PRACTICE & PERIL; Resilience of Creative Thinking in the Refugee Crisis
Several refugees and asylum seekers have been paired with individuals working in creative and critical fields in Ireland. Each pair will find a personal response to our current exhibition TRAUMA: BUILT TO BREAK as a starting point for conversation. The outcome of these connections will be varied, providing a platform for us to hear voices that are ordinarily silenced.
This one-hour event is a celebration of resilience and an opportunity to access the wealth of experience and creativity too often lost in the context of the Irish direct provision system. This event is part of Change of Address - a year-long project by artists Moira Brady Averill, Maeve Stone and Oonagh Murphy, seeking to increase the visibility of refugees and asylum seekers in Irish society through inclusive creative collaborations and events.
Moira Brady Averill is a writer and comedian who has extensive experience in curating and hosting arts events and has provided Dublin audiences with Meat Scandal and End Direct Provision Now at Temple Bar Gallery 2014/2015. Moira is just back from a writing fellowship with The Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY with a fresh set of new jokes.
Maeve Stone is a freelance theatre director and associate director with Pan Pan Theatre Company. Her work is socially engaged and focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration, often in non-traditional performance spaces. In 2014 she made Limbo - a documentary dance response to direct provision - commissioned by Limerick City of Culture. Recently she has been involved in #WakingTheFeminists campaign for gender equality in theatre.
Oonagh Murphy is a theatre director and creative facilitator, with particular focus on community development. Recent theatre credits include Foxy at Project Arts Centre and Be Infants In Evil for Druid. She was Resident Assistant Director at both the Donmar Warehouse and the Abbey Theatre. Her essay "Making Space: Female-Authored Queer Performance in Irish Theatre" appeared in That Was Us, Oberon, 2013. Oonagh is part of the campaigning committee behind the #WakingtheFeminists movement.