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Exhibition Archive
2014
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2013
Common Ground
Culture Night: The New Guild of Domestic Cooks 12 Hour Cooking Marathon
Reading Room
A Solo Exhibition by Jacob Stack
Residency: Jacob Stack 
House Warming- A Night of Film Screenings
Tadhg Ó Cuirrín: Optimisim
Occupy Space and Stag & Deer Present: Richard Forrest // Laura McMorrow // Caroline McNally // Jillian McAteer
Taking Place
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2011
Occupy Space Graduate Residency Award 2011 - Rachel Healy and Ronan McGeough

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2010
Show Me - Curated by Nora O Murchu & Anna Crudge
Occupy Space Annual Residency Award 2010 - Eoin Francis MacCormack and Brian O' Shea
Surplus Value - Curated by Michele Horrigan

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2009
PREOCCUPIED

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Old News...
Artist Response to Stigma Damages
Occupy Paper Issue #9 Launch
Limerick Post: Id Engager
Limerick Leader Interview with Séamus McCormack
Lajeunesse Collective on RTE Radio 1 Arena
Limerick Leader Interview with Celeen Mahe
Closure of H-Q
VAI Common Room Café and Show and Tell
Common Ground Performance Afternoon
Launch of H-Q: Halloween Hellraising Fundraiser
H-Q
Limerick Leader Interview with Jacob Stack
David Naranjo
End of Year Thank You
The Mayo Artists Network Meeting
Christophe Knoch and Megs Morley in discussion at the Limerick City Gallery of Art
Leaving Thomas St.
Game On: Re-Newing Media Art
Pitch Your Project
Occupy Space @ NCAD
Bomb Global
Sunday Times Ubiety
Artist Talk: Alan Crowley 

Stigma Damages
Artist Response with Ciaran Nash

August 23rd, 2pm
Leamy House, Hartstonge St. Limerick (Victoria Snooker club entrance)

Occupy Space are delighted to present Michele Horrigan’s solo exhibition Stigma Damages. For several years, Horrigan has been following an exploratory trail of investigation around the mineral ore bauxite. Imported from Guinea in Africa into Ireland’s largest industrial complex in Horrigan’s hometown of Askeaton, bauxite is then refined and smelted to become aluminium, the world’s most versatile metal used in computer parts and engines, drink cans and airplanes. 

Artist and Occupy Space member Ciaran Nash will respond to the solo exhibition by Michele Horrigan within the context of his own practice, giving his own perspective and insight upon the work with Michele present to answer any questions.

Ciaran Nash is an artist with a background in Engineering, Sculpture and Media. His interests lie in processes of production including both the practical manufacturing and the organisational mechanisms employed by varying economic and political systems. He uses appropriation, a D.I.Y. aesthetic and collaboration to question aspects of agency and the individual’s role in the global capitalist model. Previous projects have used photography and object making to explore economic migration.

Collaboration and exchange is central to his practice. At present he is setting up a skills, time and object sharing bank in Limerick with artist David Payne-Mullins. Together they also run ‘Casino Voltaire’, a workshop that uses the game of texas hold’em poker as a tool for the creation of dialogue around value, economies and trust. 

Ciaran is currently completing an M.A. in Socially Engaged Art Practice and the Creative Environment  (MA SPACE) at Limerick School of Art and Design. He has been selected to present his collaborative project as part of Apprentice/Master 2014 at Kunstpodium T, Tilburg (NL). 

Ciaran is a member of Occupy Space, Limerick and the Limerick Printmakers.






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Occupy Paper #9

Issue #9 of Occupy Paper will be launched at the exhibition The Artist Writing Room at the Edinburgh College of Art as part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival on the 15th of August from 6-8pm. Curated by Occupy Paper editor Claire Walsh, this exhibition will feature over 100 artist's books and prints, it runs from the 16th – 24th August 2014, 11:00 – 17:00, Room C28, Edinburgh College of Art Main Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh. More information here.

Occupy Paper is a sporadic periodical centred on contemporary art and writing practices. Occupy Paper is edited by Claire Walsh, Catherine Mary O'Brien and Aoife Flynn. Design by John O'Brien.


Nice little mention of our performance night, Id Engager, in the Limerick Post:
   


Artist Interview: Séamus McCormack

Interview with artist Séamus McCormack who is participating in our group exhibition Underline opening the 5th of June in Leamy House in the Limerick Leader on the 23rd of May 2014.


Stigma Damages
A solo exhibition by Michele Horrigan

Curated by Orlaith Treacy

Occupy Space, Leamy House, Hartstonge St. Limerick

Preview: July 24th 7pm; Michele Horrigan in conversation with Martin McCabe a DIT Fellow in the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media
Open: July 25th – August 23rd / Wed - Sat. 12-5pm

Occupy Space are delighted to present Michele Horrigan’s solo exhibition Stigma Damages. For several years, Horrigan has been following an exploratory trail of investigation around the mineral ore bauxite. Imported from Guinea in Africa into Ireland’s largest industrial complex in Horrigan’s hometown of Askeaton, bauxite is then refined and smelted to become aluminium, the world’s most versatile metal used in computer parts and engines, drink cans and airplanes. 

The weight of aluminium makes up 8% of the earth’s crust; 80% of an airplane is aluminium; One tonne of aluminium will make over 60,000 Coca Cola, Pepsi or Budweiser cans.  These are some of the facts.  But what about the residues of this modern manufacturing miracle? What exists outside its streamlined process and what are the subjective experiences to be had in a long-term mediation? Horrigan’s exhibition sees aluminium act as a surreal motif. Postal stamps depicting Mickey Mouse working in an African mine compare to images of industrial complexes visited in the UK, France and the United States. A complication of promotional videos call for the growth and sustainability of the material in the modernist world, sited beside rocks sourced from the first open bauxite quarry of the nineteenth century in southern France. A perspex container gathers up aluminium products sourced around the Hartstonge street neighbourhood during the exhibition’s installation.

At the centre of the show are two disparate gestures by the artist, each further questioning the role of the personal in relationship to the pervasiveness of global manufacturing. Working at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire, Horrigan made an aluminium replica of the apex of the Washington Memorial, remembering the shape given to the Masonic all-seeing eye of imperialism made from the world’s most precious metal in 1884. Then, in a field close to a refinery with chimney stacks divulging a steady stream of smoke, Horrigan is seen glibly re-enacting dance scenes from the 1983 movie Flashdance, where a heroine works in Pittsburgh’s mills while at night pursues her real dream of dancing. Here, Horrigan’s exhibition title, Stigma Damages seems pertinent. Used as a legal term to describe possible loss or suspected contamination due to environmental circumstance, both her actions seem to exist as a consequence or personal reaction to the rest of material on show, as a sensibility borne out of the disaffection of the individual against global flow and capital.

Michele Horrigan works in London and Askeaton, County Limerick as an artist and curator. Previous exhibitions include the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Gallery of Photography, Dublin. She is the founder of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, and has recently curated shows in Carlow, Dublin and Amsterdam. www.michelehorrigan.com 

Documentation of Stigma Damages













Occupy Space presents

'Casino Voltaire'

in association with 
Askeaton Contemporary Arts

July 4th 5:30pm

Leamy House, Hartstonge St. Limerick

Join artists Ciaran Nash and David Payne-Mullins in their playful approach to considering concepts of value, exchange, trust, currency and risk through Texas Hold’em Poker and other games. Places are limited so booking in advance is required: casinovoltaire@gmail.com

Refreshments provided.