beyond the box, an exhibition of work by Cloudlands artists in residence Emma Fisher, Eszter Némethi and Rachel Tynan took place at Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin, in November 2013. This exhibition was the materialisation of the journey taken on year one of Cloudlands in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Galway. beyond the box was inspired by the artists’ creative collaborations with teenagers over a nine-month period and the experience of being in residence in hospital. The title of the exhibition comes from the boxes that the artists used as a tool to initiate their creative process with each teen.
Alongside the artists’ own installations, there was a display area showcasing some of the work made by the teenagers in collaboration with the artists and attendees were given the opportunity to view the shared online space and images from year one. beyond the box was curated by Katy Fitzpatrick.
Escaping the Wool, 2013
Mixed-media installation, including shadow screen, wool, cardboard, and animated projection
Follow the red arrows on a journey to reveal stories hidden in shadows. The installation references a song written by a teen in Galway University Hospital. Emma invited exhibition attendees to listen to the song which was included in the Year 1 Gallery.
Islands are just a bunch of squiggly lines anyway, 2013
Mixed-media installation, including cotton sheet, mp3, radio transmission, ropes, pulleys and text
This instructional installation invites the viewer to step inside a web of interwoven narratives, signs and symbols. Begin with an audio instruction, take the plunge and unlock the stories of an old woman and sad tornadoes.
Mixed-media installation, including platform, video projection, paper scroll, and vinyl
Lie down and take flight; ‘colourful windows cast warm colours when the sun shines’
Artist and Curator talk
An artist and curator discussion chaired by Patrick Fox from Create took place at NCAD on 6 November, prior to the exhibition launch. The artists talked about how their work with young people on the project informed their installations and gave insights into their creative processes and collaborations during their nine-month residency. This discussion can be viewed below.
It was fantastic to see so many friends and supporters of Helium at the launch. A special thank you to the young participants from Cloudlands who attended, some of whom travelled from Cork and Westmeath to be there; to Patrick Fox, our master of ceremonies; to Katy Fitzpatrick who curated beyond the box; and to Pallas Projects for making the place nice and toasty on a cold November evening. Check out some of the action from the launch below.
Thank you to Ines Billings for the photographs.
Cloudlands Year 1 was funded by the BNP Paribas Foundation Smart Start Programme, The Medtronic Foundation, PepsiCo Ireland, and The Arts Council. Cloudlands Year 1 was further supported by The Ireland Funds, The Community Foundation for Ireland, Dublin City Council, The National Lottery through HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, HSE South, Cork City Council, and Cork University Hospital Arts Committee.