Project Director: Matt Green
Senior Artists: Joan Healy and Stuart Sloan
Participating Artists: Sara Amido, Elena Bezborodova, Jake Bourke, David Collier, Thom Conaty, Maggie Connolly, Simone Corr, Sinead Curran, Bryan Dunphy, Terence Erraught, Shane Finan, Louise Fitzpatrick, Katie Kavanagh, Niamh McArdle, Linda McDonnell, Eilís Murphy and Niamh O’Doherty.
Creative Campus was €25k initiative of South Dublin County Council’s NOISE programme and Tallaght Community Arts that sought to provide emerging artists (from the age of 18 upwards) with the opportunity to collaborate with peers, receive mentoring from established artists and develop their artistic practice.
An exhibition entitled Where We’re At was the outcome of the facilitated collaboration. The exhibition was spread across the three floors of the Big Picture, an interactive, public information centre in Tallaght, Ireland. Three different groups of artists worked together to create work for each floor. What linked all works was the notion of site-specificity, they each explored the surrounding context and were designed to utilise the architectural space and technological facilities in the Big Picture. All artists (together as one) also spent a great deal of time discussing current political/sociological issues related to the Big Picture as well as to Tallaght, Dublin, and Ireland. Each group’s work incorporated elements of these discussions.
Matt Green’s role as Project Director was a six-month tenure. In this time, he planned and established the aims and objectives for the project; identified and selected two further artists with which to work, creating a strong and suitable support time; identified and recruited early-career artists through liaison with numerous art and educational establishments; managed the project schedule and budget; and conducted all project documentation and promotion. Additionally, he led workshops focusing upon site-specific art, technology-driven art practice, and local and national historic and current affairs. Furthermore, he led activities designed to initiate and develop collaborations, and undertook day-to-day support and supervision of these collaborations in the final weeks of construction. Matt’s final role involved managing visits by local school children to the final exhibition, where they could explore the work and meet the artists. The intentions of this phase was to introduce young people to styles of art with which they may not be familiar and inspire them to pursue careers in arts, as the artists they met have done.