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New Artworks ‘Holdings’ unveiled by Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Ahern

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Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern, Liz Meaney Arts Officer, Stephen Sullivan, Architect, Margaret Fitzgibbon, Artist, Brian McGee, Archivist, Liam Ronayne, City Librarian at Launch of Percent for Arts Project for new Archives Building Blackpool
(Photo by Tony O’Connell).


Holdings, new artworks comprising of a 12 minute film and a permanent installation by the artist Margaret Fitzgibbon were unveiled by Lord Mayor Cllr. Ahern in the new Cork City and County Archives building in Blackpool.


Using the concept of ‘Holdings’ as a central theme the artist explored with local people their experience of archiving and explored its fundamental value and place in their lives. The artworks created are a direct result of this collaborative process.


The Archives building is strategically situated in a lovely old, historic part of Cork city, Great William O’Brien St., Blackpool. The residential area wraps around this new site, to the rear of the Blackpool Fire Station, a well-known landmark. Using leafleting and meetings with a number of individuals and groups in the community the artist established a group of people who came together to work with her in the development of the work. Those represented in the group are both long established and more recent members of the community, reflecting the diverse make up of the local area.


Funding for the project was made available through the Per Cent for Art Scheme which provide a portion of capital building costs toward the creation of new art. The project was managed by the Arts Office of Cork City Council in collaboration with the Archives and the City and County Libraries.


A graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Margaret Fitzgibbon is a multimedia sculptor who is now based in Dublin and was a founding member of the Cork Artists Collective. Her work has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. She has worked extensively in education with a range of different groups.


The resulting film is on display daily in the archives until end of November and the installation is on permanent display.

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