‘Traveller Collection’ is a 3-part art project that aims to show a way of integrating Traveller culture into mainstream museums and galleries.

Art piece from Dublin City Gallery* at Pavee Point – for One Day Only

Come and see ‘Street Singer’ by Jerome Connor from the collection of Dublin City Gallery, at Pavee Point, 10.00am – 5.30pm.  This is the first time an art loan has been organised between the two organisations and represents the start of a process to make representations of Traveller culture within the museum more visible.  Email caoimhe.mccabe@pavee.ie to book a time to visit.

‘Traveller Collection’ at Dublin City Gallery – launch 6.30pm 

Artist Seamus Nolan presents a number of objects, activities, recordings and documents relating to Traveller culture.  Throughout the exhibition material will be digitized and made available to the public on WWW.TRAVELLERCOLLECTION.IE.  Exhibition to run until 22nd September.

Roundtable: Representation and the archive: ‘Traveller Collection’ hosted in Pavee Point 2.30pm – 5.30pm

This discussion will explore questions of ownership and representation of Traveller culture and heritage.  It will address the challenges of collecting Traveller culture, the necessity to create such a collection and the importance of a Traveller collection maintained by Travellers.

Presenters Seamus Nolan, artist; Rosaleen McDonagh, Pavee Point; Dr. Eve Olney, Artist and Ethnographer; Jessica O’ Donnell, Head of Education and Community Outreach, Dublin City Gallery. Chaired by Oein de Bhairduin.

There will be songs and light refreshments to accompany the event.  Email caoimhe.mccabe@pavee.ie to book a place.

*Dublin City Gallery also known as the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.

Background

This project seeks to open a dialogue around what an appropriate approach to integrating the narrative of Traveller culture and history into the ‘national project’ might look like.

Click on image for pdf of Traveller Collection leaflet.

The project is engaging in a collaborative process of enquiry with cultural practitioners,  archivists and Traveller activists in an exploration of the basic notions of representations in relation to Traveller culture and heritage.

A series of workshops and meetings with Traveller and Traveller organisations were organised throughout the country to discuss the issues involved and to seek contributions and build a programme to manage the Traveller Collection.

This is a socially engaged commission with artist Séamus Nolan, Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, CREATE, the national development agency for collaborative arts and CAPP, collaborative arts partnership programme.