Vagabond Review‘s residency at the Art Center comes to an end on August 25th.Co-founded by Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth, Vagabond Reviews is an interdisciplinary platform combining socially engaged art and research practice based in Dublin. As artists and researchers, they are interested in engaging broader publics in alternative forms of cultural participation and knowledge production.Recent projects include Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles for the exhibition Phoenix Rising, Art and the Civic Imagination at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery curated by Logan Sisley and the Arcade Project, which explores arts-based pedagogy in youth work with the Rialto Youth Project, Dublin 8. Other projects include (In)Visible Labour Factorium for the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s Legacy Project, curated by Valerie Connor. The Legacy project exhibition ‘Still, We Work’ was launched in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin in November 2014 and is currently on tour in Ireland. Other projects also include the Sliabh Bán Art House (2011-2012) a participatory public art project commissioned by Galway City Council’s Arts Office and the Cultural Archaeology (2009 – 2010) an arts-based research initiative in collaboration with the community development project Fatima Groups United, Rialto.
Vagabond Reviews upcoming projects include Temporary Institute for the Study of Contemporary Systemic Violence at Workhouse Union in Callan Co. Kilkenny curated by Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch. Ailbhe is also Director of Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland.