore Library
May – Ballyfermot Library
Watch what we got up to here:
You can read more about Around the Table HERE.
Dublin’s Culture Connects aims to connect Dubliners to their city through culture and conversation. We develop activities and events that bring communities together, and to life: all based on people’s stories, wishes and experiences. It’s all about making and taking part in culture.
One of our programmes is The National Neighbourhood. We want every neighbourhood to know and ‘own’ their city’s cultural resources, so we connect artists, groups and villages with libraries, museums and creative places – including our National Cultural Institutions – to make cultural events in their communities.
Images by: Jeanette Lowe