The Art of Memory Project - Photographs will follow soon
The AssemblAges project is a colourful and conceptual celebration of productive aging and artistic potential involving older participants. This is a partnership project between Forthspring Intercommunity Group and The National Museums of Northern Ireland, funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland through their Arts and Older People programme.
Older participants from six community groups, including two groups living in sheltered housing were invited to rummage through drawers and wardrobes at home to find objects that hold special and forgotten memories for them. Participants then worked with a storyteller, a visual artist and a textile artist to share, explore and re vision their memories as collective visual conceptual landscapes, presented for exhibition as three installation pieces.
The installation props that support the conceptual work, a wardrobe, a dressing table and an old chair are understood as things that serve functional purpose within the interior landscapes of our homes. They often seem to merge with space, inconspicuous and unseen. We are continuing to represent their underlying functional form whilst also re visioning a new interaction between the stored object and the storage space, attempting to challenge our conception of their new purpose in terms of both form and function. We continue to represent their underlying function whilst also attempting to re define and repurpose them as artistic objects.
Forthspring Inter Community Group works with local people in the Springfield/Woodvale area, promoting good relations within and between these communities. Forthspring is situated on the Falls/Shankill interface and has 14 years experience of providing services on a cross community basis.
The Arts and Older People Programme, was launched in July 2010, to provide older people with the opportunity to use arts as a creative vehicle to explore and highlight social justice issues through a series of artist-led interventions.
The art work will be on display on the 27th February at The Cultra Manor , Cultra , Co. Down and in The Waterfront Hall from the 4th to the 8th of March.