added to The Arts Council Collection
Mná na hÉireann acquired for the Arts Council Collection. Mná na hÉireann is a sound installation with carved wooden table, that looks at women’s engagement with public political life in Ireland. Made during the 2016 introduction of gender quotas for selection of political candidates in Ireland, Browne interviewed a variety of women who have run for public office in Ireland to gain insight into their motivations for getting involved in politics. Interviewees include President Mary Robinson, Senator Ivana Bacik, Lynn Boylan MEP and Frances Fitzgerald, recent Táiniste. The work focuses on the politicising moment for women that drew them into public life and their mentors or supporters on the way. Moreover, it looks at the continued existence of article 41.2 in the constitution designating the special place of women in the home, considering the home as a site of political activity by highlighting campaigning or activism that was undertaken from the home by women. Mná na hÉireann is a non-partisan look at women's engagement in politics. The work gives us a portrait of a nation over the past 40 years to the present, in particular women’s position and role within Irish society in that time.
Public Participative Project in the South East Region
Michelle Browne will work with communities and individuals over the next six months to create a portrait of 12 small towns and villages across counties Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. Towns and villages include Kilmacthomas, An Rinn, Tallow and Passage East (Waterford); Ballyhack, Taghmon, Buncloady, Courtown (Wexford); and Cuan, Goresbridge, Slieverue and Kells (Kilkenny). Town Workshops and an international residency programme will be announced over the coming weeks.
Bring Your Own Chair is funded by the Arts Council Ireland Making Great Art Work - Open Call Award and with further support from Create Ireland/Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Waterford Council, Kilkenny Arts Office, County Wexford and Kilkenny LEADER Partnership. Photo credit: Patrick Browne
Part of Meet you at the green?, curated by Callan Workhouse Union
Public Event - 11 November 2017
A census records data about a people. A census doesn't often tell us how we inhabit our towns or what we do for fun! On Saturday the 11th of November, Michelle Brown invites the people of Callan to take part in an alternative census of the town. Town Traits: Alternative Census will create a picture of the hidden stories and some of the often invisible social networks that exist in the town. The People of Callan are invited to be counted on this one day event where Callan's ways of coming together and interacting are captured as part of this photographic portrait of the town. Town Traits: Alternative Census is part of Meet You At The Green?, a Trasna Productions project produced by Callan Workhouse Union, funded through the Arts Council of Ireland Arts Participation Project Award.
Three year programme with Watershed, Bristol
Workshops - 2 - 21 October 2017
Michelle Browne has been selected from over 500 applications worldwide to take part in Creative Producers International, a three-year programme designed specifically to build the capacity of Creative Producers as city change-makers, supporting them to engage communities and deliver public-space projects that inform the evolving dynamics of their city. Creative Producers International is a new global talent development programme led by Watershed in Bristol. The programme expands the work and ethos of Playable City, which has been adopted across five continents and puts people and play at the heart of the future city..
Michelle Browne and Callan Workhouse Union have been selected as part of the Arts Council of Ireland Open Call Programme for 2018. Open Call is an Arts Council programme which funds ambitious, once-off artistic projects by some of Ireland’s best artists and arts organisations. Browne and CWU will present Bring Your Own Chair, a performance in public space in 12 acts, across 12 small towns and villages in the South East region (counties Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford). The project is will develop in distinct stages through participatory design, craft and performance workshops and residencies. As the heart of our small towns face decline, Bring Your Own Chair looks to reclaim public space for collective experience and action. Bring Your Own Chair asks what can art do to contribute to the reactivation of public space as an agora – an arena for civic engagement?
New Commission, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, curated by Callan Workhouse Union
Workshops - Thursday, 6th July 2017
Michelle Browne will present a newly commissioned work as part of Meet You At The Green? curated by Callan Workhouse Union, a developing facility for art, design, research and community activities in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Meet You At The Green? explores our common landscape and built environment, highlighting the resources available for people to gather and activate our town centres. Michelle Browne will lead a workshop focusing on how people move around Callan. With the help of the local towns people she will gather routes and stories, shortcuts and secrets about how the inhabits make Callan their own. Through this research she will develop a new participative work for the town that will be presented in Autumn 2017.
part of The Invisible City, Alexandra Business Park, St. Helens, UK
November 2016 commissioned by Heart of Glass
Michelle Browne will present a newly commissioned work Now Thus Now Thus as part of The Invisible City, commissioned by Heart of Glass, an agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens, Merseyside, UK.
Now Thus Now Thus is a semi fictional tour through Alexandra Park, the site of the Pilkingtons Glass heaquarters and factory that existed in the town of St. Helens for over 200 years. For more infromation about the work go to
Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
Michelle Browne will present Mná na hÉireann as part of My Brilliant Friend at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin from 1st July - 3rd September 2016. The exhibition is curated by Rayne Booth and features the work of Michelle Browne, Avril Corroon, Ella de Búrca, Lisamarie Johnson, Laugh a Defiance. The exhibition considers female solidarity, work, economy, protest and how to negotiate life in Dublin as an artist and a woman in 2016. The art works that result come from a context of crisis, injustice, disappointment, and yet they show humour, warmth, solidarity, generosity.
VISUAL and St Patrick’s College, Carlow, Ireland
Michelle Browne will present Mná na hÉireann as part of ART WORKS, the 37th annual open submission exhibition and art prize. Running for 10 days at VISUAL and St Patrick’s College. The exihibition will also features work by artists selected from open submission as well as 5 invited artists. This year ART WORKS has been selected by Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven & Claire Feeley, Producer Barbican, London.
Ballinglen Art Foundation Gallery, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Michelle Browne will present a newly commissioned work as part of this group exhibition across the county of Mayo. The exhibition takes Kathleen Lynn as its starting point, and Browne will present a work that deals with the politicization of women and their role in politics in contemporary Ireland. The exhibtion is curated by Catherine Marshall and funding by The Arts Council of Ireland.
SASA Gallery, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia
Border Crossings (Ireland/Australia) brings together curators and visual artists from Ireland and Australia to respond to cross-cultural issues surrounding the legacy of colonialism & the challenges of reconciliation that are relevant to both countries.
Curators: Michelle Browne & Mary Knights
Irish performance artists: Michelle Browne, Sandra Johnston, Dominic Thorpe
Australian artists: Sue Kneebone, Julie Gough, Yhonnie Scarce
Launch 6pm Wednesday 2 March 2016
Guest Speaker: The Honourable, Mr Noel White, Irish Ambassador to Australia
Image: Sandra Johnston & Dominic Thorpe, Due Process 2, performance, Third Space Gallery, Belfast, 2011.
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