‘COMMEMORATION IS ABOUT THE FUTURE’

January 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Having entered the centenary year of the Dublin Lockout, the words belong to the curator of this project, Helen Carey (Director, Limerick City Gallery of Art), and formed part of Helen’s presentation as part of a panel discussion held last October at the Arts Office of the Dublin City Council, The LAB. In the context of the exhibition, Digging the Monto, facilitated by Thomas Kador, the panel critically addressed the question of how to commemorate the 1913 Dublin Lockout, the 1916 Rising and the Treaty?

Thematically, Helen addressed the role of memory, the relationship between power and the construction of history and with such awareness, what is the role of contemporary visual art practice to mark this pivotal moment in Irish labour history with critical significance for the globalised present and the possibilities for a re-imagined future. Now available online, the presentations begin with Helen and are followed by  Mary Muldowney (Oral Historian, Trinity College Dublin), Padraig Yeates (Lockout  Historian & Writer),Roisin Higgins (Historian, Boston College), Pat Cooke (School of Art History & Cultural Policy, University College Dublin) and is chaired by Charles Duggan (Dublin City Council).

When we are talking about commemoration, we are talking about power and not necessarily history (Helen Carey)

Digging the Monto: An archaeology of tenement life and the 1913 Lockout

October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Occurring at The LAB, the Arts Office of Dublin City Council, an exhibition will open this Thursday, October 25th and continue until November 10th.

Monto (image courtesy The LAB)

 

‘Drawing on the results of recent archaeological excavations undertaken by a community archaeology group led by Dr Thomas Kador, the show will feature a variety of visual displays including old photographs from the area, artefacts,  and historical census records’

The exhibition is accompanied by a number of free talks, a walking tour and discussions focusing on Dublin tenement life, the 1913 Lockout, and the proposed commemorations for the forthcoming centenary. Included in this programme on the opening night is a panel discussion titled

From the Lockout to the Rising and the Treaty: (How) should we commemorate?

It is chaired by Charles Duggan (Dublin City Council) / Padraig Yeates (Lockout Historian) / Pat Cooke (University College Dublin) / Mary Muldowney (Trinity College Dublin) / Roisin Higgins (Boston College) and the curator of this project, Helen Carey (Limerick City Gallery)

The discussion begins at 6pm and further information can be found here.

Lockout, Dublin 1913: Interview with Padraig Yeates

May 11, 2012 § 8 Comments

Author of the authoritative and substantial account, Lockout: Dublin 1913, the journalist, Padraig Yeates has been interviewed over six chapters, outlining the build up, resulting events and the subsequent impact of the Lockout. Linked below in the final chapter, Yeates argues how with the actions of 1913 were deemed an ‘heroic failure within the nationalist pantheon’ and as a result, the socialist ideals of the movement were subsequently ‘hijacked’ in favour of the same nationalist agenda in the overthrow of colonial dominance. However, with the forthcoming centenary, Yeates advocates a need to ‘reclaim’, in their fullness, the pivotal events of 1913.

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