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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