Foundation 13, the arts movement that had everyone mystified with its bright orange f13 stickers, was officially opened yesterday (Thursday) in Tullamore library with help from Visual Artists Ireland director Noel Kelly.
Curated by artist Brendan Fox, Foundation 13 will see 30 visual artists exhibit works in more than ten venues - including unoccupied spaces - until October 24, while workshops, talks, theatre, poetry, cinema and music will also feature.
An initiative by Offaly County Council in association with the Arts Council of Ireland, the movement is aimed at highlighting international contemporary arts practice in preparation for the opening of Tullamore’s Community Arts Centre.
“William Blake once said 'when nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree’,” curator Brendan Fox said. “But, when a youthful nation finds itself strangled by financial constraints and surrounded by empty spaces, when the weight of commerce has abandoned the trees and when you realise you have little; your creativity ignites. But perhaps most importantly when you realise you have little, you realise you have little to lose.”
Brendan thinks now is the time to nurture Irish creativity - on main streets, beside dole queues, in empty shop units and in dance halls, libraries and banks.
“The aim of Foundation 13 is not grandiose but within its spectrum we hope to shine a light on our community. We are working with artists, writers, performers, businesses, community groups, enthusiasts, schools and the elderly in the hope of creating common spaces where people can meet, be active or simply converse. For a month we are hosting free workshops, talks, cinema and theatre events. This project is about seeing what is around us and using it for the good of the community. Tullamore Arts Centre is not about bricks and mortar. It is about the community it serves - that community is the foundation.”
More details on all that is happening over the life of Foundation 13 is available by logging on to www.foundation-13.com.