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126 are proud to present:

Making Visible I & II and Vigil

by Ceara Conway

28th March- 13th April | Opening: 28th March at 6pm
126 Gallery, Flood Street, Galway


126 are proud to present Making Visible I & II and Vigil by Ceara Conway

***NEW Vigil - A series of vigils and discussions on Direct Provision
Monday 7th – Friday 11th of April, 6pm- 7pm @126 gallery

As part of the current Making Visible exhibition by artist Ceara Conway, 126 are delighted to present Vigil - a series of vigils and discussions held in light of those currently living within the Direct Provision system, from Monday 7th – Friday 11th of April, 6pm- 7pm at 126 Gallery. For each day of Vigil the artist has invited individuals connected with Direct Provision to explore and share their knowledge from a variety of perspectives.

Monday 7th: Senator, Trevor O Clochartaigh

Tuesday 8th: Representing Testimony in contempoary art

Wednesday 9th: Singing workshop with Veronika Ncube
- Maintaining the soul, songs and singing in times of upheaval

Thursday 10th: Dr Jenny Dagg
- The fragility of migrants living within Direct Provision centres in Ireland

Friday 11th: Adedotun Adekeye
- Life after papers and the difficulties of accessing education for asyum seekers.

FREE and OPEN to the public: Your participation is most welcome

Download the full week programme here.


Making Visible is a series of performances that have been created through a process of engagement between artist Ceara Conway and 'Able Women', a group of women who reside in Galway City and who are currently seeking asylum in Ireland.

During 2013 the artist met regularly with various members of the group in Galway with the intent to create voice and song performances that were both artistic and political at their root and to create experiential rituals that moved participating audiences both emotionally and intellectually. Collaborating on these performances were singers and musicians Noirin Ni Rian, Veronika Ncube, Juliana Erkkonen and Moises MasGracia.

Drawing upon the Irish tradition of Caoineadh, 'keening' where a bean caoineadh would lament on behalf of an individual or community, the artist asked ' Able Women' members to choose a lament that was meaningful to them and to choose a site in Galway City for it to be sung. A site that was pertinent to an aspect of their experience living within the Direct Provision system. Excerpts from interviews that took place between the artist and the group were incorporated into the work.

As part of this exhibition the artist will hold vigiI at 126 from the 7th -11th of April, 6pm- 7pm.
For each Vigil individuals involved with the Direct Provision system will be invited to hold the space with the artist and to explore the current issues of Direct Provision through conversation and song. These vigils are open to the public.
This commission is supported by the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme managed by Create.

Ceara Conway is an artist and singer from the Connemara Gaeltacht in the west of Ireland.
Her artistic practice has taken her all over the world, from glass blowing in Italy to silent meditation retreats in India and assisting the artist Suzanne Lacy on her reproduction of ''Three Weeks in January, End Rape in LA''.
Since 2001 she has been commissioned to create an extensive number of large scale public art commissions nationally and internationally including ''Vicissitudes" (2013) commissioned by 'Difference Exchange' and the Derry City of Culture and her most recent work ''Making Visible" (2013- 14) supported by the Irish Arts Council managed by CREATE.
Ceara's practice utilises a wide range of materials and approaches including sculpture, photography, performance and song to produce multi disciplinary, site and issue specific works.
She has received several Awards and Bursaries from the Arts Council, Ealain na Gaeltachta and County/City Arts Offices. In 2012 she received a Paul Brady Scholarship from the World Academy of Music University of Limerick.
Her most recent 2014 works include:
A residency with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum/Atlas Arts Commissioned by Broad Reach: An ATLAS Arts; Solo Performance for the National Gallery of Ireland for their 150th Anniversary.


We would also like to thank Seoidin O'Sullivan for providing us with the Seating System for this exhibition.

126 is supported by the Arts Council, the Galway City Council and our membership.


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