Misneach: A Monumental Celebration of Youth
|Artist Name(s)||John Byrne|
|Artwork title||Misneach: A Monumental Celebration of Youth|
|Context/Background||Breaking Ground Art Commission Programme, Ballymun.|
John Byrne was curated by Breaking Ground to make a work in close consultation with the local community - the second phase of the Breaking Ground art commission programme commissioned artists to work in a sustained and engaged way with members of the host community. At the end of a two year research and development process, Byrne set about to create what is a spectacular, monumental equestrian sculpture for Ballymun. "Misneach" the Irish word for courage, references traditional classical equestrian sculpture, while subverting the military tropes of this sculptural tradition by placing the figure of a teenage girl from Ballymun as the rider on the horse.
An exhibition documenting the selection process was held at Axis Art Centre, Ballymun, from 8 November to 3 December, 2006. A second exhibition of documentary photographs of work in progress on the equestrian sculpture was held from 12 to 26 of June, 2009 in Axis Ballymun.
Curator: Aisling Prior. Commission manager: Denise Reddy. Arts Project Manager: Paul McAree.
Breaking Ground, the Per Cent for Art Programme for Ballymun Regeneration Limited, was launched in Ballymun in February 2002 and completed in 2010.
An exhibition of photographic portraits made by Pat Redmond of all the candidates putting themselves forward to be the model for the girl horse rider in Axis. Breaking Ground hosted many public seminars and talks between John Byrne and the local horse keeping and riding community ad the wider public. The commission was closely followed in the national press and was featured in the RTE/Wildfire "Whose art is it anyway?" documentary broadcast in 2012.
John Byrne was born in Belfast, attending Belfast Art College before moving to The Slade School of Art in London in the mid-eighties. It was there that he began to practice as a performer, and has since performed at venues throughout Ireland, the UK, Denmark and Poland.
|Commission Type||Regeneration Agency|
|Commissioner Name||Curator - Aisling Prior for Breaking Ground|
|Commissioning process||Curated commission|
|Project commission dates||April 20, 2004 - August 20, 2009|
|Art Practice||Arts Participation|
|Percent for art||Yes|
|Budget Range||70000 - 150000 euro|
|Project commission start date||20/04/2004|
|Project commission end date||20/08/2009|
|Location||To be eventually sited on the median of Main St in Ballymun, the sculpture is temporarily sited in the front grounds of Ballymun Senior Comprehensive, Main St , Ballymun, Dublin 9|
|Street Address||Main street, Ballymun|
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A series of exhibitions, public events, and interpretive workshops with young people from the area facilitated by artist Eilis Murphy
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.