Deirdre Power

Salmons Wake – Adventures on the Sea.  Documenting the AK Ilen on her voyage in Greenland… Connecting fishing communities in Limerick and Funchal. Deirdre Power joins us for this week’s Workspace Social to talk about her socially-engaged practice and recent projects. Admissions is free and all are welcome. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

For Deirdre, the art process manifests through an engagement, enabling skills in shared and collaborative practices with communities of interest. The artist is currently developing a learning space for youth of all ages on the Ilen Project’s Floating Classroom. This youth participation project is a platform for discovery of the tidal River Shannon and its direct connectivity to the world and oceans. The educational, economic and life-enhancing forces of river, estuary and sea are powerful, and the recovery and development of the cultural traditions of engagement allows participants to appreciate in their beauty and energy. Socially-engaged practice has the potential to re-activate the city, to suggest new possibilities and readings of its history, and to add new experiences to urban life.

About Deirdre Power:

Deirdre Power graduated from LSAD with a NDAD in Painting in 1985. She continued her studies in Photography at Empire State College, SUNY in New York (1992-1995), where she lived from 1985, returning to Limerick in 1999. In 2012, she completed a Masters in Social Practice and the Creative Environment at LSAD. She has led various collaborative projects with civic and youth groups including Urban Tree Project, Tree Council of Ireland, EVA International, the Hunt Museum and Ilen Project. Her work is represented by the Phatory Gallery in New York. She has undertaken residencies at the McDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA; the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan; Nuuk, Greenland and Funchal, Madeira. In collaboration with artist Chelsea Canavan, Deirdre is currently developing an educational interchange with students in Limerick, Ireland and Funchal, Madeira 2020. 

New to the Workspace Social?

The Workspace Social is a weekly event developed as an alternative format for artists’ talks and networking. Every Thursday, a local or visiting artist is invited to join us for lunch: to discuss a recent project, to share new research or to propose an activity. Participants are welcome to bring along their lunch and to eat with the artist.


Workspace Social #56: Deirdre Power Thursday 27 February 2020, 1-2pm Image: Ricardo, local boatbuilder and fisherman, Funchal, Madeira, courtesy of the artist.
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