Q&A / Vis Art / 21 April - 04 June 2022

Clear Away the Rubble / Glan an Spallaí ar Shiúl : Public Programme

Clear Away the Rubble / Glan an Spallaí ar Shiúl is an open research project about housing, one of the most critical issues conditioning the lives of artists and others in Dublin, and Ireland, today. Clear Away the Rubble / Glan an Spallaí ar Shiúl is an exercise in ‘learning in public’, the first iteration of a multi-year programme about housing, that will try to find routes in to the questions that surround it from a wide range of perspectives, including those of artists, scholars and activists. Learn more about the exhibition and programme here.

Check out our upcoming public programme events below!

Photograph shows a stack of books resting on their sides with predominantly red green black and white colours used on their spines/designs. Visible titles include: Ground Control: Fear and happiness in the twenty-first-century city, Anna Minto Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City, Edited by Andres MacLaran and Sinéad Kelly Rent and its Discontents, Edited by Neil Gray The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain, Beverley Bryan ,  Stella Dadzie , and  Suzanne Scafe Sins of the Father: Tracing the Decisions that Shaped the Irish Economy Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis Urban Warfare, Raquel Rolnik

Clear Away the Rubble / Glan an Spallaí ar Shiúl Reading Group
17 May – 2 June | FREE

A no-pressure reading group.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the gallery we will be reading from the collection of books we are gathering, dealing with the housing crisis and its solutions.

An image with a poster on the left and a black and white photograph on the right. The poster is from See Red Womens Workshop, 1976-7. A graphic black and white depiction of women and children, each alone in their flats, looking out their windows. Bold red writing at the bottom reads ALONE WE ARE POWERLESS…TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG. A small handwritten note reads ”What did you do to-day dear?” The photo on the right is of homeless families occupying the chamber of the Derry Guildhall in 1968, from the archive of the Museum of Free Derry. A black and white photograph shows a group of women, men and children gathered together around a heavy, carved wood table. Women sit at the table and small children sit on it, near large pots of tea and cups. An ornate carved wood panel is behind them.

Mother State: on Housing – Watch Back
10 May | FREE

In this talk, Helen Charman shared some of her research into mothering and alternative housing practices in Britain and the north of Ireland in the 1970s and 80s.

Radical Queer Pride for Homes – Open Meeting
Tues 31 May | 6pm-7:30pm | FREE

Find out more about how the coalition got together, give us some feedback, and perhaps get some of your burning questions answered. This is a perfect opportunity to find out about what we stand for and if you stand with us, you can find out how you can get involved. We believe that every individual has the power to effect change.

A terrace of buildings at the northern end of Capel Street. Number 78-84, built in 1822, comprise a terrace of single-bay Georgian houses with Wyatt windows to the upper floors and Doric shopfronts to the ground floor. The terrace end is clad in corrugated steel and a framework of steel I beams. Photo: William Murphy, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/33670056095/in/photostream/

CORPO: The Empty City – Cian O’Callaghan and Tommy Gavin
1 June | 1pm-2pm | FREE

In a live recording that will form the narration for a radio documentary, join Cian O’Callaghan, editor of the book “The New Urban Ruins: Vacancy, Urban Politics and International Experiments in the Post-Crisis City”, in conversation with Tommy Gavin.

A still from the film Rope' shows a close-up of a man's face. He wears a muted blue suit-jacket and red shirt. He has dark hair and strong features and his face is craggy and lined. His head is tilted down and his eyebrows are up in an expression of scepticism or questioning.

Artist Talk and Screening – Eva George Richardson McCrea
Thurs 2 June | 6pm-7pm | FREE, Ticketed

Join us for a discussion with Eva George Richardson McCrea on her film Rope, which was part of this project’s screening programme, organised with AEMI.

In Rope, three men dressed in smart casual attire sit around a table in the decaying corpse of a building. They eat food from takeaway cartons and drink champagne as they engage in small talk about holidays and hobbies, have a conversation about Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Rope, and discuss various aspects of property development – among other things…

Radical Queer Pride for Homes – Radical Queer Pride for Homes – Banner-Making
Sat 4 June | 11am-2pm | FREE

Join us for a banner-making workshop in advance of our alternative Alternative Pride March on 25 June. An article from District Magazine states that, as of 12 May, there are only 851 homes available to rent NATIONALLY, and 11.7% rent price inflation this year alone. Our demo couldn’t be more important in this current housing crisis where LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, migrants and asylum seekers are all disproportionately affected.

Past Events

A black and white photocopied newspaper clipping shows a demonstration with women and men holding placards and banners. The headline reads ‘Tenant thousands march’.

National Association of Tenants Organisations (NATO) CATU Research Panel Discussion
24 May | 6pm – 7:30pm | FREE

A panel discussion with researchers and activists from Community Action Tenants Union (CATU) regarding the launch of their new research project on the forgotten National Association of Tenants Organisations (NATO) rent strike of 1972/3.

Thermographic image of dehumidifier in room. The photographic image has distorted colour in purples and oranges and has a central target point on it marked 32.6 degrees.

26 May | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
FREE | Online Artist Talk linked to exhibition in Gallery

Avril Corroon will give an online artist talk presenting her practice along with research ideas for her artwork DAMP TANK which will be hosted at Project Arts Centre through-out the year.

Instead of discarding what’s collected in the dehumidifier tanks, Corroon invites you to bottle it up and pour into DAMP TANK.

An information graphic with green background and cream striped border. On it is text reading “James Connolly Festival, Project Arts Centre, May 9, 7pm. Ireland’s Housing Crisis - Public Housing the Solution. Speakers: Eoin Ó Broin (Sinn Fein), Orla Byrne (CATU Ireland), Jimmy Doran (CPI), and Rory Hearne (Maynooth University). To the left, James Connolly is pictured in a black and white photograph within a yellow circle. He wears a suit. He is white and has short dark hair and a prominent, dark moustache.

Ireland’s Housing Crisis – Public Housing the Solution
9 May | FREE

In partnership with the James Connolly Festival 2022, & chaired by a representative from CATU, we invited speakers from political parties and academia to discuss public housing as the solution to a problem appearing to have no end in sight under the current political strictures.

A tortoise faces the camera, positioned on a cream carpet in a room panelled with dark wood. Behind it is a coffee table with golden metallic piped legs that curve to attach to the cream table top. On the table is a blue bowl filled with something solid and golden, curving up from inside of it. Behind the coffee table is an orange sofa with 3 sections.

Clear Away the Rubble /  Glan an Spallaí ar Shiúl – Screening Programme in collaboration with AEMI
21 April – 14 May | FREE

The project kicked off with a screening programme organised in collaboration with AEMI. The selected works consider a range of ideas: housing activism, conditions in which people are living, home, utopian/dystopian ideas underpinning planning and development, and the financialistion and commodification of housing.


You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here. Please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613.


Project Arts Centre is proud to be supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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