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Pop Up Museum of Identity

Pop-Up Museum mines what 'identity' means to students across North West Dublin 


Personal identities investigated by students working with the National Museum of Ireland and Dublin's Culture Connects


Margaret Aylward Community College in Whitehall hosted a Pop-Up Museum of Identity on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 April featuring art work and videos made by students from Margaret Aylward College, New Cross College and Colaiste Mhuire, working with artists, fashion designers and curators from The National Museum of Ireland through Dublin's Culture Connects : The National Neighbourhood.  This event was featured in the Northside People Page 6 on the 12th April. 

Over the past number of months over 60 students from Margaret Aylward Community College, Whitehall, New Cross College, Finglas,and Colaiste Mhuire in Cabra West have been working towards the development of a pop-up museum with the artist Veronica Dyas. Inspired by the work of the National Museum of Ireland, The School of Identity Museum brings the voices and ideas of a diverse group of young people together under one roof. 

The schools selected to be part of the project represent Dublin of 2017, with students who have moved to Ireland, members of the Traveller community, and Irish language students. This diverse group of teenagers bring together an interesting mix of ideas and experiences of identity. 

Working over a number of weeks through walking tours of their areas and identifying places of importance in their lives, the students were asked to think about objects that signify their identity, whatever that might be. That work went into the creation of sculpture and craft pieces which will be displayed.  

As part of the project, 25 students from Margaret Aylward Community College also worked with fashion designer Alison Conneely over 3 workshops. The ‘mini’ project included a tour of the National Museum of Ireland’s The Shuttle Hive: A Century of Rising Threads. Each student weaved a mini tapestry as an entry point into the design workshops which followed. The workshops followed the form of the Meitheal - the old Irish term for coming together to 'work and talk'. In this case 'make and talk'. ‘It allowed us all to relax, talk and make a beautiful tapestry in the process’.

The exhibition features video installations, craft pieces and poetic work that explores notions of identity, and unearths and celebrates young people’s creativity.

The exhibition was opened at 12 noon on Tuesday 4 April 2017 by Cllr Áine Clancy, Chairperson of Margaret Aylward School, and Helen Beaumont, National Museum of Ireland; with a response performance from local performer Temperamental Miss Elayneous. 

The Museum and exhibition is curated by artists Rhona Byrne & John Conway. The School of Identity Museum is a creative output of some of the participants of The National Neighbourhood : Press Play which has taken place across the North West area of Dublin. The Press Play project has unearthed creative and cultural treasure across Whitehall, Finglas, Cabra and Ballymun. 


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