Mosaic Tallaght - Phase I
South Dublin, County Ireland
Workshop Day 1
Monday, Introductions, Ideas and Brainstorms….
Written By Shylene Schlackl
Wow, the day went great.
I couldn't be happier with
the turnout of people from this area, a good cross section of artists
and a handful of community workers. Most of the people here are
either schooled or self-trained in art, plus many have had years
of creating art in a group way.
Groups Start Meeting
I was worried
about my power point presentation, but it went very well. I received
kind feedback on the whole morning of introductions and starting
of this Mosaic the City project.
the group up in two ways. First we created four mosaic teams, and
then we created four project teams. All groups working together
to create a project, which is organized from the mosaic, through
the documentation, community outreach and celebration. The groups
found it hard to choose who would play which part in the group,
with all participants wanting the creative role. It was the first
challenge for the participants to step out of their comfort zones
and take on some new roles. Teaching about the workloads within
a MtC project was our main objective for this day of the week.
may be an issue, as the participants were not prepared to work on
anything other than a mosaic. We already are starting to see how
we need to alter this weeklong series of workshops. thinking, thinking,
Brainstorming and Documention
We are excited to get started
on the mosaic, but we are not through our team brainstorms and designs
yet, so the mosaic will not get started in late day tomorrow at
best… All participants have their minds swirling with all
the details and ideas behind MtC. I am sure tomorrow they will come
back with new ideas for their mosaics.
The four themes are:
"Hospital as the Heart of Community"
Journal By: Antonella Scanu:
"I'm from Italy and I am a studio space provider
for artists in the Northside Docklands of Dublin. I have always
wanted to learn mosaic so I took up this opportunity to put my hands
on the grout…to find out that there was more to learn than
mosaic, i.e community development project! I was amazed when I first
got to read the program and I thought this was an opportunity not
to be missed!
Day One, was getting to know the
group and networking with them, pick up on which role we wanted
to take responsibility of mainly and discuss the possibilities on
how to convey the message of the theme of our mosaic…"TALLAGHT
HOSPITAL". All the 4 members of the group agreed on to the
final idea of representing the hospital at the centre of the community
in Tallaght through a heart as a symbol drawn with the precious
support of the photocopies brought down by our documentation person.
The community has been represented by the LUAS, the Green of the
lawns of Tallaght (the old times) and the new urban skyline of the
housing estates and the Pyramid at the shopping centre."
"Tallaght Community Art Center
as the Junction between Community and Art",
Mosaic the City Tallaght, Nov 2004
Mosaic 2, theme: Tallaght Community Arts Centre
Reflections by Martina Carroll
"As a psychologist working with three artists
on a community arts mosaic, I found myself in a unique experience.
As we pooled our ideas for the image a story began to emerge. Beginning
with the Tallaght Community Arts Centre's mission statement: 'at
the junction of art and community' we eventually agreed on a visually
appealing image of the Arts Centre's logo at the epicentre of an
explosion of art and creativity, breaking down the rigid structures
in the surrounding communities, and drawing in towards itself, members
of those diverse communities who were represented by multiple brightly
coloured tiles in various shapes and sizes."
"Making the Symbolic Links with
Past & Present and with Tallaght & Victoria"
Mosaic 3, theme: "Making the Symbolic Links ... with Tallaght
worked with the ideas of the large trees around Tallaght
and the connection with the west coast of Canada and our native
totem poles. They hoped to combine ideas that represent both areas.
This mosaic will be eventually returning to Canada, where it will
be mounted along with the first Mosaic the City project in Market
Square - Victoria.
"Bridges and Growth"
Written by Group Four:
"The theme here is Bridges and Growth. Initially we chose the
theme Bridges as it encapsulates the collective interests of our
group and at the same time represents the aims of the Mosaic the
Our preliminary sketches all strongly featured
images of bridges and the map of Dublin city, with the river Liffey
as the core element and the two canals stretching out on either
side like protective arms. Looking at all of the elements, the city
and river took on an organic plant-like motif Growing out of the
sea (Dublin Bay)"
are flowing and the walls are covered in drawings and sketches.
Everyone is working well together and the mosaics are sure to be
Room Buzzing with Ideas
I have a great feeling about Deborah Moon and her ability to take
Mosaic the City through Ireland. From an international standpoint,
she is a great source of inter-cultural understanding and cultural
diversity. The team at the Tallaght Community Art Center is wonderful.
They work together and are a super-power to have on the project.
We are very excited about what this week may lead to.
plans are underway, and we are all getting excited about our final
products. Hopefully we get time to invite lots of people from around
the community, but time is tight.. oh so tight.. only two days until
the open community day and then two more days and we celebrate..
Oh the pressure….
Day two here we come :)