“A bird’s eye view”
Working with the National Archives, the National Gallery of Ireland and Dublin City Council, The National Neighbourhood in Dublin South East takes place mainly around Kevin Street, Bishop Street, Whitefriar Street, Patrick Street and Rathmines. So far it has engaged with groups that are young and old, spanning schools, students, international residents and senior citizens, and the artforms being investigated include literature, visual arts and animation. The themes and the projects are still emerging, but they’re thinking a lot about flux and stability, looking at the Dublin skyline and taking a bird’s eye view of the area.
In the South East area of Dublin, as we gather our community – our groups, our artists and our Cultural Institutions – The National Archives of Ireland and The National Gallery of Ireland we are very conscious of flux and stability. Our eyes are drawn upwards to the historical grey spires of St Patricks and Christchurch and the redbrick Dutch Billies of the Iveagh Trust and the Liberties College. Sitting beside the old Kevin St. Garda Station is the gleaming glass building, reflecting the sky and the birds who fly by navigating this new skyline.
Across the canal, the familiar domes of Rathmines emerge, the church, Rathmines Senior College and the much loved Carnagie Library that is the hub of this vibrant community full of ‘coming and going’ and is often the first point of belonging for new arrivals.
It would be easy to get nostalgic as we walk these streets, hearing the voices and seeing the images of the famous writers and artists who lived,worked and created here but although we are looking upwards, our feet and our hearts are firmly rooted in the now as we begin to explore the stories with young people from this area and work together to co-create a contemporary picture of the now through words and images. We are very excited.
By Bernadette Larkin, Project Manager, South East area.
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.