Dominic’s Community Centre in Tallaght hosted an exhibition of artwork created by participants of a ‘Citizenship through Art’ course. The exhibition was launched by Deputy Mayor, Denise O’ Donovan who paid tribute to the participants and tutors for their hard work and creativity.
This innovative course was run by The D.E.B.A.T.E. Project, Dublin & Dún Laoghaire ETB, to encourage people to explore their understanding of citizenship and to express that understanding in an artistic way. Given the year that is in it, a special focus was placed on events in 1916 and the men, women and children of that time. Two large wall hangings were created to commemorate the actions of a handful of Irish citizens in the name of independence, equality and justice. A second artwork on display, a large collage, was created by participants of a General Learning group in Tallaght Adult Education Centre, to draw attention to the diversity of citizenship in Ireland today.
The D.E.B.A.T.E Project Co-ordinator, Melíosa Bracken, also paid tribute to the participants, their tutor, Rachel Veerman, and Dominic’s Community Centre Manager, Deirdre Cleary for their hard work and whole-hearted engagement with the course. Melíosa Bracken also thanked Irish Aid and Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB for funding the initiative. Speaking about the Citizenship through Art course, Melíosa explained that its primary focus was to engage people in reflecting on the kind of Ireland the 1916 leaders were fighting for and whether that had been achieved in modern Ireland. She pointed out that the artworks commemorated the leaders of 1916 alongside women and children who played an important part in the events of 1916 but are often overlooked in the history books.
Deirdre Clearly, Manager of Dominic’s Community Centre ended the speeches by congratulating the students and tutors on their striking artwork and expressing her appreciation for the people in attendance, including Community Education Facilitator, Lorna Patterson and Councillors Charlie O’ Connor and Mick Duff. The artwork will be on display in Dominic’s Community Centre from June to July before being brought to the Tallaght Adult Education Centre where it will be on display from August until the end of September.