© John Beattie.
A public art project curated by Jennie Guy
Produced by artists John Beattie & Ella de Burca
Commissioned by The Grangegorman Development Agency Public Art Programme, 2017
In collaboration with the D7 Educate Together Primary School, Grangegorman, Dublin.
The Masterplan is a community-based arts initiative that took place during May-June 2016 and represents a new partnership between curator Jennie Guy, artists John Beattie and Ella de Búrca, and Dublin 7 Educate Together National School. The school has been temporarily located in Grangegorman Lower, and will be relocated on the new site as part of the Grangegorman redevelopment. This transition is articulated as the theme of this project.
The project’s ambition is to provide students with access to a deeper connection to the way that the city is changing around them. By the nature of this partnership between the artists and the school, the project is firmly rooted and connected within the local community, the strength of the partnerships aids the legacy of the project. An underlying premise of the work is the belief that if you place artists as active researchers in a learning environment that the students quickly become inventive and creative learners.
The Masterplan was commissioned within ‘…the lives we live’, the Grangegorman Public Art Programme. The pathway that the project was commissioned within centres on community-based projects and events and aims to increase local participation and engagement with life through the arts.
# A commissioned text by Joanne Laws, arts writer & editor of The Visual Artists' Newsheet, in response to an installation of The Masterplan exhibited as part of the group show It's Very New School at Rua Red Gallery, Tallaght, Dublin.