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Waves by Super Projects

Waves (March - May 2016) was an arts education initiative that connected young people, contemporary art and the political. It included a series of artist-led workshops, an associated film, and a text and design commission.

Artist-led workshops were with artists Sean Lynch, Clodagh Emoe, Ruth Lyons, Eoghan Ryan and students and teachers from secondary schools Fingal Community College and Hartstown Community School. In these workshops, the 1916 Rising centenary was used as a starting point to explore concepts such as political and cultural zeitgeist; commemoration; collective power; public art and provocation; humour as protest; personal identity; government and everyday life; time and energy; and representation and nationalism.

Videographer Jenny Brady was commissioned to create a film documenting the project - see below. Designer Distinctive Repetition and writer Sue Rainsford were also commissioned to produce a poster and text to respond to the project's themes, aimed at a teenage audience (see below). 

A celebratory event took place for all students in Draoicht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 on 12th May.  This event included the debut screening of Jenny Brady's film and the launch of Distinctive Repetition's poster and text by Sue Rainsford. Sue Rainsford read from her commissioned text 'disperse' at this event (see below).  

A partnership programme with Fingal Arts Office, Waves was funded by Fingal County Council as part of the 1916 centenary programme. 

Sue Rainsford