The Umbrella Project
November 10 - November 25 2006
On Saturday morning, the 11th of March 2006, one hundred and forty people took part in The Umbrella Project, a participatory art project by Rhona Byrne, which invited people to choose one of six walking tours and explore a variety of aspects of Dublin’s North East Inner City. This exhibition documents that day and continues the artist’s investigations of human behaviour and relationships to the environments we inhabit
The north-east inner city is undergoing profound change both architecturally and sociologically. Participants were invited to be tourists in their own city, and signed up for one of six tours. The six tours were led by invited key local figures and specialists in their field and included an Urban Wildlife Tour, Historical Tour, Architectural Tour, Docklands Area Tour, Multicultural Shopping Tour, New Architecture and Urban Planning Tour. Carrying yellow umbrellas, designed by the artist for the project, the participants moved through the city in groups, filling the streets with colour and entertained en- route by a local dance group ‘the young Dramateers’ performing singing in the rain.
Artist Rhona Byrne is the award winner of the ‘Fire Station artists’ studios 2005/2006 award for an artist working in the community’ for the self initiated ‘umbrella project’. This award forms a partnership between the Fire Station and the artist to facilitate an art project in the pubic domain in a community context.
The umbrella project publication features essays by Gemma Tipton and Shane O’Toole. Atelier David Smith, The Irish Architecture Foundation, The Fire Station Artists’ Studios and Dublin City Council have generously supported the publication.
Rhona Byrne graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1994 with a BFA in sculpture. She employs varied media in her work, including photography, video, sculpture and installation and has initiated several event-based participatory art projects.
Selected exhibitions: forth coming, Locus International 3, Swansea, Wales; Follow the light, Stone Gallery 2007, 2006: Nothing Happens. Gallery for One, Dublin; Changing Spaces, The Concourse, Dunlaoighre, Dublin; Work, Haus der Architektur, Graz, Austria; FLIX, the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, Here there and otherwise Broadstone Gallery Dublin; 2005: Offside, The Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery; Transformation, Flexible Art Network, Serbia Montenegro; Superbia 2, Cork 2005 ; 2004: Affinity, Billboart Gallery Europe, presented in 13 European capital cities; Recent projects and publications: The Umbrella Project, walking tours, and home Rhona Byrne and Ballymun Pigeon Club.