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Ghost estates brought to book in post-Tiger exhibition

Art initiative PrettyvacanT Dublin is repurposing empty spaces for cultural purposes – its latest show responds to “post-Crash Ireland”.

Work from Blaithin Quinn in situ for the Shoot the Tiger exhibition, opening tonight.
Work from Blaithin Quinn in situ for the Shoot the Tiger exhibition, opening tonight.
Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin

A LIMITED EDITION book which contains an alphabetical list of ghost estates across Ireland is one of the exhibits at a new show from an arts initiative.

Shoot The Tiger is the latest exhibition from arts initiative PrettyvacanT Dublin, which repurposes vacant properties as temporary exhibition spaces. The new exhibition is to open tonight at Unit 3, James Joyce Street in Dublin 1. The group was invited by Dublin City Council Arts Office to use the previously empty unit for the show as part of a pilot scheme to redesign spaces for cultural use.

The exhibition, according to PrettyvacanT Dublin’s director Louise Marlborough, “will showcase artwork created since 2008 under the constraints of an economically-damaged nation”. She told TheJournal.ie:

The exhibition is designed to give working artists the opportunity to make their voice heard in an ever-uncertain economic reality.

One of the seven artists featured in the show is Eilis Murphy, whose piece ‘Roll Call’ is the aforementioned list of ghost estates. She created the work using data from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s Unfinished Housing Estate Survey (October 2012) and the All-Island Research Observatory Housing map analysis toolkit.

Other artists featured include Aoife Flynn, Amy McGovern, NO!DEA (aka Declan Greaney), Noel Noblett, La Cosa Preziosa and Blaithin Quinn. The exhibition’s Facebook page says the work “represents an emotional and artistic response to a post-Crash Ireland”.

This is some of the work that goes on display at the exhibition from tonight from 6-8pm. (Fittingly enough, given its theme, entry to the show will be free and open Tuesdays to Saturdays – bar St Patrick’s Day – until 31 March, 12-5pm.)

Ghost estates brought to book in post-Tiger exhibition
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    Eilis Murphy's 'Roll Call' of Irish ghost estates. (Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin)
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    Eilis Murphy's 'Roll Call' of Irish ghost estates. (Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin)
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    Work from NO!DEA (aka Declan Greaney) Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin
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    'Paperwork' by Blaithin Quinn. Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin
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    Positioning artworks for tonight's opening at Unit 3, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1. (Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin)
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    Artworks for tonight's opening at Unit 3, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1. (Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin)
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    Work from La Cosa Preziosa. (Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin)
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    Work from Amy McGovern. (Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin)
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    Work from Aoife Flynn. (Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin)
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    Work from Noel Noblett. (Image: PrettyvacanT Dublin)

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