The CAMP project is a series of collaborative works created by Artists working directly and in collaboration with a number of different Irish Traveller groups and communities. The project is inspired by Travellers’ Journey, a year long temporary exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life. The commissioned art works expand upon the themes explored through the exhibition. The awardees are Gianna Tomasso, Louise Wallace & Brid Murphy. These artists are currently students on Postgrad & Undergrad programmes at Limerick School of Art & Design. The communities are from varied and dynamic groups within Traveller culture and offer a unique view of the lived experiences of people and their struggle for acceptance whilst also celebrating a shared Irish heritage and uniqueness. The aim of the project is to create a series of artworks together with Irish Travellers. The Traveller voice is the primary motivator, orator and orchestrator of the works. In some cases the artist has given over the power of the lens to their collaborator, creating a new type of relationship where artistic practice is interrogated through socially engaged ideas of cultural production. The key emphasis of the project is to use art as a new type of language to give power to a marginalised voice. The core of the project was to create a series of unique art works that convey the identity and lived experiences of some Irish Travellers. The project was specially commissioned by the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life with support from Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick Institute of Technology. The CAMP project is curated by Aideen Barry Artist and LIT Lecturer.
The project is open from the 7th of February at the Museum of Country Life, with an official launch on the 9th of March 2019. The project will also feature a number of educational and ancillary events over the course of the exhibition. Details of activities relating to the project can be found on www.museum.ie and www.campprojects.ie
The CAMP project is a temporary exhibition taking place in a temporary location within the Museum of Country Life. The projects will run from the 7th of February 2019 to 30th of March 2019, an official launch will take place at the Museum on the 9th of March 2019 at 2pm. Ancillary to this will be a series of workshops, talks and demonstrations and outreach programmes delivered by the Artists and the Travellers who collaborated in the generation of this project.