Home on the Grange

Led by architect/curator Emmett Scanlon, photographer Aisling McCoy and made in collaboration with graphic designer Paul Guinan, Home On The Grange is a community-based public art project that aims to harness our latent but often unacknowledged creativity in homemaking. Even in seemingly identical houses, people occupy, use and creatively appropriate the places they inhabit with an often modest but typically sophisticated enthusiasm and they do this over time and on a daily basis. This process reflects their individual histories and personalities but is rarely discussed in this way.

Working in collaboration with a number of local inhabitant-participants to document, discuss and present how they each make home, the Home On The Grange project thus aims to reveal aspects of the diverse individual and collective identities of people in the Grangegorman neighbourhood. The project begins in June 2016. Home on the Grange has been commissioned under Pathway 2 of the ‘…the lives we live’1, the Grangegorman Public Art Project. This pathway centres on community based projects and events and aims to increase local participation and engagement with life through the arts.

Home On The Grange will develop on the ground and in stages in order to involve, include and engage with people making their homes in the Grangegorman neighbourhood. To begin, three newspapers will be issued by the Home on the Grange team. These papers will contain stories of living and making a home in this part of Dublin city, using new drawings, photographs, writing, and interviews. The first issue will invite further contributions from people living in this neighbourhood to be included in subsequent issues. The team proposes using the network of hair salons and barbers in the neighbourhood and working with some of the business owners to distribute the newspapers. The response on the ground to the project is positive and enthusiastic.

The project will then move from the hair-rooms to homes full of heir-looms. “We wish to collaborate with inhabitant-participants to deepen the discussions on how people occupy and use their own homes. Their stories will be recorded and documented, their knowledge of home making honoured and recognised, affording them real agency and collaboration in the project. The work that is produced will be displayed, shared and returned to the Grangegorman neighbourhood, deepening our collective knowledge and experience of the creative processes that occur as we make home.” 

If you wish to know more or wish to get involved, we would love to hear from you. Please use the contact form below and the team will be back in touch.

All photographs courtesy of Aisling McCoy.