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Songs About Home

Presented to a capacity audience, Songs About Home was an evening of music, songs and spoken word. The event was staged as part of Home on the Grange to enable the audience of community members to listen and hear in the music and words notions and themes about home, homelessness and creative home-making that are emerging as we continue to collaborate with the inhabitants of the unique and diverse Grangegorman neighbourhood.

Performers included Mary and the PigeonsSusannah de wrixon, Ciaran Crilly, the DeCourcey String Quartet (leader Philip Dodd), and choir Mellow Tonics(director Norah Walsh). 

Songs About Home was curated by Emmett Scanlon. Musical arrangements by Mary Barnecutt, Norah Walsh and Naoise Dack. Original texts by Nathan O Donnell and Emmett Scanlon.

Photographs by Aisling McCoy and visual design by Paul Guinan.

The event was kindly supported by LUAS Cross City and Dublin City Architects.

Book Your Tickets!

Booking for Songs About Home is now open. Tickets are limited and booking is essential. Booking is managed via eventbrite.

A unique evening of musical, vocal and spoken word performances, Songs About Home reflects stories of home, homelessness and creative home-making in the Grangegorman neighbourhood. These stories are emerging in conversations with the inhabitant-participants of this unique part of Dublin city as part of an ongoing, collaborative public art project, Home on the Grange.

Performers include Mary and the PigeonsSusannah De WrixonCiaran Crilly, the DeCourcey String Quartet (leader Philip Dodd), and choir Mellow Tonics (director Norah Walsh).

Songs About Home is directed by Mary Barnecutt and curated by Emmett Scanlon. Musical arrangements by Mary Barnecutt and Norah Walsh. Original texts by Nathan O Donnell and Emmett Scanlon. Photographs by Aisling McCoy and visual design by Paul Guinan.

Paper I

So, as you know we are making three newspapers as part of this Home on the Grange project and the first one has just gone to print! It will be available from Thursday  29th September and only in barbers and hair salons in the Grangegorman neighbourhood so if you want to read one, you better go get your hair done.

Cover photo is by Aisling McCoy and design by Paul Guinan. Edited by Emmett Scanlon, with texts by Emmett and an original story PLAGUE by Nathan O’Donnell.

 

Songs About Home

On Saturday October 15th and Sunday October 16th there will two events taking place in Grangegorman as part of Home on the Grange.

Songs About Home is the title of the weekend events that will be held as part of this project and consists of a once off-concert and a two-day exhibition.

The exhibition will be held in Lyon Loring on Manor Street and we are delighted to partner with this local business to share some of the work we have made to date.

The second event to be held over the weekend is a concert, Songs About Home, an evening of music, songs and spoken word. We invite you to listen and hear in the music and words notions and themes about home, homelessness and creative home-making that are emerging as we continue to collaborate with the inhabitants of the unique and diverse Grangegorman neighbourhood.

Access to all events are free.  The exhibition will be open from 12-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  To attend the concert, booking is required and tickets (managed via Eventbrite)  will be available from Monday, September 19th. Places in the venue are strictly limited and booking is essential. The evening event will take place on the Grangegorman campus.

Further details will follow!

PLAGUE

For the first of three newspapers being made as part of this project, we invited Stoneybatter-based author Nathan O Donnell to write a fictional story inspired by the first photograph made by Aisling McCoy for Home on the Grange. The photograph is what we now call the ‘giraffe’ photo. Aisling made the photo as part of a study of Home on the Grange I, a single family house in Dublin 7.

Nathan’s story, Plague, will be featured in Edition 1 of the Home on the Grange paper which will be out the week of September 19th. Copies of this paper will initially only be available in your local hair salon or barber, so book your appointment now to pick up a copy!

About Nathan O Donnell:

Nathan O’Donnell is a writer based in Stoneybatter. He writes essays about art and architecture, and his fiction is grounded in ideas about family and place. His work has appeared in several magazines and newspapers, and he is co-editor of a journal of contemporary art criticism, Paper Visual Art Journal. In 2015 he was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council. He is currently an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

The Dublin Inquirer

Emmett spoke to the Dublin Inquirer about the Home on the Grange project. You can read the full story here.

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Home Visit II

Aisling and Emmett have visited the second home on the grange, Squat City on Grangorman Lower.

Aisling and Emmett made several visits in Squat City, talking to its creators and inhabitants.

Photographs made by Aisling will feature in the first Home on the Grange paper, due out in September.

[photos by Emmett]

HairRooms

A critical part of this project was to find ways to work with the community of the neighbourhood, ways that would allow us to find a diverse range of people making home in the area.

Therefore we are using the device of a newspaper to engage with the community and to build up an awareness of the project.

Up to three newspapers will be issued by the Home on the Grange team. These papers will contain stories of living and making a home in this part of Dublin city, using new drawings, photographs, writing, and interviews.

The first issue will invite further contributions from people living in this neighbourhood to be included in subsequent issues.

The team proposes using the network of hair salons and barbers in the neighbourhood and working with some of the business owners to distribute the newspapers. The team have been out and about across the neighbourhood and the response on the ground from the barbers and stylists and shop owners to the project is positive and enthusiastic. We are so grateful to have so many community partners on board as these hair-rooms really do act as small community centres and hubs for people of diverse ages and ethnicity.

The first Home on the Grange paper will be out in September.

Home Visit I

We have visited our first home on the grange, a single family house in Stoneybatter.

Aisling has made these photographs, documenting inhabitation and the appropriation of the house, in particular by the children and through work in a home office. This house was replete with active, busy and individual home-life.

A selection of photographs made by Aisling will feature in the first newspaper made as part of this project, available in your local salon from mid-September.

[photos: Aisling McCoy]

Home on the Grange

Copyright: Aisling McCoy

Home On The Grange has begun!

A project by photographer Aisling McCoy and architect/curator Emmett Scanlon, and made in collaboration with graphic designer Paul Guinan, Home On The Grange is a community-based public art project that aims to harness our latent but often unacknowledged creativity in homemaking. Even in seemingly identical houses, people occupy, use and creatively appropriate the places they inhabit with an often modest but typically sophisticated enthusiasm and they do this over time and on a daily basis. This process reflects their individual histories and personalities but is rarely discussed in this way.

Working in collaboration with a number of local inhabitant-participants to document, discuss and present how they each make home, the Home On The Grange project thus aims to reveal aspects of the diverse individual and collective identities of people in the Grangegorman neighbourhood. The project begins in June 2016. Home on the Grange has been commissioned under Pathway 2 of the ‘…the lives we live’1, the Grangegorman Public Art Project. This pathway centres on community based projects and events and aims to increase local participation and engagement with life through the arts.

Extract from ‘Dreams of a Summer Night’, New Collected Poems (2011), by kind permission of the author, Derek Mahon, and The Gallery Press.