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Cork Docklands Transition Year Schools Project 2009 - 2010

Cork City Council challenged transition year students to imagine they are senior planning advisors who have been requested to share their experience following the successful completion of the Cork Docklands Project.  It is the year 2050 and the task is to advise a neighbouring city on what worked and what didn’t in the redevelopment process. Docklands Director of Services Pat Ledwidge commented that the purpose of the project is to enable transition year students to focus on a local urban regeneration project and to engage in imaginative speculation on the outcomes of the process. He said: ''We want the contestants to make assumptions, back them up with reasoned arguments and use their imaginations. In their eyes, Docklands may be a success or not; the important thing is that each team is creative in its approach.  We expect to learn from the project and hopefully some of the contestants will consider a career in the field of urban regeneration as a result of the competition.”

Five projects were assessed with each project team making a short presentation followed by questions from the panel.  A team consisting of Aisling Claffey, Lauran O' Reilly, Meritxell Garalda Manso and Rebecca McGovern from Coláiste Muire Realt na Mara in Crosshaven were awarded first prize. The awards were presented in the Council Chamber by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Jim Corr on 21st April 2010.  The winning team received a trophy and each member a golden ticket to the Cork Mid-summer Festival.

National Sculpture Factory Temporary Art Installations 2008

The National Sculpture Factory launched a series of temporary art installations based in Cork Docklands on Culture Night 2008 which were part sponsored by the Docklands Directorate. The Projects were exhibited from 20th September until 10th October 2008. and included:

'Docks Tours’ by artist Séamus Nolan involving a horse-drawn carriage tour of the Docklands driven by an ex-docker Michael Murphy (advance booking required).

'Balloon Project' by collaborating artists Sorcha O’Brien and Eli Caamano is best viewed from Michael Collins Bridge and involved the installation of four spherical balloons, four metres in diameter, on top of several buildings in the Docklands.

'Weather Station (After Beckett)' by Inigo Manglano-Ovalle involves a 'sea container' sited on Albert Quay East – neither arriving nor leaving and having an integral weather station provoking thought on climate, globalisation, locality and micro-culture.

For more information on the National Sculpture Factory see www.nationalsculpturefactory.com

Art Trail 2008

Art Trail 2008 ran from 26th September to 6th October 2008 focussing on Cork Docklands with a series of pen studios and tours, lectures, walks, workshops, public forum, performances, and installations. The Docklands Directorate part sponsored the Solar Art Trail with banners designed by printmaker Marianne Keating located at different points from Merchants Quay to Blackrock Castle Observatory.

See http://www.arttrail.ie/ for more information.

Shadowlands Exhibition 2008

'Shadowlands' was the title of a series of pinhole photographs by the artist Harry Moore with accompanying poems and prose by the writer William Wall.   This temporary installation, a commissioned work, was the first major exhibition in the new atrium of Cork’s City Hall.

Three photographs, printed onto canvas, were exhibited in very large format, accompanied by writings inspired by the images. The exhibition took place from 10th June – 29th August 2008.

 This work was the product of a direct commission of Harry Moore and William Wall by Cork City Council. The work which resulted is a document, in pictures and words, of the docks area of Cork City.

Welcoming the exhibiting, the Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan said “Art and culture are part of our civic inheritance; they pay a vital role in defining this place. This series of photographs and poems, commissioned by Cork City Council, are testament to the role of art in helping us to discern the shape of our past, present and future.”

Speaking in advance of the exhibition, Joe Gavin, Cork City Manager commented, “As Cork develops and expands into the Docklands, we will encourage synergy between culture, commerce, education and community. This project is just one example the many projects City Council will undertake as we lead this strategically vital urban redevelopment project.”

The photographs were taken with a handmade pinhole camera which, through its long exposure time, removes traces of immediate movement and human activity. These images and words speak of buildings, ships and places which are in the near future, likely to change swiftly and permanently.

Harry Moore is an artist and photographer currently living in Cork city, Ireland. Born in Zambia, he studied at the Slade School of Art in London. He has exhibited nationally within Ireland, and also internationally, most recently in collaborative projects in Kosice, Slovakia and New Orleans. His work is featured in many collections within Ireland including the Glucksman Gallery in UCC and the Dublin Docklands Directorate. He teaches photography at St. John’s Central College in Cork city and also performs regularly as a sound artist.

William Wall is the author of four novels, one of which, This Is The Country, was long listed for the Man Booker Prize, and two collections of poetry and one of stories. He has won numerous prizes including the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Sean O’Faoláin Award. His most recent book is No Paradiso, a collection of short stories. His work has been translated into several languages. He lives in Cork where he writes full-time.