This project is a collaboration between Emmett Scanlon, photographer Aisling McCoy and 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. 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.
Home On The Grange is developing 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 are being issued by the Home on the Grange team. Issue 1 was released in September 2016 and Issue 2 and 3 are in production. 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 invited further contributions from people living in this neighbourhood to be included in subsequent issues.
The team have been using using the network of hair salons and barbers in the neighbourhood and working with some of the business owners to distribute the newspapers.