Spectacular Vernacular

In The Open/Faoin Speir announces Launch of  Putting Down Roots

On Thursday, November 18th, a special tree planting ceremony took place at Scoile Mhuire Primary School in Tullamore to launch the environmental and arts initiative ‘Putting Down Roots’, attended by some of its students and teachers, organizers and supporters.   This meaningful project is led by the Museum of Everyone, visual artist Steven Doody, assisted by Amanda Nyoni, in association with Easy Treesie and the Irish Refugee Council, and will ultimately see over 8,000 native trees planted across the county of Offaly representing the number of people seeking asylum in Ireland and living in Direct Provision.

Check out this special launch coverage from RTE HERE

Also here is a fantastic article on the Putting Down Roots Launch with Offaly Independent HERE

With a donation of €5 per tree, Putting Down Roots aims to raise over €40,000 to support young people who are in the protection process and who have lived in the Direct Provision system, in order to enter third-level institution. To donate, click here  https://www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie/Appeal/putting-down-roots .  

Putting Down Roots is implementing the idea of communities working together to help these young adults put down roots on the island of Ireland is at the heart of this project.  If you would like to help us plant trees, our first planting day will take place in Tullamore, Co. Offaly this November.  If you would like to get involved, volunteer or have any questions regarding this project email us at museumofeveryone@gmail.com.

Spectacular Vernacular Launch took place on Nov 12th with a screening of Nigel Rolfe’s performance at Lough Boora Bog in Birr Theatre & Art Centre from 2pm with an artist talk at 7pm. 

We couldn't have asked for a more wonderfully inspiring, informative and introspective evening last night with Performance Artist and Lecturer Nigel Rolfe on his recent video performance in Lough Boora Parklands and artist's talk to celebrate the official launch of In The Open/Faoin Spéir.
A huge thanks to Nigel for providing an amazing look into his interpreted world through his extensive artistic career, to Brendan Fox, Curator of In the Open/Faoin Spéir, the crew at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Offaly Arts, our stakeholders and attendants on the night.

Nigel Rolfe has been performing as a live artist for the last 4 decades. He has also worked extensively as an artist, curator and lecturer. Since 2008 performance has become his primary form of artistic expression. Major retrospectives of his work have been held at the Irish Museum Of Modern Art in Dublin and at the Musee D’Art Moderne de la Ville De Paris. He has exhibited in Dublin, Paris, São Paulo, Busan, Kwangju, and Venice Biennales and presented in numerous international art fairs. He is Performance Pathway Program Leader and Professor Of Performance at the Royal College of Art In London. Rolfe is concerned with art being a live and vital engagement. His performances are bodily acts and reminders of our presence in the here and now.