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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.
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The project moves from the hair-rooms to homes full of heir-looms. The project seeks 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.
The first part of sharing and returning such stories to the community was in a concert held in October 2016. You can read more about Songs About Home here.
The second paper in the Home on the Grange series will be published on October 18th 2017. The project will conclude with an installation and exhibition in October 2018.
 

Home on the Grange

A public-art project based in the Grangegorman neighbourhood seeking to reveal the latent creativity of people occupying and making homes in this part of Dublin city.

Year: 2016 -
Location: Grangegorman Neighbourhood, Dublin
Commissioners: Grangegorman Public Art
Project Collaborator: Aisling McCoy
Project Collaborator: Paul Guinan
Funder: LUAS Cross City (Songs About Home)
Funder: DCC Architects Department (Songs About Home)
Photography: Aisling McCoy
Photography : Ste Murray
Project Website: Home on the Grange