Wednesday, May 30, 2018

THE meeting room at the Leonard Fraser Park in Tallow be a hive of activity, creativity and fun this Saturday afternoon, June 2, as the latest free event on the community-building ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ project gets underway.

The three county Bring Your Own Chair initiative is an art project taking place in rural towns and villages across counties Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford throughout the spring and summer of 2018. As the heart of small towns in Ireland face decline, Bring Your Own Chair hopes to breathe life back into communities and their public gathering spaces. Tallow is one of a handful of

Photo Patrick Browne:
Visual artist, Michelle Browne, co-ordinator of the ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ project.

towns selected to partake.

The free Tallow event starts out from 3-5pm at Leonard Fraser Park, Meeting Room where there will be a display of Town Motifs, created by the students at Scoil Mhuire, Tallow. Members of the public are invited to drop in to meet the team and view the works created in the Town Motif School Workshops. Members of the public are also asked to have a chat over a cup of team with the team and outline what they think makes Tallow so special.

The event also includes an “active participation” segment and will include games and discussions to help us understand your town and how locals use it, Visual Artist, Michelle Browne, explained.

“We will explore the town together to see how we use the public spaces, and the spaces less explored. Where do you do your shopping? Where is your favourite quiet spot? Where did you mitch off school?”

When cinema and theatre first started out in Ireland, locals would bring along their own chair for screenings and performances in prime, community-focused locations. With so many people now commuting to work, emigration hitting so many villages and towns and former community hubs now boarded up, Bring Your Own Chair seeks to get people back meeting up, thinking about the layout of their communal spaces and bringing them back to life, visual artist, Michelle added.

“We’re asking all members of the Tallow community, be they farmers or business people, migrants, families or individuals who have just moved to the area or retirees who have lived there for generations to come along, join in this celebration.

“We will work together as a group, using games and group discussion to build a picture of Tallow. We will explore the village together to see how we use the public spaces, and the spaces less explored. We want as many people as possible to come and join in a celebration of Tallow and what makes it unique,” Michelle added.

Bring Your Own Chair is funded by the Arts Council Ireland Making Great Art Work – Open Call Award and with further support from Create Ireland/Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Waterford Council, Kilkenny Arts Office, County Wexford and Kilkenny LEADER Partnership and Waterford Úradás na Gaeltachta.

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