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Red Bird Youth Collective: Claiming Space

Gallery 1
25 November - 14 January

School Tours: 25th November
Creative Workshops: 26th November
Opening preview Sat 26th November at 2pm
Exhibition continues until 14th January 2017

Claiming Space is a touring exhibition by Red Bird Youth Collective, a youth arts group based in Galway.

 A Galway Arts Centre National Tour, supported by The Arts Council

Claiming Space is a touring exhibition by Red Bird Youth Collective, a youth arts group based in Galway. Since its inception, Red Bird has been supporting creativity and claiming artistic space for young people in Galway, and now, nationally.

Claiming Space showcases  Red Bird's collaborative methodology, both with each other and with professional artists  and architects. Over the years Red Bird has worked with artists such as Louise Manifold, Ruby Wallis and Dominc Thorpe, and has worked with architects Bláithín Quinn and Dominic Stevens.  Although created by different members and different professionals, all the artworks in this exhibition are rooted in exploring and challenging the world from a young persons point of view whilst claiming artistic and public space for young people. The curated selection also represents different media and different ways to communicate ideas. The overall aims of Red Bird -  to make work to a high standard, to engage their peers in the productuon of art and to participate in policy making for young people are also visible in the exhibition. 

This  multi-venue national tour features work from the Red Bird Collective since 2009. The multi-media visual art exhibition focusses on engaging with youth audiences in three towns across Ireland with relatively large youth populations. Work made by successive Red Bird members is being shown together for the first time; all work has been previously show on a project-by-project basis in Galway.

However Claiming Space is not just for young people; to date audiences for Red Bird Youth Collective have been a mix of art & non-art publics of all ages. Red Bird aims to present youth arts alongside professional Irish arts practice, not to ghettoise it.

A special publication with images of all Red Bird projects to date and commissioned essays will be launched at the exhibition opening, which takes place in Gallery 1 at 2pm on Saturday 26th November.

On Saturday 26th November there will also be three free workshops for young people, exploring different areas of creativity. The series focuses on youth-led activity, self-publishing and creative participation online. These pick up on themes in the exhibition; for example the Agitating Space video piece looks at civic participation to find architectural solutions to climate change and population increase. The aim of the workshops is to support and give space to youth-led activity & creative engagement outside of school. The day will begin with a workshop on creating videos using smartphone technology, followed by a one-hour workshop on youth-led activism and public participation. The day will finish with a poetry and song writing workshop and how to publish and get your work seen online. All workshops are being facilitated by past and current Red Bird Youth Collective members.

Schools will get a sneak preview on Friday 25th November when Galway Arts Centre’s curator Maeve Mulrennan will host tours for primary and post-primary schools. The tours are free but must be booked in advance. Lesson Plans based on the exhibition, which can be used independently of a gallery visit, will be available to download for free on www.theredbirdcollective.com from 1st September. The lesson plans have been co-created by current members of Red Bird Youth Collective and Maeve Mulrennan.

Claiming Space is supported by the Arts Council www.artscouncil.ie

For bookings please email Laura: lmahon@leitrimcoco.ie 

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