'Romantic Ireland: From The Streets'
'Romantic Ireland: From The Streets' is an exhibition of art work originally hung at Anglo Irish HQ, North Wall Quay, Dublin. Anglo Irish Bank was a central player in the madness that went on in this country. This site itself was an appropriate and evocative symbol of the audacity shown in the previous 20 years and the results of that audacity. We owned this building through NAMA (and the central bank) therefore no permission was sought to use it. Nobody sought permission to spend our taxes on private debt.
'September 1913' is a century old acceptable and relevant comment on the effect of greed on the ideals of a nation.
This exhibition was an artistic response, part of a wider discussion around ideas of sovereignty, nationhood and the economy, the relationship between idealism and niavety and the notion of democracy. Was it always like this? Are ordinary people consistently sold a lie for the benefit of a relatively small group of people? It has the potential to establish a starting point for a different discussion on Ireland. Is there a place for idealism? Is it a romantic notion? Is idealism interchangeable with naivety? What does it mean to be Irish? What is the relationship between the economy and being Irish? Or the economy and sovereignty or being Irish and sovereignty?
We were in the same place 100 years ago. The exhibition was a statement of a few things, one of which is that there are many people who never lost the run of themselves over the course of the economic 'boom'. These people are still here. While the only discussion about Ireland to be heard is about the economy, this exhibition concerns what's best in being Irish – Creativity, Self reliance, Community.
It was done for free by all participants.
It was a gift to the state
Making a book:
September 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Yeats' Poem, We would like to celebrate this along with the exhibition by creating an exclusive limited edition book of all the artwork that was created in response to the poem and the project.
For those of you that are new to crowdfunding, if we don't make our target the project will not be funded.
This is a not-for-profit project, we are asking for a pre-purchase of the book to enable us to produce it and send it out to the folks that have supported it's creation.
There will also be a limited amount of special rewards as well as a pre-purchase of the book
(Please note, only one reward can be chosen from each Fund it account. If you would like an additional reward, please create a separate Fund it account with another email address. The same payment card can be used on multiple Fund it accounts)
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