Tallaght creative hub Rua Red has announced that it will enter into a “major partnership” with a/political, an organisation which collaborates directly with artists.
The partnership will allow for a “unique engagement” with the people of south Dublin with planned workshops, exhibitions and events set to take place in Tallaght over the next 12 months.
The initiative marks the beginning of a brand new programme at Rua Red, under the Directorship of Maolíosa Boyle with many of the contemporary art world’s foremost socially and politically engaged artists responding to the unique context of South Dublin County throughout the year.
As an organisation a/political works with artists on projects that were once impossible due to their scale, logistics or uncompromising subject matter – allowing the artist to realise the project through collaboration.
Ms Boyle, Director of Rua Red, said: “Our programme will be distinct as it will engage full-force with real and sometimes raw issues that affect people locally, nationally and internationally.”
“Our education programme will also reflect the organisations interests with place, politics and people through a challenging programme of events, workshops, screenings and performances that will enable audiences and visitors to engage with the exhibitions through the mediums of film, music, dance, theatre and visual art.”
The inaugural exhibition at Rua Red will be launched in the Autumn and will include a public presentation featuring the works from the a/political collection which will be curated by performance artist Franko B.
This exhibition at the Tallaght venue will also include key works from artists such as Barbara Kruger, Kendell Geers, Gustav Metzger and Santiago Sierra, which will be on display in Ireland for the first time.
Becky Haghpanah-Shirwan, a/political director, said: “Presenting our collection and solo exhibitions for the context of Tallaght and South Dublin County, to an audience outside of the usual art crowd, allows a unique engagement that aligns with the interests of our artists and organisation. We look forward to people connecting with these exhibitions in a more direct way than if they were programmed in the typical museum setting.”
For more information visit the Rua Red website at www.ruared.ie.